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Stackpole is back; meaning more comic-book posturing
on 9 June 2000
I liked Vector Prime; the Vong had promise, and I think killing off a big character like Chewie took guts (but name me one important thing he ever did, on the scale of the other characters). However, to follow it up with one of the more comic-book style Star Wars authors was not the best decision.
To be fair, the book lacks the same volume of comic-book,let's-justify-killing-thousands-of-people,let's-talk-to-ourselves,I'm-evil-so-I-laugh-evilly-stuff as Rogue Squadron did; but it's still there, and it still sounds silly. Star Wars is not realistic, but at least some authors have written some quite sophisticated books (the Zahn books are a good example).
Getting rid of Han was a bad idea; it makes the whole book totally Jed-centric and po-faced; none of the sort of wit which has been brought by other characters in the series is to be found. The lack of a single, well-defined baddy means that the baddies are minor characters, with little reason to be there, except to justify everything that happens. However, if he follows up on the interesting premise he sets up at the end; if he builds up the characters of the Vong; and if he brings back Solo and gives him a useful role, then there is yet hope to be found. And it is enjoyable, in a sort of mindless way.