Star Wars, Volume 2
The Rebels’ covert ops go on the offensive as Princess Leia sends two of her top pilots—Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker—to be “captured” by the Empire! Meanwhile, Leia takes off on her own to locate a safe haven. But Darth Vader is on the alert! Collects issues #7–#12 of the ongoing series.

Star Wars, Volume 2 Details

TitleStar Wars, Volume 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 16th, 2014
PublisherDark Horse Comics
ISBN-139781616553111
Rating
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Sequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Comic Book

Star Wars, Volume 2 Review

  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah! Star Wars comics! Just started aaaaand...the character motivations just don't make sense (you know, your basic Brian Wood comic). But...yeah, Star Wars comic. So ready for Marvels take. They have some excellent creative teams lined up too.
  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    This series does very well at exploring the emotional fallout Luke and Leia have after the events of A New Hope. This series does a horrible job of representing what the classic character's roles are in this era. I understand if they want to ignore the books and comics, but there are things that character's do that seem to completely conflict with who they are in the films. (view spoiler)[Why is Leia an X-Wing pilot, why is her relationship with Mon Mothma so full of conflict? (hide spoiler)] I This series does very well at exploring the emotional fallout Luke and Leia have after the events of A New Hope. This series does a horrible job of representing what the classic character's roles are in this era. I understand if they want to ignore the books and comics, but there are things that character's do that seem to completely conflict with who they are in the films. (view spoiler)[Why is Leia an X-Wing pilot, why is her relationship with Mon Mothma so full of conflict? (hide spoiler)] I get the sense that this is coming from a great comic book writer who doesn't really know and understand Star Wars. I appreciate the exploration of the character's physiological and metal state, but do not enjoy shaking things up just to shake things up.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    This series was interesting and it had much better artwork than a lot of the Star Wars comics I've seen. The story did seem to contradict a bit of the history in the rest of the EU novels. I don't recall any novels ever demonstrating that Leia had any particular skill as a star fighter pilot especially being one in the class of Wedge. That seemed pretty opposite of everything else written about her. The only times I really remember her piloting a ship is when she co-piloted the Falcon. The story This series was interesting and it had much better artwork than a lot of the Star Wars comics I've seen. The story did seem to contradict a bit of the history in the rest of the EU novels. I don't recall any novels ever demonstrating that Leia had any particular skill as a star fighter pilot especially being one in the class of Wedge. That seemed pretty opposite of everything else written about her. The only times I really remember her piloting a ship is when she co-piloted the Falcon. The story itself was pretty interesting and much better than a lot of the Clone Wars storylines. Luke seems a bit cockier than I remember him especially since the Zahn novels from that era portray him as a bi more of a newb and farmboy in the great big city.
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    It's weird. The first book was do enjoyable, but now it just feels like the same old. The most interesting plot (the search for a new rebel base to work from) feels like it's back grounded for another "Boba Fett chases Han Solo" story. And retreading book one, there are plot elements that don't quite synch up, like how did Rogue Squadron take out the Interdictor cruiser? The single dumbest thing is Wedge wants to retire Red squadron in memory of his team. Yeah, any other primary colours you thin It's weird. The first book was do enjoyable, but now it just feels like the same old. The most interesting plot (the search for a new rebel base to work from) feels like it's back grounded for another "Boba Fett chases Han Solo" story. And retreading book one, there are plot elements that don't quite synch up, like how did Rogue Squadron take out the Interdictor cruiser? The single dumbest thing is Wedge wants to retire Red squadron in memory of his team. Yeah, any other primary colours you think the rebellion can stop using because you miss Porkins?
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  • Darren
    January 1, 1970
    A fresh and very tightly written series by Dark Horse; Wood is excellent! I hadn't read any Star Wars graphic novels before the 2013 Star Wars series and I am certainly glad I found this one! The twist at the end of issue #12 really took me for a ride too :)I was saddened to hear that Dark Horse is losing the Star Wars license at the end of 2014 and hope that Marvel can continue to deliver the same epic story with all the action and lore we (SW fans) expect out of our adventures in the land, far A fresh and very tightly written series by Dark Horse; Wood is excellent! I hadn't read any Star Wars graphic novels before the 2013 Star Wars series and I am certainly glad I found this one! The twist at the end of issue #12 really took me for a ride too :)I was saddened to hear that Dark Horse is losing the Star Wars license at the end of 2014 and hope that Marvel can continue to deliver the same epic story with all the action and lore we (SW fans) expect out of our adventures in the land, far, far, away...
