|A well-told tale, but I don't really
know what it accomplished.
The attack at the beginning is never
explained -who were the attackers, and why was he attacked? Did they
come from Lord Gar-Oth's fleet of invaders? So why was Yoshi in that
As only a newly knighted Jedi could, he
takes a righteous stance against the oppressors, first destroying a
battle droid, then going to face the Lord, without even taking stock of
the situation- he doesn't know the background behind the invasion, nor
does he take the time to do any research. Nobody even told him that this was
an invasion. He reminds me of a young Kyp Durron.
Of course, he's right, which he finds
out when he meets with Princess Lourdes. She is beautiful, and very
beautifully drawn. She is much sexier than the witches of
End, which were obviously supposed to be vixens. This one is real
Yoshi crashes her engagement party,
where she is supposed to marry Lord Gar-Oth, a large reptilian creature,
who looks somewhat like a Hutt. I don't know why he does all of this
unarmed. He tries to use some Jedi mind tricks to defeat Gar-Oth, but is
unsuccessful, only angering the creature more.
Gar-Oth unleashes a super battle droid,
Goliath, which Yoshi manages to defeat pretty quickly, using a hot-wire
on the droid to fix his lightsaber. Shouldn't he have done that earlier,
before he even went in search of Gar-Oth?
Regardless, the best part comes when
the Princess chooses to kill Gar-Oth, sliding the dagger into his gut
when he thinks he is choking her to death.
I don't know why the "foreseen" person
had to be a woman. It would have been nice to get some explanation as to
the reasoning. Is this a maternal planet? It seems that the only reason the book can give is because it makes Yoshi feel uncomfortable, like a bad joke. Still, he gets a passionate
kiss on the cheek, and promises in his heart that he will return, for
they seem to have fallen in love! I don't know when that happened.
Just why was this story called
Starcrash? Sure, Yoshi crashed, but what kind of star was he supposed to
The artwork was quite simple, yet
effective. We got beautiful rendering of the characters and some
buildings that might have been in the foreground, and were not
overburdened with moody atmosphere. It reminded me of
Vader's Quest. The
colors made it easy to distinguish between different parts of the scenes
-I especially liked the purples and greens. It is not something that I
would like to see all the time, but after the dark and moody
End, it's a nice break.
The main character kept jumping into
situations, some of which were more and more absurd. At one point, I
thought I was watching Guybrush Threepwood from the Monkey Island games,
especially with the confused looks he gives!
Still, it was a step up from the
previous story, nicely lighthearted, and I enjoyed the departure from
Quinlan Voss, a character that I don't really like at this point.