Published: March 27, 2019
Cover Artist: Mauricet
Writer: Cavan Scott
Tales from Wild Space: The Big March
Writer and Artist: Nick Brokenshire
Legendary General Obi-Wan Kenobi undertakes a daring mission for the Republic Army during the Clone Wars! Guest-starring Captain Rex!
The last issues of Star Wars Adventures have been an absolute delight to read. Michael Moreci’s Flight of the Falcon had really energised my love of this series and I was a little disappointed that the final part would not be in this issue. Yet, as soon as I saw Cavan Scott was the writer for one of the stories this month, I relaxed a little. I am a huge fan of his Wild Space books, which was the last series that my son Charlie and I read together before it wasn’t ‘cool’ to have a story at bedtime. And with my son moving into Warhammer 40’000, I’ve also found that Scott has started a young adult series there as well, which my son can’t wait to start (and neither can I). Added to this, it’s in a time frame that I love, with characters that I adore. What could go wrong?
The answer, is absolutely nothing. One frame. That’s what it took to have the story immerse me in a galaxy far, far away. The look of the story is perfect. It’s not exactly like Clone Wars or The Clone Wars, its Mauricet’s take on it, but his style is so similar, that it easily drops you into the era. Both the main characters look excellent, and as Obi-Wan is one of my all-time favourite characters, I’m quite critical! The writing from Scott is also flawless. Sometimes it takes me some adjustment to get the voices of the characters in my head, yet here it’s instant. Dee Bradley Baker and James Arnold Taylor’s voices come through with the dialogue that Scott has written, seamlessly from the TV series. If nothing else, this is what I want from my Star Wars, to feel like I’m there. With artist and writer working so well together, it’s impossible not to.
We then have the story itself, which puts Obi-Wan and Rex in quite a serious predicament. I originally thought, how did the two get themselves into this situation, but then I remembered that Jedi have their limits. Although the main thrust of the stories in Adventures is to be fun, I do appreciate that the Jedi aren’t some god-like figures that can achieve anything, they have their limits. Even with droids, Obi-Wan can’t take them all on and survive.
Which then leads us to the atmosphere of the rest of the story. I do not want to spoil it, but I will say that it is very humorous and works very well. It is a humour that suits the story, the era and the characters. After having such a serious start, it was enjoyable to read the transformation to a more comical ending and it’s one that I think children will love. In such a short space, Scott gives us two types of story in one and provides an ‘episode’ of Clone Wars. There is a reason Scott has many fans (including myself) and this is a perfect example as to why.
The Second Story, The Big March, returns us to Tales from Wildspace. This has been missing for several issues. Although the break was a good decision, I’m very glad it is back. The tale being told to Emil is of a battle droid in the Clone Wars and fits in very well with the first tale. As with all these tales, it is short and is more of a fable for children then any serious story. And Brokenshire gets it perfectly. The one thing that really stuck with me was the art. It’s in a style that is suited for children’s books, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. The colours and design are gorgeous and each panel has even more to see. It was a delight to read, just to enjoy his artwork and style. Yet Brokenshire also brings much humour to this story which had me laughing at several points.
To say an Obi and Rex adventure might be slightly misleading, as I would say this was the battle droid issue. Now there is not a lot of love for battle droids from some people, so I can understand why IDW perhaps went with the two main characters as opposed to the annoying droids. The stories in this comic show the battle droids at their best. There is plenty of humour that works incredibly well, in both stories. You never feel like you are getting annoyed with the droids as some claim they do in the movies. It is an enjoyable ride and a feast for the eyes. To start with Scott writing our heroes in serious danger, to a humorous ending that continues into Brokenshire’s story, well, it’s like a match made in heaven! I have always liked Adventures giving us two stories set in two diffferent ears, as it gives fans a chance to at least have something set in an era they like. However, with two great stories that complement each other so well, I’m glad IDW didn’t do that with this issue. As always, it is a pleasure to see Scott in the Star Wars universe, I’m sure it is nowhere near his last (it better not be!). And it is a welcome return to Brokenshire, who I hope will continue to pop up in Adventures. A great issue, with great writers and artists, and that truly enjoyable Star Wars feel; these are the droids you’re looking for!
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.