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.
Dawson’s crackling script is a pleasure to soak up (her characterization of Rose and Poe perfectly emulates the characters’ on-screen presence in The Last Jedi) and Charm’s art is perfectly suited to the pace. Augmenting the underlying story is Long’s letters, which go far in building up the urgency of the problem at hand.
It’s a fun adventure, one that envelopes the notion of the Resistance and makes it even more cohesive as they all band together to work with and for each other, from Gen. Leia Organa to a mechanic named Rose to a gruff, yet lovable, Lazslo.
The second story in the Dispatches From Wild Space backup is pure adrenaline and whimsy, with Anakin Skywalker the latest subject of Emil Graf’s tales about figures and how those who may be small are capable of big things.
And what an engaging, thoughtful and oh-so-fun story writer Shaun Manning, artist Chad Thomas, colorist Charlie Kirchoff and letterer Tom B. Long have delivered. From the first panel aboard The Star Herald to the final panel, “Podracer’s Rescue” is pure bliss.
The focus on Anakin is long overdue, and Manning has captured the nuances and essences of being a young boy with dreams of grandeur and glory while marooned on a desert world with little opportunity but a sense of hope and kindness bigger than the entire universe.
The art is spirited, bold even, with a nod toward classic manga, yet it encapsulates the Star Wars feeling across the six pages of story and boasts more than a few familiar faces from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Again, Long’s lettering provides oomph, particularly during the podracing scenes, while Thomas and Kirchoff complement each other well, capturing the brightness of the Tatooine landscape.
This is a story to be read and reread, whether it’s to young readers or those who are older but have never lost that spark of optimism and kindness.
Star Wars Adventures #6 is in comic shops Jan. 17, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
(For more detail and discussion, tune into the next episode of Comics With Kenobi: Young Padawans Edition.)