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Star Wars Vol. 8: Mutiny At Mon Cala (Star Wars

(Star Wars (2015) #8)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  553 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Collects Star Wars (2015) #44-49.

The Rebel Alliance sets its sights on strengthening its forces by growing its numbers. But with a greater number of recruits comes discord and dissidence. Can Princess Leia, with help from Han and Luke, forge one true alliance from the many factions? On a mission to liberate Mon Cala, Leia has a nearly impossible plan to ally the besieged p
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Marvel (first published August 7th 2018)
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Scott S.
Routine sort of SW adventure, notable for showing how the Mon Calamari species (best personified by Admiral Akbar in Return of the Jedi . . . you know, the "It's a trap!" guy) and their galactic naval fleet became affiliated with the then-struggling Rebel Alliance. Also of interest was a cameo appearance by the fan favorite ace X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles, as he and cohort Luke Skywalker have a fitting moment where they raise their glasses in remembrance of the Red and Gold squadron members lost ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Lets face it, these Star Wars tales set in between A New Hope and Empire are never going to be anything more than side quests. You can't grow characters to something more than they are already established in the future. That being said, this arc does have some meaning as Gillen brings Mon Calamarians into the book and establishes how they join the alliance. Gillen does a good job of making this a Oceans 11 type caper where they need to free a imprisoned king.

Larrocca seems determined to stick w
Ben Brown
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars Vol. 8: “Mutiny at Mon Cala” represents an improvement over Kieron Gillen’s first “Star Wars” arc in pretty much every way: the characters feel better realized and closer in spirit to their on-screen counterparts, the story is more interesting (and actually ties into the broader Star Wars lore in a legitimately impactful way), and everything just feels like it’s all part of a bigger, grander story. Still a massive negative, however? Salvador Larrocca’s art, which continues to rely – to ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was mediocre at best. Some of the issues just felt like filler, espcially all that ballroom disguise stuff. Hopefully the next is better.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
I was going to give this 3 but the last few issues brought it up. Pretty good arc. Excited for what comes next
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I was going to give up on this run along came a very enjoyable volume.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget The Last Jedi; this is what Star Wars should be.
Neil R. Coulter
The reused character images from the films are completely distracting. Whenever I see Han, Leia, or Luke in these graphic novels, I immediately think of the line they say at that point in the movie, not about whatever is happening in the graphic novel story. It's a really weird art choice to keep making, book after book.

The story is also bland. It doesn't feel to me like this series is bringing the characters where they need to go between the end of the first film and the beginning of the next.
Geoffrey Payne
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume is far from perfect but compared to most of the others in this series so far this one is a standout. The story line was well put together and had real weight to it. Unfortunately the artwork was still distracting at times but the space battle sequence looked pretty good (vehicles are definitely Larroca’s stronger area). I hope this is a good sign of things to come for this series as things begin to move into the Empire Strikes Back era. 4.5 out of 5
Chris Lemmerman
The Empire is weakening after the destruction of the Death Star and the drill on Jedha, so now is the time for the Rebel Alliance to strike. To do that, they want to enlist the aid of the Mon Cala fleet, but Admiral Ackbar’s people are reluctant to resist any further. If Leia and her companions can rescue their king from Imperial captivity however, they may just change their tune. Only one thing for it – it’s time for a prison break.

After a rocky first arc, Kieron Gillen hits the sweet spot with
Lance Shadow
Following the "reboot" of sorts for the flagship star wars canon comic that was Vol. 7: The Ashes of Jedha, Kieron Gillen continues as the lead writer with the eighth volume in the series.

"Ashes of Jedha" was a necessary change-up for me when it comes to this very long-running series. After stagnating in filler for more than three volumes and what feels like forever, I finally got an interesting story and characters with a backdrop that offered some interesting worldbuilding and connections wit
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume contains Star Wars: Mutiny at Mon Cala Part I-VI (Star Wars #44-49). The water world of Mon Cala, home to the Mon Calamari and Quarren people, is under the Empire's rule. Leia, in hopes to gain a strong ally and add numbers to the Rebel Alliance, takes her team to Mon Cala to liberate its people. C-3PO has been tasked to watch the opera, and delay the audience as necessary while Leia, Han, and Luke search for Mon Cala's king, taken by the Empire. What they find may not be what they e ...more
More backstory-filler tales, but done competently and interestingly, so a marked contrast to certain projects in other mediums. And with a political/ethical storyline that is enjoyable for its complete lack of (to my reading) pollution with current real-world parallels.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Painfully boring.
Jessamyn Leigh
One of my favorite volumes in this run for sure. It read an awful lot like an adventure my rpg group would have
Paul Decker
I am unimpressed and disappointed in this ongoing series. The story is fine, although not too interesting. The thing I dislike the most is the artwork. The realistic drawings are not good. It's not creative and it just looks lazy. I hope they go with a different style moving forward.

