Review: Star Wars #11

Star Wars #11 cover
Cover uncredited

Star Wars #11
Published by Marvel and © by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., May 1978

Title: “Star Search!”
Synopsis: Han and Chewbacca reunite with Leia on the ship of Crimson Jack, while Luke and the Droids battle sea monsters.

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Penciler: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Terry Austin

Review: For some reason, the “Star Wars” universe never felt quite right in the hands of Marvel creators. This issue actually provides a clue as to why: While Han, Leia and the rest are handled OK, the new characters feel a like rejects from the Marvel U. Pirate captain Crimson Jack could have served in any of Marvel’s sci-fi series at the time. Archie Goodwin’s script is serviceable if not memorable, as is Carmine Infantino’s art. The ink work of Terry Austin brings the art up a notch, though, as he brings refinement and detail to Infantino’s famously sketchy pencils.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Terry Austin’s inks. It’s amazing to see how his detailed style blends with different pencilers.

Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a Whitman variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “Certainly, I’ve had my problems with Mister Solo. Still – he does kiss well.” – Princess Leia, thankfully not Frenching her brother this time out

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on May 4, 2009.

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