Star Wars #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 1, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 23
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8.3User Rating

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"No...I am your father."
In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet...scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo...lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker...learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke's father Anakin--Vader is Luke's father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord's clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luk more

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - NumidianPrime Jan 4, 2020

    This issue did not disappoint me in the least and it has me very excited to see what Soule does once the series is underway. I already had high expectations and he somehow surpassed them. It will also be interesting to see how this series interconnects with the other three ongoing series starting soon in the same time period (Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra, and Bounty Hunters). One issue has completely reinvigorated my interest in this series. This run is shaping up to be perfect for all kinds of Star Wars fans. I can't wait to see what happens next! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Dec 31, 2019

    Soule and Saiz combine the epic with the personal to deliver a fantastic opener to this new Star Wars run. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jan 5, 2020

    I look forward to seeing how things develop as this series moves forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 1, 2020

    Jesus Saiz delivers some beautiful art in this issue. The space battles look amazing and all of the visual moments with Luke reliving the loss of his hand are rendered brilliantly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Jan 5, 2020

    The artwork in this issue is absolutely stunning. Jesus Saiz's figures don't just resemble the actors from the original trilogy, they seem to be almost perfect portraits of them, without losing any of the dynamism that usually comes from being so photorealistic when making a comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Daily Fandom - Alex Smith-Petersen Jan 8, 2020

    Working within a fixed timeline is hard. And because it's one of the most cherished properties in the world, it becomes only that much more complex. The daring creative team of Star Wars #1 is more than up to the task. I went into this with some pretty high expectations, because I'm a huge Star Wars fan myself, and it still managed to exceed them. Hopefully, the quality of Star Wars #1 is indicative of what the rest of this run is going to be like. This is only the beginning of the 40th celebration of Empire Strikes Back, and a very promising beginning it is. If you've been feeling burnt out with Star Wars lately, give this a shot and it will excite you again for the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 1, 2020

    While unlikely to win-over anyone who isn't already a die-hard Star Wars fan, this first issue will please fans of the original trilogy and everyone who has enjoyed Marvel's Star Wars comics since they regained the license in 2015. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Jan 1, 2020

    Thanks in large part to an action-packed dogfight, in addition to Luke coping with the discovery that his father was Darth Vader and questioning everything he knew about the Jedi, the stage has effectively been set for not only engaging adventures, but a compelling emotional journey for the burgeoning Jedi. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geek'd Out - Aaron Roberts Jan 1, 2020

    Its not all negative though. Theres absolutely a comfort in revisiting these characters in this time period. Its your childhood eternalized. Its an easy rhythm. Star Wars #1 is definitely enjoyable; it just doesnt do anything new. It treads on very familiar territory and plays a formulaic tune. Its a story that doesnt justify its own existence. Whats it trying to do? Whats it trying to say? It seems like its just trying to hit us with a dose of nostalgia for characters and settings that were used to. And it rings hollow after The Rise of Skywalker was just released and the Skywalker saga supposedly has come to an end. It would have been monumentally refreshing to read a story about characters not directly tied to the Skywalker name. It would have been a welcome change of pace to see ships, planets, technology, and scenes that havent been examined from every microscopic angle for the past 40 years. Star Wars #1 is not a bad book in any way. It does what its supposed to do in the way its Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - acnbat Jan 2, 2020

    Despite a few minor issues in how I may have chosen to interpret this issue, Charles Soule has given us a fine introduction into this period of Star Wars history. It takes a lot of guts to write this period of Star Wars history, so I give him a lot of credit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 6, 2020

    Though it seems like much less of an 'event' than the first volume opener, Star Wars #1 is still a fun, fast-paced debut for the second round of the company's efforts with this license. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 8, 2020

    There's certainly room here prior to the events of The Return of the Jedi for the comic to explore in terms of Luke growing into the Jedi who we'll next see standing in front of Jabba the Hutt and the heroes getting along without the help of a certain scruffy-looking nerf herder. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 3, 2020

    For fans looking for a safe return to classic Star Wars, this is the issue you're looking for. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jan 3, 2020

    Star Wars #1 kicks off what seems to be a compelling ride that bridges the gap between Empire and Jedi. Soule's strong characterization of our heroes, as well as a few new characters, is the book's best quality by far. The art is amazing in some places, and unfortunately distracting in others. Overall, it's not the best Star Wars book to come from Marvel, but with a bit more time and consistent art, it certainly could be.   Read Full Review

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