In Review: Star Wars Adventures #11

These are Star Wars adventures for everyone!

The covers: A trio to find before some sort of alien life finds you! The A by Derek Charm is the one I purchased. It shows where three of the characters were at the end of last issue: Han, Chewie, and Zuckuss are trying to stay on a spire while they’re surrounded by metallic scorpion-like creatures that wish them harm. I love the layout and the colors are wonderfully bold. You can’t go wrong with anything drawn by Charm. The B is by Elsa Charretier with colors by Matt Wilson. Lando gets the focus on this issue as he stands atop a speeder meant for one, which is piloted by young Jiandy. Calrissian yells, “Step on it, partner!” as the pair make a turn from a tremendous height. Bolts of energy blast past the pair, showing that they’re being pursued. The city behind them is gorgeously detailed. Coloring the background different shades of orange really makes the twosome stand out. Billy Martin created the RI cover. This features young Han Solo flashing the largest of smiles as he races down an Imperial corridor. Right behind him, also smiling and bolting as fast as he can, is Chewbacca. Laser blasts zip around the pair, showing that they’re not running for their health. This is a terrific cover that captures the spirit of the young smugglers. I love this. Overall grades: All A

The stories: “Powered Down, Part 2” is by Cavan Scott, who starts his tale right off the A cover. 4-LOM tells Solo not to panic at their predicament and that’s when a supposedly lost character returns. There’s a great amount of action in this tale, with the characters just trying to survive and get off the planet. There are some fun moments with the protagonists and some laugh out loud moments with the bounty hunters. Scott should return to this series as soon as possible. Tales From Wild Space: “Family Affair, Part 2” is by Elsa Charretier & Pierrick Colinet and opens with Lando and Jiandy on the run after the kid stole a broach from the local kingpin Askroh. The pair are chased through the city on their tiny, overworked speeder by a massive vehicle with Askroh sticking out of the top. There’s a good surprise on Page 19 and Lando’s life gets some good emotional punch in the end. As with Scott, I’d love to see Charretier and Colinet return to this series. Overall grades: A

The art: The first tale is illustrated by Derek Charm and his style is outstanding. I love the looks the characters give one another and as they react to situations: he’s able to communicate to the reader what’s going through their minds with his illustrations. The bounty hunters look terrific, with their masked faces continually looking fierce, but also being quite comical. The Millennium Falcon goes through some impressive maneuvers this issue. The final panel in this story is outstanding. I want more of Charm as well! And let me begin my review of the second story by saying I want more from Charretier, too, who illustrates the second tale. The speed she can create in the opening pages are outstanding. The characters’ emotions are also well done; Askroh steals the issue, looking calmly all-powerful, though having one emotional outburst. Lando also shines for the weight that he’s placed on himself for the final two pages. This book looks great thanks to these talented artists. Overall grade: A

The colors: Matt Herms colors “Powered Down” and Sarah Stern colors “Family Affair.” The colors that Herms uses are bright. I’m so happy to see bright colors in a Star Wars title, which of late have gotten rather dark and grim in the Marvel publications. The use of bright yellows, energetic oranges, and light blues send the visuals into the stratosphere. I love also love the colors used for Chewie and Zuckuss. A great job. Stern’s colors are a little more sci-fi with oranges used for the alien sky and the city that the protagonists zip through. This allows Askroh and Jiandy to pop off the pages. I love the cool blues used for the final setting in the story’s tale, giving the reader an emotional breather after all the intense action from the previous colors. Overall grade: A

The letters: Tom B. Long letters both tales, creating narration, dialogue, and droid speech (the same font), the metallic creatures’ speech, sounds, 4-LOM’s unique speech, the second story’s title, yells, and Huttese translations. The dialogue in the second story is a little smaller than that of the first, but it still can be easily read. I do wish the first three fonts had been different, rather than differed by the shape of their balloons. The fonts used for the metallic creatures and 4-LOM look great — I love when letterers use fonts to visually separate alien characters from “normal” individuals. There’s a neat yell in the second tale and the use of italics for the Huttese translations make them good stand outs. Overall grade: A-

The final line: Both stories conclude with plenty of action and laughs to please young, and older, readers. These are Star Wars adventures for everyone. Recommended! Overall grade: A

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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