I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Star Wars: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon by Jason Aaron, Simon Bianchi (Artist), Stuart Immonen (Penciler), Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker) and Justin Ponsor (Colorist)

In this comic, Luke has been left with a journal by Obi Wan Kenobi that he is reading hoping to learn how to be a Jedi, but finds that it is only filled with stories about Obi Wan's hard life on Tatooine watching over him from a distance and not being able to use his Jedi powers to help others and living a purposeless life doing nothing with his days.

Luke, desperate to find out more about the Jedi and their ways, seeks to find a way to Coruscant the one time home to the Jedi Temple.  So, being the naive fool Luke can be at times, he goes to Nar Shaddaa, the Smuggler's Moon in order to find a pirate or smuggler to take him there.  Instead, the second he shows his lightsaber someone tries to steal it from him in order to sell it to Grakkus the Hutt who has a collection of Jedi artifacts. When Grakkus realizes that Luke is a Jedi he has big plans for him that include opening up the holcrons and dying valiantly in the ring as the last Jedi.

Meanwhile, Leia and Han are on a planet with Imperial ships above them and a woman named Sana is with them who says she is Han's wife.  Han denies it, but Leia doesn't believe him. Sana tells her that he is just conning her in order to turn her in for a big payday.  She says that that is what he has done in the past. Sana is pretty mad and she wants Han back as her husband and Leia is happy to oblige. Sana lets the Imperials know that Leia is on the planet in order to get the bounty on her not knowing that Han is also a wanted man.

This is a fabulous comic in that the plot is captivating.  Han is married! And all the Jedi artifacts and knowledge close to Luke!  How will Luke get out of the situation he is in?  And will Han and Leia convince Sana to not turn in Leia and somehow escape the planet?  The coloring is quite vivid and just pops off the page.  The art is beautifully done and the paneling is quite creative.  Overall this is an amazing comic and I highly recommend reading it, especially today. Happy May the Fourth Be With You Day!

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Vol-Showdown-Smugglers/dp/078519214X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493902655&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=showdown+at+smuggler%27s+moon

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