Star Wars Revelations #1 Review

Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Art: Salvador Larroca, GURU-eFX, Pere Perez, Dono Sanchez-Almara, Emma Kubert, Wayne Faucher, Justin Mason and Paul Fry
Letters: VC’s Ariana Maher
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $5.99
Release Date: November 23rd, 2022

Star Wars Revelations #1 is a good jumping-on point for new readers, as it kickstarts the next year by introducing a few major plots and subplots, checking in with the characters from each of the current Star Wars books and setting up new storylines for each of them.  What is the Spark Eternal and how has it changed Doctor Aphra?   What’s the artifact that the Emperor fears and Vader has to find?  What strange visions of the future does Vader see on Mustafar?  And what ancient menace from the High Republic era do Luke, Leia, Chewie and Lando discover on a distant world?

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The Story

Star Wars Revelations #1 is an extra-length one-shot which has just about every character from every Star Wars book Marvel’s publishing these days.  The only person missing unfortunately is Lady Qi’ra, who’s my personal favorite character in the Star Wars books these days, but here she’s only mentioned. Still, what she’s doing in her own book (Star Wars: Hidden Empire) has got the Emperor scared, and we get more insight into the Fermata Cage, which Lady Qi’ra has found and is a link to an ancient Sith Lord and the manipulation of time itself.

The weakest part of the book by far are Vader’s scenes.  Most of his scenes have him communing with a creature living in Mustafar’s lava pits, a spider-like being with an Admiral Ackbar-style head.   The being tries dropping some sage Yoda-style advice on him, showing Vader possible visions of the future.  It’s all very mystical but in the worst sense of the word.  It really feels like a rehash of the many other times we’ve seen Jedis get outshone by someone wiser and more in tune with the Force.

The best part of the book takes place on a world that’s not even on any of the star charts, where Luke, Leia, Chewie and Lando (Hans not here, he’s still in Carbon Freeze since this takes place between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi”) land there following disturbances Luke felt in the Force emanating from there. There’s a good air of mystery around these scenes, as the four walk across a world that shouldn’t even exist and end up getting into a battle that’s just as surprising. Overall, it’s a slightly better than average book that primarily exists to set up future stories, and that’s fine, but I hope each of the stories go in more interesting directions than what’s started here.

The Art

A variety of artists do the artwork for Star Wars Revelations #1  The art is a good consistent quality throughout, despite the many hands working on it.
One splash page drawn by Salvador Larroca, where Vader sees possible futures for all the characters, is pretty stunning and would make a great poster.

Final Thoughts

Star Wars Revelations #1 has double the pages and sets up a variety of new stories, most of them not terribly interesting.   Still, it’s a convenient way for a new reader who hasn’t been following the multitude of Star Wars series to drop in on all the characters and see where they’re headed.


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