IDW Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars Adventures #1

This review of Star Wars Adventures #1 contains minor spoilers.

When IDW Publishing chief creative officer and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall jumped up on the publishing panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando to announce Star Wars Adventures, I was intrigued.

Marvel’s been publishing Star Wars comics since January 2015 and has, largely, done a fine job with adding to the Saga’s canon and giving readers monthly does of stories and adventures.

But Ryall spoke of how Star Wars, as George Lucas has said, was for kids. So it made sense to have a comics series that appealed to them, too, since the Disney acquisition and Dark Horse Comics’ loss of the publishing license.

Having read the first issue of Star Wars Adventures, IDW Publishing and Lucasfilm have taken the mandate to heart, offering up a heady blend of adventure that’s not just accessible to an all-ages audience, but proffers up storytelling and visuals that are bountiful, buoyant and brimming with enthusiasm.

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Star Wars Canon You May Have Missed

a.k.a. Star Wars Canon for Kids

Spoiler Warning: This articles contains spoilers for Servants of the Empire, Adventures in Wild Space, Finn’s Story, Rey’s Story, Leia and the Great Island Escape, and Luke and the Lost Jedi Temple.

If you follow the release of Star Wars canon media, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Marvel comic series, the major novels (i.e. Aftermath, Catalyst, etc.), and the more popular young adult books (i.e. Lost Stars, Ahoska), but there is a “class” of material you may be less familiar with.  I always find myself, being somewhat of a canon completionist, wondering if books for “children” are worth investing in, and for the many of the releases, they tend to retell iconic scenes from the films, prepping the younger readers to be absorbed into the larger Star Wars universe.  However, here are a few of the stories that have deep ties into the canon that you don’t want to miss! Read more

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