John Edward Lee's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 40
8.0Avg. Review Rating

7.6
Star Wars (2014) #68

Jul 12, 2019

This issue presented a refreshing start to a new story arc after a good, but exhausting arc that preceded it. Having it clear that the series is staring to build toward Empire Strikes Back adds an element of anticipation as to how it will all come together. The one thing this series does very well that a lot of Star Wars tales miss, is the heavy inclusion of the droids. They are the backbone of the original films, and should be a big part of the story. This new arc seems primed to give us more of that. It's hard to ignore the art and writing style change, but this first offering was a good indication that the feel of the films will carry on.

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6.2
Star Wars (2014) #70

Aug 13, 2019

As lackluster as these past two issues have been, they follow many classic elements of typical Star Wars adventures. This arc feels a lot like the old 70's/80's Star Wars comics by having three separate stories play out simultaneously, unfortunately so far to its detriment. Hopefully all the set up will have a payoff now that all players are in a place for more galactic conflict among the stars.

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6
Star Wars (2014) #72

Oct 11, 2019

At this point, this series is pretty much just waiting to die. With just a handful of issues left, the story needs to dramatically change. It's hard to expect it can get there. The new series can't come soon enough.

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7.6
Star Wars (2014) #73

Oct 26, 2019

It is absolutely satisfying to see this series get out of the quagmire of boring storytelling. It is important that this series goes out with a bang instead of a whimper. With the cover art of the next issue portraying the mighty Chewbacca facing off against Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, it looks like fans might actually get an epic conclusion to Marvel's longest running series of modern Star Wars comics.

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7
Star Wars (2020) #2

Feb 3, 2020

So far, so good in the new Star Wars arc. A lot of focus on the main characters continues to be the selling point of this series, but with a new feel. It will be rough having no Han for a while, but Lando makes for an entertaining proxy, promising a new dynamic in the crew as a whole.

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8.2
Star Wars (2020) #5

Aug 14, 2020

Soule continues to bring his action-packed and clever storytelling to this fresh rebranding of the Star Wars series. Only five issues in and it is already one of the most compelling entries from the entire series. Having heavy ties to events from the film has never been new to the series, however this one taking place over the week after The Empire Strikes back takes that concept to an almost intimate level, so much so that it doesn't seem like an in-between series, but a continuation of that film.

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8.2
Star Wars (2020) #6

Sep 16, 2020

Having a clear arc ending is a bittersweet position for a fan to be in. On one hand, this one concluded well without a weak issue in the bunch. On the other hand, it means the series is going to take a new turn, which can be scary and exciting. Soule started out strong here and if history is any indication, he will be serving up more Star Wars awesomeness just around the corner.

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8.2
Star Wars (2020) #7

Oct 7, 2020

It will be exciting to see more of Commander Zahra at the helm of Tarkins Will as she hunts Leia and her rebels across the galaxy. One opponent is a battle hardened princess/ex-senator/commander. The other is a battle hardened mentee to a famous dead Imperial hero. Who will win? Clearly Leia, yet it would behoove the reader to expect a massive fight sooner than later against the two commanders.

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8.6
Star Wars (2020) #8

Nov 4, 2020

The groundwork has been set for this story arc to really get going. Zahra gets the upper hand by leaving Leia hurt and questioning herself and the rebellion, or so it would seem. Anyone who truly knows the politician/warrior/princess should never underestimate the daughter of freedom fighters Bail and Breha Organa! The more the Empire tightens its grip, the more star systems will fall through its fingers.

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8
Star Wars (2020) #9

Dec 9, 2020

Having accomplished their mission, and all the collateral damage that entails, Leia finds herself frustrated with less that effective results. However, you cant keep a good warrior princess down for long. The Empire will learn that in time.

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8
Star Wars (2020) #10

Jan 7, 2021

It is very hard to tell where this story arc is leading. For a second issue of an arc, it sure does throw a lot of curve balls earlier than usual. However all that build up will have to play out soon in a slow moving, but somehow stimulating story arc.

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7.6
Star Wars (2020) #11

Feb 3, 2021

This issue ends with a possible betrayal from a beloved character and possible doom for another one. The Rebels now have the way to communicate with other factions of the Alliance, but a lot can change before Leia can expect rescue for her stranded group. It would also seem Lando has made up his mind as well, but a lot can change between now and next issue for him before the arc wraps up.

