STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1
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STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1 is a captivating look at Canto Bight and the codebreaker from the Last Jedi film. An immersive experience awaits with adventure and aliens. The art and writing will leave you wanting more!
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Everyone’s favorite codebreaking liar from Canto Bight returns in STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1. The first issue of this series, written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, shows us how our dear, old hacker friend from the Last Jedi film lived before he wound up in a prison on Canto Bight. His adventure is our focus, and what a focus it is. This issue presents many things. It gives us an engaging plot, wonderful visuals, and a worthwhile character.

A Plot Revealed

Canto Bight appears to be the perfect place for high-rolling lowlifes to relax. This comic makes it clear to us that it’s not that simple. Chaos lurks beneath the disgustingly glamorous surface. Sure, there’s fun to be had at the casinos, spas, et cetera, but all of the good times have consequences. Well, the consequences are more than the continued warmongering and arms dealing. Among all the mayhem is where a plot against the codebreaker is revealed.

This issue shows the reader the ugly side of Canto Bight, by revealing local political struggles. The casinos are at constant odds with the police force. In this the plot comes to exist. The codebreaker uses this little discrepancy between the two entities to cover his own ventures. It becomes clear that his status as a high roller at the casinos can’t protect him forever.

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A name from the past shows up and threatens the hacker’s operation in the casinos. We, as the readers, find ourselves being chased or followed throughout Canto Bight. We get to meet new characters along the way, many of them appearing to be of little importance to the story. The entire story is essentially a magnificent journey into the mind of the codebreaker and a trip through Canto Bight. STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1 successfully brings the reader into the world of Star Wars and gives a better look at the Codebreaker.

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1
Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Aliens, Droids, and Hackers, Oh My!

This issue shows an amazing array of visuals. We get to see aliens, policemen, droids, and even speeders. These amazing illustrations immerse us into the world of the story. This is done by presenting us with every aspect of the world. From the police uniforms to the holographic card games, we get to view everything.

A large part of this immersion into Canto Bight can be attributed to the coloring. The colors are bright, but not distractingly so. They are not so vibrant as to create a blinding and unrealistic effect. The coloring makes the idea of aliens and droids seem reasonable in this world. The colorist, Java Tartaglia, does an excellent job of creating catching but not obnoxious visuals for the comic.

The issue’s penciler and inker, Kevin Walker and Marc Deering, also present semi-realistic detail. While the medium of comic books is a highly representational one, there is some realism to it. These artists present illustrations that are partially cartoonish, but that ultimately closely resemble realistic figures. This makes the story feel more believable and relatable.

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Why This Guy Matters to STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI

You may be wondering, “Why does this guy get his own comic?” The answer is simple. He is a significant character. He is our link to the high-class underbelly of the arms dealing world. Thanks to him, we know how this world works, not to mention that he becomes a significant part of the Star Wars film. In the codebreaker, we see someone who is more complex than the good or evil usually presented to us in this franchise. We see someone who can go either way, depending on how he feels. This does not necessarily make him apathetic to either cause — it simply shows that he has learned to work around the world he lives in. In fact, he has become numb to the way things are in his world. This numbness could lead to future exploration of his character.

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1
Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Additionally, we have the uplifting diversity factor to his character. To have a character with a stutter represented as calm, cool, and normal, is near revolutionary. We do not see him held back by his stutter. We do not see him trying overly hard to overcome it. This is a very positive message for fans. Above all, it does not seem forced. The character is natural the way he is presented and has not been adjusted to show more diversity.

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Final Thoughts on STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED #1 shows us the complexities of the Star Wars universe. We see this in terms of setting and in terms of character, displayed through a view of Canto Bight. The well-done colors and illustrations also help expand this universe for us in an immersive experience. The issue focuses on an interesting and significant character, in addition to what he represents to fans. Above all, STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DJ: MOST WANTED issue #1, is a captivating and entertaining read.

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