Luke Skywalker Goes Stir Crazy In Star Wars #57

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are marooned on a moon of a world called Hubin. They were attacked by beasts but saved by this moon’s people. They are left in a courtyard to wait for a word with the moon’s thane. Luke is getting impatient, but, after a time, they meet the baron, a man named Markona. He is friendly on the outset and is fairly open with his new guests, and he even introduces them to his daughter, Tula. However, Luke keeps pressing the issue of allegiance, and the thane’s patience begins to run thin.

Star Wars #57 cover by Jamal Campbell
Star Wars #57 cover by Jamal Campbell

Star Wars #57 finds our heroes struggling with sitting still, and apparently with generous hospitality. While Leia is interested in potentially gaining new allies and Han is wanting to relax, Luke is suspicious and eager to get back into the fight against the Empire.
It’s a somewhat slower issue, but it does have its perks. Kieron Gillen shows how well he can write the classic heroes of Star Wars.
A restless and suspicious Luke is fun to read about, and it does hearken back to his first appearance in A New Hope in a lot of ways, where he was so eager to get off the farm but unsure of the likes of Han Solo and Chewbacca.
We get a little flirtation between Han and Leia as well as some spectacularly shameless fanservice on the part of Han Solo.
Star Wars #57 art by Angel Unzueta, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Star Wars #57 art by Angel Unzueta, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Angel Unzueta brings uncannily realistic artwork that makes Leia, Han, and Luke look indistinguishable from their representation in the original Star Wars trilogy. It looks damn good, but there is a noticeable difference between them and characters new to the series like the thane and his daughter. They are distinctly less defined and unique in appearance as our three heroes. Beyond that complaint, the art looks damn good, and Guru-eFX brings a well-balanced and warm color palette to match the tone of the setting.
Star Wars #57 is a decent installment in the series. It’s slow-moving, but it has personality and enjoyment to share with the reader. Plus, the art of Unzueta and Guru-eFX make for some grabbing visuals. This one is worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Star Wars #57 comes to us from writer Kieron Gillen, artist Angel Unzueta, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Jamal Campbell, and variant cover artist John Tyler Christopher.

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