Star Wars: Thrawn #6 [Late] Review – A Conniving Conclusion

Star Wars: Thrawn #6
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Writer: Jody Houser, Artist: Luke Ross, Color Artist: Nolan Woodard, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Paul Renaud, Variant Cover by: Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard, Production Design: Anthony Gambino, Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman, Editors: Heather Antos and Mark Paniccia, Based on the novel by Timothy Zahn, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Admiral Thrawn meets with the Nightswan on Batonn, giving the legendary smuggler an offer of partnership. Nightswan is helping resistance movements throughout the galaxy, and Thrawn believes the two can benefit one another. Meanwhile, Arihnda Pryce is going through whatever means necessary to get her family off Batonn before the Empire continues their siege against the planet. The Imperial strike of Batonn is coming, and who survives is up to Admiral Thrawn and Arihnda Pryce.

Star Wars: Thrawn #6 cover by Paul Renaud
Star Wars: Thrawn #6 cover by Paul Renaud

Star Wars: Thrawn #6 brings the story to an enjoyably ambiguous conclusion, though those who are familiar with the Grand Admiral Thrawn story will know some of what happens after this tale.

Thrawn, Pryce, and Vanto have their efforts rewarded to varying degrees with several bodies left behind each player.

It isn’t an especially climactic ending, and that may be good or bad depending on your reading of the story. For me, it works but doesn’t leave me ready to proselytize in the name of the comic. It is a story of politics and character, and it held that course through its conclusion. It is a solidly good book, and that’s all it needed to be.

Despite the comic’s themes of politics and back-stabbing, this final issue was surprisingly less wordy than prior entries. It said what needed saying, and little more than that.

Star Wars: Thrawn #6 art by Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard
Star Wars: Thrawn #6 art by Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard

Luke Ross’ work holds steady though this conclusion, giving Thrawn that same unnerving and otherworldly look that has been present in prior issues. The detailing is immaculate, and the shading adds a lot to the atmosphere. Nolan Woodard’s color work is heavy and effective, making this already visually-impressive comic even more so.

Star Wars: Thrawn #6 is a good finale to a good miniseries. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a damn good story from beginning to end. I recommend both this comic and the whole miniseries those who enjoy a comic about politics and duplicity in the Star Wars universe. Feel free to check it out.

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About 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.