Star Wars #18

Star Wars #18

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 13
7.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

+ Pull List

• With the Rebel base completely overtaken, our only hope is...
•  ...Leia...Sana...and APHRA?!?
•  Can they save the Imperial prisoners? Do they want to?
Rated T

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 28, 2016

    Minor art quibbles aside this is an exciting issue with plenty to enjoy. The story is really coming to a head, cool plot points are dropped at opportune times and the character dynamics are interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Apr 29, 2016

    Aaron's Star Wars is like a master class in taking legendary characters and putting them in fresh, fun situations. This book is every bit as strong as it was in its debut. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Apr 28, 2016

    STAR WARS #18 has a lot going for it. It's a ton of fun, has great characters, and the art is fantastic. Put simply, this book is a joy to read. If you want to pick up a STAR WARS book but can only afford one, this should be it. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 28, 2016

    Marvel's flagship Star Wars comic has lost none of its appeal over the last year. This issue features a winning blend of iconic heroes and new elements, with Leia's unlikely prison alliance forming the backbone of a highly enjoyable conflict. It's a fun ride with the promise of real changes to the series when the dust settles next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 28, 2016

    The Rebel Prison arc has been a treat overall even if I'm mildly frustrated by how certain elements are playing out. Aaron's script largely works well as he keeps things moving and found a good balance with the serious storyline and the lighter one before they converge while Leinil Francis Yu has simply delighted here with his style. Each main artist in this series sticks to the larger aesthetic as needed but they bring their own style as well. The design and layouts here are solid and I really like his character interpretations across the board as both the original characters and the established ones based on real people feel like they blend well and share the same detail quality that can often by unbalanced. Very good stuff all around and hopefully the arc hits some high notes with its story as it moves toward its conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Apr 28, 2016

    Star Wars #18 is a reminder that Marvel is killing it on all their Star Wars titles right now, and Jason Aarons flagship title is leading the revolution. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 5, 2016

    Star Wars #18 offers plenty of action as the three women fight their way through countless robots to the prison control room. There's a nice nod to fans as well in that by the time they make it there C-3P0 and R2-D2 have things well in hand. With the issue more about survival than answers, we'll have to wait at least another issue for the reveal of who is behind the attack on the prison, what his true motivations are, and how his past is tied to that of Leia. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 28, 2016

    Aside from the sluggish plot development, Star Wars #18's character work is still more than worth a passing glance. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 5, 2016

    I would recommend any other Star Wars book over this flagship title, and that's an utter shame. Completely disappointing story and art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Villain Oct 13, 2016

    I like the dialogue and snappy quips from the unlikely group of women that are forced to be allies. I find the villain very mysterious and I wouldn't be shocked if he is revealed to be a character that we know. This arc should come to a very interesting end due to the reveal we get at the end.

  • 9.0
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    Another great follow-up to what is fast becoming my favorite storyline from the flagship title. A great reveal shows us enough of the mysterious new villain to want to know more; his connection with Leia is still only hinted at, but is nonetheless captivating. The unlikely alliance between Aphra, Sana, and Leia takes a few interesting turns, as Aphra's engineering prowess, Sana's aggressive attack maneuvers, and Leia's leadership skills are all put to good use in propelling the story forward. The B-plot sees Luke get a handle for the Millennium Falcon, which is affirmed to be---as any fan would suspect---sluggish. Han takes requisite offense. Some good jokes ensue. Artoo and Threepio even manage to prove themselves useful (well, Artoo does) in the blaster fight aboard the Sunspot. And a final panel brings the two groups together satisfactorily, even if there isn't enough connective tissue to make it believable. The coloring is a bit bland for the stellar pencil and ink work, but the high contrast colors do, I contend, service the themes of the story. Overall, another great issue from a really strong story arc.

  • 8.0 May 6, 2016

    The opening scene of this issue all but makes up for last issues fan-service-a-palooza where we got nerd herding, gambling han, unlikely allies and a rebel space prison that is so top of the line it makes the brig on an Imperial Star Destroyer look like a wild west movie set prison (which were made out of cardboard and balsa wood). I liked seeing Luke get a chance to pilot the Falcon, and this issue’s cover art started things out on a much higher note (nobody looked androgynous for no reason, so thats a plus). The prison sequence is gorgeously drawn, and even though we don’t get any real answers as to WHO is taking over the space prison, we do get some pretty JUICY details about what they know (specifically: that Emperor Palpatine is a Sith… WHOA!! no spoilers on that- thats some old stuff there). the line “I am what you made me, princess” is a very telling one. it means that this isn’t just a stranger on a vendetta against Imperials- this is a strike at Leia personally. but aboard a giant space prison. “he’s trying to teach you something. the way you once fought him”. this issue has some very LOADED dialogue, but no concrete answers… yet. the last page teases a BIG throw down to come in the pages of this series, and hopefully a big flashy reveal as to who orchestrated this attack on a space prison. i liked this issue’s art a lot, and the story worked very well for what it’s trying to do (the fewer nerf poop references, the better) and it adds a lot of stress and mystery to the story without really putting Han, Luke or Leia in “mortal peril” from which they all certainly escape. i like that it’s adding in characters like Sana and Aphra (both of whom are expendable) to the story, so that at any moment SOMEONE could die. and probably should, in order to keep us on our toes.

  • 10
    Jason The Dude May 5, 2016

  • 9.0
    mseccatore Apr 28, 2016

  • 9.0
    Henry Killinger Apr 30, 2016

  • 8.5
    GhostMan Apr 27, 2016

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Apr 28, 2016

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Apr 30, 2016

  • 8.0
    jmprados May 18, 2016

  • 7.5
    CraigR May 4, 2016

  • 7.5
    DXO Aug 12, 2016

  • 7.5
    golemgac Sep 9, 2017

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