Published: January 9, 2019
Cover Artist: Derek Charm
Destroyer Down – Episode III:
Writer: Scott Beatty
Artist: Derek Charm
The Ghost Ship Part 3
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!
The third and final comic in this series begins with the last part of Destroyer Down. We are immediately thrown back into the bowels of the Star Destroyer ‘Spectral’ and watch as a K2 security droid tries to protect the ruin of the ship. One of the qualities of the IDW comics that continues to shine through with all their comics, is the links they make between all the different movies and periods in time. Having the link to not only the Original Trilogy but to Rogue One, helps to really create a believable universe.
The character of Rey shines through in this story. When she takes pause in her searching to have some ‘her’ time, you get the sense that she feels the need to escape her life. It makes the scenes in The Force Awakens even more poignant when she knows that she must return to Jakku. This is then reiterated during the finale of the story when she sacrifices the most prized of goods on Jakku to save someone, someone who would usually not care about her. It shows the depths of her character and reinforces what we know of the character from the movies.
The third part of Ghost Ship begins in a way I really wasn’t expecting; humour. I have to say, some people may find the humour annoying but I was laughing out loud at the stormtroopers. They weren’t as corny as battle droids and provided some light humour in what is otherwise a very serious story. The story ends with a slight twist that makes reading the ending rather satisfying and ties the loose threads from the Destroyer Down storyline nicely together.
This issue may not be as jam packed as the previous two, but it is a worthy ending to what has been an enjoyable story. I know some fans have been hesitant about reading the IDW comics as they are aimed at a younger audience. However, I think that’s what makes these comics all the better. Without taking themselves too seriously, they allow the writers to tell stories that are enjoyable. Destroyer Down is the perfect example and for any fans who haven’t already started reading the comics released by IDW, this is a great place to start. With linking two periods of the Star Wars galaxy together, there is something for everyone. I don’t want to see the past die, I like my Original Trilogy era, and having it used to tell not only its own story, but to propel a story in the sequel era is perfect.
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.