Thursday, 25 October 2018

Star War Adventures #1 - IDW Publishing

STAR WARS ADVENTURES No. 1, September 2017
Presented in early 2016 by “IDW Publishing” as “a comic book series aimed at younger audiences to Lucasfilm”, Cavan Scott’s narrative for Issue One of “Star Wars Adventures” probably did provide its smaller readers with some semblance of excitement due to its heavy focus upon an early adventure of Rey's on the remote desert planet of Jakku. But whilst this fifteen-page long narrative ‘perfectly’ replicates the female scavenger’s claustrophobic tension as she explores the huge dilapidated “relics of a battle that was fought long before I was born”, as well as features a fun action-packed sequence depicting the “dune-rat” battling a pair of less chivalrous junk collectors over a handful of com-links, its central plot is bemusingly based upon the premise that Daisy Ridley’s ‘Silver Screen’ character would risk her life so as to save the highly disagreeable Unkar Plutt from a gang of “off-worlders lead by some guy called Zool Zendiat”..?

Of course, it should have come as no surprise to the 49,184 bibliophiles who bought this comic that the headstrong ‘Force Sensitive’ “maintains [a] fierce loyalty to her friends”, as seen by Rey’s plucky intervention between the elderly Bobbajo and Jakku’s new Junkboss, which causes her to scurry around after the battered crittermonger’s “poor creatures” following Krynodd savagely flooring the wizened old-timer. But arguably such a short-lived scene, even when pacily pencilled by Derek Charm, shouldn’t be solely enough to convince the gifted scavenger who resides amidst the Goazon Badlands that the snout-faced scumbag is “going to be even worse than the Blobfish” so she needs "to rescue Unkar…”

Fortunately however, this publication “aimed at [the] next generation of comic book fans" debatably contains a far more satisfying secondary story in the guise of Scott’s “Tales From Wild Space”, which transports its viewers back to “the days of the Old Republic” when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Dexter Jettster tackle a Pa'lowick thief who has been repeatedly stealing from the Besalisk’s diner. Crammed into just six pages, and dynamically drawn by Jon Sommariva, this ‘short’ rather enjoyably demonstrates the Jedi Master’s famous wiliness in order to successfully locate the secret den the petite pickpocket “shared with an old rogue called Magreda”; “The Jedi Knight taught Tri Tellon a valuable lesson that day that nine time out of ten, you’re not half as clever as you think you are.”
The regular cover art of "STAR WARS ADVENTURES" No. 1 by Derek Charm

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