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Star Wars: Thrawn #5 Review – Hunting the Nightswan

The Empire is laying siege to Batonn, but Admiral Thrawn and Eli Vanto have their sights set on the criminal known as Nightswan. The siege goes disastrously, but Thrawn and Vanto manage to gather information on Nightswan. The admiral is put in charge of the Batonn siege, and Governor Pryce returns to provide aid in the attack, as she hopes to meet up with her parents before things turn bloody.

Star Wars: Thrawn #5 Cover by Paul Renaud
Star Wars: Thrawn #5 Cover by Paul Renaud

Star Wars: Thrawn #4 continues the series' streak of providing a compelling narrative about politics, backstabbing, and mass military action. It continues to be especially wordy while doing so, but, considering the genre, that can largely be forgiven.

Thrawn and Vanto make a hell of a team, and it's interesting watching Vanto develop while our titular lead remains largely the same. The only change for the blue alien is that his rank continues to increase with his repeated successes.

That said, Nightswan may provide a slight change of pace for the admiral. Nightswan has consistently evaded a man not accustomed to failure. As such, the admiral may have become obsessed.

You get the side enjoyment of watching smug Imperials being humiliated consistently to show how much better Thrawn is than all of them. That's fun in its own way.

Star Wars: Thrawn #5 art by Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard
Star Wars: Thrawn #5 art by Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard

Luke Ross continues to show his artistic prowess with a well-detailed and generally appealing art style. Shading is played with to give many scenes a foreboding aesthetic, and Thrawn himself continues to be striking and intimidating. Nolan Woodard's color art is dark and gorgeous. The electric blue given to our protagonist mixed with the bloodred eyes make for a truly alien figure.

Star Wars: Thrawn #4 is another engaging comic of political intrigue and ruthlessness. The lead characters are interesting to follow, and the plot is well-constructed and presented. The art of Ross and Woodard makes for a visually grabbing read, and the comic earns itself another recommendation. Check it out.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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