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6.8
Star Wars (2020) #12

Mar 10, 2021

The break between battles is over. Shara is aboard an enemy vessel and in need of rescuing. Leia and Starlight Squadron prepare. Meanwhile Luke, Chewie, and the droids are off on a separate mission, and Lando still considers selling rebel secrets. It seems clear that a whole lot of events will come to a head when this story arc ultimately concludes.

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7.2
Star Wars (2020) #13

May 12, 2021

As standalone as this issue felt, there is a high probability that some of what happened in this issue will come back later on in either this series specifically or elsewhere in The War of the Bounty Hunters event. The cover art for the next issue teases a Lando adventure. When last he was seen, he was contemplating selling out the Rebellion. What will he do?

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6.8
Star Wars (2020) #14

Jun 16, 2021

The scene is set for what will almost certainly be an impressive, but ultimately futile rescue attempt. Going up against an organization once run by Darth Maul is no joke. Hans friends are very brave as the head directly for the largest den of criminal ever assembled.

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8.8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #1

Feb 7, 2020

One more Vader issue one is one more chance for Vader a title to excel over all the other Star wars titles. It must be lonely at the top for Darth Vader. This issue was well crafted and effective, but it also manages to pull off the one thing any first issue needs to do to succeed. It creates mystery and interest and a desire for the next issue to be released.

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7
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #9

Jan 13, 2021

It is getting very apparent that this arc is preparing to wrap up. However that in no way means the action or plot is slowing down. In fact, its doing the opposite. It is going into hyperspace now that Vader is starting to win for a change. Yet it can be counted on that he will still have a few hurtles to jump before the end.

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8.6
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #10

Feb 10, 2021

This series could not be wound tighter. It is very clear that the arc, and series as a whole is about to snap into a grand showdown. Vader has faced every demon he has ever known to get to this point. How ever will Palpatine ultimately get Vaders leash back on him?

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9.2
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #11

Apr 28, 2021

The series arc wraps up very nicely. Vader has regained his leash. The Emperor has regained his pet. But the series is not over yet. Greg Pak will be back with next issue beginning Vaders part in the War Of the Bounty Hunters series crossover. This will undoubtedly have a lighter tone, which will be refreshing after this heavy, but very satisfying story arc.

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7.4
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #12

May 26, 2021

Vader has chosen the Sith Assassin, Ochi of Bestoon as his partner in his next adventure now that he is back to his old evil self. Now the duo must deal with the Hutts to get Solo back to use him once again as leverage against Luke Skywalker.

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8.4
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #4

Aug 21, 2020

This whole series has been amazing Star Wars film reference stacked on amazing reference the whole way through. That's how to do Star Wars right. This issue is building up to what must ultimately mean closure for Vader with Padme's death, and added determination in his search for their son. After meeting Luke and confronting Padme's death, Vader must certainly feel something he hasn't felt in a while, hope. Hope is the weak point in his dark armor that will allow the Jedi in him to return in time.

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9
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #5

Sep 16, 2020

This isnt the usually ending point too an arc. Typically they end at issue 6. This issue had the a wrapping up feel to it, but it seems that the Emperor is now ready to put Vader back on the path to hatred, fear, and glory. How this will happen, only time and Greg Pak will tell.

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8.2
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #6

Oct 14, 2020

Vader is left in a dire position to fend for himself as he really is; without the armor, lightsaber, or The Force. He is a limbless ball of writhing pain, regret, and wrath. This is the stuff Sith legends are born from. What cybernetic phoenix will rise from these still burning embers? A reforged Sith weapon of destruction for sure, but perhaps one with a small spark of vengeance towards his cruel master as well.

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8.2
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #7

Nov 11, 2020

Become one step closer to being whole again isnt enough to challenge his would be assassin. Trapped, but where a mysterious assailant appears, mysterious allies may also appear.

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9.4
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #8

Dec 16, 2020

This issue ends with Vader with his confidence regained. It is clear that the fires of Mustifar have begun to sharpen the blade that is Darth Vader. Of course this is exactly what The Emperor wants, but perhaps the blade he hopes to sharpen will eventually be aimed at himself.

