Star Wars #21

Star Wars #21

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Jorge Molina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 17
8.7Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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"The Last Flight of the Harbinger" STARTS NOW!
•  Sgt. Kreel is back with an all-new squad of stormtroopers!
•  Go inside the minds of an elite group of Imperial soldiers!
•  Join incoming artist Jorge Molina for a walk on the dark side!
Rated T

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 20, 2016

    People have joked about the Galactic Empire's inherently stable infrastructure compared to a chaotic Rebel revolution, but it's to Aaron and Molina's credit that they're able to take this Band of Brothers approach to the typical Imperial cannon fodder and execute it so well. Even though these characters are new " indeed, we don't even know what they look like " Aaron sketches them out with wonderful detail, and Molina really outdoes himself with this action-heavy installment. They say Stormtroopers can't shoot straight, but Star Wars #21 seems to hit right at the bullseye. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 20, 2016

    This issue will make you start to believe the deadliest weapon in the world is a Stormtrooper and his rifle. This issue is filled with action, interesting story elements, and most importantly a brand new point of view that'll make you question who the good guys are. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jul 21, 2016

    Once again, Aaron has worked within the cracks and creases of this long adored universe to give us something fresh that I can imagine will be built upon for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 28, 2016

    A very enjoyable tale told from the villains' point of view. More of these stories, from characters of higher rank than stormtrooper, would be more than welcome. I just wish there were some sounds! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 21, 2016

    Molina immediately settles in with the Star Wars universe, offering a gritty, violent portrayal of elite soldiers waging war on guerrilla fighters. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 21, 2016

    Star Wars has so many routes that it can go that I'm glad to see a story like this as it brings in something that feels new and engaging. Kreel and his team are solidly fun and enjoyable to watch and if you weren't already exposed to the films and the mythos you would otherwise see his team as largely being on the side of right. Jason Aaron nails the voice for Kreel and the others quite well and Jorge Molina and Matt Milla definitely make for a great pair with the artwork and design, especially in the hues of red to give this world its own particular style. I'm definitely excited to see more of this team as it helps to shift the balance just a bit in the capability of the Empire and why there are many that will align with them because of the (selfish) good that they did for others over the course of its existence. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Jul 29, 2016

    The issue itself doesnt offer an especially memorable plot. However, Star Wars #21 is much more of a character study than a plot-based story. It is very effective. Its hard to sympathize with Kreel but you can understand why given his background he would want to serve the Empire. Aaron, fresh off winning his own Eisner last week for Best Writer, gives an excellent demonstration of his skills in this issue. Aaron has explored a mix of fan service action moments and unexpected side stories in this series. Star Wars #21 is probably one of the more interesting issues in the series so far because of the issues it tackles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 25, 2016

    This issue was a welcomed change of pace from the previous 20 issues of tales from the cast of A New Hope, at least on the side of the Rebellion. It was about time that there was a story featuring members of the Empire. Historically, stormtroopers have been viewed as a joke due to their poor marksmanship. Writer, Jason Aaron is able to present this group by challenging that stereotype with terrifying and exciting detail. I haven't had this much fun since Chewbacca went one on one with the bounty hunter, Dengar. This issue has the look of the Empire's version of Delta Force sweeping through an area and unleashing hell in the form of death and carnage. It is a great compliment to the art team that this issue really captures the feel of a swift military operation. Being a veteran myself, I was able to appreciate the speed in which these representatives of the Empire moved. To think this is only the first part in a new story arc has me already anticipating the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jul 22, 2016

    Star Wars #21 gets “The Last Flight of the Harbinger” of to a solid start, as despite not being quite what I expected, it was an interesting read nonetheless. Add to this the mysterious elements and the fact we have a Stormtrooper wielding a lightsaber and I'm sure this story is only going to get better over time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Jul 26, 2016

    This isn't an issue that's a revelation nor is it the strongest entry in Aaron's consistently excellent run on Star Wars but it certainly does a solid job telling a story outside of the main cast and the actions of the rebellion. It's just good to see a Star Wars comic start shading in its far off galaxy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 27, 2016

    Certainly a big perspective shift given the focus of the series first twenty issues, Star Wars #21 offers a different kind of Star Wars story beginning here with the first issue of the new three-part arc. Worth a look. Read Full Review

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