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Star Wars, Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon

(Star Wars (2015-2019) #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  5,383 ratings  ·  475 reviews
Luke continues his quest to learn about the Jedi by heading for the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. But when his lightsaber is stolen, he soon finds himself entrapped and imprisoned! Will his friends come to his aid before hes forced to enter the Arena of Death? Meanwhile, Han and Leia are confronted by an unexpected foe. The Imperials are closing in on them, and they were set o ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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The new Canonic Star Wars comics keep truly great!

I got this storyarc on its single comic book issues but I chose to make the review using this TPB edition to make a better overall review. The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains the issues #7-12 from the title of “Star Wars” in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writer: Jason Aaron

Illustrators: Simone Bianchi & Stuart Immo
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Remember this exchange from the original Star Wars?

Han: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.

C-3PO: But sir. Nobody worries about upsetting a droid.

Han: That’s ‘cause a droid don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.

C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2. Let the Wookiee win.

It turns out that Han was absolutely right because there’s several scenes in this collection that make it very clear that Chewbacca is one b
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm impressed! That wasn't just a bit of pandering to the nostalgia. There was an actual creative story in there! Wow! It makes me believe there's still someone alive out there who's making good Star Wars stuff! Yay!

(Yes, I am going to go watch the new Star Wars movie this weekend. Am I preparing to adjust my expectations after watching Eps 1-6 recently? Yeah. Am I still a geekboy enraptured in his geekdom? Yeah. Yeah, I am.)

Seriously. This story was pretty damn cool and I want to continue readi
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Star Wars comics have been kicking the Star Wars books asses since they switched to the new continuity. Great art, fun stories. This volume starts with a solo tale featuring Obi-Wan and his life on Tatooine. Following that Luke decides to go to the Smuggler's Moon for help sneaking on to Coruscant and falls into trouble with a hutt. Han and Leia deal with Sana and her revelation that she's married to Han. ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

I really hated for good the Han's wife sub-plot, storyline was just as not good as first volume, but Bianchi/Immonen's artworks were just over the top here.
And the arena lightsaber-battle-royale fight scene was a real blast.

Sam Quixote
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the second volume of Jason Aaron’s Star Wars run sees the core group fractured. Luke has picked up Obi-Wan’s journal from Tatooine and is trying to reach the Jedi Temple on Coruscant at the heart of the Empire - a journey that only the most daring smugglers of Nar Shaddaa can help him with. Meanwhile, Han and Leia bump into a bounty hunter intent on turning them over to the Empire. Oh and she claims to be Han’s wife too!

I liked the first Marve
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like the first volume, Star Wars :Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon is also an action-packed, epic space adventure propelled by energy and enthusiasm. That’s fine with me!There is also a tale from Obi-Wan's past.Hell yeah! ...more
Paul E. Morph
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
While there's still a lot to love about this second volume of Marvel's new Star Wars comic (Dengar's in it; what more could you want?) I have to completely honest and say I didn't enjoy it as much as the first volume.

I'm not quite sure why... Maybe it had something to do with the whole newspaper-headline-grabbing 'Han Solo's wife' business coming to such an unsatisfying conclusion... Maybe it just bothers me that some of the story elements are trying to be bigger and better than the story elemen
Alexandra Elend Wolf
3.5 stars.

"I wasn't General Obi-Wan Kenobi anymore. I was no longer a Jedi master. I was only Ben. Quiet old Ben who lived far out in the Dune Sea, where nothing but womp rats and Tusken Raiders ever dared to go. Ben the forgotten hermit. Ben the relic."

Oh, how it hurt.

Entering this comic I was not expecting it to make me cry. If anything, I was expecting it to amuse me. But it was immediately clear, after seeing that Obi-Wan narrated some, that I was gonna have my poor heart crushed.

Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
This Star Wars book is so fun and Immonen is so under appreciated as an artist. He gets the character faces and body language perfectly and his big wide shots like space scenes and planet establishing shots look great.

I saw a tweet saying this is going to be the thing that will make Luke Skywalker cool - I'm leaning towards agreeing with that opinion.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, comics
Jason Aaron knows what he's doing here. I loved the first volume of his Star Wars, and while this one isn't quite as amazing, it's still really, really good. It still has the same sense of adventure that I hope for from anything related to Star Wars. Luke actually gets to be really cool, even if he's also as naive as I'd expect him to be. Sana is a great new character, though I doubt we'll ever see her again. She's fun, and it's great to see somebody consistently get the better of Han, at least ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
The first issue of Obi-Wan Kenobi's journal was actually pretty decent. However, from there, it just went downhill for me.
Writing-wise, storywise, the characters, all of the above. It was terrible.
Guess I wasn't that much of a fan after all.

It gets 1 star out of 5
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quality follow-up / sequel to Skywalker Strikes, this volume was also fast-moving and fun. For starters, it provided a brief glimpse of what Ben Kenobi was doing between Vader's rise to power and Leia's "you're my only hope" message. Then it quickly jumps back into the story-line from the first volume. I especially liked the unlikely duo who set out on a rescue mission for Huttese-hostage Luke, Leia's trademark courage under fire (" This is a princess?" exclaims a stormtrooper-pilot dodging her ...more
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It's new Star Wars - and it's awesome.


I don't know what else to say without spoiling it. We are still between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. The characters are spot on - and the art is easy on the eyes.

It's freaking Star Wars. Just read it.

