STAR WARS #30 brings a satisfying conclusion to both the past and present storylines of "Yoda's Secret War," showing us what it means to be a Jedi.
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STAR WARS #30 is a deep and action-packed comic that provides a solid conclusion to the lackluster “Yoda’s Secret War” arc. Bringing Luke Skywalker into the forefront of the story, Jason Aaron provides much-needed development of the series’ main characters and plot. Salvador Larroca’s art continues to remain stagnant, but this issue is his best work since joining the series’ creative team.

In “Yoda’s Secret War” thus far, Luke, reading Obi-Wan Kenobi’s journal, has learned about Yoda’s trip to a world torn apart by tribal factions who fight with a form of the Force they call Stonepower. Attempting to bring peace to the warring factions, Yoda studied Stonepower under a boy named Garro, realized that the blue mountain — the source of the stones — is, in fact, a giant creature, and awakened it for a world-changing battle.

Image from STAR WARS #30 courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

In this issue, Luke arrives on this planet and confronts the aftermath of Yoda’s actions. The only living being who remains here is Garro, who sees Yoda as responsible for killing the world and believes that, by killing Luke, he can restore life to the blue stone creatures that used to populate it.

Tying this tribal conflict back into Luke’s quest to learn more about the Force, Jason Aaron finally provides the deep characterization previously lacking in this story arc. In a moving dialogue with Luke, Garro turns from an enigma to a fully fledged character who elicits our sympathy. And through a beautiful sequence in which Yoda’s past conflict and Luke’s present one unfold side-by-side, Aaron makes clear that this decades-long struggle plays a key role in Luke’s development from an unsure Force-user to a true Jedi. The end of the issue leaves us excited to see how this experience changes Luke moving forward and, with an exciting reveal, situates this episode in the broader context of the Original Trilogy.

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Salvador Larroca’s mediocre art has not improved much since he joined the series’ creative team on STAR WARS #26, but this issue plays to his strengths. He excels at drawing the jagged bodies of the blue stone creatures and this planet’s desert landscape, which figure on a grand scale in the central battle. However, Larroca’s art continues to suffer from his weakness in drawing Luke’s and Yoda’s faces. He renders them with a hyper-realism incongruous with the rest of his art. Meanwhile, Edgar Delgado exacerbates their difference by coloring them with more shadow and greater variation in tone than the rest of the characters. Delgado’s attempt to compensate for Larroca’s penciling makes it only more awkward. Thankfully, this issue’s focus on action sequences means that there are fewer closeups than in a more static book.

Image from STAR WARS #30 courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

STAR WARS #30, though imperfect, delivers a satisfying conclusion to the rather lackluster “Yoda’s Secret War.” With their best performance of the story arc, the creative team gives us a meaningful lens into the characters and the Force alike — an experience that one can only hope will continue when Luke returns to our favorite gang of Rebels next month.

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