In Review: Star Wars Adventures #7

Rebels fans of all ages will love this. Recommended.

The covers: A trio to track down if you’re as lucky as the Rebels. The A cover is by Sean Galloway and features Ezra laughing at the discomfort that Hondo is dealing with from an Argora bird. The creature’s tail hangs off the padawan’s shoulder in a friendly way, while it looks to be trying to get on the pirate’s head. A cute cover that teases the first story of this issue. The coloring is a little bland, with it hard to pick out the characters from the setting. The B cover is by Jamal Peppers and has Kanan and Ezra almost back to back with their lightsabers held to defend themselves against four barely seen creatures in the darkness. I like this, but it’s colored so darkly the monsters cannot be seen. I want to see them clearly! The RI is by Derek Laufman with colors by Jordan Boyd and is a terrific image of the heroes from Rebels standing before an open door that’s colored a bright yellow. The point of the view is just below the characters, looking up at them. From left to right is Sabine, Kanan, Ezra, Zeb, Hera, and Chopper. Sabine happy holds her blaster ready, the two Jedi have their lightsabers lit, Zeb holds his closed fists poised for action, and Hera has a hand on Chopper to protect him. This is the one to get! Overall grades: A A-, B B-, and RI A

The stories: The first tale is the 14 paged first installment of “Endangered” by Sholly Fisch. The crew of the Ghost is on a mission to retrieve the Argora bird, a sacred animal of the Xendekian religion. The Empire took the bird from the world to house in the Emperor’s private zoo. Without the animal the denizens of Xendek have lost all hope. The ship is suddenly set upon by several firing TIE fighters. While Hera distracts the TIEs, the rest of the ship takes the Phantom and gets aboard a Star Destroyer. Once aboard they find a very familiar face stealing the bird. This individual has done something rather unwise that leaves the heroes in a precarious situation that won’t be solved until the next installment of this series. This is tons of fun if one is a fan of Rebels and now that this television series is over, I’m hungry for new stories featuring them. Tales From Wild Space features “Look Before You Leap” by Paul Crilley. Nien Nunb and his Duros friend Shriv have landed on a world to find two TIE fighters that have landed there. The Imperials might report the location of the refugee ship they’re protecting, so they need to find them. It seems like a simple task, but the world has several surprises for the pair. This is also a fun story. I’d love to see more adventures of this twosome. Overall grades: Both A 

The art: Sean Galloway provides pencils and Cassey Kuo inks on “Endangered.” The artwork on this story is amazing — it looks like animation art. Not the same type of computer art as on the Rebels cartoon, but more like a hand drawn cartoon. The characters all look fantastic. The design of the Argora bird and the Xendekians is great. The battle sequences between the Ghost and the fighters is impressive and easy to follow. On the Star Destroyer there’s plenty of action with stormtroopers blasting, the character they discover, and the many threats that won’t be resolved until next issue. My favorite panel of this story is the circular one that focuses on Kanan. I’m a huge fan of circular panels as they give a classic comic book feel to any book. Seeing this one with Kanan is just awesome. I also really enjoy the art of Philip Murphy on “Look Before You Leap.” He has very thin linework with the style looking like something out of a Heavy Metal issue from the 70’s. The characters look great and the setting, all aspects of it, looks awesome. I don’t know why, but when Nien yells or screams he looks amazing. The giant jagged tooth creatures that threaten the pair are simply designed but work wonderfully for this tale. I would love to see Murphy do an entire Star Wars tale. Overall grades: Both A+

The colors: Luis Antonio Delgado is the colorist on the first tale, while Wes Dzioba colors the second. Delgado enhances the animation look of “Endangered” by giving it the cool colors of a traditional cartoon. The shading on 7 is great, with the Imperials getting bright shades to draw the eye and darker colors to lead the reader in different directions. The lightsabers and blaster fire is gloriously neon bright. The sounds get strong colors to make their noises loud and certain words also get colored to place emphasis on them. The oranges and greens of the second story are glorious in creating a wholly alien environment. The sounds are also colored, though the majority are in a sickly lime that mirrors events in the story. The coloring is great on both stories. Overall grades: Both A

The letters: Tom B. Long is the letterer of both tales, creating dialogue, exclamations, sounds, Chopper speech, the title for Tales, a translation note, and droid speech. The sounds are fantastic, with those in the second tale the better just because they’re so gross. Overall grade: A

The final line: Rebels fans of all ages will love this. The stories are great and the visuals are fantastic. A love letter to those young of heart who wish to visit a galaxy far, far away…Recommended. Overall grade: A

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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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