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Star Wars #34

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


LUKE SKYWALKER searches for one of the rarest substances in the galaxy…KYBER – the living crystal that powers LIGHTSABERS! Does it hold the answer to the unpredictable thing the Force has become (see HIDDEN EMPIRE #5!)? What long-lost secret is he about to uncover?

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21 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96


    This is a fantastic issue that sets out to answer a question that this fan has had for years. How did Luke go about constructing his new saber and where did her get the components from? So am pretty happy to be finally getting this question answered and look forward to seeing what happens next.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    In Star Wars #34, Luke Skywalker embarks on a supremely personal journey: to piece together all it means to be a Jedi from the scraps of information available to him. Charles Soule’s story harkens back to early Star Wars stories by novelists like Alan Dean Foster and comic luminaries Roy Thomas and Archie Goodwin while fitting squarely into today’s cinematic universe.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining adventure for Luke that fills in the moments between Luke losing a lightsaber and creating a new one. Soule goes for more lore in the issue and has some great connections to other elements of the Star Wars universe. I like that the story is focusing on Luke and the concerns he brings up to Leia before beginning his mission are valid ones that I know I had as a fan. I like seeing them fleshed out in this series.

    The Art: Musabekov delivers some great visuals throughout the issue. The art has a great style filled with gorgeous details and world building.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    We get more story material here that helps to pave the way to Return of the Jedi and it definitely works well. I like getting an adventure with just Luke and R2 and introducing an interesting new character while visiting a world that we have a connection with through the Clone Wars side. And seeing how Luke is struggling with how little he was really taught about being a Jedi since Yoda and Ben were just more focused on him being able to handle himself against his father. It’s a complicated piece that doesn’t hold up too well in the grand scope of looking at things, but it’s an area we accept. So I like seeing him trying to struggle with all of this to some degree and to find his own path while pulling together the things that he needs to face the future.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 70

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    With the Kezarat Colony arc over, the mainline Star Wars comic seems finally ready to continue building toward the events of Return of the Jedi. In order to do that, it needs to answer the biggest mystery from the classic film — how did Luke build his green lightsaber?

    Issue #34, The Broken Saber of Skywalker, begins to answer that question as Luke embarks on a quest to build his own lightsaber, after the yellow one discovered earlier in this Star Wars run was broken by the killdroid in the previous issue. Even after R2’s best repair job, the blade is temperamental at best but while Luke lacks the knowledge to build one, he does know that he needs a new kyber crystal.

    That’s the quest he embarks upon, as he journeys to an unexpected but familiar planet for fans of The Clone Wars. The story does take a while to get going, but it picks up once Luke actually heads off on his quest. The quieter moments are still entertaining, though — how can it not be when the subject matter is kyber crystals?

    Judging by the issue’s cliffhanger, it feels like this arc is just getting started. Let’s hope the payoff is as big as it promises to be.

  • 66

    Comic Watch

    A new story arc starts on the heels of the last. Finally, back with the Rebel fleet, Luke Skywalker doesn’t stay for long. This series has nailed the point down over and over that Luke must keep training to confront Vader eventually. Early on, soon after The Empire Strikes Back, Luke can find a lightsaber that he has been using ever since. Very recently, it got taken out of commission. Replacing his hand was easy, but losing his saber felt like a step back for him. Any Star Wars fan who knows how close this story is to Return of the Jedi will undoubtedly know that he eventually gets a new lightsaber. This is the origin story for it. Luke constructing his green-bladed lightsaber in many ways, marks his final test to become a Jedi knight. A famous deleted scene from the film shows him constructing the hilt just before Artoo and Threepio open it walking to Jabba’s Palace, which only adds to that idea.

    In a way, the end of the yellow blade saber is sad. Even in Anakin’s time, they were exceptionally rare, used only by temple guards. The Rise of Skywalker ends with Rey igniting her yellow blade. The color type was once prevalent during the High Republic and further back in the old canon’s Old Republic. It has a history. The most exciting and oldest version of the yellow blade appeared in toys based on the original Star Wars film. Luke’s toys and toy versions of his lightsaber featured yellow blades instead of Kenobi’s blue saber. The toy line was mainly based on black and white photos, leaving Kenner to make some guesses.

    Additionally, in the original version of the film, Luke’s blade looked white compared to the blue blade of Obi-Wan. It was in Empire Strikes Back where Luke’s blade is unmistakably blue. Future editions of the original film would recolor the blade in a similar shade to the sequels. Marvel did a remarkable job finding the right spot in time to give Luke a yellow blade to complete that circle. In the context of the movies, he has had it for almost a year, which isn’t much less than the three years he had his father’s. It is sad to see it go, but as they have already shown, Juke is his now signature black robe; he will need the right blade to complete the look.

    This issue was heavy with Luke’s characterization, as has been a few issues in this series. The art needed to capture Luke well and show him as he would have looked in this era. The writing needs to match as well. Readers need to be able to picture young Mark Hamill speaking the lines. The issue doesn’t entirely create that illusion but makes a great effort. It does a better job of capturing Luke than most of the issues in this series. The use of Luke’s black Jedi robe and clothing sell this portrayal of him as well. The story is almost basic but is filled with great conversation and narrative. The issue even adds a colorful new and dangerous ally, giving Luke a guide and someone to share a dialogue with. To make this issue feel like a proper entry into the saga, it manages to sneak in a massive action-packed giant alien monster for flavor. Luke will inevitably find a green kyber crystal and build his new saber, but luckily, that quest will be quite adventurous.

    Luke Skywalker and Artoo have set out on a Jedi mission. Along the way they have picked up a guide and narrowly escaped disaster, but still no kyber crystal. The search continues

  • 60

    Luke Skywalker needs a new lightsaber, but with few resources on how that can happen, he embarks on an adventure to find a kyber crystal. His quest puts him on a path with some deadly figures and mysterious faces, forcing him to question who he can trust. With so many Star Wars titles and such a vast ensemble of compelling characters, it almost feels strange to get back to a storyline focusing solely on Luke Skywalker. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with this first chapter in a new storyline, more that we have to re-orient ourselves to what it’s like witnessing such an independent adventure full of new characters to get accustomed to spending time with. Whatever ends up coming of Luke’s journey, it could potentially shed some major insight into the Jedi Master we meet in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, so we’re fine with a relatively uneventful issue that could lead to some bigger payoffs.

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