I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc. And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.
Jeffrey Brown is pretty much awesome. He is by far one of my favorite artists and writers, and he's done it again with Darth Vader and Friends, the latest installment in his Star Wars series that takes a closer look at the family and friends in the Star Wars universe. From confusion within the Storm Trooper clones to the rejection of Jar Jar Binks Jeffery Brown both pokes fun at the hit films, but also celebrates them.
We get introduced to a couple new people, young Lando Calrissian and Jaba the Hut, among others. Brown is also great at all the small details. He obviously knows his Star Wars, though he never makes it unfriendly for those of us who aren't as knowledgeable about the timeline, droids or other fine details. Anyone picking up this graphic will get a good laugh and have a fun time, regardless of their familiarity with Star Wars.
It's amazing how much emotion Brown is able to convey with the masked face of Vader, but he gets me every time with it. All the illustrations here are pure gold, but I'd have to say my favorite is a scene of Darth Vader standing in front of his kids holding a crumpled candy bar wrapper while Leia, with chocolate on her face, points her finger at her bro.
This hilarious and heart-warming series has something for everyone, young and old, Star Wars fans or not. Since this short comic focuses on best friends this would be a great present for a Star Wars loving Bestie.