In Review: Star Wars Adventures #19

Two engaging battle droid focused tales.

The covers: Three to find for this foray into a galaxy far, far away… The A cover is by Mauricet and it’s a solid action frontpiece. General Obi-Wan Kenobi races forward with his ignited lightsaber held before him. Just behind him is Captain Rex without his helmet. Three other clone troopers follow him, with their helmets on and rifles ready. High above this dirt covered landscape is a Republic drop ship, with another barely visible in the bottom left. Neat illustration, but it’s too dark. If the colors had been brighter the image would be much more striking. That’s definitely the case on the B by Nick Brokenshire. Battle droid Q5-7070 is held upside down by some thick and thorny green tentacles above a wildly alien landscape full of brightly colored foliage. Heck, even the tree-like structures in the distance are a frosty blue and the sky glorious in pink. This is a cover that would stop any Star Wars fan in their tracks to see what this cover is teasing. The Retailer Incentive cover is by Valentina Pinto. This is done in the frosty style of Star Wars Resistance’s art and I just don’t like it. Obi-Wan is restraining Rex from further striking a battle droid that’s behind the Jedi. The clanker is twitching and convulsing as blue energy sparks from its head. This cover is a solid tease of what the opening story is about. I like everything about this, but the style of art. Overall grades: A B+, B A+, and Retailer Incentive D+

The stories: “Roger Roger” by Cavan Scott is a fun story with a surprising new ally for the Republic. At the Battle of Horain in the Crantori System, Captain Rex calls for help from General Skywalker because he’s pinned down by several clankers. General Kenobi arrives in time to save the trooper. One battle droid receives a ricochet laser blast from Obi-Wan’s lightsaber, causing it to say, “What BZZT What’s going on? Why are all these droids attacking you?…it doesn’t seem fair. There’s so many of them and only two of you!” It raises it’s gun and starts firing on the other battle droids. “We need to teach those bullies a lesson.” Rex is stunned, as is Obi-Wan, but they’re willing to take the batty droid’s assistance. The three are able to take out many droids, though one becomes prisoner and needs rescuing. This was a terrific story with Bats being a neat character. Tales from Wild Space features “The Big March” by Nick Brokenshire. This story also focuses on a battle droid. Poor Q5-7070 fell out of his Multi-Troop Transport onto the surface of Opop Hibbedit. He tries to make his way back but is confronted by several threats, with the best being Magnetic Rock Chimps. Yes, you read that right: Magnetic. Rock. Chimps. There are several good laughs as the Separatist tries to get home. Overall grades: “Roger Roger” A and “The Big March” A

The art: Mauricet is the artist on the first story. He does a solid job on the droids and clones, but characters’ faces aren’t as strong, with Rex and Obi-Wan inconsistent; Rex’s hair was all over the place. The action panels are very good, starting with that large panel on the opening page and Obi-Wan’s entrance on the second. There’s quite a bit of action in every panel or there are a lot of characters. Take a look at the top panel on 3: the droids look great as they’re being beaten down and the heroes look fantastic. The sole flashback panel is on this page and it is both funny and touching. The action that ends this page is a little tough to follow, with both characters on the ground instantly after receiving enemy fire in the same panel. Once Bats enters the story he becomes the lead character and Mauricet makes him look great. This character will capture’s the reader’s heart with his reactions on 8 and 9. The entrance on 10 is awesome. Brokenshire illustrates his own story and his work is staggeringly lush and original for a Star Wars title. The first two creatures that Q5 encounters look great and would make Roger Corman or Frank Oz happy. The design of the magnetic rock chimps is funny and fitting. The poor droid stands out on every page for having a thick line around him to make him stand out against the extremely detailed settings. Seriously, if Brokenshire were to take the characters out of his panels, the locations would still be eye catching. Overall grades: “Roger Roger” B and “The Big March” A+

The colors: “Roger Roger” is colored by Charlie Kirchoff. The story is set at night, so there’s a brilliant teal used which allows the characters, sounds, and blaster fire to pop. The interior setting that’s encountered late in the tale uses grays to create an industrial tone, with some panels’ backgrounds left white to have the reader focus exclusively on the characters. As with the artwork, Brokenshire colors his own tale and it’s incredible work. Pink skies, creatures of exotic colors, and foliage colored green, blue, and yellow make this story dazzling for the reader. Overall grades: “Roger Roger” B and “The Big March” A+

The letters: Tom B. Long letters both stories, creating scene settings, sounds, dialogue, the title of the second tale, and droid bleeps. I was surprised to see that the dialogue for the troopers, droids, and human characters is the same font. The first two should look different from humans’ speech because they’re going through an electronic filter. The shape of the droids’ balloons are different, but the font should also been changed. The scene settings are cool with their streamlined shapes that suggest a futuristic world. There are several sounds in this book and all look fantastic and are as fun to read aloud as they are to look upon. The droid beeps on the first page of the second tale are a nifty font that give the droid a humorous voice. Overall grade: A-

The final line: Two engaging battle droid focused tales. The visuals on the first tale are fine, but the second tale is like an epiphany for Star Wars comics. IDW would be wise to get Nick Brokenshire back to this book or, better yet, give him a miniseries. Overall grade: A-

To order a print copy go to https://www.idwpublishing.com/product/star-wars-adventures-19/

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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