Another great installment in the series. Yes, it continues the fun SW story with the original cast, but what’s really great is how logical and seamlessly the plot fits into the Star Wars lore. I’m amazed at how the creative team has added all these nuances to the ongoing tale leading up to The Empire Strikes Back without screwing anything up. Just a great series so far.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a lot of fun to read and i just love han shouting 'she's not my wife' like 50 times his character is spot on!

The artwork is amazing and everything is just on point, definitely worth picking up if you like star wars!
Benji Glaab
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ya this was better than I expected. Quite a fractious chaotic storyline (in a good way), and what a great finish. All while staying within the constrains of the main Saga storyline. We get a few extra characters thrown in with the regulars we all know and love. The art work wasn't really to my liking. A huge downgrade from Cassidy who worked volume 1. Kind of weak sauce art, but it still served and most of the time it captured the essence of the original actors. Overall this adds more depth, and ...more
James DeSantis
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun star wars adventure. This one continues where the last one left off! Luke is still searching for answers, and goes to a planet where a Jedi Temple used to be. However, what is waiting for him when he gets there!? On the flipside have Leia and Han on a new mission but what happens when Solo's wife shows up. Oh you heard me right, WIFE!

Overall, this is pretty fun but not great. I enjoy a lot of the Luke stuff and I think he's actually pretty interesting in this series. I thought the ending
Awwwwwesome. Pure awesomeness. My favorite Star Wars comic so far.

I loved seeing Obi-Wan again, and the circumstances surrounding him. I loved meeting Grakkus the Hutt, who is a buffer version of Jabba and walks around on many robotic legs. Yep, it's cool. I loved the art. I loved the story. I cannot wait for more!

Ps: Am I the only one who thinks that the cover of Luke looks like Ricky Schroder?

Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There will be “blood and lightsabers“. If you are planning to read this volume, be advised to fasten your seat belts, as this epic adventure in a galaxy far far away will keep you on the edge of your seat through and through.

This volume collects issues #7-12.

Luke Skywalker struggles as he has no one to guide him through his jedi training. The uncertainties brings him to tatootine where he finds Ben Kenobi’s journal. The journal (issue #7) tells Luke of the vacillations and struggles of a man, pr
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Marginally better than volume 1, though Luke is still really dumb, and Han spends all his time whining. Leia gets to be tough, a little, while Artoo and Chewie actually get to save people. And Sana I liked, but will we see her again? There's actually an interesting Hutt here, who's not the same as evil bikini Jabba. I liked his prosthetics. ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More of a 4*5 but still SO MUCH FUN!!!
To check out all my reviews:

Disclaimer: I read the individual comics.

When I first read the Star Wars comics I was excited because it was the first time that I invested my time towards a particular franchise now that we have the new canon and for the most part it was a great series. I would say awesome but after reading this volume it raised the stakes higher and I believe it was the perfect set up for Vader Down crossover that I couldn't believe this was epic
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Star Wars vol 2 was a nice read.

It starts with a story about Obi-Wan on Tatooine, where he faces up to the task of what it means to actually be a Jedi. Then the rest of the volume is concerned with a tale that starts off in different places but ends up becoming entangled.

Luke has decided he must go to Coruscant to find out more about the Jedi, but along the way, he gets tangled up with a Hutt who captures him for gladiatorial combat. Meanwhile, Han and Leia get stuck on a smuggler's moon and ar
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-rewind
Someone asked me yesterday if I’m still reading Star Wars so I guess here’s your answer.
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
A typical plot totally enhanced by awesome art.

If you ever wondered what Ben Kenobi had been doing on Tatooine for years the answer is here and rather disappointing. Nothing. Logical if you consider he's been doing his best to stay under the Empire's radar but not very thrilling. He apparently used his spare time to write some memories in which Luke hopes to find useful advice in his quest to become a Jedi. Good luck with that! This first issue is illustrated by Simone Bianchi, good but not at h
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be better than I expected. There's an interesting story about Obi-wan on Tatooine to start, and then it gets into the main story in which Leia gets involved in a love triangle with Han, and Luke confronts a collector of Jedi artifacts. Leia in particular is really well characterized. The art is quite good too. It's worth a read for Star Wars fans. ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel, star-wars
Jason Aaron continues to be consistently good on this title. This arc also sees the change of an artist, instead of John Cassaday we now get the great Stuart Immonen. And I have to say, as much as I love Cassaday, I do like Immonen's art better on Star Wars. He just nails it. ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it

A really great follow up. We (who haven't read any of the novels) finally learn what Obi Wan did on Tatooine. (Seriously, why doesn't he have a standalone title?) R2D2 and Luke meanwhile are going to Nar Shaddaa, the Smuggler's Moon, to learn the whereabouts of the Jedi Temple for knowledge on becoming a Jedi. Han and Leia are hiding out from the Empire when Sana Solo barges in. And Chewbacca and C3P0 have been separated from the rest and work their way back to Han and Leia. A typical but exciti
Jim C
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating is 4.5 stars.

This collection is part of a series. This takes place between Episode IV and Episode V. In this one, Luke is searching for answers about the force. Meanwhile Han and Leia are hiding from the Empire when Han's "wife" finds them.

I liked this collection so much as it was just plain fun and it gave me that Star Wars feeling. The artwork was spot on as I had no problem with the characters and the space battle scenes were terrific. What sold this collection was the character
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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where h ...more

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