Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 Review: A New Hope

Title Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1

Story by Kieron Gillen

Art by Marco Checchetto

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release Date: 5/10/17

I’ve been slightly disappointed in the recent Star Wars comic releases recently most notably the main series. Looking at the releases this week I knew that this miniseries had a chance of breaking the chain.

“The Screaming Citadel” involves Luke Skywalker and Dr. Aphra crossing over to progress both characters. The relationship between the characters in the past has been less than pleasant with the kidnapping, torturing, etc. Though Jason Aaron’s Star Wars has been slightly disappointing building upon the storyline of Dr. Aphra enhances both series.

This miniseries should help progress Luke as he is struggling with his control of the Force. With Aphra’s recent find being an ancient Jedi relic they make a great pairing as they both give each other what they are looking to find. In hopes of unlocking the power within the artifact visits the Queen of Ktath’atn. But as they get closer to finding out the secret did they bite off more than they can chew?

What I found particularly well done by Gillen is the pacing in the story. The pages consistently flow with the hilarious character dynamics between Luke and Aphra makes this issue an easy read. Despite focusing mainly on aforementioned names this includes tons of characters tieing in both series and building the plot for the next four issues.

The art department is in good hands with Marco Checchetto leading the helm with his experience with Star Wars comics. Being able to mix the artwork of the both series was impressive as Checchetto paired the Sci-Fi aspects with the grittiness attributed to Aphra. The scene where the duo is at the ball brings a Van Helsing vibe especially at the end with the Queen’s transformation which was perfectly captured. The area where he shines the most is having the emotion of the characters easily read with facial expressions allowing the reader a sense of being in the moment.

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 does the best it can to kickstart the Star Wars comic line that has stalled as of late. But with Gillen deciding to focus on character development the issue allows growing in both Aphra and Luke. The art is styled in a fashion the blends the two series allowing it to be equal parts of Star Wars and Dr. Aphra. My only complaint is here come the shippers…

Rating:9.5/10

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