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7.6
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2

Jul 31, 2020

This second entry into a new series for Aphra comes with little action, but a lot of important character and story set up. Those kind of slow but informative episodes really pay off in the long game. Aphra continues to seem in great hands with the new group working on it, an all female team for once. With this issue ending with a cliffhanger, Aphra fans are sure to get more action and adventure as this series continues to roll out

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7.2
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

Aug 26, 2020

So much still needs to be answered in this arc, but finding out the motives of the key players gives the audience a more accurate snapshot of everyone involved. Hopefully in the next issue, mysteries will be solved. Giant attacking hands and phantom lurkers in a necropolis are fun and all, but what's the rest of the story there? If there is one adventurer who can figure it out, It's Doctor Aphra.

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7.6
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #4

Sep 30, 2020

The latest Aphra tale ends with a set up to a seemingly grand conclusion. With only two issues to go, its all down hill from here. In this case, downhill is more like a rollercoaster speeding to a rewarding chaos. If past history is any indication, Tagge and his cronies had better beware. Trapped in a corner is where Doctor Aphra does all her best work.

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8.8
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #5

Oct 28, 2020

Aphra and her gang can rest easy for a bit. Each one gets a little something after their dangerous adventure. However the Tagge family is likely to seek revenge. They are an many headed dragon, with galactic level power. Aphra should be worried. But, she is not.

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7.6
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #7

Jan 20, 2021

Doctor Aphra has managed to convince Sana Starros to help her, but barely. Lucky has found himself a new employer as well. It most likely wont be long before the partners turned enemies will cross paths again.

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7.4
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #8

Mar 24, 2021

Aphra and Sana find themselves left for dead. However, their discoveries might just lead to greater things for them if them can only escape. Knowing Aphra, she still has a few tricks up her sleeves.

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7.1
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10

May 26, 2021

Now that Lucky and Aphra are headed to a reunion, it looks like the former partners will have to side together again and make peace, or struggle separately against the mighty bounty hunter Durge.

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7.2
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #34

Jul 22, 2019

This issue is a typical mid-arc story. Its main purpose is to simply put the characters together with a common goal that will build to the climax. It will be interesting to see what Aphra's motley new team will go through before this arc is done, and with the preview of the next issue showing Aphra smirking in an Imperial uniform, things are bound to get more complicated before they there.

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8.8
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #35

Aug 25, 2019

This was an all around great issue. It was fun, it moved the story along, and everything looked fantastic. The ongoing Star Wars series could learn a thing or two from Aphra. Well if it wasn't ending in a couple months, that is.

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9.2
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #36

Oct 4, 2019

As this arc winds towards close, Aphra and crew have pretty much been everywhere and seen it all. However, the plot is taking an unexpected turm as she is summoned by Emperor Palpatine himself. Will he be able to see through whatever her ultimate plan is? Only time will tell.

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8.4
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #37

Oct 15, 2019

It's nice to see Aphra back working with the bad guys for a change. There is an added in bonus in the possibility that Aphra might be instrumental in the Empire finding Echo Base on Hoth. The comics in general are gearing up to start telling tales that take place after The Empire Strikes back. It should be interesting to see how Aphra pulls strings in the backdrop of those events.

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8.6
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1

Jan 6, 2021

The stage it set in not only this comic series, but the other interconnecting stories of The High Republic movement. Strangely, this particular issue givers a ton of setting and character introduction, but does not at all reveal the villains of the era yet. This kind of mystery is sure to baffle the Jedi of The High Republic as well as readers. That is, of course, until those villains reveal themselves at last.

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8.6
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #2

Feb 3, 2021

Now that the characters are set into motion on their own adventures, the plot is sure to start moving ahead at a good pace. There are still a lot of unknowns at play here, but none less intriguing than Sskeers very un-Jedi approach to his last mission. Keeve Trennis is sure to find out whats going on with her former master.

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8.8
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #3

Mar 3, 2021

The action and intrigue have really heated up in this issue, which will certainly lead readers to want to check out the next one. A big baddie had been revealed, and its using an old ally as a weapon. Its anybodys guess as to where Kreeve and Avar go next, but it is sure to be dangerous and fun.

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9.2
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #5

May 12, 2021

Now that the Jedi have discovered a new ally as well as a new strategy to use against the Drengir. It would seems like it is a time to regroup and celebrate. But before they can do that, they must determine Master Ssskeers condition and fate.

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