Hello friends, I’m back with a new review of STAR WARS issue #12 Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon.

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Writer: Jason Aaron

Pencils: Stuart Immonen

Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger

Colors: Justin Ponsor

Letters: Chris Eliopoulos

Cover: Immonen, Vongrawbadger, Ponsor


We find our new odd couple Chewbacca and C-3PO still on Nar-Shadda looking for the missing Luke Skywalker and R2D2. While there they run into an old bag… errr an old bounty hunter… dressed like a punching bag…wait for it… Dengar!

During the scene Dengar stuns Chewy and starts yelling at 3PO to call in Han Solo to come help because he wants his bounty. We’ll forgive Dengar for not knowing Han was off being chased by Imperials with his pair of ladies that are basically righting him off as a typical male chauvinist.


We flash to Luke, still being held in chains by Grakkus the Hutt, who is forcing him to take place in an arena battle against a terrifingly large beast from the depths of Mustafar. The Hutt’s gamesmaster who trained Luke over the last few days to prepare him for the battle seems to be having second thoughts about sending the boy to his death… and make no mistake with Luke being as un-trained as he is with little to know skill using his powers on the fly against a beast the size of a condo it could bode bad for the sandy haired farmboy from Tatooine.


We flash between Han,Leia and Sana while before flashing back to Chewy and 3PO. Which I’ll be skipping… why Matt? You ask? Well it’s because I’m not a fan of Dawson’s Creek and never was. Seeing it done with Leia and Han in a comic is something they could have kept out and it pretty much degrades Han’s character… not as a woman loving smuggler rogue, but as an F’ing man who instead of handling his shit sits down and acts more emo then Tom Delonge. Hence I’m done talking about it.


We flash back to Chewy and C-3PO who took the stun pellet off of Chewy to get him moving again and as such Dengar and the Wookie begin fist’a cuffs! Good ol’ ass beatin’s. Eventually Chewy overpowers Dengar but Dengar being sneaky uses some thermal explosion thingies on Chewie and bring the fuzzball down. Dengar’s acting all smug about how he took down Chewbacca and demands to know where Han Solo is, then BOOM man-card is re-grasped as Han and his girls show up to make sure his boy Chewbacca stops getting jumped by this ugly bounty hunter in a mummy outfit.


All I can say is that I’m liking the threads working together albeit it wrapped up Chewy and 3PO in only 2 issues and I wanted to see more of that. Hell we’ve had like 5 issues of Han, Leia and Sana pretending like they don’t want to end up in a space threesome that was so teenage angst I wanted to cut MYSELF for them…. sighs…

The most interesting part has been Grakkus’ gamesmaster, the cloaked human who trained look on the fly but when we saw him start to pity Luke instead of just thinking awww he likes Skywalker… we see him channeling to someone on a Comm-link flying Tie-fighters… what what what?

Anywho it’ll keep me coming back next month I suppose. Especially with Immonen’s art style that fits so well with the basic Good Vs. Evil in a Space Soap Opera format that Star Wars is…. I’ll see ya next time!