Leaving the Reader A Little Stir Crazy In Star Wars #58

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Luke Skywalker is helping Thane Markona slay creatures called Thanrax. They are large, wolf-like beasts that are attacking the farmers of Hubin. Luke and the thane deal with the creatures with relative ease. Luke, Leia, and Han continue to be treated with hospitality from Thane Markona, and Han and Leia continue to bond. Luke is beginning to take a shining to the Thane’s daughter, Tula, as well. However, she knows that Luke has been building a transmitter, and she urges him to stop. Luke is extremely restless though, and he may make a rash decision.

Star Wars #58 cover by Jamal Campbell
Star Wars #58 cover by Jamal Campbell

Star Wars #58 continues to follow the main trio of Leia, Luke, and Han on the moon of Hubin. The story advances slowly, with Luke’s restlessness steadily growing and Leia clearly holding something back from Han and Luke.
Tula puts Luke in an interestingly difficult position. She makes it clear that if Luke builds the transmitter to call his allies, other forces may answer instead. He could draw the Empire to Hubin and ruin the lives of its residents.
Luke does act a bit like a petulant child at times. I can’t say that’s out of character for him, and it’s even understandable to a point. He does say something surprisingly cruel to Leia though, and you are left kinda wanting to slap a Skywalker.
The developing relationship between Leia and Han is pretty adorable though.
Star Wars #58 art by Angel Unzueta, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Star Wars #58 art by Angel Unzueta, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Angel Unzueta’s artwork continues to be stunning, and I can’t stress enough how much Luke, Leia, and Han look like their respective actors in this issue. There is still a bit of a gulf between them and other characters in terms of realistic detailing, but it’s not a major problem. Action and movement is rendered particularly well too. Guru-eFX’s color work is bright and eye-catching throughout and adds a lot to the visual quality.
Also, damn, Luke’s got abs!
Star Wars #58 is a slower-moving issue, and it does come close to being a little too slow at times. However, it’s still solid enough to be decent reading material, and it’s worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Star Wars #58 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 artists John Tyler Christopher and Rod Reis.

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