In Review: Star Wars Adventures #4

Fun for all ages, featuring familiar characters in new adventures.

The covers: A trio to capture for this fourth issue. The A cover features Leia and Luke, side by side. There appears to be several blaster shots of green firing at them, as there are several above them. Leia has her hand out as though she’s going to use the Force to ward off their attackers. This is a decent cover by Jon Sommariva, but there’s more line work in Luke’s face than Leia’s, making it seem as if they’ve been created by two different artists. The B is by Nathan Greno and has Leia and Luke, again, side by side, and they’re wearing their clothes from Episode I. Both characters look terrific, with the Rebel logo behind them in a bright red. This is a perfect cover. The RI cover by Annie Wu features a character in silhouette in a field. The twilight sky has images of Leia, Luke, Ben, Chewbacca, and Admiral Ackbar. This, too, is a good cover. Overall grades: A B-, B A, and RI A-

The stories: “The Trouble at Tibrin” is a fourteen page story by Landry Q. Walker. Above the planet Tibrin, a small craft makes it way to orbit the water world. Luke is stunned at seeing Leia who’s looking every inch the diplomat. Her outfit takes a backseat to Luke, when the two pilots start to ask the farm boy about destroying the Death Star. Naturally things go wrong, but they head south due to a familiar face overhearing something about one of the characters. This is a fun tale and concludes in the next issue. This issue Tales From Wild Space “Mattis Makes a Stand” is a six pager by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker. This tale nicely states the importance of stories and how they’re interpreted. I can’t tell more than this without spoiling things, but this is a terrific tale. Overall grade: A

The art: The first tale is illustrated by Eric Jones. Everything about Jones’s work is good, with the characters looking sharp and the settings perfect. The location is small and doesn’t allow for much put into it, but Jones moves the point of view around so well, he makes it a fully realized setting. I like the emotion he places in the characters, with the leads mostly showing shock and surprise. The Wild Space story is by Annie Wu uses sensationally stylized artwork. There’s a lot of angles and jagged shapes, but it works wonderfully for this story. I’d be more than happy if Wu were to return to this title. Overall grade: A

The colors: Charlie Kirchoff is the first story’s colorist. Leia’s bright red outfit makes her an eye catcher for every panel she appears in, while Luke’s yellow jacket (from the end of Episode IV) has him doing the same. The sounds really stand out, making the actions epic and giving the sky a violet shade makes it wholly otherworldly. Lee Loughridge is the Wild Space colorist and a bright yellow and orange dominate every panel because they are the shades for the alien world. It creates a hopelessness for the characters which is reinforced by their story. Overall grade: A

The letters: “Troube at Tibrin” is lettered by Tom B. Long & Christa Miesner. This pair is responsible for scene settings, dialogue, a transmission and an alien language (the same font), and several sounds. The sound on Page 10’s second panel is odd, because I don’t know where it’s coming from. I have no clue what it’s attached to. It could be coming from the massive object, but it so, shouldn’t it be closer to the object? Long is the sole letterer of the final story, creating the story’s title, dialogue, a sound, and two yells. It’s the yell on the penultimate page that really stands out. Overall grade: A-

The final line: Fun for all ages, featuring familiar characters in new adventures. 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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