A definite improvement over the last issue, but then the only way was up after that.
I still don’t care about Valance, though. He’s a deeply uninteresting character who doesn’t really feel like he belongs in Star Wars. He looks like a character for a 1970s comic that was kinda inspired by Star Wars, before it had really been established what Star Wars really IS. Because, well, that’s exactly what he is. We’re given some more backstory for him here, in which we discover that he left a girl behind when he left his home world to join the Empire…and, crikey, this is derivative. But, then, so’s Valance.
There’s some good stuff in here though, because Zuckuss and 4-LOM are in it, and they’re cool. Although it did bother me that Zuckuss call’s 4-Lom, “For-Elloem” becuase I’ve always pronounced it “Four-Lom”…but maybe I’ve been wrong all these years. It wouldn’t be the first time.