Star Wars Adventures #27 Review

by NumidianPrime on November 03, 2019

Writers: John Barber, Michael Moreci
Artists: Derek Charm, Tony Fleecs
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Publisher: IDW

This month's issue of Star Wars Adventures kicks off the series' involvement in the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing line that leads into the upcoming film. The main story covers Chewbacca's defense of his homeworld Kashyyyk from the onslaught of the First Order. The backup follows 3PO, R2, and BB-8 in a quest for the Resistance.

I enjoy Adventures' typical smaller scale stories a lot but it also makes me happy when the series gets to tell a more important story every once in a while. Getting to see Chewbacca return to his homeworld and defend it in this time period is pretty great. I'm not expecting too much of it but I hope that he gets to see his family again and enjoy a bit of time with them since he left them years before to return to his adventures with Han. Using Dominic Monaghan's character from the film as a point of view character (naturally Chewie's dialogue isn't translated so a different narrator is needed) was a great way to give the series a unique aspect of The Rise of Skywalker to setup, we haven't seen his character until now. He seems like a fun character and I hope we get to see some of his personality come through in the film. I'm glad Nien Nunb is around too, helping Chewie with the Falcon. The two of them previously got a great character beat piloting the ship together in the Poe Dameron comic. The use of porgs is another automatic win, naturally. They're always adorable and it was great to see the primary porg's fan name "Terbus" used in a story. 

The backup story was also really fun. I enjoyed Moreci's run on Flight of the Falcon a lot, it has my favorite stories from this series, so I'm glad to see him getting more consistent work on it. Seeing Garel from Star Wars Rebels again was awesome, it was cool to see the Resistance utilizing another old rebel base. The dialogue was witty and in-character for everyone, I especially enjoyed Poe's moments. The backups are always short enough that there isn't enough space for too much plot but it's an interesting start with a good character beat for 3PO. 

Charm's work on the main story is great, as usual. His art fits the tone of the series very well. The art style of the backup was a bit weird on people but it was great for the droids, especially 3PO. It felt like a deliberate throwback to the Nelvana animation for the Droids animated series, which I believe was deliberate. 

Definitely a great start to this arc of the series and about what I would hope to get from the series on a regular basis. I'm looking forward to seeing where the rest of both of these stories goes and I can't wait to look back on them after the release of the film. 

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