Jason Aaron had a pretty good run on Marvel’s Star Wars.
Yes, I used the past tense there, as he finished up his run with a series of one-shot issues spotlighting different characters, collected in a trade subtitled Out Among the Stars.
Aaron opts to use his last few issues to tell some quick stories with the different characters of his run having short adventures that largely fit their established characters. First up, Luke and Leia are stranded on an ocean planet that could get them attacked by the Empire at any moment. After that, Aaron-original character Sana Starros runs an elaborate scam with Lando Calrissian. Lando seems superfluous here, but it does allow Aaron to work the character into one of his stories despite it being too early in the established time line to be able to do much with him. After that, Han and Chewbacca escort a captured, very muscular Hutt through space past an Imperial blockade, R2-D2 rescues a captured C-3PO (the only issue that wraps up one of Aaron’s plotlines), the Stormtroopers of SCAR Squadron do some downright evil stuff to some Rebels, and we get another quick flashback in the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
But then there’s a reprint of an annual by other creators, and it’s a rather generic and somewhat forgettable story involving Han and Leia on an icy planet looking for a new Rebel base and trying to outrun one of Han’s old grudges. That last story is a bit mediocre.
So, all things being equal, this was another fun Star Wars book. It had a nice familiar feel to it, like revisiting familiar characters, and it probably helps that Salvador Larroca’s artwork looks so much like the actors from the movies…hopefully not because he’s tracing, but it still looked good. As for a rating, let’s say 8 out of 10 bulging Hutt biceps.