Comic Review: Star Wars Adventures #31

Published: March 18, 2020
Cover Artist: Arianna Florean

Squad Goals
Writer:
Michael Moreci
Artist: Arianna Florean

The Lost Stories Part 2
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: David M. Buisan

The synopsis;

Learn more about the heroes and villains of The Rise of Skywalker! In this issue, the spotlight falls on Rey!

The review;

Well that has been a long six weeks and make no mistake! My anticipation for this issue has only been exacerbated by the current climate in our world and wanting the one series that I know I can escape from it all. This comic continues from issue thirty, with two wonderful duos. First is Michael Moreci and Arianna Florean with a Rey tale, and then we have Cavan Scott and David M. Buisan continuing their ‘Lost Stories’ tale, which I’m extremely excited about! If you haven’t seen, the High Republic project has finally been announced, and Scott has dropped hints within the first part of ‘The Lost Stories’ to allude to a group that will appear in this new series. I wonder what other hints he may give.

Last issue, Moreci focused on Kylo Ren and General Hux, this week it is the turn of Rey. Before even reading the story, I loved the cover of Rey in the cockpit. Although we know that Rey is a good pilot, after The Force Awakens, this side of her character was sacrificed so the story of her path through the force could dominate. I’m not saying it’s a bad decision, but I’m glad that Moreci has decided to pick it up. The entire story is centred around Poe giving Rey a training session…. which happens to go a little wrong. To see the two together in x-wings is simply wonderful. It’s one of the aspects of Star Wars that I have always adored. To see them piloting and facing the challenged in the tale is exactly what I want to see more of.

However, what really draws me into this story is the discussion between Poe and Rey. It’s the characters that aren’t directly there, but who are still important to the story. I said in issue thirty, that what I loved was that feel of a united galaxy in terms of mythology. Even though this story is set in the sequel era, Moreci draws influences from every trilogy and brings them together. I’ve often said that Moreci is a master of weaving different parts, different characters and different eras together, and you can really see that here. The talk of Luke and Wedge is magnificent. You know those tales your grandparents tell you of the olden times, that simply captivate you, it’s like listening to that. We get two very different takes on these two legendary characters. Rey adores Luke because he was her mentor in the force, yet Poe worships Wedge because of his skill as a pilot. Although Luke was a great pilot…well, you’ll read Poe’s response to that one! Of course, the context that this is all placed in is wonderful, but I have a sneaky feeling I’d be more than happy with Moreci writing about these two simply reminiscing at a table! Moreci yet again taps into something that is just Star Wars.

But the focus isn’t just on the original trilogy, Moreci pays his respects to the prequel trilogy, as well as a view of Rey on Jakku. This is all woven together into a tapestry of a tale that simply works beautifully. I always think that Moreci can’t surely do any better over his previous tales, yet the man does not stop giving (and this is why I simply can’t wait for his Clone Wars series!).

The artwork by Florean works so well with Moreci’s writing. For two pilots who do a lot of talking, you never feel bored by her panels, she keeps everything moving. You feel you are there in the cockpit with these pilots. When there is action? The panels bring you along for the ride. The pilots, the x-wings, Florean will make any fan feel right at home…

The first part of ‘The Lost Stories’ was wonderful to read. I’ve said before that my son (Charlie) and myself use to read Tales from Wildspace before he went to bed. Having Scott return to these sequels and provide Emil with an original adventure reminds me so much of that. The star here for me is Crater. He is the one that connects the original stories to these newer ones and here is on top form. His wise cracks, his annoyances, you can tell that it is Scott writing here. It helps to provide that feel from those original books.

Where the first part was laying the groundwork, this part is almost all action, so much so, that I was shocked when I came to the end. It is here that Buisan shines. The movement from panel to panel is flawless. With so much going on, it would be very easy to lose readers, yet I never felt that way. There is a clear decision to really focus the detail on the characters rather than the background, this helps to keep the action moving at a fast pace.

And the ending? Well I won’t spoil it, but Scott does know how to leave things on a cliff hanger!

Star Wars Adventures never fails to impress. We have a well-established Star Wars author (amongst a wealth of other franchises) returning to characters that fans love, and we have an author who can engage readers by two characters simply talking! If that doesn’t impress, I don’t know what will! Adventures keeps attracting some of the very best Star Wars writers around, people who get what Star Wars is and how to use it tell great stories. Although aimed at younger audiences, there is so much depth to these tales, that no matter your age, I’m sure you will be riveted, I know I am. And the best news? We get another issue of Moreci and Scott for issue thirty-two. I guess there’s nothing more to do than sit… and… wait…

Availability;                                                                    

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.

Mark 'Spooked Hippie' Alders
Mark’s day job is a primary school teacher, where in his classroom you will find life size cut outs of Darth Vader and Chewbacca, trying his best to educate the youth of today in the ways of the force.