Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Star Wars: Chewbacca #5 of 5
Duggan & Noto
The Chewbacca mini-series wraps up with a satisfactory read that hit the right notes to complete the expected course for the mini-series. Ultimately the issue is fairly predictable and doesn't provide much of a punch to end the mini-series on a high note. When more than half of the comic feels like it's an epilogue then you probably had a mini-series that was stretched too long. The comic has some strong art to help the fairly tame story along the way. This is an average comic.
Chewie and his young friend, Zarro, storm the transport's crew and then the landing party on the Star Destroyer. The landing party, which was supposed to greet two prisoners, seemed to consist of a senior officer and a droid. This makes things easier for Chewie to take command of the situation. Zarro spins some lies to get the gangster, Jaum, in some trouble. Then the explosives go off.
Chewie uses his incredible strength and climbing ability to swing through the hangar as the void of space is sucking the air out. Strangely, the hangar seems to contain only one TIE-Fighter. This makes the escape a little easier. The Empire doesn't pursue.
Chewie then has a sad goodbye with his friend before returning to his home world to present the contents of the mysterious package he's been holding. There's a fairly powerful final page.
The comic tries to be sweet and show a bond between Chewie and Zarro and it works to some extent. The comic feels like it was kind of slapped together at times though. At one point Zarro apologizes for telling Chewie he always crashes ships. Except she never said that in this comic. Perhaps showcasing Chewie would have been better off as a one-shot as it seems that this mini-series just didn't have five issues of material.
The artwork is strong. There are a couple of panels that really sparkle. The final page makes the entire book worthwhile as it is quite an eye-opener. The comic does a very good job at the visuals, especially giving Chewie's expressions some meaning.
"Chewbacca" wraps up with a decent, but average read. The book confirms the cute bond between Chewie and the little girl, Zarro. The comic puts the characters in situations that make it a little easier to get out of than potentially makes sense. The book has a lengthy epilogue that adds a little bit to the character of Chewie but it hard to reconcile with the light-hearted nature of the comic. This comic is a noble effort but an average read.
2.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles