Chewbacca (Star Wars)by Published 08 Mar 2016
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Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior CHEWBACCA stars in his very own adventure! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, 1872, HULK) and artist Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW, X-23, UNCANNY X-FORCE) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.
COLLECTING: STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA 1-5
"Chewbacca (Star Wars)" Reviews
This just didn’t work
Sure, Chewbacca is a great Star Wars character. There’s no disputing that. But the problem with him being the centre character of a comic is that he only speaks in growls. There’s no monologue; there’s no internal conflict of decision making: there’s just growls. It was silly.
The plot of this was plausible enough. Chewbacca helps a load of slaves escape from a mine; it’s the sort of thing he would do. He was emotionally manipulated by a young girl, which caused him to be reminded of his own people’s enslavement. This was fine in terms of story, but in a comic it was ridiculous. There was an entire double spread of a wookie digging in the dirt with a shovel whilst growling in different styles. Can you tell what different growls mean when they’re written down? I can’t. This may have worked best as an animated episode where the sounds can be heard.
The main problem is that it was very difficult to tell the mood of the character. Without hearing the growls of Chewbacca, it’s rather impossible to tell how he feels. I really had no idea what he was trying to communicate most of the time. Sure, you can tell the extremities of rage and peace, but that’s about it. Everything else comes across as neutral, an indifferent state of an expressionless character. Chewbacca is far too unreadable to be a lead in a story such as this. I’d recommend this comic to other wookies or those that speak the language. Otherwise it’s not worth your time. The artwork wasn’t great either. When compared to others in the new generation of star wars comics, it seemed cartoonish and less sharp.
This wasn’t Chewbacca’s finesse hour.
Wyaaaaaa, it’s a Chewbacca (minus Han) solo comic!
Set in the wake of A New Hope, everybody’s favourite Wookiee crash-lands on some backwater planet while headed back to Kashyyyk on an important personal mission. As he figures out how to get his ride working again (it’s not the Falcon), he meets Zarro, a young girl who asks for his help in freeing her dad and people from enslavement. Chewie and his laser crossbow to the rescue!
About the only thing I was curious about with this Chewbacca limited series was whether or not writer Gerry Duggan would translate his speech either as regular bubble dialogue between < and > or maybe as a translation box at the bottom of each panel (and what would Chewie’s voice sound like?), or just do his usual incomprehensible howling – and, in the same way Marvel kept Groot’s speech to just I Am Groot, it was the latter, which was probably the right choice.
Having a completely unintelligible protagonist means you need a sidekick who readers can understand and who can provide comprehension through reacting to Chewie. Han’s off someplace else so it’s down to Zarro, who also doesn’t understand Chewie(!) but at least saves this from being a silent comic – which maybe wouldn’t have been the worst choice as she does get a bit tiresome with her chattiness.
The story of Chewie saving a group of people from an evil miner isn’t the most gripping read and it’s completely disposable but it’s entertaining enough – maybe this was intended to be aimed at younger readers given Zarro and the simple story? Anyway, Chewie remains effortlessly likeable even if he feels like a supporting character in his own book.
Phil Noto’s art is less detailed than it usually is and that, coupled with the soft colours, makes the visuals a good match for the light tone of the comic. I liked how expressive Noto made Chewie’s eyes – we might be completely in the dark with his howls but his eyes communicate a helluva lot.
Chewie’s mini-series is completely irrelevant to the overall Star Wars saga but it’s a mildly amusing read and worth a look if you see it in your library.
Not a very good run. I didn't care for the characters, the story or art despite being a big Star Wars fan. Not having any clue what Chewbacca was saying through the whole run did not help it.
The weakest of the new Marvel Star Wars standalone mini-series. Doesn't do much to elevate Chewie beyond his second-tier status among the original trilogy characters. A well-meaning project with moments of splashy artwork but hindered by a forgettable story.
I love Phil Noto's art and it doesn't disappoint here, but it also doesn't do anything out of the ordinary, and the story was mediocre. I do love the girl, though and wouldn't mind more stories about her.