COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
The other day, we reviewed the audiobook Pirate's Price by Lou Anders in preparation for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland. Today, we will take a look at the first two issues of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge comic book written by Ethan Sacks, illustrated by Will Sliney and published by Marvel Comics.
The comic book takes us deep within Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu (which is where the theme park land takes place) and introduces us to Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian procurer of fine antiquities on this back water world. Each issue, so far, revolves around how Dok-Ondar came into possession one of his rare finds.
The first issue has Dok-Ondar hiring a young smuggler by the name of Han Solo and his Wookie companion Chewbacca. In this issue, we find out how Dok-Ondar came into possession on a Sarlaac. Yes, the same kind of creature that allegedly killed Boba Fett in the deserts of Tatooine! How do they get it and will they find themselves swindled?
In the second issue, we learn how the light saber of the great Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi came into the possession of Dok-Ondar. And what does it have to do with the bounty hunter Greedo?
Each issue, so far, has been a lot of fun as we get to spend time with some of the greatest scum and villainy this side of the galaxy. What I love about this series is that it undoubtedly adds excitement to being able to see Dok-Ondar himself at the Disney theme parks. He will appear as an audio animatronic in his Den of Antiquities.
But, more than that, it adds texture to and life to a world that, from all estimation, will aready be one of the most immersive experiences around. Dok-Ondar isn't just an animatronic. He is a fully fleshed character for whom all inhabitants of the Black Spire Outpost fear and respect.
The books also add to the mythology of these characters we've grown to love. While we may have only had a fleeting moment with Greedo in the movies, its wonderful to be able to see how treacherous he really is. It only makes that moment with Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope only more precarious. Aside from the mythology of the characters, though, it adds to the mythology of each and every item in the store. We now know that each one has its own unique story. I, for one, cannot wait to see this store and partake in a veritable feast for the eyes.
It is so nice to see the Walt Disney Company working in such synergy to bring Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to life and this is a wonderful way of doing so.