Comics With Kenobi #45

It’s a pair of powerful stories as both Marvel and IDW Publishing’s Star Wars comics deliver potent writing that ties into ongoing events in Star Wars: Rebels and builds a bridge to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Writers Kieron Gillen and Devin Grayson have penned separate yet equally weighted missives on on what it means to lead and be led in the pages of Star Wars #42 and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Forces of Destiny — Ahsoka & Padme Preview

There’s not much Padme in this preview of Wednesday’s Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Ahsoka & Padme, but we’ve read the issue and it’s worth the wait.

So, for now, enjoy these pages from the Beth Revis-written, Valentina Pinto illustrated and Tom B. Long-lettered issue that’s out Jan. 24.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #42

This review of Star Wars #42 contains minor spoilers.

The undercurrent of leadership and sacrifice is rife through the penultimate chapter of the “Ashes of Jedha” arc that is Star Wars #42.

This is storytelling by writer Kieron Gillen that’s quickly approaching legendary status, diving as it does into the concepts of self, group and alliance not just for Luke and Leia, but Han, too, as he grapples with reconciling the notion of being an authority figure with his ingrained identity as rogue and scoundrel.

It’s also a respectful, if not deeply emotional, nod to those who fell in pursuit of lofty goals and ideals, name Rogue One. To have the team mentioned in this issue, by Luke to the Partisans’ Ubin, is a punch to the gut, but also a harbinger of contentment, as we know that team’s sacrifice is not merely the stuff of Rebellion legend, but of Rebellion conscience, too.

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Comics With Kenobi #44 — The Delilah S. Dawson Interview

From Phasma to Porgs, writer Delilah S. Dawson is a fan favorite among Star Wars literature fans and, now, thanks to her work on IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Adventures and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, comics, too.

A writer of renown and long-time Star Wars fan, she joined us to talk about her stories in Star Wars Adventures #5 and #6, as well as the upcoming Forces of Destiny — Rose and Paige, along with her career putting pen to paper to create such stirring stories.

So sit back and enjoy this Comics With Kenobi conversation and afterward, be sure to check out Dawson’s web site, Whimsydark, and follow her on Twitter, too.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera

This review of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera contains minor spoilers.

The one thing Star Wars has always lacked is more Selonians. What Star Wars comics have lacked is Hera Syndulla.

Well, no more and for that we owe a debt we can never repay to writer Devin Grayson, artist Eva Widermann, colorist Monica Kubina and letterer Tom B. Long.

It’s a stirring combination and they mesh quite nicely within the pages of IDW Publishing’s third issue in the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series, this one focused on Hera.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars Adventures #6

This review of Star Wars Adventures #6 contains minor spoilers.

Star Wars Adventures #6 is simply grand storytelling on an even grander, yet wholly relatable scale. It only gets better from the first page all the way to the end, with both the main story and backup delivering plenty of memorable adventures, art that pops and a lesson in being true to yourself while allowing what’s best about those with whom you surround yourself to make you a better person in every way.

For fans of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the main feature “Rose Knows” — written by Delilah S. Dawson, illustrated by Derek Charm and lettered by Tom B. Long — is sure to please, focusing as it does on Rose Tico and featuring plenty of Poe Dameron, a dash of Fossil from Cobalt Squadron and, naturally, Paige Tico, too.

What the editorial team promises — and delivers on — is a fast-paced tale with each of the characters, no matter minor or major, coming together to work as a team to help an ailing compadre and, ultimately, to avoid a tragedy.

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Comics With Kenobi #43

Marvel’s team behind Darth Vader Vol. 2 delivers a knockout punch, a history lesson and road map for the future in the pages of issue #10, while in IDW Publishing’s latest Forces of Destiny offering, focused on Rey, suffers no sophomore slump.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #10

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 contains minor spoilers.

If ever there was any doubt about the nature of the Force, Darth Vader #10 nullified it.

That it had to do so is a telling thing in these times, but by tackling the issue, however obliquely, writer Charles Soule has ensured that any deep-dive dispatches about the Force, its place in the Star Wars firmament (or lack thereof) is alway nebulous and chaotic.

Which is what it should be and what part IV of “The Dying Light” does so well: Building on the legend and lore of Star Wars, not just for its past, but its future, too.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Rey

This review of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Rey contains minor spoilers.

After a banner debut for its Forces of Destiny mini series, IDW’s sophomore offering builds on the series’ successful debut.

Jody Houser, who penned the devastatingly good Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for Marvel, has delivered a solidly executed and briskly paced story that zeroes in on Rey, expanding her inner nature and inherent kindness, while showcasing her good heart and sense of duty to all creatures great and small and flesh and mechanical.

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Comics With Kenobi #42

IDW Publishing makes a strong debut with the first of its five-issue Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series, while in the pages of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars monthly, Luke Skywalker’s bright light dims as he tackles a very real vestige of the dark side on the Jedha moon in issue 41 of Star Wars.

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