Lockdown Legends: Forces of Destiny #2 Review

Published: January 10, 2018
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Arianna Florean
Colourist: Adele Matera
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Cover Artist: Arianna Florean

The synopsis;

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny initiative celebrates the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away….

Star Wars Adventures has joined the festivities with an exciting weekly series of comic books that explores all corners of the Star Wars universe, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters, such as Princess Leia, Rey, Padmé, Ahsoka, and Hera along with your soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige!

Fans will be excited to discover these stories told by talent from across Star Wars novels, comics and animation, including Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser, and Devin Grayson!

The review;

Soon after Rey saves BB-8 from Teedo the pair are set upon by a hungry nightwatcher worm who has a taste for metal – including droids. With some quick thinking and a few well-timed throws of her staff, Rey manages to rescue the little astromech yet again. However, that’s not the last of Rey’s adventures with her newfound friend, who in less than a day has turned her life upside down. Whilst out salvaging the next morning Rey and BB-8 are ambushed by Teedo who’s out for revenge, and this time he’s brought back-up…

Forces of Destiny #2 is based on the first two episodes of the animated series – “Sands of Jakku” along with “BB-8 Bandits” – and Houser has done a brilliant job of adapting them into one cohesive comic. It’s not a direct copy, with many added or expanded scenes along with Rey’s mental narration, which adds a whole new level of depth to the story. At the same time though, when reading the comic, it’s easy to hear Daisy Ridley’s original lines because many are still very close to, or the same, as those in the animated shorts.

All of this story takes place during the events of The Force Awakens, over the evening when Rey saves a panicked BB-8 from the disgruntled Teedo, and some of the morning before she goes to Niima Outpost. Expanding on what happens right afterwards is a clever piece of storytelling, as it really evolves Rey’s relationship with BB-8 and helps fans to understand why she won’t sell the droid to Unkar Plutt. It also explains the nightwatcher worm. Remember that red-eyed head poking out of the sands of Jakku near the beginning of The Force Awakens? That’s the nightwatcher worm and that’s just its head. Underneath is a huge body, with an even bigger appetite and Florean’s artwork perfectly matches the description from Rey’s Survival Guide by Jason Fry.

Although Florean creates fantastic art for the numerous strange creatures inhabiting Jakku, all of her artwork looks amazing. It strikes a delicate balance between being detailed enough for everyone to be recognisable, but not too much to distract from the story. Rey’s expressions in particular are a real highlight from Forces of Destiny #2, as even when she’s wearing her protective goggles, the amount of feeling Rey portrays just through her face is incredible. The art from the final page of the comic is another standout, where Rey is unknowingly leaving her past to go and seize her future. To find her destiny

One part of Rey’s destiny is of course discovering her affinity to the Force, and in The Force Awakens it appears that her powers lie dormant until around halfway through the film. However, Forces of Destiny #2 implies that Rey could be reaching out with the Force when hunting the nightwatcher, which is only reiterated when she catches her staff as it somersaults through midair. Maybe, quite a bit like Leia, the scavenger makes subtle use of the Force, and it comes so naturally that Rey doesn’t realising what she’s doing.

What is so striking about this story is Rey’s kindness. Growing up on Jakku was tough and that could have made Rey a hard, selfish person, but instead she’s kind and always willing to help. Even when no-one has ever shown her kindness, and life would be easier if she just left BB-8 to his fate, Rey empathises with the droid’s lonely situation and does all she can to help. Even when life gives you a tough break, it’s important to be kind and treat others how you yourself would like to be treated. Kindness is free, yet so valuable.

For fans of Rey, or those looking for a story that expands on some of the events from The Force Awakens, then Forces of Destiny #2 is a fantastic comic choice. It perfectly captures Rey’s strong personality, BB-8’s endearing nature and the action-adventure is a joy to read.

Availability;

The original IDW Star Wars: Forces of Destiny mini-series ran in 2018, encompassing 5 issues. Star Wars: Forces of Destiny #2 is currently available in digital format from the IDW Publishing, and comiXology. A physical copy can be found in one of the trade paperback releases from IDW Publishing. Please check with Amazon or your local comic bookstore for availability.

Kat Rees-Jauke
It was LEGO that got Kat into Star Wars in 2015. After spontaneously buying the LEGO 10188 Death Star set, she finally decided to watch the Original Trilogy and from then on was completely absorbed into a galaxy far, far away. On a very early December morning, Kat got to see her first Star Wars film in the cinema and The Force Awakens still holds a special place in her heart. With this new era of content also came her favourite character – Kylo Ren.