Star Wars #35
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Madibek Musabekov
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: I order to secure help with his damaged lightsaber, Luke will have to take a journey within.
Luke is confronted by Dr. Cuata who has the unique ability to speak to kyber crystals. He and Gretta agree to help Luke with his lightsaber, but that help will come at a cost. That cost will be Luke connecting with a red kyber crystal in an attempt to heal it. A connection that will have Luke not only confront the Sith who created it, but also his fear of Vader as well.
Luke will also connect to another crystal that has no color and find himself confronting Yoda about his lack of help for the young Jedi. A confrontation that will lead to Luke making a decision about the crystal and what he will do next.
The Story: Soule is creating some interesting character development for Luke in this issue. I liked seeing him face not only a part of the dark side that he’s never encountered before, but also part of himself that he seems unwilling to confront. The moments with Yoda were well done and showcased the journey Luke will have to take before the events of Return of the Jedi. I also really enjoyed the fact that his journey will require him to move beyond the confines of confronting Vader in order to become a Jedi. It adds some great layers to the character.
The Art: Musabekov delivers some great art throughout the issue. The visuals are beautifully detailed and the worlds crafted within the crystals look amazing and are filled with great imagery.