Welcome to Star Wars Rediscovered and my review of Classic Star Wars Volume 3: Escape to Hoth. Read on after the jump to see what I thought of this third volume of this series.
Classic Star Wars Volume 3: Escape to Hoth
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Al Williamson
Art Assist: Allen Nunis
Colourists: Steve Buccellato, Matthew Hollingsworth, Ray Murtaugh, Tom Roberts
The cover art for this collection is as uninspiring as the previous volumes. We have two figures who are about to be attacked by a lizard creature and Darth Vader, the male character looks to be too blonde and muscled to be Luke Skywalker but if previous volumes are taken into account there is every chance this could be him. The colours and use of shadow are fine but Vader looks a bit too small and thin to look very threatening.
They don't make it back to the base however before Luke picks up a Rebel distress beacon, he contacts the base to find out that they have sent C3P0 and R2D2 to investigate, as they are more expendable apparently. A messenger droid attacks them but Han and Luke arrive to help. Vader has a secret plan however to extract the location of the Rebel base from the mind of whatever humanoid approaches his droid. This happens to be Luke who touches the droid in the hopes of getting any information from it that might be useful but instead is enveloped in a force field while Vader attacks his mind. A combination of R2D2 and Han save him though and Vader's plans are foiled yet again. The volume ends with our heroes about to start their journey back to the Rebel base and their friends. This story was my favourite of this volume, it was simple yet clever and if anyone but Luke had been caught in Vader's trap then he would have most likely discovered the location of their base.
The interior art is generally no better or worse than the previous two volumes, There are some panels that work really and others that are just awful. Luke on one page is drawn terribly, he looks almost to be a 40 something old man, Han next to him looks much younger. It’s the character work that is generally the most disappointing aspect of the art. Some of the panels that work well include a good panel of the ship that both Vrad and Luke are flying off in. interesting design, sleek and metallic. There is a great panel of Vader's star destroyer. the shadowy planets and asteroids behind it are fantastic and the panel of the Falcon surrounded by solar flares is brilliant! It would be an epic scene in a movie. Lastly there is a good panel of the Falcon sweeping after the mysterious ship that may discover the new base, good level of detail on the Falcon.
Conclusion & Rating
Rating: 4/10 - Hutts