Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #5 Makes A Getaway

by Tony Thornley

While the majority of Marvel’s tie-in to Disney Parks‘ next addition has been about tying major Star Wars figures to Black Spire Outpost and Batuu, the conclusion of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is all about the series biggest subplot. Three scoundrels have to pull off the toughest part of a heist – the getaway.

Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards

Ethan Sacks, Will Sliney, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Travis Lanham bring our introduction to Black Spire Outpost to its end… for now.

Dok-Ondarr is on to the thieves. The First Order has locked down the outpost, and Kylo Ren himself is on his way to take over. Can Kendoh and her crew of mercs make it off planet with their prize, or are they doomed to become prisoners of the galaxy’s terrible dictator?

Sacks’s story is extremely fun. He mostly writes a chase scene from cover to cover (with a short diversion to conclude last issue’s Doctor Aphra flashback), and it works. It’s full of tension, twists and turns, and all the elements you would want out of the third act of a heist. It does lapse a bit back into the some Mary Sue tropes with Dok himself, but overall it’s such a fun story that small part of the story is forgivable.

Sliney and Sanchez-Almara’s work brings Black Spire Outpost to life. This issue spends the most time in the outpost itself, making me wish that the series had spent more time here rather than in other locations from across the galaxy. It takes the designs and locations from the theme park that everyone has seen plastered all over the internet and makes them feel more like a part of the actual Star Wars universe.

Beyond that, Sliney has a great sense of pacing on the page. He is able to layout the story in a way that feels cinematic and pushes the plot forward. He also gives the twists and turns the space they need on the page for maximum impact.

After this series, I’d love to see more anthology style miniseries in the Star Wars universe, focusing on more minor characters and locations. It wasn’t a perfect series, but it was a lot of fun and generally worked very well.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #5 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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