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Star Wars, Vol. 3: Rebel Jail

(Star Wars (2015-2019) #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,092 ratings  ·  285 reviews
The rebel crew is en route to a prison base with a very important captive. But unlucky for them, they aren't the only ones with their eyes on this prize! Plus: Meet a rebel spy at the heart of the Empire, and join him on a mission of life and death! And in another tale from the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi, journey back to the Jedi's days of exile on Tatooine. Moisture farme ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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Rebellious reading!

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 #15-19 + Annual #1 from the title of “Star Wars” in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writers: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen

Illustrators: Mike Mayhew, Leinil Yu & Ange
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-movies, 2016, comics
While I was in the middle of reading this one news broke that Carrie Fisher had suffered a heart attack so that added a certain bittersweet flavor to a story that focuses heavily on Princess Leia. It also provided further evidence for the case against 2016 when we finally haul it into court for its crimes against humanity.

Leia’s part involves her delivering an important Imperial prisoner to a secret Rebel prison and being caught there when a mysterious man attacks the jail. Meanwhile, Han and Lu
Sean Gibson
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Better than a bucket of warm spit? Undoubtedly (but, then again, most things are). As fun and engaging as Vol. 1 of this series? Nah. Sufficiently interesting to keep going? You betcha.

Do I want coffee? Yes, have some.
Sam Quixote
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Following Vader Down the Rebel Alliance has captured Darth Vader’s accomplice Dr Aphra and Leia and Han’s ex-wife Sana are transporting her to Sunspot Prison - except a blast from Leia’s past is waiting for her there for a surprise reunion!

Jason Aaron’s third Star Wars book is his weakest one yet. As talented as he is, even he can’t make Leia an interesting character - that’s why her solo series was the worst one in the Marvel relaunch - and Sana and Dr Aphra are even less so. Watching them sur
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The series continues to amaze. It captures the spirit and tone of the movies in a way most other EU stuff doesn't. In the main story Princess Leia and Sana take Dr. Aphra to prison which is then taken over. There's also a Obi-Wan flashback tale from when Luke was a kid. ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

Flashback first story from Ben Kenobi's journals was very good, but this "The Princess, the Smuggler and the Doctor" volume starring Leia, Sana Starros (that I just can't stand) and Doc Aphra as main characters (with a Luke & Han sub-plot that was intended to be hilarious but it was just really not too much at all) is probably the weakest trade volume of the series.

Luckly the artworks are still excellent ones.

Paul E. Morph
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Maybe I'm just being cynical but Marvel's Star Wars comics seem to have settled into quite a mediocre groove, after a really strong start. They seem to just be churning them out to keep the licence front and centre of their product line.

I'm not saying they're terrible; I'm still enjoying them, just... not as much. I've got to the point with the Marvel Star Wars books that I got to years back with the Dark Horse Star Wars comics: they're OK but I'd rather be watching the movies.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Vol 3 of the Star Wars series was a pretty good read. The first story about the Rebel spy trying to infiltrate a secret location to assassinate Palpatine was excellent. it sets up a prelude for the primary villain in this volume. It also shows the level of Palpatine's cunning and how he is not someone easily duped into being assassinated by some human twit.

The "main" story is about a group of Rebel extremists who assault a maximum security holding facility that houses Imperial POWs. It's a good
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This venerable series shows some fatigue with third volume Rebel Jail. While I really liked the two earlier installments this one, though still a satisfactory read, doesn't quite reach its full potential.

Han and Luke are strictly comic relief supporting characters here - there's some adolescent but effective humor in their brief scenes, courtesy of a Han's (lack of) gambling skills and a Nerf herd cargo (?!) - while Leia, Sana, and barely tolerable Dr. Aphra take center stage to function as an
Alexandra Elend Wolf
3.5 stars.

“They blew up my father’s castle and all of Alderaan with it. But we won’t win this war because of me. We’ll win… because there are more of us than you can count.”

This was strangely super intense and panic-inducing and chill and fun which is an interesting contrast, if you ask me.

You see, we have the story divided in two sides - as they usually are - and both of them were the complet opposites to the other. Not a bad thing but it is still the one thing I can't get out of my
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, that one was great.

I've been a bit hesitant with this series, as it takes some bold steps in terms of things that supposedly canonically happen, but this one was more tapered and definitely more fun.

Luke and Han are having a bit of a sidequest in this volume, but the real action is with Leia, Sana, and Aphra. And oh my goodness, what a team-up. I definitely preferred Sana's character without Han around, and Aphra is really growing on me. And - wow - (view spoiler)
James DeSantis
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This was actually pretty fun.

Lower rated than volume 1 and 2 by many but I found this to be one of the more fun reads. Have the girls doing a prison break, which is just badass. You have Luke and Han on a mission together which is funny as hell. Then you have a one shot at the start to show the life of a Rebel Spy. All of it eventually connects in the end to give a very fun adventure.

