Published: January 29, 2020
Cover Artist: Arianna Florean
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Arianna Florean
The Lost Stories (Part 1)
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: David M. Buisan
Explore the galaxy in light of events depicted in The Rise of Skywalker! In this issue, the spotlight falls on Kylo Ren!
The movie The Rise of Skywalker has been out now for a month and IDW is treating us to issues that relate to the film. Not only that, but they have brought some of their A game (and I say some, as their A game seems to be getting bigger and bigger these days!). First we have Michael Moreci, who I’m very glad to say we are seeing more of in a galaxy far, far away (and will be in the next few months especially). Moreci has a talent for writing Star Wars in a way that just feels right. He’s joined by Arianna Florean who is no stranger to Adventures. For the second tale we have Cavan Scott, who if you don’t recognise the name, you must have been living under a rock on Dagobah. One of his latest pieces is the Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook. An incredible story that kept myself and my family (even my two year old) enraptured on our holiday drive. He is joined by David M. Buisan, who I’ve not heard of, but if you search for his Instagram page, does some incredible pieces. These two writers know their Star Wars, and both write stories that engage fans. To say I’m excited for this issue would be an understatement…
The issue begins with ‘Loyalty Test’ starring Kylo Ren and General Hux. We quickly see that the story is set after The Last Jedi and is based around a planet called Vendaxa. This is the home world of the Acklay’s, one of the creatures we see in Attack of the Clones. The link works well, its subtitle, but like everything Moreci does, it helps to create this vision of a united galactic history, that we’re not talking trilogies, just one continuous story. It allows us to see a bit deeper into a species.
However, the point of this story is the relationship between Hux and Kylo. The story continues with the thread set by the films, that there is no love lost between these two characters. You can see this clearly, with each other trying to squash the other down. Yet through this, it is also clear that the two are so similar, that what they fight for, that their chip on their shoulders is for the same reason: They’re out to prove themselves. Both feel like they have lived in a shadow of their parents and are having to sacrifice everything to be able to come into the light (or should that be the dark?). It is easy to see how that plays out here, but also in The Rise of Skywalker. Both share the same fate but walk a different path, one of what is right, one for anger. Moreci gets it just right here. It’s this examination of two characters that are similar that makes it so fascinating. And while we’re on the matter of Hux, his dry sarcastic humour is perfect, very similar to what Han Solo might say in a given situation.
The art by Florean is very crisp. With lots of action thrown in, she is able to glide from those close in character moments and back to the action with ease. Her art isn’t overly detailed, and I should perhaps clarify, and say not overly crowded. What is needed is there, which means your focus is on what it should be, not getting distracted by what else is around. It works, and suits this story, where your attention should be on the two leads, not on the foliage in the background.
The second tale is ‘The Lost Stories’ part 1 by Scott. Now usually I’d start with the writing, but I’m going to tackle the art by Buisan. From the first panel I was cheering for the fact that we have an ithorian! Ok, maybe a bit over dramatic, but it’s so rare that we get to see those true Original Trilogy species showing up in this era and to see one taking up the right side of the page is great! It sets the atmosphere brilliantly (as well as keeping this fanboy very happy!). The rest of the tale’s art works really well. There is an awful lot of action here that is easy to follow thanks to Buisan. I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.
So, to the writing. Scott wrote the Wild Space books, books aimed at a young audience, but I really liked. My son and I enjoyed reading each one at bedtime (I know, I’m sounding like we’re a ‘Scott’ household, don’t even get me started on his Warhammer books). Because of this Scott really knows the original characters and you can tell that all the way through the start of this story. Crater sounds exactly as he should, with his nervous disposition. We also get to see Lina, which being a fan of the original series, was wonderful. There are links back to the series that will either open them up to new fans or thrill fans who already know the books.
What is most notable about this story is the fact that this is an adventure. This isn’t a telling of a tale that Crater is telling, this is Emil having his own first-hand experience. It seems right that Scott is the one to do this. I’m hoping we keep getting those links back to the past as the story moves on.
Adventures. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and again, it’s one of the best, most consistent Star Wars series out there. This issue is another prime example as to why. You have two incredible writers, who know and love Star Wars just as much as the rest of us, and their work shows this again and again. Added with fantastic artwork, you can’t go wrong. It has something for everyone. Even though these two stories are set in the sequel era, there is an overriding Star Wars feel to the whole thing, with links back to the original and prequel eras. I can’t wait to see what the next issue brings us, there is never any doubt it’ll be worth the read…
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.