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  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely an improvement over the previous volume. I still have some issues with it, though. (view spoiler)[Mainly the ending where Leia agrees to marry a prince in order to gain a safe haven for the Rebellion. Sounds familiar... The Courtship of Princess Leia (hide spoiler)]. But that is at the very end of this volume so it won't fully be addressed until volume three. A ridiculous premise but I'm still going to read it when it comes out.
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  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    This installment, while better than most attempts, still comes up short. While the design and trimmings are all there in the staging and color and such, the actual plot is hollow and the characters rehashed or flat and disconnected. The dialogue is either regurgitated from the movie or out of place entirely ("First blood"?!) Curiousity satisfied, I am ready to move on and give Jason Aaron his shot.
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  • Nessie McInness
    January 1, 1970
    The first volume was great. This was great... Until the last few pages.I don't want to see Leia getting married! I want to see some action!
  • Malcolm Cox
    January 1, 1970
    This is very much the conclusion to In The Shadow Of Yavin where all the main loose ends are tied up. The mystery is revealed and the scrapes that the characters are in are dealt with. A couple of character arcs also run their course, but I was left feeling cheated by them. In both cases there was the expectation of something coming of them, but then they leave the story and that’s that. I don’t know if they turn up later, but as the story stands at the moment, that’s all there is to it.Also the This is very much the conclusion to In The Shadow Of Yavin where all the main loose ends are tied up. The mystery is revealed and the scrapes that the characters are in are dealt with. A couple of character arcs also run their course, but I was left feeling cheated by them. In both cases there was the expectation of something coming of them, but then they leave the story and that’s that. I don’t know if they turn up later, but as the story stands at the moment, that’s all there is to it.Also the big reveal annoyed me. There was a spy giving away the Alliance’s movements to the Empire and this did carry the story well. However, when the truth is revealed… okay, I don’t know what I expected, I had theories, but the truth was underwhelming and does leave a few questions unanswered.I did like the addition of Perla to the story. She is an interesting character with a lot of unknowns about her. I’m looking forward to seeing how her character further develops as the series goes on.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty good continuation of the story from "In the Shadow of Yavin." The artwork is a little worse than the previous volume and at the beginning I felt like I'd missed an issue. The previous book left us with Leia in a bacta tank, but she's up running around again immediately in this one. Not sure exactly how much time was supposed to have passed... Still, we get the origin of Rogue Squadron and some good, daring Rebel plans to find and stop the spy feeding their location intel to the Empire. A pretty good continuation of the story from "In the Shadow of Yavin." The artwork is a little worse than the previous volume and at the beginning I felt like I'd missed an issue. The previous book left us with Leia in a bacta tank, but she's up running around again immediately in this one. Not sure exactly how much time was supposed to have passed... Still, we get the origin of Rogue Squadron and some good, daring Rebel plans to find and stop the spy feeding their location intel to the Empire. There is a neat, but slightly non-sensical twist with the identity of the spy; I'm not exactly sure how doing what they did helped the Alliance, as it seemed to just put them even more at risk. Still, rather fun and wonder of wonders, Prithi didn't die! She ended up leaving (for, like, the weirdest reason ever) but hey! (Still didn't have enough characterization for me to care that much.)
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  • Sean
    January 1, 1970
    I have long given Brian Wood negative reviews (fairly, in my opinion) but this is possibly my favorite piece he's ever done. He rebounds from a lackluster first arc and tells a fun, interesting, and on point Star Wars book. The characters seemed liked themselves and weren't stagnant. The story was enough new and old combined to be quite good. The art was phenomenal. Overall, this was a giant surprise for me. I really enjoyed it.
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  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    The story is good and continues the same momentum from volume 1. However...they changed the artist! The artwork was good in the first volume and became weird in volume 2. The characters looked more like a caricature at times.
