Marvel has done an exceptional job keeping the usual Star Wars stories going in a galaxy far far away. Now IDW has a chance to fire their own photon torpedoes in hopes of capturing the same magic with their new series, Star Wars Adventures!
So what is Star Wars Adventures?
Star Wars Adventures is an all-ages comic book that is more of a light-hearted look at the Star Wars Universe. The book tells two stories from two separate eras. The first is focused on Rey as she goes about her daily scavenger life. We follow her as she encounters dangers while searching out pieces of equipment to trade Unkar Plutt for food rations. Rey’s story is clearly before the events of The Force Awakens and is an interesting look at her past.
The second story starts out with a young pilot, Emil trying to calm down his droid, who is angry with the pilot’s pet Kowakian monkey-lizard (remember Salacious Crumb?) for stealing his tool. The young Emil then shares a story with the furious droid about a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi tracking down a thief that stole from Dex’s diner.
Is it good?
Star Wars Adventures is hit and miss for me. The book clearly caters to readers of a younger age. I think they would appreciate the book more than I did. Cavan Scott pens both tales and the stories do a fine job of standing on their own. They are each filled with familiar looking creatures that will make you nod with approval. I must applaud Scott for his selection of stories. I expected a fan favorite Boba Fett or Darth Vader story, but got Rey and Kenobi instead! I also must applaud Scott for staying away from the “I have a bad feeling about this!”. The line is always a given, but not here!
Derek Charm and Jon Sommariva create a fun atmosphere for their respective stories that truly grasps the all ages style of the book. The panels flow and the illustrations give off that animated feature vibe that you would see on the Disney Channel. Charlie Kirchoff’s colors combined with Sean Parsons’ inks does an outstanding job of making Sommariva’s art pop. Even if the stories didn’t grab me as much as I was hoping, the artwork did.
Overall, Star Wars Adventures is a fun book. I am clearly not the demographic for the book and that’s where the problem lies for me. This is aimed at younger readers and I am sure the ones that read it will absolutely love it. But for me, I will stay at the deeper end of the galaxy and the Star Wars stories that I have grown accustomed to.