Overwhelmed and outgunned by the events of the previous issue, Princess Leia Organa and her squadron of covert ops X-Wing pilots find themselves waiting for oblivion in the opening pages of “Star Wars” #6 from Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda with Gabe Eltaeb on colors and Michael Heisler lettering.
This issue continues the trend of Brian Wood’s comfortable, rejuvenating and exciting romp through the Star Wars universe. It’s not unlikely to imagine Wood and some friends in younger days telling these same stories and having similar adventures in various backyards or rooms of someone’s house with Star Wars action figures and vehicles. As a matter of fact, I’m sorely tempted to go dig up my old figures after every issue I read from Wood and artist Carlos D’Anda. “Star Wars” #6 exudes that comfort and Wood’s creativity, putting Leia and her squadron in harm’s way and having readers actually worry about the former Senator from Alderaan even though we’ve all seen “The Empire Strikes Back.” Wood’s stories are filled with sentiment and suspense, action and adventure.
D’Anda continues to prove a worthy collaborator for the attitude and ambiance of Wood’s story. Luke isn’t necessarily Mark Hamill on the pages of “Star Wars” #6, but he is the wide-eyed Tatooine farmhand with the mussy hair and can-do attitude. D’Anda handles the space sequencing nicely, but the exact outcome of the makeshift bomb could stand some visual clarification. I have no doubt confirmation will be evident in “Star Wars” #7, but leaves it a little open to interpretation given that the visual effects concocted by D’Anda and colorist Gabe Eltaeb have not been employed in this series to date. Wood is content to let the images handle that aspect, but some level of reaction among the X-Wing pilots would have been helpful. D’Anda more than makes up for that bobble with mighty foreshadowing on the final page of this issue. The final image of “Star Wars” #6 is one to be studied and held onto, immediately becoming a classically iconic image in a mythology filled with classic imagery.
“Star Wars” #6 is singularly focused on Leia’s predicament, and readers learn more about the prototype X-Wings as well as the astromechs that assist them. Wood makes up for the myopic focus by giving readers a whirlwind rundown of the other storylines featuring the central cast of heroes and villains for this series. That fly-by doesn’t detract from the impact the primary tale carries, but it does remind the reader that Wood hasn’t forgotten about those other characters in his choice to focus on Leia and crew.