Star Wars, Vol. 13
Who is DAR CHAMPION, and how far can LEIA trust him when HAN'S life is on the line on BOSS CARPO'S golden starship? What shocking lesson will LUKE learn when WARBA finally reveals her true self? And when faced with his lost past, can THREEPIO seize control of his destiny - and be the hero of his own story? The lives of thousands of rebels hang in the balance as our heroes grapple with their greatest doubts and challenges!COLLECTING: STAR WARS (2015) 73-75, STAR WARS: EMPIRE ASCENDANT

Star Wars, Vol. 13 Details

TitleStar Wars, Vol. 13
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ReleaseMar 17th, 2020
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302921682
Rating
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Sequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel

Star Wars, Vol. 13 Review

  • Ben Brown
    January 1, 1970
    And with that, Marvel’s main “Star Wars” title comes to an end. Writer Greg Pak and artist Phil Noto both turn in work that is, at least for me, fairly emblematic of the Marvel era of “Star Wars” comics: safe, fast-paced storytelling, pretty-without-ever-being-distinctive-artwork, and lots of callbacks to the things in the franchise that we all love and adore. Is it entertaining? Reasonably. Is it memorable? Not in the slightest. Here’s hoping that Charles Soule – for my money, one of the few “ And with that, Marvel’s main “Star Wars” title comes to an end. Writer Greg Pak and artist Phil Noto both turn in work that is, at least for me, fairly emblematic of the Marvel era of “Star Wars” comics: safe, fast-paced storytelling, pretty-without-ever-being-distinctive-artwork, and lots of callbacks to the things in the franchise that we all love and adore. Is it entertaining? Reasonably. Is it memorable? Not in the slightest. Here’s hoping that Charles Soule – for my money, one of the few “Star Wars” comics writers in the last few years that has risen above the dirge of bland, milquetoastines that’s come to characterize the line and make a genuine impression – manages to work the same magic he did in the likes of “Darth Vader” and “Poe Dameron” when he reboots the series come January. I’m cautiously optimistic.
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  • Tiago
    January 1, 1970
    You'd think a 75-issue run of Star Wars set between Episode IV and V would eventually tell the story of how the rebels end up in Hoth, nope, not even a single issue, not even after teasing us with the "Destination Hoth" slogan in the previous issues, you do get a couple of short stories on Hoth, but they're teasers for the upcoming series, nothing else.In the end, this run was pretty dissapointing for me, it took no risks, with too much focus on the classic characters, barely any memorable You'd think a 75-issue run of Star Wars set between Episode IV and V would eventually tell the story of how the rebels end up in Hoth, nope, not even a single issue, not even after teasing us with the "Destination Hoth" slogan in the previous issues, you do get a couple of short stories on Hoth, but they're teasers for the upcoming series, nothing else.In the end, this run was pretty dissapointing for me, it took no risks, with too much focus on the classic characters, barely any memorable characters or story arcs, it never was more than a mildly entertaining read, Jason Aaron's episodic storytelling was too forgettable for me to care, Kieron Gillen did wrote a couple of fun story arcs, but Greg Pak's story was just awful, two volumes too much. In the end I actually think C3-P0 was the star of the show.Glad it is over, hopefully the next run will be better, already seeing cooler characters in these short stories, Bounty Hunters, nuff said.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    My review for this also includes review for Volume 12: rebels and rogues because between that volume and this volume 13 is one seamless story.Therein lies problem 1. I have no damn idea why marvel decided to break this 8 part story Into two volumes, 5 parts in 1 and 3 parts in another. Tac on Empire Ascendant and we have a 9 ish graphic, and given that most marvel comics are only 20 pages now, that’s an easy one volume graphic. Sigh. Whatever.Pak is not a bad writer and he has okay stories. My review for this also includes review for Volume 12: rebels and rogues because between that volume and this volume 13 is one seamless story.Therein lies problem 1. I have no damn idea why marvel decided to break this 8 part story Into two volumes, 5 parts in 1 and 3 parts in another. Tac on Empire Ascendant and we have a 9 ish graphic, and given that most marvel comics are only 20 pages now, that’s an easy one volume graphic. Sigh. Whatever.Pak is not a bad writer and he has okay stories. Planet hulk is just damn fun. I was looking for that fun here and it wasn’t absent, more or less, but it was kind of convoluted.So, whole series we’re “looking” for a new base and that “continues” here but we never actually look so we always get distracted by (fill in the blank) but that’s okay we get adventure and what not. Sure sure, but we are on the heels of Episode 5, seems like if we subtitle or title a series “destination Hoth” that it would encompass more than like two pages of Hoth. But marvel pulls this shit all the time “huge splash title on cover that’s never really addressed” par for the fucking course at this point.I digress. This arc in no way ruined the pretty good series as a whole but it doesn’t feel as epic as Gillian or as fun as Aaron. It’s just let’s separate the fuck out of our heroes and have them do stuff. Luke goes to rando planet to track down probe droids and rescue some rebels, Leia and Han go to Lanz Carpo to turn Boss Carpo and empire against each other for hope and distraction. Chewbacca