Review: “Star Wars: Too Many Cooks” by Chris Cooper & Alex Sanchez

Title: Too Many Cooks
Writer: Chris Cooper
Artist: Alex Sanchez
Series: Star Wars (Legends Canon)
Rating: **
Publisher/Copyright: Titan Magazines, 2014

Here’s another of the UK short comics, from Star Wars Comic UK #7.4. I can’t find any confirmation of this, but it should also have been reprinted in Star Wars Comic #2 here stateside.

Here we have a tale set in the run-up to Attack Of The Clones, with Jar Jar and Captain Typho handling security for a diplomatic event on Coruscant. Little do they realize that certain members of the nascent Confederacy are seeking to gain their side an early advantage in the impending war…by placing a hit on Chancellor Palpatine!

Meh. This story was okay, I suppose. It suffers from the brevity required to shoehorn it into eight pages, jumping jarringly from moment to moment in an attempt to hit all the required beats before running out of space. The art also left much to be desired, at least in my opinion. It does raise interesting questions though. For example, what if Jar Jar didn’t foil the attempt? I very much doubt Palpatine would have been killed, he’s far too powerful to be taken by surprise, but he might have been exposed. As for the hit itself, either an independent thinker among the Separatists accidentally outsmarted its leaders or the whole thing was a setup by Palpatine to place Jar Jar where he wanted him. The story itself doesn’t say this, but you could read the whole conclusion as Palpatine acting through Jar Jar. Those probes land a bit too conveniently when they are powered down, which is either a weak point in the plot or Palpatine’s manipulation through the Force. Either way, I wasn’t really too impressed with this one.

CONTENT: Mild violence. No sexual content or profanity.

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