Published: December 19, 2018
Cover Artist: Valentina Pinto
All Aces Battle Royale
Writer: Kevin Burke & Chris “Doc” Wyatt
Artist: Valentina Pinto
Flight of the Falcon Part 3
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Arianna Florean
Welcome to the Resistance! Star Wars Resistance is an exciting new animated series coming to the Disney Channel this fall, and making its Star Wars Adventures debut in this very issue! In the time before The Force Awakens, this all-new adventure follows the fledgling Resistance as it begins to realize the growing threat of the First Order!
The first story in this issue of Adventures is “All Aces Battle Royale”. This is a story set within the Resistance TV show that has only recently started being broadcast. Let me start by saying what I think about the show… I love it! The animation reminds me of the TV shows I use to watch when I was a child and the simple yet entertaining storyline is exactly what I want from my Star Wars products; it’s fun! In fact it is very similar to Star Wars Adventures and a crossover seems like a match made in the force.
The writing here is superb and I’m very glad that half the writing team have already written episodes for Resistance. You can tell. The words of the characters are so well written that you can’t fail to hear their voices as you read along. This didn’t feel like an add-on, but an episode in paper form. For such a short story, there was a lot here and a lot of action.
Which brings me onto the artwork. Pinto works in the exact style of the TV series, which helps to create the feel of the show. With such a fast paced storyline, the artwork does exactly what it should do, it brings you along and lets you follow. What more could you ask for?
The second story in this issue is the third part of “Flight of the Falcon”. Before I look at this story, I will say that I have a complaint, a big complaint! The ending of the last comic teased us with the appearance of Embo. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Embo, for me, has become the modern Boba Fett, surrounded by mystery and the coolest Bounty Hunter out there. So for IDW to make us wait longer for this issue than our normal time is just not on! With that out of the way, I will continue…
The first two parts of Flight of the Falcon have been exceptional, and part three is no different. The story is set after Return of the Jedi and we find that Bazine is talking to Embo. I love the fact that we’re seeing Embo post Jedi. I imagine for younger fans, who haven’t read the Aftermath trilogy, this will be their first confirmation that Embo is alive during the New Republic era. Embo begins with his flying hat, almost like a scene from a James Bond movie. Within moments, Moreci is writing in the links with The Clone Wars TV series, relating it back to Embo’s first appearance on the show.
We also get to see Lando with the Falcon and again Moreci brings in the links to another part of the Star Wars universe in the form of Solo. I won’t spoil it, but Moreci expertly weaves these different characters together, resulting in an ending where I think Embo still has his cool and yet still loses the Falcon.
And this is what I love about Moreci’s writing, the different elements of Star Wars that he threads together in his story. Some writers try to do it and it always feels forced. With Flight of the Falcon it feels effortless and natural, that the reader is being taken into a grand, connected universe.
From a story stand point, my only real complaint was how short it was! This is the shorter of teh two stories and I would have liked to have seen a lot more of Embo. Thankfully, there are still two parts to go!
As always, Adventures is a sheer joy to read. It is relaxed, fun and exactly the sort of thing every Star Wars fan should be reading, both old and young. Both stories are expertly written and provide a true showcase of what Star Wars is about. I’m happy to see storylines based on Resistance starting, particularly as we are now in the mid-season break. And Flight of the Falcon is the one storyline, from both Marvel and IDW, which I eagerly wait for more than any other. I just hope IDW don’t make us wait too long for the next issue!
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.