Published: October 30, 2019
Cover Artist: Derek Charm
Ghosts of Kashyyyk: Part 1
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Derek Charm
Secret Agent Droids: Part 1
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Tony Fleecs
In this first installment of a three-part story, the mighty Wookiees of Kashyyyk must defend their home against the armies of the evil First Order. Plus, in our second tale, R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 team up on a top-secret spy adventure for the Resistance.
A comic of first parts is the order of the day for Star Wars Adventures this month! We have a story written by John Barber, who we haven’t seen in Adventures for a while, with art by Derek Charm, no stranger to Adventures. The second story, and I have to say the one I am very excited to read, is by Michael Moreci. Moreci did the incredible ‘Flight of the Falcon’ storyline for Adventures and I’ve been eager to see him return to Adventures. Not only that, but with art by Tony Fleecs, who has floored me with his artwork in the last couple of appearances he has had in this series, what more could a reader want?! It sounds like a match made in heaven!
The first story, ‘Ghosts of Kashyyyk’, takes place after The Last Jedi and follows Chewbacca and a new character called Beaumont. Beaumont is our guide through this story, with him being human and able to actual speak. He’s a necessity to the story that Barber is trying to tell. He is able to provide a summary of what has happened to Kashyyyk so far, which for younger readers I think is probably essential.
But for me, the star of the show is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is getting a lot more attention and I love that he is. Losing Peter Mayhew was a heavy blow for a lot of us, and I love this fresh wave of Chewbacca centred stories. To see him on his own planet is even better, learning about the legends that are found there. The relationship between Chewie (yeah, we’re best friends – you’ll understand when you read the issue) and the Porg is wonderful and I really hope this is an echo of things to come in The Rise of Skywalker. The Porg has great loyalty to Chewie and is able to provide the humour for the story.
When you have your main two characters being aliens who don’t actually speak in basic, a lot of trust is placed on the artist. Charm does a wonderful job of depicting the characters and the story, but more than that, he is able to ‘speak’ for Chewie and the Porg. Charm provides them with lots of expression, that never seem out of character, but let us know exactly what the characters are thinking and feeling. It is often said that Yoda would never have worked without Mark Hamill’s performance, the same can be said here, Barber’s script just wouldn’t work without Charm’s ability to allow these characters to speak.
Onto the second story, ‘Secret Agent Droids.’ Where do I begin!? Let’s start with the first thing that grabbed my attention; the art. Fleecs has outdone himself. This is a story centred around the droids and as soon as you see the art you can’t help but feel like you are watching an episode of Droids. I for one loved the series and to see C-3PO and R2-D2 styled again in this way is wonderful. It takes you right back to the eighties, which with things like The Goldbergs and Stranger Things, seems to be exactly where we all want to be! It is done without error and I’m so grateful that Fleecs took this approach.
If amazing art was not enough, we then have the story. I don’t hide the fact that I’m a huge fan of Moreci’s. He gets Star Wars, he knows the intricacies and the characters so well, that when he writes them, it seems flawless. Even in his own work, Black Star Renegades, you can’t help but get that Star Wars feel. This is a master of his trade and this first part of the story just blows me away. The droids take centre stage, a great start for me. The droids, particularly 3PO and R2 are the soul of Star Wars and have been completely under used in the Sequel Trilogy. Reading this story, you know exactly why we need more of them. Moreci writes each one as they should be, particularly 3PO, who is his Original Trilogy self, and better for it.
What works even better is having BB8 along for the ride. On screen, we are yet to see him and R2 have an adventure together, god help us if we do. Moreci shows us exactly what we’d be getting ourselves into. The two are like best friends, who egg each other on. It’s a great contrast with 3PO, who is always trying to hold R2 back and keep him in line. Now the poor golden droid (and I do feel sorry for him) has to deal with two of them! The humour that ensues from this carnage is hilarious, I don’t think I have laughed so much at a comic. I can’t wait to see what else they’ll drag 3PO into.
I mentioned earlier how we seem to be harking back to a love of the eighties, where there was a real sense that with enough determination and will, kids could do anything (and we knew far more than the stupid grown-ups!). I don’t want to give any plot points away, but Moreci invokes this in the story, and I think as a child reading this, I’d love it. For me, it’s a great nostalgic trip to the types of stories I use to watch in film and on TV.
Adventures, it never disappoints; this issue is brimming with potential. Two stories, each setting the foundations for a continuation next issue. And that issue can’t come fast enough. I loved every minute of this comic. We are with characters that we have grown up with and loved for years, being used by writers who understand them. Not only that, but two incredible artists who make your jaw drop before you even read a word. Charm is ideal to bring Barbers story to life and I’m so pleased that Moreci is back and that IDW have teamed him up with Fleecs, stroke of genius! I don’t think I can praise the talent in this comic anymore. This is Star Wars through and through, so for goodness sake, pick up an issue!
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.