Star Wars: Yoda #1
- dig scott
- Nico Leon
- VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover artist:
- Phil Noto
- Release date:
- Don Sanchez Almara
Star Wars it is famous for its iconic and archetypal heroes. Few are as prestigious, respected, or loved as Jedi Master Yoda, mentor to many aspiring Jedi warriors. Star Wars: Yoda #1, written by Cavan Scott, with art by Nico Leon, colors by Dono Sánchez-Almana, and lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna, kicks off the new series starring the Jedi mentor, awaiting Luke’s arrival on the desolate swamp planet of Dagobah, as he reflects on his greatest adventures, from the days of the High Republic to the rise of the Empire.
When the island of Sclavi is attacked by raiders, they are overwhelmed and outnumbered. Young Bree Menaren uses a broken ship to make a distress call to the cosmos, asking for help. The Coruscant Jedi Council is unsure what to do or whom to send. However, Grand Master Yoda has already volunteered and is determined to go wherever help is needed, even if it means leaving the Jedi Temple forever.
Yoda is loved by Star Wars fandom and beyond. He fills the role of the archetypal wise old man, but with some charming quirks, like his instantly recognizable quirky speech patterns, his endearing design, his offbeat but sincere wisdom, and his kindness. Yoda’s backstory is shrouded in mystery, which only adds to his allure. No stranger to the Star Wars comic canon, writer Cavan Scott walks a fine line between exploring Yoda’s past and keeping his origins mysterious. Scott plays it safe with Yoda’s characterization. Yoda is so beloved that making him seem less heroic or successful would be a huge disservice, but this limits Scott’s opportunities to develop the character or wow the audience.
Star Wars: Yoda #1 is a visual treat. Artist Nico Leon’s elegant line art, with its thick yet shapely lines, strikes a nice balance between fantastical gravitas and the franchise’s whimsical charm. His use of extreme angles and creative panel shapes make this theme a cinematic experience. Colorist Dono Sánchez-Almana uses two dominant color palettes, literally as different as day and night. Warm, soft glows illuminate the carefree daytime scenes on the Sclavi homeworld, and the darker, ominous hues of sunset, backed by black, set the tone for the intense night scenes. This palette is most noticeable during fight scenes, framed by darkness and fire, serving as the perfect contrast to Yoda’s green lightsaber. Sánchez-Almana uses a similar color scheme on Coruscant and for the interior of Yoda’s cave on Dagobah. This is a subtle way of reminding the reader that Yoda belongs on the war-torn island just as much as he does in the Jedi Temple. Yoda goes where the Force and his rusty tones take him.
While he doesn’t do anything particularly new with the character, Star Wars: Yoda #1 is a solid problem. It’s always a treat to see Yoda in action and at the top of his game. Despite the general trend within current Star Wars releases to deconstruct their heroes, Star Wars: Yoda #1 is content to let this beloved character be himself, for his benefit.