STAR WARS: CHEW­BACCA

Wook­iee gets comic book­iee

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Marvel Comics

Writer Gerry dug­gan

Artist Phil Noto

Marvel’s lat­est char­ac­ter-cen­tric Star Wars minis­eries has to tackle an in­ter­est­ing prob­lem: a lead char­ac­ter who only com­mu­ni­cates in growls. He may not be talk­a­tive, but Chew­bacca makes for an en­gag­ing hero, and this new five-is­sue story de­liv­ers a fun stand­alone ad­ven­ture for Han Solo’s best buddy.

Shortly af­ter the Bat­tle of Yavin, Chewie has em­barked on a se­cret mis­sion, only to get stranded on An­delm-IV thanks to a mal­func­tion­ing space­craft. All he wants is to fix his ship and leave, but fate brings him into con­tact with Zarro, a punky teen who’s des­per­ate to free her fa­ther from en­slave­ment to a lo­cal gang lord.

Th­ese first three is­sues see Chew­bacca solv­ing prob­lems via lots of roar­ing and punch­ing, and writer Gerry Dug­gan spins a light but en­joy­able tale with a healthy mix of ac­tion and hu­mour. On the vis­ual side, Phil Noto’s art brings a lush, char­ac­ter­ful feel to the story and also cap­tures plenty of Chewie’s per­son­al­ity. The plot is maybe a lit­tle too light­weight, but the end re­sult is an en­joy­able ad­ven­ture romp firmly po­si­tioned on the “Space Western” side of Star Wars. Saxon Bul­lock

Phil Noto started his ca­reer in 2D an­i­ma­tion, and worked on Dis­ney films such as The Lion King and Lilo & Stitch.

A walk­ing, noisy, car­pet.

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