Find out after the jump what I thought about the second volume in this series.
Classic Star Wars Volume 2: The Rebel Storm
Cover art to collection is nothing special really, we have some sort of sea monster attacking the Millennium Falcon with our heroes looking on. The colours are fairly bland and muted and the character work is appalling. I assume that the blonde haired character is Luke Skywalker but by his face and build could easily be Han Solo, the only reason I assume that this is not Solo with the wrong coloured hair is due to the fact that we have Solo looking character to the left of Luke. Princess Leia doesn't look much better either. Considering that this is the cover to the entire collection it's not a great start.
Ackbar positioning themselves so that the Imperials had to cross the lake to get to them. The Falcon is released thanks to this. The story switches to a Rebel ship attacking Vader's new star destroyer, the Rebel's are easily dispatched. Our heroes arrive back at the Rebel base and all immediately start planning how to stop Vader who is on his way to destroy them all. We are reminded that they still have the power gem but it only has one charge left. The Rebel base leader's son Vrad Dodonna returns suspiciously as he returns with a battle damaged ship even though Luke saw him not long before with no damage. Vrad then volunteers himself to be the pilot who attacks Vader's ship with the power gem but Luke not trusting him manages to get himself on as backup pilot. Vrad confronts Luke and Luke tells him his suspicions they go to the woods and fight, Vrad wins and while Luke is on the floor Vrad picks up a big tree branch implying that he is going to kill him. I’m quite surprised that Luke agreed to fight Vrad, as it seems a bit schoolboy to me and actually if he had just not been so honest to Vrad about his suspicions then he could have still stopped him if Vrad had tried to betray them.
The quality of the artwork within this volume is more or less the same as Volume 1, however I did find more to like here than I was expecting. Some of the panels that I liked the most include a really good image of the red demon squid looming in the background and ready to attack them (this reviews banner image), in a panel displaying the iron tower where the fake Ben is taking Luke to Darth Vader, the use of colour is brilliant, the black sky looks really moody and is offset well by the yellow streaming light. On Hoth there is a good panel of a mysterious figure watching Luke’s crashed ship on a Tauntaun with the storm swirling around them, a great use of shadow. The image of the Vader’s Executor flying past the now destroyed depot is fantastic with a good use of colours and motion.Finally there is a great panel of the Falcon rising from the depths of the lake, the contrast between the white of the water spray to the blackness of the clouds and sky is brilliant.
Conclusion & Rating
Rating: 5/10 - Bounty Hunters