Comic Review: Star Wars Adventures #21

Published: May 8, 2019
Cover Artist: Derek Charm

Swoop Racers
Writer:
Cavan Scott
Artist: Derek Charm

Tales from Wild Space: “The Heist”
Writer:
Shane McCarthy
Artist: Nicoletta Baldari

The synopsis;

Not ones to rest on their laurels, Han and Luke embark on a mission to secure equipment for the fledgling rebellion in this exciting tale set just after A New Hope!

The review;

Cavan Scott… writing… Han? And Luke? And set during the Original Trilogy? Just on the face of it, my heart leaps at the idea! And then for the second story, a character from the Mos Eisley Cantina? Well what more could I possibly ask for from this month’s Star Wars Adventures?!

The first story, Swoop Races, is probably my favourite that Scott has done for Adventures. Right from the off, the characters are just so perfectly written. The voices of Hamill, Ford and Fisher come blazing into your head reading this. Han, in particular, is just so…well….Han! Added to this, there is just the right injection of humour into the story that makes it fit. Han’s outrage at Luke and Leia not trusting him, to Chewie doing his own questioning of Han’s actions, it just feels like it’s been lifted straight from the movies.

And I keep coming back to Han, as this is Han’s story. I like that Scott goes back to Han’s roots of swoop racing. It use to get mentioned lots in the Legends timeline, but it seems to be something that gets forgotten these days. Han is, of course, his typical self. Thinking he has the answers for everything and not quite believing that no-one else thinks the same. This is the Han from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and I love it.

The artwork by Charm is also superb. Being about a swoop race, there is a lot of action in this story and Charm handles it brilliantly. The flow of the panels, to the design of the swoops all works well and guides you through Scott’s telling of the tale.

There is something about this story that just works. Its setting and characters provide an overwhelming Star Wars feel. There is nothing holding this story down, partly because of when Scott has set it. There is no burden of other tales, this is just a typical Luke, Han and Chewie adventure.

The second, shorter story, The Heist, is set at Mos Eisley Cantina. The main character is Kabe, a small chadra-fan, who wants nothing more than blue milk. The story is entertaining and McCarthy does a great job writing it, particularly as Kabe has no dialogue. You can’t help but route for the fellow, and I love that Wuher isn’t taken in by the cute eyes (because us readers are!) The thing that really struck me about this story, was the art. Baldari has a style that’s very different to many who illustrate Adventures. It suits this story very well. But Baldari also has a lot to do, as with no dialogue for Kabe, she is our guide through the story. From the layout of the cantina, to the action further into the story, Baldari does a great job. As always, there is a moral to the story, which I’m sure will be understood by the younger fans.

I never have any doubts about Adventures. Every month I know exactly what I’m going to get: fun, entertaining Star Wars. This month’s issue is no different. I love that both stories this time round are set in the Original Trilogy. Of course, I’m rather biased, as this is my favourite era of a galaxy far, far away. Yet the two work so perfectly. Scott, as always, writes a tremendous tale of Luke and Han, who we haven’t seen much of lately in Adventures. The two work so well together and all I want is more. Scott needs another series for himself, as these short tales just aren’t enough for someone of his skill level. The second story, set at Mos Eisley Cantina, has me just from this fact. Yet the story is entertaining and beautifully illustrated. What strikes me about this issue, is that it doesn’t worry about any other movies, just the original, A New Hope. I don’t know why but it just seems to create a far more pleasing set of stories that aren’t burdened by anything else, a simpler time perhaps. Whatever the reason, the synergy of these two stories is perfect and creates another great issue.

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.