Published: September 26, 2018
Cover Artist: Mauricet
Chewie’s Day Off
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Mauricet
Flight of the Falcon
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Arianna Florean

The Synopsis:

Han has left to get himself into more trouble, leaving Chewie all alone with the perplexing new problem that is a major pain in his hide! The iconic Wookiee will have to use all of his strength, wits, and patience to overcome this latest danger!

The Review:

Having had my first foray into Star Wars adventures with the previous two issues (one arc), I was very interested to see where the comic would go next. With no main story thread for the issues to follow, the galaxy is wide open. There are positives and negatives to this. It means there should be something for everyone within a few issues of the series, but it also means that if you’re a fan of a particular writer, you don’t get to read their stories every issue. Unlike the last issues, this issue focuses both of its stories on Han Solo and Chewbacca.

The first story, Chewie’s Day Off, is the longer of the two stories and is set on the timeline more towards the Solo movie than the original films. Han and Chewie have always appeared onscreen as the best of friends and it is obvious that they’ve known each other for years. With the introduction of Solo, we get to see how the friendship started. This story feels like a continuation of that. It is about two people still getting to know each other and inevitably, having disagreements.

Now I would argue that in the story Chewie is almost shirking his responsibilities as a co-pilot, and from what we know of Chewie, this seems very out of character. However, if you can get past that, the story shows how the two are building their friendship, and are still learning how to work with one another. There is some humour here, although not as much as I thought there would be.

The one striking aspect of the story for me is the art. Mauricet captures the characters perfectly and the action scenes are well drawn. For a lot of the story there are no words, and it is Mauricet who carries the scenes so the reader can follow. This is some excellent work and for me it is what made an otherwise bland story into something exciting to read.

The second story in this issue, Flight of the Falcon, is the first in a four part story arc. Immediately you are thrown into a who’s who of Star Wars and I have to say I found it somewhat jarring as I tried to figure out exactly where on the timeline this story is. The premise of the entire story is Bazine Netal, who appeared briefly in The Force Awakens, is trying to find the Millennium Falcon and is talking to IG-88 about its possible location. Being a fan of the bounty hunters, I was very excited to see IG-88 return and provide recounts of some of his experiences. The one in question this issue involves Agent Kallus from Star Wars Rebels. I love to see all these links with different eras of Star Wars. I can only imagine the reaction of children reading this, to know that all these different characters, some from the original, some from the sequel and some from TV are all in this one story.

Of course Han and Chewie are involved and we get to see Han’s superior (or reckless) flying skills. What I did like, was the Imperials viewing Han as a deserter. It gives them a personal grievance against Han as he left (well….after he was thrown down a pit to be eaten). Kallus has such loathing for Han and is very true to how the character is first seen in Rebels.

It’s great to see all these characters interacting with one another and that’s what gave me a real buzz reading this story. Does it have a lengthy storyline? No, but then again it is only the first part. Moreci has provided enough in this issue to make me want to read the rest, particularly with promises of other characters yet to appear. It may be a simple story but it sets up a lot of potential for the other three parts.

I do feel as if I was rather spoilt with issues 12 and 13. They do seem to have been a highlight of the series so far. This issue didn’t engage me as the others did. The first story is forgettable, except for the tremendous art of Mauricet. The second is by far my preferred of the two tales. The second story has a lot of potential and I always appreciate when writers take their time to link different parts of a galaxy far, far away. And although neither struck me as truly great, as I’ve said before, there is something to be said for being able to relax, enjoy a story and not get anxious or worried about what may or may not happen. However, I will concede that I do think children will love these stories. With Solo having its Blu-ray release this week, it’s the perfect time to have a Han and Chewie focused issue. For this older fan, the stories need something more to really make me go wow…

Availability:

Star Wars Adventures is an ongoing series available from IDW Publishing. This issue is available from all good comic book stores in the USA and from Forbidden Planet in the UK. This issue retails at $3.99.