I really enjoyed a lot of this. Let's talk about that one shot. Holy shit! Intense, exciting, and scary. Show's
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel, comics, star-wars
A pretty slow and uneventful volume. Not the best work of Aaron's. Still better than Gillen's Vader, which I finally and completely dropped after Vader Down because I just couldn't be bothered anymore. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
The weakest volume of this book yet, but still a decent and even fun, at times, read.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
It was interesting. But still I don't see much of a story built up. ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing artwork, gripping stories, clean content...this is how I like my comics! Say what you will about Disney/Marvel's take on Star Wars, but I had a blast with this one! ...more
Travis Duke
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
(3.5) a bit of a slower volume and not a lot of story progression but I think its a build up for the next book. Dr. Aphra is being detained to a sun prison by Leia and Shana. Luke and Han are on their own (boring) mission to get supplies. The Annual issue introduces a rebel spy by the name of Eneb Ray, who once infiltrated Coruscant and almost took the Emperor but was set up by the Emperor instead. Ray has a bigger part to play in the volume but I wont spoil it. Like I mentioned there is very li ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Not one of the stronger arcs but still lots of cool fun stuff. The Annual paid off more than I thought it would too.
Lance Shadow
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now that the epic showdown between Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen in Vader Down has concluded, the ongoing canon "Star Wars" comic series continues independently from Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader.

So far, Jason Aaron has done a wonderful job with this series. While the first couple strips of Skywalker Strikes were lackluster, Aaron found his stride by the end of it and Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon turned out to be a fantastic story arc. It was then followed up by the phenomenal one-shot that
Tremendously entertaining, with excellent action bits, genuinely funny humor, and terrific character work. The story, dialogue and art all work seamlessly together. Great stuff.
Chris Lemmerman
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three volumes in and Star Wars is still going strong thanks to great writers and a revolving door of lovely artists.

This volume opens with Star Wars Annual #1, written by visiting Darth Vader scribe Kieron Gillen; this one sets out to establish how rotten the Emperor is in a stand-alone story, but then comes back into play in the four part Rebel Jail story in a much bigger way. Lovely art by Angel Unzueta, too.

Rebel Jail itself is mostly a story about badass ladies, as Princess Leia, Doctor Aphr
Jessamyn Leigh
Probably my favorite volume in this series so far. Leia, Sana and Aphra are #squadgoals and I'm always here for Luke and Han being absolute dorks. ...more
David Dalton
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stories and art!

Love these early Star War tales. New characters and many old familiar ones. A modern version of classic Star Wars.
Dimitris Papastergiou
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not even Leinil Francis Yu's wonderful art couldn't give this more stars.

Boring as fuck story that pukes cliche and cringe-worthy dialogue all over the fans of the series.

I'm generally a fan of Aaron's stuff. Especially his Thor. Punisher Wolverine.. hmm Ghost Rider was great too. Anyway.. I really like him. And his beginning on Star Wars was great too. So I'm at loss here, wondering what went wrong.. I can only assume he got bored? He wanted to bring back that Edel? guy.. who gives a shit. I do
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good!!!! I loved the Luke/Han stuff and seeing Aphra, Leia and Sana together! Really cool!! ALSO THE OBI-WAN STUFF AT THE END🥺
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Star Wars
5 stars

Enjoyed this comic. The part with the Rebel spy was very interesting. It's always interesting during war times to find out how far you're willing to go. Glad the Rebels were able to get the prison back. Wonder if we will be seeing Sana again. Hope to see more of the Rebel Alliance comics.

Can't wait to read more Star Wars comics!!!!!

Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Kinda meh story...
Nice, with cool artwork but nothing too memorable.
I would have given 2.5 stars, but I the art at the last story was extremely nice to look at so the book ended on a higher note for me.
It's not that the story was BAD - it was nice I guess, it's just that it seemed a bit pointless and forgetable. The concept of a rabel prison is extremely cool, but the story didn't rise to the potential, in my opinion.
Oh well.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The 0.0000000001% of the Population that Wants to See a Star Wars/Sunshine Crossover
Good banter throughout as one has come to expect from these comics, but that rough-edged art-style that was used in the majority of the issues?

Not to my taste, anyway.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars-canon
Uh oh. I'm starting to get worried. So far, each of Jason Aaron's Star Wars books have been pretty solid, often great, and always driven by a sense of humor and plots/scenarios that never take themselves too seriously. He and Kieron Gillen's Vader Down storyline is probably the best thing Marvel's done with Star Wars thus far. So, it's kind of rough to go from that to this, which is a pretty weak entry in the canon.

First, there's the problem I've often had with certain Star Wars stories, and tha
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was sort of a mixed bag. It starts off with an Annual about a rebel spy, which is hard to get into because I have never seen or heard from him before and you have no idea why this relates to anything you already know from the rest of the series.

The bulk of the rest is a story about Princess Leia and Sana, who partnered up in the last volume. While it is much better than the Princess Leia trade, there isn't much new here. Also, there are a couple spots where something changed in the story wi
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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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