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The Rebel Alliance sets their sights on strengthening their forces by growing their numbers. But with a greater number of supporters comes dissidence and difficulty - can Leia, along with Han and Luke's help, forge one alliance from many factions? COLLECTING: STAR WARS 44-49


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The Rebel Alliance sets their sights on strengthening their forces by growing their numbers. But with a greater number of supporters comes dissidence and difficulty - can Leia, along with Han and Luke's help, forge one alliance from many factions? COLLECTING: STAR WARS 44-49

30 review for Star Wars, Vol. 8: Mutiny at Mon Cala

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    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 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 a not un-horrifying degree – on photorealistic tracing. If only this title had a different artist on it, I could confidently call it among Marvel’s best “Star Wars” output; as it stands now, it’s a good title, marred by a truly unfortunate visual presentation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peace

    Just when I was going to give up on this run along came a very enjoyable volume.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I was going to give this 3 but the last few issues brought it up. Pretty good arc. Excited for what comes next

  4. 5 out of 5

    Neil 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. 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. There's little forward movement—just endless little side stories that don't mean much. Luke is particularly useless in this volume. The glimpse of Hera and Zeb only made me think, "I'm sure whatever they're doing right now is more interesting than this story."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Payne

    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

  6. 4 out of 5

    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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is a really good story arc, one that actually does feel like a Star Wars movie.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Imperial Moff was the best part of this volume. I would read a whole comic focusing on that duo. The story is dragging and the art in this volume was horrible. I give this volume of the ongoing Star Wars comic series a 2/5.

  9. 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 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 this second Star Wars storyline, throwing our characters from a blaster fight into a caper before culminating in a space battle; it’s everything you want from Star Wars, basically, and it’s delivered perfectly. The pace is kept up across all six issues, and just when you think the story may be over, there’s a little bit more to keep you going, all the while drawing on previous threads from both the movies and Gillen’s Darth Vader run. I think the issue with the last arc was that it focused too much on Luke; he’s the character that changes the most across the original trilogy, so for stories set between A New Hope and Empire, he’s kind of stuck in a holding pattern. He can only learn so much about the Jedi without contradicting his future actions, so having him play a supporting role instead makes far more sense, while Leia takes centre stage. There’s a delicate balance of action and humour here, with Threepio and R2 providing the much needed comic relief as always while the world collapses around the other characters; Gillen knows how to write sarcastic droids, we know this already, and he continues to display that skill here, albeit with less murderous dialogue than his previous contributions to the Star Wars mythos. Meanwhile the situations Gillen puts the crew into are outlandishly bonkers, and a perfect example of why budgetless comics are a great way to continue a high budget movie franchise. The only issue with this story is Larocca’s artwork, which continues to be extremely photorealistic, to the point where it just looks weird. Some character faces look as if they’ve been copy-pasted from movie stills, and there’s a complete disparity between the comic book world and these random heads floating on top of bodies. I’m not sure if the colouring helps either, because some of Guru eFX’s choices for skin tones make the human characters look downright creepy. Larocca is great at space battles, droids, and aliens, and the underwater segment of the volume is amazing, but his human-looking characters leave a lot to be desired at times. Despite issues with the artwork, I feel like this arc really deserves the full five star rating. It’s everything you’d want in a Star Wars story, and even some things you didn’t know you wanted. If this is a sign of what the rest of Gillen’s run on Star Wars is going to be like, I think we’re all in for a treat.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    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 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 under Imperial lockdown), involving kidnapping an Imperial Moff, replacing him with a shapeshifter and breaking the King out. Her assumption is that Lee-Char will be able to convince his people to help. Shapeshifter Tunga does a great impersonation of the Moff (complete with drama performance assisted by Threepio LOL) and the plan seems to go perfectly until they discover Lee-Char on life support and he can't be moved. Lee-Char makes a recording for the Mon Calamari asking for them to stand up to the tyranny of the Empire and is murdered by Stormtroopers at the end of the recording. Seeing this, the Mon Calamari become enraged and overthrow their Imperial oppressors, seizing several of the ships. Space battle breaks out and a sacrifice allows many ships to escape blockade to join the Rebel cause. As Leia celebrates with recent Rebellion joiner, Queen Trios, we find out that Trios didn't defect at all but the Volume ends with her revealing to Vader where the Rebel Base is. I always can't wait until the next Volume of this comic. Are we getting close to Empire Strikes Back? Recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonothan Langton Burnell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ‘Star Wars: Volume 8 - Mutiny at Mon Cala’ is honestly the comic I’ve been waiting for from the main Star Wars line. Despite Aaron’s strong start, I found my enjoyment of this main series waning, and while Gillen’s first arc was a marked improvement, this volume is the one that has really given me faith in this series again. Not only are we stridently moving towards Episode V, we see a familiar face from the Clone Wars in Lee-Char. We have numerous mentions to Raddus. We see Hera and Zeb in the ‘Star Wars: Volume 8 - Mutiny at Mon Cala’ is honestly the comic I’ve been waiting for from the main Star Wars line. Despite Aaron’s strong start, I found my enjoyment of this main series waning, and while Gillen’s first arc was a marked improvement, this volume is the one that has really given me faith in this series again. Not only are we stridently moving towards Episode V, we see a familiar face from the Clone Wars in Lee-Char. We have numerous mentions to Raddus. We see Hera and Zeb in the briefing with the Rebel Alliance. We get a real taste of the Rebels moving forward and growing, and this starts to feel like a vital chapter in the story between Episode IV and V. I loved Leia’s characterization throughout, and Threepio has his moment to shine. Ultimately, there is a betrayal at the end that sent shivers down my spine and now I’m furiously counting down the days until the next volume comes out. If you too lost faith in this series, this is absolutely the time to jump back on board. It’s fresh, it feels important, and is paving the way to Episode V - and most importantly is a whole lotta fun! This gets a 4.5/5 from me - if you’ve finished ‘Thrawn: Alliances’ then THIS is what you should pick up next!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    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 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 that it was better here somehow).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    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 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 finale. This is one to check out. You can't repel storytelling of this magnitude!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jedi Master Megan

