A lot of Star Wars fans were nervous when Marvel/Disney took over Star Wars comics from Dark Horse. For years, DH had told some amazing stories in the Star Wars universe through the medium of comics. It was unclear whether Marvel would live up to Dark Horse’s standards, or if it would just publish tie-in garbage. While I am only a casual Star Wars fan, I am a true comic book nerd. I am happy to report that Marvel is doing great with Star Wars. They aren’t just telling fun Star Wars stories; they’re telling good stories using Star Wars a backdrop for exploring some interesting themes. Lando was a caper about friendship and loyalty. Obi-Wan and Anakin was a surprisingly somber meditation on war and the burdens we pass on to future generations. Chewbecca carries on that fresh tradition.
While he is the titular character, Chewbacca isn’t the star of this book. Sometime after the Battle of Yavin, he crash lands on a planet run by a local leader who is sympathetic to the Empire. Our furry friend gets roped into helping a small slave rebellion led by a spunky kid. The book is equally funny, violent, and sweet, just like Chewie. It’s his nature to help those in need. If helping involves gambling and ripping off appendages, so be it!
Gerry Duggan, perhaps best known for his work on Deadpool, does a fine job of capturing Chewie’s spirit. Like Samwise Gamgee, Chewie may be a sidekick, but that is hardly all he is. Chewie the heart and brawn that carries the protagonist. That is clear in this book. Phil Noto, as always, creates a beautiful look for the book. We’re in a golden age of comic art.This book is only $11 on Amazon right now. I might’ve enjoyed Lando a little bit more, but this is definitely worth reading if you have a soft spot for Chewie.
P.S. There’s a very sweet movie tie-in that might get even casual fans misty-eyed.