Star Wars #3

Star Wars #3

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Carlos D'Anda Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Princess Leia formed a secret squadron of stealth X-wings to help expose a spy within the Rebel ranks. But taking command puts her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time they need solidarity more than ever-especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo's latest venture!

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Mar 13, 2013

    Artist Carlos D'Anda comes into his own here, truly showing off what he's capable of with the opening double-page spread of the second Death Star. His superb use of depth and scale is enough to make you feel insignificant in this universe of ours, while the intimate moments on the following pages will remind you why life is worth living. The art may have tiny quirks here and there, but when combined with the engrossing narrative, it succeeds where many comics have failed in immersing you in the glory days of Star Wars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Aguirre Mar 13, 2013

    I can't find anything to complain about in this title. Every page makes you want to turn to the next. Even though we know how this story will end, it does nothing to make this story less satisfying. The only thing I would like to see is a little more of Luke's progression as a Jedi, but we know this doesn't really happen until sometime in between Episode 4 and 5. If you are a Star Wars fan of either the new or original trilogy, you should be reading this title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Mar 14, 2013

    Every thread in Star Wars #3 " Vader's demotion, Han and Chewie's peril on Coruscant and the drama within the Rebel Alliance " hits the mark, adding up to the best entry yet in this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Mar 13, 2013

    Overall, this is the book to read. Wood's story is not only great, it really shows that he understands the time period in the Star Wars Universe that he's working in, which may seem small, but for an obsessive Star Wars like fan can make all the difference between a good book and an excellent book. His dialogue is spot on for every character as if he is channeling Lucas from 1979. The art is top notch and is some of the best that I have seen from any of the Star Wars titles that Dark Horse offers. If you aren't reading this book, pull your head out of the sand; crawl out from whatever nuclear bunker you are hiding in, and head down to your local comic shop. Wood, D'Anda and Eltaeb are doing some work that any Star Wars fan doesn't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Mar 10, 2013

    If you have been burned out on the many expanded universe comic book series or just want to rekindle that feeling of excitement that you had when you first saw Star Wars then I suggest you check out this series and enjoy Dark Horse's swan song before they lose the license. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Mar 13, 2013

    There is a slight hiccup in Carlos D'Anda's artwork. When Luke is rescuing an X-pilot, the pilot somewhat looks like Leia. But when we get back to the hangar, Leia walks up to the X-wing, and it's a different person. D'Anda's characters all have similar facial features, and can occasionally cause problems like this. It's the only problem in an otherwise pristine issue. D'Anda fills every scene with minute details. The double page spread of the Death Star being build is astounding. I brought up a picture of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi, and D'Anda changes it every so slightly, to show that it isn't at the level in that movie. It's something you might not notice from the first read through, but made my jaw drop at the second. Gabe Eltaeb does a great job on colors. The books feels lived in, as if these people have been here for years. Coruscant is filled with lights that reflect of everything. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 19, 2013

    Whether you buy it for nostalgia or for love of the characters, there's a lot to like in this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Mar 18, 2013

    All and all, the force is strong with this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Mar 17, 2013

    There are many, many Star Wars comics out there. However, few capture the imagination and spirit of the original trilogy. Brian Woods and Carlos D'Arda remind us why Star Wars fans love the old movies. Their comic is a great tribute to them, and a marvelous addition to the expanded universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 18, 2013

    Darth Vader arrives at his new assignment, overseeing the Empire's new secret battle station high above the forest moon of Endor: the second Death Star whose construction appears to have been well under way before the Rebellion's destruction of the original Death Star. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 18, 2013

    Okay, but still has yet to “wow” me like Marvel did, and Dark Horse does in their other Star Wars titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Mar 12, 2013

    In a time where there much fanfare surrounding the a new trilogy of Star Wars films, Dark Horse has seemingly captured magic in a bottle. This is series is about as close to quality of the original trilogy that Dark Horse has ever delivered and fans of the franchise would be crazy not to be reading this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Mar 13, 2013

    Star Wars #3 continues to prove the worth of the unique perspectives being offered in this literary jaunt. From the character interpretations to the exploration of this historic point in the rebellion, this series continues to be a source of extremely good interstellar entertainment. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Mar 13, 2013

