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IDW Publishing Star Wars Comics Review: Forces of Destiny — Rose & Paige

IDW Publishing Star Wars Comics Review: Forces of Destiny — Rose & Paige

This review of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Rose & Paige contains minor spoilers.

It’s the end for IDW Publishing’s Star Wars: Forces of Destiny comics series of one shots and the final issue — Rose & Paige — does a splendid job of concluding the all-ages focused titles.

Written by Delilah S. Dawson, lavishly illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari and perfectly lettered by Tom B. Long, the story brings readers to the Sequel Trilogy timeline by focusing on the sisterly bond of the Tico sisters and emphasizing how thinking outside the box, and stepping beyond your comfort zone, can yield rewarding dividends.

The scope of this issue is expansive, giving readers more detail into the bond shared by Rose and Paige that was hinted at, emotionally, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and more broadly in Elizabeth Wein’s Cobalt Squadron novel.

It should be no surprise that Dawson has got an innate understanding, given her story “Rose Knows” in the pages of IDW’s Star Wars Adventures #6. In a way, this story serves as a prequel, yet it stands entirely on its own, too.

Baldari’s illustrations go beyond the expected, providing uplift and verve in this tale, with lush, intricate backgrounds that augment the action and adventure that is so compelling drawn. Her animation experience is apparent, as the characters literally seem to ready to leap off the page and are expressive and emotive in a way that some comics fail to achieve.

It’s a fine issue and fitting way to draw this event to a close. Now, here’s hoping there will be more.

Forces of Destiny — Rose & Paige is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune in to the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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