This is an improvement, even if the cringe inducingly badly named Deathstick is still here, with her ridiculous font. Do vowels sound different if they have dots under them? I don’t think so…
I mean, this is still a confusing mess, made even more confusing given that the events reading order places this before the 4-Lom & Zuckuss one shot, the events of which it clearly references. There’s the usual cast of indistinct, unmemorable characters, all doing something or other…I’ve honestly found it impossible to keep track of who is who or what they’re all doing. And, of course, Dengar and Valance continue their weird buddy cop routine.
Oh, and Tasu Leech turns up, the future leader of Kanji Club, and his depiction once again bears little resemblance to the actor who played him. I know he’s a lot younger here, as these events take place between episodes five and six, and we only saw him in live action in episode seven…but I don’t think he’s likely to have changed race in that time.
A rather welcome appearance, however, is The Punishing One, Dengar’s ship from Legends, which makes its first canon appearance here (although I believe it was mentioned in the short story collection From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.
The art on this book is still superficially flashy while being difficult to read. I don’t know if the issue is Villanelli’s pencils or Prianto’s colours, but Prianto’s dark palette is certainly not helping things here.
For all that, this comic isn’t a bad comic, and I enjoyed seeing Zuckuss out of his mask, and the whole “putting a team together” part of this comic was fun (don’t ask me the name of the character that’s putting a team together or why they’re putting a team together though). This issue is an improvement over the last and a definite step in the right direction for this title. That said, past experience doesn’t give me much hope that this is a trend that will continue with the next.
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