and C3P0 are sent off to K43 to set up bombs to lure empire there to blow the whole thing since it’s “uninhabited”Problems ensue, Luke runs into rando chick Warba Calip who is sheister deluxe and convinces Luke she knows some stuff about the force and Luke falls hard and is made to look like a complete gulliable idiot when she quotes Rogue One to him. She steals his lightsaber and damnit he has to rescue some rebels but hey she comes around in the end, like they always do. Leia runs into old boyfriend Dar Champion who warns them that if they bring empire here it’ll screw everyone over cause us “good guy” Rebels we can do no wrong and never think about collateral damage - just ask the Ewoks. So they instead try to trick Boss Carpo into attacking empire. Meanwhile Chewbacca and C3P0 discover K43 is inhabited by sentient rock creatures who, in my opinion, are the coolest thing about this arc. And like planned, the empire shows up to all locations and we’re just not quite equipped to handle them wouldn’t you know. Vader shows up to K43 and blah blah blah.We damn sure get near Crystal Star territory where we just toss things around and make it almost flippant. Turns out K43 is a living being itself, cause why the fuck not, trash some Star destroyers and we’ll just set up somewhere else, um okay, again, why the fuck not. Thanks Kakrans.I won’t lie though, I do hope to see the Kakrans again, despite the deus ex machine, I thought they were kind of cool.But now we pick up Dar and Warba and maybe we’ll do something with them, who knows, I’m guessing we’ll see them in the series set between episode 5 and 6, I mean we gotta year to fill and searching for Han only takes so long cause we all know he’s on Tatooine, so, we gots to fill the story with something else. And where the hell did Sana get off to?Honestly, I really loved C3P0 in this one, he finally got some due and Chewbacca vs Darth Vader was cool. God bless our ever loyal wookie (rest in peace Old EU Chewbacca).Anyways, we get to Hoth finally and that’s it.Then we close the whole thing with the Empire Ascendant one-shot and God help me I was hoping for so much more from this one. I really thought it was going to be the segue from this series to episode 5, nope, just some stuff and things. The “Darth Vader” Segment was as throwaway as they come. The Aphra Segment was okay.The standouts, if we can call them that, were our intro to Poe Damerons parents Shara and Kes. Couldn’t really tell you why but I instantly liked them and I’m guessing we’ll see more of them in next series. It was cool to see them working on the construction of the Hoth base (you know that segue I was talking about earlier). But again, it was short and that’s it. Then we get another throwaway story for bounty hunters, but our takeaway is the use of the character Valance. He’d already been recanonized in a Han comic but damn did they dig deep for this one, he first appeared in the old original marvel Star Wars comics, stuff even the Old EU didn’t even consider canon, and, shocker “we’re disavowing the EU” Disney cherry picks every little thing they can use. It’s annoying for this champion of the Old EU but what can you do?I’m short, Pak’s run is Not great but it’s also not shitty. Though, what in the hell is his deal with overusing “tch”, does anyone actually say that, make that sound? Ever?From issue 1-75 the series, for the most part, worked well as a bridge between 4 and 5 and had some fun adventures, some cool stuff, some good characters and some good stories. I recommend it all and it makes me anticipatory for series two. We shall see.
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  • Jon Huff
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good end to the post-Star Wars (A New Hope) comics that Marvel has been putting out since 2015. I've really enjoyed the series, although I'm not sure it ever quite got to the highs of the first few volumes. Part of it is that the series feels a little boxed in story-wise. It'd be nice to have some time to diverge more from the main conflict and explore more of the universe with these characters. that being said, the comic book has been fun. I thought the rock people in this story felt This was a good end to the post-Star Wars (A New Hope) comics that Marvel has been putting out since 2015. I've really enjoyed the series, although I'm not sure it ever quite got to the highs of the first few volumes. Part of it is that the series feels a little boxed in story-wise. It'd be nice to have some time to diverge more from the main conflict and explore more of the universe with these characters. that being said, the comic book has been fun. I thought the rock people in this story felt a little too... outside the realm of Star Wars for me. But other than that I enjoyed the storyline. The series reboots post-Empire next.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a fan of the double dip - this could have been part of volume 12 instead of 2 separate volumes. But again, the art is stellar and this was an absolute fun thrill ride with stunning visuals.
  • Ahdom
    January 1, 1970
    We have finally caught up to the Events in Empire Strikes Back and are now entering a new era in the comics. This was such a wild ride through the comics and this final volume did well in telling us one last exciting adventure before the Rebels flee to Hoth. It was really cool to see several lines of the comics converge lead to Hoth. Pak has had a great run in this series. I can't wait to see what he takes on next.
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  • Kurt Lorenz
    January 1, 1970
    73-75, Empire Ascendant, 73-75, ☆☆☆☆Empire Ascendant, ☆☆☆☆
  • Sam Nicholson
    January 1, 1970
    9/10
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