Published: January 30, 2019
Cover Artist: Valentina Pinto
Writer: Kevin Burke & Chris “Doc” Wyatt
Artist: Valentina Pinto
Flight of the Falcon Part 4
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Arianna Florean
Welcome to the Resistance! 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! Based on Star Wars Resistance, an exciting new animated series coming to Disney Channel this fall!
…it feels like it has been a very long wait for this issue of Star Wars Adventures. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when this comic arrives, it feels like a breath of fresh air, when I can completely relax and sit down with Star Wars. I’m not worried about what profound issues this may cause the timeline or how it might affect future films, I can shut off and go to a galaxy far, far away and have fun! Which I suppose is why it feels so long between the issues!
The first story in issue seventeen is Sector 7-E. Although written and drawn by the same team as the previous issue, this is a standalone story and doesn’t require the reader to have read issue 16. The story finds Kaz daydreaming about winning a medal and the ensuing adventure. Like last issue, this story has the feel of Star Wars Resistance and feels like an extra episode. You can tell that the writers know these characters and how to utilise them effectively in such a short tale. What is so prevalent throughout the story is the humour and although the story is simple, it’s the humorous elements that hook the reader.
The other element of this story that I really liked was Kaz’s daydreaming. At this time, the adventures of Luke Skywalker are legendary, taking on an almost mythical quality. When reading the daydreaming elements, I couldn’t help but think of Luke attacking the first Death Star. Was Kaz daydreaming as if he was Luke Skywalker? It is never explicitly said but I think Burke and Wyatt give enough nods to let the reader think that.
The second tale is part four of the Flight of the Falcon, called Lady and the Tramp. At some point Moreci has got to lose steam, surely? I really don’t know how he does it. Each time I feel like I’ve read the high point of this little series, and then the next one goes beyond my wildest expectations. We find ourselves with Lady Proxima and a tale of when she and Han were reunited. I’ve said it many times about Moreci that the way he weaves different parts of the Star Wars universe together is like watching a beautiful tapestry unfolding. Here we get to see different elements of Solo and it does not disappoint.
The way Proxima is written is exceptional. Her tone and the atmosphere are lifted perfectly from the film and we get to see what has become of her. Even after all this time, she still holds a huge grudge against Han and has the scars to show from the damage he inflicted on her. We see that Moloch is running her errands for her and it was good to glimpse a bit more of this very under-used character. But it’s not just the big things and I loved that Proxima still only knew Han by his first name. It’s a small detail but it just adds to this tapestry that Moreci is creating.
And of course Han. He did not disappoint. He added the humour that is such an essential, yet delicate, part of Star Wars. There were serious moments with him and also the cocky moments but all were well written and had me smiling to myself.
And where does Moreci finish? Well I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read but a resounding ‘oo’ emitted from my lips when I found out where the next part is taking us. I’m not quite sure how Moreci can top this, but the evidence shows that if anyone is going to do it, he will.
If there is one comic out of all the ones released each month that I look forward to reading the most, it is without question Star Wars Adventures. Every month they seem to provide tales that entertain and take me to the galaxy I want to escape to. The writing is always of the highest quality and you can tell that Burke, Wyatt and Moreci know and love these characters as much as we fans do. They want to tell fun stories, and not just any stories, but Star Wars stories. An easy thing to say, yet a far more difficult task than I think a lot of people realise. Yet these writers are doing it and doing it with such finesse. Burke and Wyatt are able to build on characters that we’ve only just started to skim the surface with in Star Wars Resistance. And Moreci, well, the man just blows my mind every time I read his work. I do hope we get to see more from these writers (I’m very aware that Flight of the Falcon is wrapping up far too soon), as they are great ambassadors to Star Wars and there tales are some of the very best that you could hope to read. If you are not reading Star Wars Adventures, I only have one question for you, why not?
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.