    While I wish we could see more of Darth Vader and Han in this issue, Brian Wood still manages to do a solid job juggling all of the cast and focusing on the key part of his tale (the search for the spy, of course). At the end of the day, this is something any and all Star Wars fans should check out. It looks great and plays out like a traditional Star Wars film. The flashback splash page is sure to hit you with a heavy dose of nostalgia and make you want to watch Episode 4 again, too. While this is the third chapter, it can still serve as a jumping on point for new readers as well. There's a thorough recap page as well, so don't miss out on it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Mar 16, 2013

    While not every subplot are as interesting as the others, we are still treated to a great Star Wars comic thanks to the respect Brian Wood has to the universe with his ideas and the lovely art by Carlos D'Anda. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Andrew Sanford Mar 17, 2013

    I'm fully on board with this series and would advise those that felt so-so after the first issue to try it again. I also appreciate the free digital copy Dark Horse provides with each paper copy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Mar 15, 2013

    As a whole, a solid issue that left me wanting more. If youre a die-hard Star Wars fan, but are worried about the future of the series, then do yourself a favor and pick up Woods “Star Wars”. Its a wonderful alternate take on Star Wars lore, which will keep you guessing with every page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 13, 2013

    The essence of "Star Wars" is here. There is plenty of adventure and excitement, even though a Jedi might not crave these things. Wood and company bring plenty of the spirit of "Star Wars" to this title and "Star Wars" #3 is filled with larger sets, intricate plots and tangled subplots. There is a lot going on here, but it isn't bogging things down. As a matter of fact the story moves quite briskly and ends way too soon. I still want to get out my action figures and continue adventures using this comic book as a springboard. Maybe I'll just go do that while I wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TylerM Mar 15, 2013

    It's incredibly nice to be back in the original trilogy, and I'm looking forward to reading this book until Marvel inevitably gets the comic rights to Star Wars and something new starts up. I don't think it will be as good, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Mar 16, 2013

    So, while the Star Wars news is coming fast and furious, don't forget the fine work Wood and Dark Horse are doing as we transition into the next era. Some exciting stuff from the people who kept Star Wars vital in the years between the films. And, yes Alex Ross, do more Star Wars covers, please. Wow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Matt Eurice Mar 14, 2013

    I’ll make this very simple for anyone out there interested in this series. If you’re a big Star Wars fan, buy this shit now. IF you like the movies a lot like me, but haven’t done shit else related to it, pick up an issue and see if it tickles your fancy. Rather watch Star Trek? Forget about this one, and let it go, it isn’t going to sell you on the Star Wars franchise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Ben Silverio Mar 24, 2013

    So many factors contribute to 'Star Wars' being a great thing to pick up. The story is great. The art is great. The covers are great. And, as we've known for decades at this point, the characters are great. In general, this book has just been a real joy to read. I would be very surprised to find a 'Star Wars' fan that would disagree. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Miles Greb Mar 15, 2013

    The ending may as well not have been drawn or written. Vaders replacement, the bland and almost certainly not long for this world Colonel Bircher, gives a boring speech. Panels of the TIE Interceptors are shown, imperil pilot yelling "For the Empire," and then Colonel Bircher in a fancy, entirely red suit. Apparently the empire is not to be out done by new color schemes or pimped out gear. Go figure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GreyMouser Mar 15, 2013

    As a guy who grew up with Star Wars, and saw episode IV in the theaters over and over as a kid, i am already enamored with this title. i was seriously worried that this series would go the way of so many other SW spin-offs. This series is right on track, so far. No BS from the the other movies, series, toys, cartoons, etc. It stays true to the original material, and as an old fan i can only say... thank you! Now, this issue does get a little sappy but with a babe magnet like Luke it was bound to happen! i was very excited to see more Han & Chewbacca, maybe the only down side was that they didnt dominate the issue. The art is clear, clean and precise along bringing life and feeling to the characters. And that cover, no surprise, is just great. This is the star wars book for old fans and lapsed followers like me!

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