Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – “Jabba the Hutt”

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Emilio Laiso, Roland Boschi & Marco Turini
Published by: Marvel Comics

Chronology Placement: Set before the events of “A New Hope

Jabba the Hutt is one of my favourite characters from the original Star Wars Trilogy, nestled in his palace amongst the scum and villainy of the universe. A figure of greed and corruption, the Hutt has his slimy fingers in every deal going on in the Outer Rim of the galaxy. This one-shot comic from Greg Pak showcases Jabba’s devious side with a story that owes as much to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as it does Star Wars. The way the different plot threads and factions come together is extremely reminiscent of an early Guy Ritchie film, and the resulting clash is extremely satisfactory. Pak fills his story with plenty of twists and turns to engage the reader, whilst portraying Jabba as a manipulative puppet-master who uses others as pawns to get achieve his goals.

As a rather one-dimensional villain, Jabba is wisely relegated to the background as Pak focuses instead on the ‘marks’ who are being unwittingly played. The art duties on this issue are split between three artists; Emilio Laiso, Roland Boschi and Marco Turini. While the art styles do differ from each other, the use of multiple artists adds to that feeling of disparate plot threads weaving together to form a bigger picture. I particularly enjoyed the detailed line work of Marco Turini and the way it helped exude the grimy nature of Jabba’s palace and his criminal entourage. I loved his attention to detail on both Jabba and the Tusken Raiders, capturing all of the folds and creases. All three artists managed to create a real sense of location, whether it is the inner sanctums of Jabba’s palace or the wild sandy wastelands of the Tattootine deserts.

Fast-paced and atmospheric, this issue showcases the grim underworld of Tattootine perfectly and demonstrates why Jabba the Hutt sits atop the food chain…well, until he ends up with a real chain wrapped around his neck.

Score – ★★★ ½

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – “Jabba the Hutt” is available in a digital format from Comixology and Amazon, or collected in the trade paperback, “Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Villains”, which is also available from Comixology and Amazon.

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