I did enjoy seeing Mon Cala. Although why do the female fish aliens have boobs? I really enjoyed the Rebels cameo as well as seeing some prequel love in the Clawdite alien. C-3PO with the Clawdite impersonating an
Kari Trenten
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another complete story contained within a graphic novel, this time taking place on Admiral Ackbar’s homeworld. Princess Leia Organa hopes to get Mon Cala on the side of the Rebellion, but the current leadership is afraid after what happened to Alderaan. In an attempt in inspire the planet’s people, Leia along with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca infliltrate an Imperial prison to rescue Mon Cala’s lost king. This mission requires help from a couple of dubious allies who may or may not be t ...more
Adam Fisher
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an effort to gain more ships to the Rebel Side, Leia and company (Han, Luke, Chewie and the droids) go to Mon Cala to attempt to gain a large portion of the their fleet. Met by Urtya, the Mon Calamari Regent commanding the people while their King Lee-Char is missing, Leia tries lots of diplomatic tactics, but Urtya will not commit to helping for fear of Imperial retribution. Back to the Rebels, at a council of her peers, Leia presents a plan to rescue Lee-Char (having found out that he is und ...more
Jonothan Langton Burnell
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Benji Glaab
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nothing overly fancy here. If you've made it to volume 8 likely you won't be disappointed. The main reason I reduced the rating is because it seemed to lack the excitement that star wars titles are known for. Not to say it was a fall asleep snooze fest, but I wasn't exactly on the edge of my seat either.

Leia and the crew have landed on Mon Cala which is one of the predominantly ocean worlds. Leia is trying to convince Urtya to supply the rebellion with ships that can be refitted for war. H
Jordan Anderson
Finally, finally, finally. After 4 straight duds, the main Star Wars comic seems to be getting back on track.

Mutiny at Mon Cala finally begins to right the wrongs of the previous issues. Gone are the dumb and inane storylines. Gone are the long stretched where nothing seems to happen. And unlike the last 2 collections, the successive issues are fairly cohesive, tell a good story, and, surprisingly, are actually quite enjoyable.

There’s been no secret I’ve been totally disenfranchised and disillus
Dakota Morgan
The characters are really the best part of this core Star Wars series - Leia, Luke, and particularly Han are well-written and true to their movie selves. Even good old Threepio gets to shine in this volume. The storylines in this series, though, are a mixed bag. Mutiny at Mon Cala is above average, to be sure, but it falls into the deadly stultifying trope of "we have to rescue someone so we can rescue someone so we can get that someone to do a thing." If you have read any previous prison break ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, this book started out strong and then just took a nosedive! I think when I got to the point where C3PO and R2 were dressed like punk rockers I decided to rip all the pages out and make pirate hats out of them! 🏴☠
This could be such a great story but then it’s like all of a sudden it turned into this sort of comedy thing-like drying your hands on a Wookie! Also, that shapechanger guy was so over the top, he was a terrible impersonator!
That General Urtya Calamari guy is dense as a frikkin r
Rocky Sunico
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, star-wars
As fun as the various Star Wars comics have been in terms of their explorations of new adventures after A New Hope, this book touches on a key moment in the history of the Galactic Civil War - the greater participation of the Mon Calamari in the conflict. And this nicely tied back stories covered in Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, which further cements the ties between new canon stories.

I wasn't quite expecting the turn of events in this story but man it was a great one that played to many
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this volume. It had higher stakes, it tied in to the broader lore in a lot of interesting ways... And most of all, it had a highly entertaining clawdite posing as an Imperial Moff with the "help" of 3po in a series of amusing ways that really nailed the Star Wars brand of humor in my opinion. All of the main characters felt in character to me and I actually enjoyed the art more than I usually do (though I often agree with the criticisms of this artist's work to a degree, I thought ...more
I loved this entry in the Star Wars line. The artwork was incredible and the story was so good! I think the Mon Cala story was definitely worth telling because it's important to the Rebellion's strength. I thought the story was incredibly well crafted and a bonus that we had two Mon Cala stories from two timelines play out. I have mad respect for Ackbar and these are some of his finest moments. Also, there was great chemistry from the gang, with some shoot-outs, a heist, space fights and a dope ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gillen's amazing run continues. Here Leia and company must convince the Mon Cals to join the rebellion. It's no easy task, and requires a lot of hoop-jumping that results in one of the most hilarious sequences I've ever seen in Star Wars across all mediums. It involves Han and Chewie posing as bathroom attendants. I'll leave it at that and let you discover the details for yourself.

Definitely check this one out.
Jedi Master Megan
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Oof this one gave me some good feels. I don't think it was actually because of he plot though. It more just seeing Prince (or King now I guess) Lee-Char again, cause you all know I'm a sucker for clone wars stuff :P But there were a couple parts that did hit pretty high on the Inspirational™ scale that were plot based so \_(ツ)_/ Anyways, I guess it was pretty good. That cliffhanger at the end though... Darn it's a long wait till the next book *sigh* ...more
So much about this book is wonderful, from finding useful ways to engage the OT characters to Clone Wars era call outs. Threepio's moment in the sun as a theater actor especially is such a witty scene that distinguishes Gillen from much of the retread tropes of most Star Wars fiction.

But the art. Argh. It just creeps me the hell out, and that's even with me appreciating the Imperial Navy commander resembling Neil Tennant.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were a few moments of plot turns that had me gasp. The writing from Gillen remains stellar - a fun heist/prison break that ends with a space battle. And the art. Larroca kills on everything but there was a panel that straight up looked exactly like Harrison Ford's Han Solo smirk.

A must read for Star Wars fans
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Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer and former media journalist.

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