  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Epic Stuff! :D Review to Come! :D
  • Charles
    January 1, 1970
    The timeframe is after the destruction of the first Death Star in episode IV, despite their tremendous victory the forces of the rebellion are on the run and in danger of being wiped out. This is consistent with human history, where forces fighting the powerful armies of a government must flee and regroup after a victory. The best example of this is the state of the Sioux forces after they defeated the army of George Custer. Immediately after their victory, the Sioux forces split into small gro The timeframe is after the destruction of the first Death Star in episode IV, despite their tremendous victory the forces of the rebellion are on the run and in danger of being wiped out. This is consistent with human history, where forces fighting the powerful armies of a government must flee and regroup after a victory. The best example of this is the state of the Sioux forces after they defeated the army of George Custer. Immediately after their victory, the Sioux forces split into small groups and went into hiding as best they could. In many ways, it was their last stand. In need of a safe haven and weapons, the leaders of the rebellion send small teams in search of a base of safety, Princess Leia takes on that task. Han and Chewie continue their mission to acquire arms and have to fight off the deadly bounty hunter Bobba Fett. Luke and Wedge Antilles deliberately allow themselves to be captured by the Empire in an unusual move to infiltrate the forces of the Empire. The best feature of the story is when Leia meets a fellow Alderaanian that has a cozy existence and is a criminal, but still shares her sorrow at the loss of his planet. There are many different plot segments in this story, yet like so many of the graphic novels, the latter part has a major battle and it ends with an incredible cliffhanger. Leia may be sacrificing herself in order to save the rebellion.
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  • Jeff Lanter
    January 1, 1970
    I'm happy to say that Volume 2 of Star Wars reaches its potential here. Not only is the plot full of action, but it has three storylines going on at once which is something I always associate and appreciate about the original trilogy. The way everything resolves is quite interesting and there are some surprises along the way. One thing I do wonder about this line of comics is how accurate it is to the continuity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (the novels, comics, video games, etc. that have I'm happy to say that Volume 2 of Star Wars reaches its potential here. Not only is the plot full of action, but it has three storylines going on at once which is something I always associate and appreciate about the original trilogy. The way everything resolves is quite interesting and there are some surprises along the way. One thing I do wonder about this line of comics is how accurate it is to the continuity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (the novels, comics, video games, etc. that have come out since the original movies). For example, I'm pretty sure I've seen Boba Fett work with Bossk, but I know I've seen Fett have disdain for him as well. The idea of Boba Fett as a loner is certainly emphasized a lot in the Expanded Universe. The truth is, this comic does not worry or let itself be tied to continuity because it is supposed to be for anyone with an interest in Star Wars and that is totally fine. A lot of the Expanded Universe is average to mediocre anyway. I'm not sure how many more volumes of this will come out with Dark Horse losing the license, but I will certainly read more of it!
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    This volume of the Marvel Star Wars title isn't quite as strong as the previous - it seems to be juggling a few too many story threads at once; like Birra Seah, who goes from seeming prominence to literally running away from the greater story. And Leia has a one issue digression that, while telling an interesting story, does absolutely nothing to further the main plot. But aside from that, the story is entertaining, with action both on the ground and in space, and numerous plot threads resolvin This volume of the Marvel Star Wars title isn't quite as strong as the previous - it seems to be juggling a few too many story threads at once; like Birra Seah, who goes from seeming prominence to literally running away from the greater story. And Leia has a one issue digression that, while telling an interesting story, does absolutely nothing to further the main plot. But aside from that, the story is entertaining, with action both on the ground and in space, and numerous plot threads resolving together in an unexpected (and honestly, not very satisfying) manner. The characters feel fairly true to the movies, and the new characters are interesting for the most part too. And I'm wondering if a person's first name means he's actually the same as someone else from the Expanded Universe. So still good, just not quite as good as the first volume.
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  • F.P.
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of fun--one of the most enjoyable of the graphic-novel/comic Star Wars stories that I've read. This one was especially refreshing because there was nothing with non-human animals in this story, which is a typical weakness in too much SW stuff. But this story is about the machinations between people/hominids only--no other animals being hurt.Now I just need to figure out which is the next story--is it one of the Rogue ones?---I didn't realize this is right after In The Shadow Of Yavin--cool A lot of fun--one of the most enjoyable of the graphic-novel/comic Star Wars stories that I've read. This one was especially refreshing because there was nothing with non-human animals in this story, which is a typical weakness in too much SW stuff. But this story is about the machinations between people/hominids only--no other animals being hurt.Now I just need to figure out which is the next story--is it one of the Rogue ones?---I didn't realize this is right after In The Shadow Of Yavin--cool! I've been buying the comics randomly, and I've lucked out in that I've unknowingly bought sequels to what I already have and have enjoyed.
