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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.

The story captures the essence of not just the Star Wars Saga, but the vitality of Star Wars: Rebels, too, though it features only Hera and Chopper and no others from the show.

That’s OK because Grayson has concocted a story that captures the tone and theme of Phoenix Squadron, while Widermann and Kubina combine to present it in a visually appealing manner that evokes animation, but with a zest often lacking in comics aimed for all ages. Long’s lettering effort blends well into the pace of the story, advancing the dialogue and situations with professionalism.

What this story also does well is to create more characters for the Saga who are not only integral and meaningful, but also whimsical without being over the top. To wit? Lemnos who, by all accounts is a cap-bearing otter in pants who can fix just about anything, but is actually a Selonian.

It’s a nice nod to the kids who may be reading, but Grayson — whose writing of Hera is so concise that you can hear Vanessa Marshall doing the dialogue in your head — doesn’t make it a distraction.

Instead, Grayson, Widermann, Kubina and Long bring forth a story that proffers a notable and relatable lesson about self confidence and awareness and knowing when to step up and step down, too. Which is why I’m so taken with this issue. It’s a story that is not just entertaining, but edifying, too.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera is in comic shops, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

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

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