    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* 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*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    I wanted to love this book, but in the end I only liked it. Really this is a 3.5 star book due to the artwork. It’s laughably noticeable that the penciler was either tracing from scenes directly lifted from the movies or was trying to do his best to pay homage to them. Either way, it failed, and sticks out badly. That said, I gave it a 4 mainly due to the fun I had reading it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aneez

    Volume 8 seemed like a return to form, for the most part, for this series. Our heroes have to pull off an prison break/heist situation and for the first few issues I was digging the Ocean's 11 vibe. When things go awry, that when the weaknesses in the writing show with the drama being a bit over-dramatic. The changling was a cool addition though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Figueroa

    Inicia bastante bien, es de hecho de los mejores, se nos va desinflando un poco, un número menos y hubiese sido fácil recomendarlo. El arte que parece fotogramas me está comenzando a caer mal, sí, estuvo padre una vez, ahora ya me saca de la lectura, en especial cuando no está bien logrado.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    The traced art in these issues really cramps my enjoyment of the series, which is a shame because I still really enjoy the storylines. I'll stick with it for the stories and the characterization alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcin

    Mutiny at Mon Cala is not as good as Darth Vader's Burning Seas counterpart, but still has a lot of good moments. Overall, it is a big improvement over a prievious arc, a fun prison break adventure that was actually important to the lore.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Williams

    better than volume 6, not as good as volume 7, I'm hoping that volume 9 actually gets us to Empire, because I'd like to see the next gap explored again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Feels like it could be read in conjunction with Rogue One and The Last Jedi.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    A better arc than "Jedha" imo, and a visual improvement from the photorealism in that arc as well, I bought issue 50 to read so I don't need to wait for vol. 9.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sam Nicholson

    9/10

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martijn Van

    Gillen goes full force in this new story arc. The characters feel like they should and the story could be a movie on its own. Great work!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly K

    A bit better than the last volumes but I’ve started to lose interest in what’s going on because of those dull volumes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dr K P Smith

    Story wise a fairly straightforward romp/ heist. Not a fan of some of the art which has what looks like rotoscoped gurning.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bryson VE

    Props to Gillen for getting back on track with writing. As for Larroca's art.... still completely dreadful. But I'm past the point of being disappointed with Larroca, instead I look at whatever Marvel suit keeps signing the guy. Ugh. Anyways, I always imagined this SW series as being an OT era clone wars. Three years to fill with war stories. Save for the Yoda/Jedha arcs, the writing has been there. If only Luscasfilm Animation could've covered these stories, this Cala arc in particular was a sol Props to Gillen for getting back on track with writing. As for Larroca's art.... still completely dreadful. But I'm past the point of being disappointed with Larroca, instead I look at whatever Marvel suit keeps signing the guy. Ugh. Anyways, I always imagined this SW series as being an OT era clone wars. Three years to fill with war stories. Save for the Yoda/Jedha arcs, the writing has been there. If only Luscasfilm Animation could've covered these stories, this Cala arc in particular was a solid prison break adventure.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Winters

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