Sunday, August 28, 2016


STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA (Marvel, First Printing, 2016; Softcover)

Collects Chewbacca #1-5 (cover dates December, 2015- February, 2016)

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Phil Noto
Colorist: VC's Joe Caramagna

My son and I checked this out of the library but he lost interest after the second issue. We also checked out the new Princess Leia series and he had a similar reaction to it. Princess Leia was unreadable, but I managed to solider on and finish this one.

Like the rest of these Marvel Star Wars comic books, this takes place immediately after Star Wars (or Episode IV: A New Hope for you 1981-on new jack types). Chewbacca is flying a ship and crash lands on a planet where he encounters Zarro, a feisty young girl whose father has been enslaved in a mine by a crook named Jaum who is trying to make a deal with the Empire. Long story short, Chewbacca helps Zarro free her father and the rest of their villagers while simultaneously thwarting the Empire.

Reading a series where the star speaks in unintelligible grunts and growls is interesting to say the least. It requires the rest of the characters featured in the story to carry the dialogue. Things move along at a slow pace, and the action is never explosive. This is a quieter tale, and I can see why my 9 year old son became bored with it. It's not without its charms, however, as the artwork and coloring are both top notch. You could certainly do worse than this book. I'm glad that I read it for free, as it is something that is not worth owning in my opinion.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 2.75 out of 5.

The OCD zone- I find library copies to be fascinating studies of durability in the workmanship and materials of these collected editions.
Paper stock: Coated stock with a slight sheen.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Laminated cardstock cover.

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