Published: September 25, 2019
Cover Artist: Derek Charm
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Derek Charm
Tales from Wild Space: Alone in the Dark
Writer: Adam Christopher
Artist: Megan Levens
Witness one of the many lessons Rey learned from Luke Skywalker during her time on Ahch-To. Plus, in an all-new instalment of Tales from Wild Space, Resistance pilot Tallie teaches her squad how to overcome their fears.
Oh IDW! I’m not quite sure what I’ve done to be blessed with not one, but two Star Wars Adventures this month, but I’m not complaining! After the single-story comic of the previous issue, Adventures returns to the format that we have come to love. Cavan Scott is no stranger to Star Wars and even taking time to write a new Star Wars audio drama (which if you haven’t listened to yet you’re doing yourself a disservice) has had time to return to Adventures. Adam Christopher is new to this comic series yet has had a short story in A Certain Point of View. I’m interested to see what he does in this issue…
The Last Jedi is not everyone’s cup of tea (or caff). Love it or hate it, the thing that I think we all wanted to see more of was Luke and Rey, I know I did! And it is here that Scott firmly plants his story and oh what a story. Make no mistake, Luke is the star of this show. From the first instance, you can hear a wise Luke Skywalker guiding Rey through the ways of the force. His tone, the sarcasm laced in his sentences, it’s just so perfect. And not only that, but we also get to see glimpses of the Luke we fell in love within the original trilogy.
With this wonderful rendition of Luke, Scott begins to fill in the blanks that were sorely missing from The Last Jedi. We see Luke caring for the Lanai and them in turn looking towards Luke for protection. It brings to mind that symbiotic relationship that Qui-Gon talked to Anakin about. We also have the mirror of Luke’s training with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. If it’s how Luke was taught, why wouldn’t he teach Rey in the same way. You can hopefully understand, that Scott is bringing everything together in this tale in such a masterful way.
Yet for me, what I most enjoyed about this story, what I wish there had been more of in The Last Jedi, is seeing Luke and Chewbacca together. From the first page, Chewie is there, watching (as he should be). The further into the story we go, the more we see him and Luke interacting with one another. The only thing that could have made it more perfect, would have been to have R2 there (but you can’t have everything). It does make you realise just how much more could have been added to The Last Jedi. To see it here is just wonderful and I’m glad Scott gives Chewie his rightful place in the story.
One could not hope for a better story set in this time frame and Scott has done a tremendous job of bringing such a powerful tale to Adventures. With Charm able to guide us through the action, this is one of those stories that just takes you to another level. Funny, Adventures seems to be doing that more and more…
The second, shorter tale is by Adam Christopher. Again, it is set in the sequel trilogy era and focuses on Tallie. Tallie can be seen at teh start of The Last Jedi flying her a-wing. As with all of the ‘Wild Space’ stories, this is a simple story that has an important message, particularly for younger readers. But as I’ve come to expect from Adventures, there is always something a bit more. In this tale, what instantly grabbed my attention was the artwork by Levens, its gorgeous. There is lovely detail in her work and the movement of the ships is done exceedingly well. It made reading it a real joy. As well as that, although the story is quite simple, I really enjoyed following a pilot around. I’d have happily had the story carry on for far longer.
As always, Adventures does not disappoint. I’m sure there maybe those who don’t appreciate the time frame of the sequel trilogy but the stories here are immensely enjoyable as Star Wars stories. Scott bringing Chewie and Luke back together (‘just like old time’) is something that every Star Wars fan I’m sure will enjoy and somehow Scott yet again exceeds the very high expectations we’ve come to expect from him. Scott is one of the best writers in a galaxy far, far away, who really understands what Star Wars is about and how to appeal to all fans. Christopher brings us a simpler tale but still enjoyable and focuses on something completely different (yet still Star Wars). I have nothing but love for this comic series, the talent it draws every month is jaw dropping. If you haven’t done already, start reading, you’ll never look back once you do….
Star Wars Adventures is an ongoing series available from IDW Publishing. This issue is available from all good comic bookstores in the USA and from Forbidden Planet in the UK. This issue retails at $3.99.