Published: November 7, 2018
Cover Artist: Derek Charm
Destroyer Down – Episode I: Explore
Writer: Scott Beatty
Artist: Derek Charm
The Ghost Ship Part 1
Writer: Scott Beatty
Artist: Jon Sommariva
Swallowed by the shifting sands of Jakku, the Imperial Star Destroyer Spectral has been lost for two decades, giving rise to rumours of hauntings and buried treasure. But an epic sandstorm has revealed the ruins of the starship, and renowned scavenger Rey now leads the race to claim whatever lies within!
Originally released as a Loot Crate exclusive graphic novel, it’s great to see this short series find itself into general publication. Released as part of the Adventures branding by IDW, these comics are supposed to be aimed at a young audience. However, I am very quickly finding with these, that they are a fun ride for fans of any age. Like the main Adventures series, this comic is split into two stories; Destroyer Down and The Ghost Ship. The two are linked, which makes reading each part even more fascinating.
The first part of Destroyer Down, Explore, is set on the planet of Jakku, with narration by Rey. I presume the setting of this to be not much before The Force Awakens. I really liked the idea behind Jakku, which has been expanded somewhat in the books. Here, the philosophy of life on Jakku is reiterated and we get to see what life is like. It is mundane, and it should be. It would be too easy to make something more of Jakku than there is, but Beatty steers clear of this mistake. We are also introduced (or reintroduced) to several characters that we only caught glimpses of in the film. Which leads us to the humour. The humour in this story is excellent and I particularly like the joke that Beatty makes of Constable Zuvio, who finally gets a role in this comic! There is also a glimpse that there might be something more to him.
The second story, The Ghost Ship, is the shorter of the two stories and follows Sheperd Squadron as they take on the Spectral (the ship that Rey begins to explore in the first tale). It is set in the last days of the Empire, and although a short story, it is gripping from the first panel. There are some pleasant links to the Aftermath series and the appearance of K2 droids was very welcome. Although we know the ultimate fate of the Spectral, Beatty is quick to point out that all bets are off, no one is safe. I was very disappointed when the story was over so quickly! The artwork here is excellent and you really get a sense of all the action that is taking place in space.
Having two tales in an issue makes the stories go by very quickly and it leaves the reader constantly wanting more. When those two stories are so well written and linked, it makes this even more pronounced. There is something here for everyone, a story set just before the sequel trilogy and one just after the original. And as always, it’s fun. Yes it might be aimed at a younger audience but that’s what makes it even more Star Wars for me. Star Wars was always fun and wasn’t always so serious. If you have yet to find out what Adventures is all about, this would be an opportune time to find out. My only complaint of this issue (and the Adventures series as a whole), is the wait between issues!
Star Wars Adventures Destroyer Down is a three part 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.