Published: October 24, 2018
An Unlikely Friendship
Writer: James Gilarte
Flight of the Falcon Part 2
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Arianna Florean
Cover Artist: Mauricet
When an emergency landing separates BB-8 from Poe Dameron, the astromech droid must make friends with the natives to repair their ship and return home to the Resistance.
We have been very lucky this month, having Vader’s Castle also being released by IDW. I’ve been eager to get my hands on this issue, as the front cover with Poe and BB-8 looked intriguing. The first story, An Unlikely Friendship, is their tale. It follows Poe and BB-8 as they try and escape from a group of aliens who are chasing them. On the way they run into a native. It is an extremely simple story, with very little action. However, what I did really like was Poe. Gilarte has done a superb job of getting Poe’s character just right. Starting with the opening scene, Poe doesn’t kill his opponents, but misdirects them; it’s so keeping within the character. Later on, we see Poe is full of hope and tells the native he meets that he should always dream. This is the Poe that Marvel have developed in their recently finished Poe Dameron series and it’s great to see the crossover. And with Marvel’s series ended, I can’t admit that this small stoory hasn’t helped with the loss!
The other aspect that I really enjoyed was the artwork by Mauricet. His style fits these comics perfectly as well as allowing a very easy flow to the story. His drawings for Poe and BB-8 were wonderful and I’m glad he’s made a return for this issue.
Although the first tale was good, this issue the show is stolen by Flight of the Falcon Part 2. The first part was a who’s who in Star Wars and really set a solid foundation for the other parts to come. I was expecting in this part to see more of the same; familiar faces from across the galaxy. I couldn’t have been more wrong and Moreci writes an even better part for the story. This part focuses on Luke, Han and Leia and is very much for fans of the Original Trilogy. And I’m so glad it does. This maybe a brief adventure for the trio, but Moreci writes it with such skill. Leia and Han are bantering as soon as they leave the Falcon, and this is only the start of the excellent humour that runs through the story. We even have C-3PO saving the day for our heroes. It is what Star Wars has been serverely lacking in the last few years, which is seeing our heroes together in a fun way. For such a short story, I really loved every panel of it and all I kept thinking, was that I want more. I didn’t think Moreci was going to be able to improve on last week but he has exceeded my expectations.
Added to this, the artwork by Florean was superb and just like in the first tale of this issue, it really suits the style of story being told. It is slightly cartoonish, and reminds me of the comics I use to read growing up.
Last month was a bit hit and miss for me with Star Wars Adventures, and as I look back I can only think that it must have been a slip. This month, this issue is back on track and both stories are exceptionally well written. I like that we have two different time periods that allow fans of either era to enjoy. For myself, being an Original Trilogy fan and a Poe Dameron fan, I couldn’t have asked for a better duo. As I’ve said before, these issues are fun, and particularly seeing the original three having comedic fun is very welcome. How can Moreci possibly top himself for part three? Well I don’t want to give anything away for those who have yet to read the issue, but all I will say is I’m more eager for issue sixteen than I have been for a comic in a long time.
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.