[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Shu-Torun queen and nobles are hiding out in the Abyssal Rooms deep within the planet’s surface. They’re pinned down by the Rebels, but the queen isn’t willing to sit and wait while the Rebels have their way. Han, Leia, Meorti, Tunga, and C-3PO are waiting in the Imperial Retreat for Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, and the Partisans to finish their mission. Thankfully, Luke and the Partisans are close to accomplishing what they came here for, but Luke doesn’t know that the Partisan’s mission doesn’t aline with his own. Betrayal is in the air, and Commander Kanchar’s Imperial Star Destroyer will be arriving at Shu-Torun soon.
Star Wars #65 finds Shu-Torun on the brink. The Rebels and the Partisans are crippling their Imperial mining operation, and, should the Empire even come to Shu-Torun’s aid, there will be punishment.
Of course, things can never be that simple for Luke, Leia, Han, and the Rebel Alliance. Shu-Torun is fighting back, the Partisans have a contradicting plan, and the Empire is on its way.
It’s a good issue for building tensions, and it does so quite well. The objectives are (mostly) quite clear for everyone involved in the conflict, and we can clearly see how things are going awry for our heroes.
A lot of the comic does focus upon the Shu-Torun queen, and it’s hard not to feel some empathy for her despite how cruel and duplicitous she is. She has a world to protect, and she will do and sacrifice anything to keep it intact.
Angel Unzueta’s artwork continues to be quite impressive, especially in its ability to perfectly recreate the distinct faces of Luke, Leia, and Han. There are moments, especially when a ship is on the panel, where the style feels a little incongruous with itself. This happens rarely, but it is a little distracting. Beyond that, the comic looks great, and Guru-eFX’s color work works wonders in building tone and atmosphere.
Star Wars #65 is a compelling and exciting issue for the series. The mission on Shu-Torun is threatening to fall apart, and all that our heroes can do is restrain the destruction to come. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Star Wars #65 comes to us from writer Kieron Gillen, artist Angel Unzueta, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Gerald Parel, and variant cover artists John Tyler Christopher and Cory Smith with Stephanie Paitreau.