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  • Mike Jozic
    January 1, 1970
    The second arc of the new Star Wars series is nothing short of excellent. I thought the previous installment was a bit lacking after a great start but "Ruins of Alderaan" starts well and ends well. This is great storytelling in the Star Wars universe. The characters are spot on, there are callbacks to the prequels and foreshadowing of the the OT...Wood is just kicking it in the pants and I hope future stories just get better and better (at the very least, stay the same level of quality). Seek it The second arc of the new Star Wars series is nothing short of excellent. I thought the previous installment was a bit lacking after a great start but "Ruins of Alderaan" starts well and ends well. This is great storytelling in the Star Wars universe. The characters are spot on, there are callbacks to the prequels and foreshadowing of the the OT...Wood is just kicking it in the pants and I hope future stories just get better and better (at the very least, stay the same level of quality). Seek it out if you are a saga fan.
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  • Matthew Godlewski
    January 1, 1970
    Another good Star Wars adventure from Brian Woods. Great art and a great storyline as Han, Luke and Leia go off on separate missions to help the Alliance throw the Empire off their scent and find a new home. Like the first volume, this is a great story that fills in the gaps between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back. This series has motivated me to pick up the first Marvel A Long Time Ago omnibus to see how the gaps between movies were originally filled in when no one was sure what the plan Another good Star Wars adventure from Brian Woods. Great art and a great storyline as Han, Luke and Leia go off on separate missions to help the Alliance throw the Empire off their scent and find a new home. Like the first volume, this is a great story that fills in the gaps between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back. This series has motivated me to pick up the first Marvel A Long Time Ago omnibus to see how the gaps between movies were originally filled in when no one was sure what the plans for the franchise were.
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  • C
    January 1, 1970
    I found this volume to be ok - entertaining, but nothing truly special. I would go three stars, but as I had to flip through it before writing the review in order to remember what it was about - that drops it to two for me. (Perhaps unfair with the sometimes state of my memory, but I digress.)I enjoyed the Han side of the story, felt like it married the PT and OT feel fairly well, something that many writers/artists don't seem to be able to accomplish all that well.
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  • Neville Ridley-smith
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this one more than the first. There are still some of the same problems - the main characters don't feel quite right. And that's partially due to the the art - it's pretty bad with respect to character likenesses.But, except for the people, the art is great - the layouts and mechanical detail is awesome. Big and bold and beautiful colours.And the story lines (4 separate stories basically - one for each of the main trio and an extra for vader/imperials) are all fun.
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  • Jedi Sunni
    January 1, 1970
    What was not to love about this book! It was great to watch the story unfold and to see the star wars universe in this way. It is well worth the read and I look forward to continuing the series. Overall i'd give this book a 4.8 out of 5, the art work is just beautiful.
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  • Michael Robichaux
    January 1, 1970
    This volume is a changeup from the last. The mains still have their own plots, but they finally come together for a solid Star Wars finish. The new Marvel series will soon make this one obsolete, which is a shame.
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Great collection here. Dark Horse always knows how to please. Nice balance of keeping the action moving, good characterization, and an excellent attention to detail. I'll be reading the remaining volumes (and the last) of the DH era.
  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    Brian Wood's Star Wars graphic novel continues. The Ruins of Alderaan slows down a bit from volume one and a screwy curveball gets thrown at the end. I enjoyed it, but it didn't have me running out to get volume three.
  • Manuel
    January 1, 1970
    Too many plot threads, most of them being either forgettable or not leading anywhere. Using familiar characters between 2 of the original movies may seem like a good idea, except that it removes all tension, since we know exactly where this is going.
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  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    Brian Wood continues an astounding run on the old school Star Wars universe. I have really enjoyed this series thus far. The dialouge is incredible and the book feels like a continuation of Star Wars: A New Hope. I can not wait to read the next volume. Mr. Wood the force is definitely with you.
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  • John H
    January 1, 1970
    Decent story, although the ending has me a little worried about the direction the plot is taking. I'm still distracted by the fact that the character renditions don't look much like the actors from the movies (unlike the cover illustrations).
  • Chris Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Marvel,I know in 2015 you get the rights to Star Wars. If Brian Wood still wants to play in the Star Wars universe, PLEASE consider letting him write because this book is FANTASTIC!!!!
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty solid Star Wars story actually featuring the main characters. The art left a little to be desired.
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