The Ashes of Jedha

The Ashes of Jedha

The possibility-and destruction-of the Death Star has changed everything. The Death Star's destruction proves the Empire is not irresistible. But a Death Star has been built, and it can't happen again. The specter of the Empire's true power has brought together a patchwork cloth of people, united in hope. From the desolation of Jedha to the search for new bases, these rebe...

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The Ashes of Jedha Reviews

  • Jonathan Roberts

    Great little book! Fun to see Han coming around to be the guy we see later in the trilogy! Good artwork and good fun! Recommended

  • Michael Kikle

    For the first time in the history of the newer Disney Star Wars comics, we have a new team on the book, and this first volume was really good, and really fun. We have the writer of the first Disney Star Wars Darth Vader series (which was excellent, most of the time, and I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone). With this classic writer, we have plenty of cameos of characters from those Darth Vader books, as well as some big tie-ins to the Rogue One film.

    This was such a fun time!

    For anyone who

    For the first time in the history of the newer Disney Star Wars comics, we have a new team on the book, and this first volume was really good, and really fun. We have the writer of the first Disney Star Wars Darth Vader series (which was excellent, most of the time, and I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone). With this classic writer, we have plenty of cameos of characters from those Darth Vader books, as well as some big tie-ins to the Rogue One film.

    This was such a fun time!

    For anyone who hasn't heard my opinions, I haven't really enjoyed a mainline Star Wars book for a while, now; they've been so lost on what they wanted to do, and they almost felt creatively trapped, in a lot of ways. This is a great, new, and fresh place for this new writer to start the run on, and I couldn't be more proud for them.

    One flaw that has carried-over from the previous team's run is the awful photo-pasted faces onto the cartoonish bodies. It looks awful--stop doing it.

    Everything else was so much fun. Had a blast reading this newest volume, and I can't wait to see where this new writer will be taking us!

  • Anthony

    I miss the days when Marvel put good artists on the Star Wars books. I liked Aaron’s run but this book needed a change of writer to help give it some freshness and Gillen is someone I welcome to the title. He’s usually a solid writer and has already worked in the new Star Wars canon before (and he doesn’t waste time bringing in characters from his Darth Vader run).

    But the art really lets this down because it looks shit. Larroca is someone I’ve progressively gone off more and more because of the

    I miss the days when Marvel put good artists on the Star Wars books. I liked Aaron’s run but this book needed a change of writer to help give it some freshness and Gillen is someone I welcome to the title. He’s usually a solid writer and has already worked in the new Star Wars canon before (and he doesn’t waste time bringing in characters from his Darth Vader run).

    But the art really lets this down because it looks shit. Larroca is someone I’ve progressively gone off more and more because of the way he does facial expressions, which is straight up photoshopping them from various shots from the movies in this case. It was less obvious in the Darth Vader book because there were less human characters, so he didn’t do it as much. But every issue I notice a facial expression and I can even remember which scene and which film it’s from (the downside to being a Star Wars obsessive I guess). It’s bringing the book down. He’s reliable and he’s not that bad of a story teller with his art but the faces are really annoying me now.

  • FanboyBen

    Another decent Star Wars story, another five-to-six issues of horrendous Savlador Larroca art…in other words, hey, it’s another “Star Wars” arc! I know there are some people who don’t mind Larroca’s photorealistic style, but me, it’s an immediate turn-off, and serves to consistently and immediately remove me from the story. Which is a real shame, because the story here – by new series writer Kieron Gillen, taking over from where Jason Aaron left off – actually has a lot to offer (essentially, it

    Another decent Star Wars story, another five-to-six issues of horrendous Savlador Larroca art…in other words, hey, it’s another “Star Wars” arc! I know there are some people who don’t mind Larroca’s photorealistic style, but me, it’s an immediate turn-off, and serves to consistently and immediately remove me from the story. Which is a real shame, because the story here – by new series writer Kieron Gillen, taking over from where Jason Aaron left off – actually has a lot to offer (essentially, it’s Rogue One: The Sequel). It’s just a shame that a compelling plot, filled with cool ideas, is held back by such subpar art.

  • Ramon

    Well-planned, with good moments. Gillen takes the main Star Wars title and hits the ground running, folding in Rogue One elements and even bringing along some characters from his Darth Vader run.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    Kieron Gillen graduates from Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra to the main Star Wars series as Luke, Leia, and Han head to the remains of the planet Jedha, destroyed during the events of Star Wars: Rogue One.

    I've really enjoyed all of Gillen's entries into the Star Wars universe so far, which makes the slow start to this one a bit baffling. It takes three or so issues before things really seem to get going. It's not like Gillen needs to establish these characters, or recap the events of Rogue One, bu

    Kieron Gillen graduates from Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra to the main Star Wars series as Luke, Leia, and Han head to the remains of the planet Jedha, destroyed during the events of Star Wars: Rogue One.

    I've really enjoyed all of Gillen's entries into the Star Wars universe so far, which makes the slow start to this one a bit baffling. It takes three or so issues before things really seem to get going. It's not like Gillen needs to establish these characters, or recap the events of Rogue One, but it all feels a bit sluggish until about midway through. There's also really no point in Luke's 'I'm going to do what I want because Jedi stuff' thing showing up again, because he's done it at least twice under Aaron and it's getting a tad tedious.

    The second half moves a lot brisker however, especially once we get to the nitty gritty of what Rogue One's story teaches Luke, Leia, and Han. I also really like the involvement of Queen Trios of Shu-Torun, from Gillen's aforementioned Darth Vader run. I hope we see more of her going forward.

    The art is another drawback; I've liked Salvador Larroca on previous Star Wars books too, but here he seems a lot more photo-tracey than usual. It wouldn't be that distracting, but it looks like the bodies of the characters and the faces are drawn in different styles, so it makes the faces stand out even more, and not for a good reason.

    A combination of two Star Wars veterans doesn't quite measure up as well as we'd like; let's hope their next arc works a bit better.

  • Paul Decker

    This graphic novel is a tie-in to Rogue One essentially. It takes place on Jedha. Characters from the movie are both mentioned and appear. This ongoing series is beginning to stagnate in my opinion. There's only so much that can happen with the main crew just going on small side missions that don't lead to change. I hope more original characters are introduced so that we can see growth in some characters. Or, the ongoing series could jump to post-Empire.

    I have mixed feelings about the art style

    This graphic novel is a tie-in to Rogue One essentially. It takes place on Jedha. Characters from the movie are both mentioned and appear. This ongoing series is beginning to stagnate in my opinion. There's only so much that can happen with the main crew just going on small side missions that don't lead to change. I hope more original characters are introduced so that we can see growth in some characters. Or, the ongoing series could jump to post-Empire.

    I have mixed feelings about the art style used in this book. The semi-realistic, photo-like panels sometimes work really well, but also sometimes fall flat and seem out of place. I really liked the design of the steeds they use on Jedha. They reminded me of The Dark Crystal.

    Overall, this was a self-contained story with Rogue One seasonings that was just not that interesting to me. I give this book a 3/5. I'm hoping for more from this continuing series.

  • Quentin

    Character's faces in this book have a strange finish applied which throws them into the uncanny valley. I think the artist was going for a photorealistic look (i.e. Alex Ross or Greg Land), but they failed miserably.

  • Kyle

    Solid book, slightly forgettable, wish there was a lightsaber battle scene but otherwise the plot was good.

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