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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Star Wars: Dark Times -- Out of the Wilderness # 2

With the release of the second issue of it's fourth arc, Star Wars: Dark Times continues to be the best thing to happen to Star Wars in a decade. Douglas Wheatley's artwork not only invokes the original Star Wars trilogy, but the great pulp serials that inspired Star Wars in the first place. As one of this story's many threads takes place on a desertous planet, Wheatley's work this issue is also reminiscent of the cinematography in the great films of Sergio Leone and John Ford, but with imaginative alien twists. Colorist, Dan Jackson, does excellent work as well, making Wheatley's artwork really pop. As much attention as the drawing gets, Randy Stradley's writing makes this comic more than just a pretty art book. His dialogue is crisp and fits the pulp setting well. His plotting is swift, but never sacrifices depth of character. His main characters only grow in complexity as this series wears on, and I can't wait to see where Stradley takes Dark Times from here. That said, this is one of the most frequently delayed comics currently in production, and the next issue is at least two months away--more than enough time for the uninitiated to play catch up. If you enjoy Star Wars, Sci-Fi, or just a good story in general, there is no way you can go wrong with Dark Times.

Buy it for $2.69!
Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: September 07, 2011
Format:FC, 32 pages
UPC:7 61568 18817 2 00211

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