In Review: Star Wars Adventures #6

Rose Tico gets a tale, as does young Anakin Skywalker.

The covers: A trio to purchase for this sixth issue. The A cover is by Derek Charm and has Rose Tico carrying a spanner and running at the reader. She’s stooped over, so one can tell she’s sprinting as fast as she can. The look on her face shows her determination. The location she’s leaving is a Resistance hanger, as evidenced by the X-wings behind her. In the bottom left corner is Watto and the Tales From Wild Space logo. Both are excellent illustrations with strong colors. The B cover by Tim Levins is a podracing scene involving Anakin Skywalker and Sebula. Anakin is in his familiar racer, as is Sebulba, though the Dug’s pod is upside down over young Skywalker. A great action cover showing a different scene from that shown in Episode I. In the bottom corner is Rose Tico with the words Featuring Rose Tico next to her. Very cool. The RI cover is by Chad Thomas with colors by Jordan Boyd. This has a distant shot looking down upon Rose on her back giving thumbs up to the X-wing pilot whose fighter she’s been working on. He returns the gesture as does BB-8 in his own unique way. The point of view on this is great and the details in this illustration really make it stand out. Who wouldn’t want to be a engineer after looking at this? Overall grades: A A, B A, and RI A+

The story: “Rose Knows” is a 14 page story by Delilah S. Dawson. This is a neat tale of Rose being unable to get her nose out of a screen, reading constantly. She’s told to back away from it by several characters, but she has such a strong desire to learn she cannot tear herself away from the screen. A dire situation presents itself involving Poe Dameron and the Resistance scrambles to save him. The question of the issue is if Rose will be the one to save him. It’s always neat to have stories that feature appearances by other famous characters and in addition to Poe, General Solo and Rose’s sister Paige appears. This was a quick tale with lots of action and heart. The second story is another Tales From Wild Space story. “Podracer’s Rescue” by Shaun Manning has Emil relating the story of someone who found himself in trouble and decided to help another. Young Anakin Skywalker, still held in slavery by Watto, is the focus of this story. He’s consumed by podracing, but something else takes precedence. Another neat story. Overall grades: Both A

The art: Derek Charm is the artist on the first tale and his work is great. It’s neat to see a character using their brains rather than their fists in a Star Wars outing, and Rose does that in this tale. There’s plenty of cool ship action as Poe tries to evade fire from several TIE-fighters. I like that the story ends with Rose in the same position as she began this issue, though now she’s smiling. Chad Thomas illustrates the Wild Space episode and, though I like Charm’s work, this was my favorite of the issue. Anakin is done in a vaguely Manga style and he looks terrific. The aliens look great, with Sebulba looking awesome. The podracing scene is also great. This just looks great and I need to see Thomas doing more Star Wars work. Overall grades: “Rose” A and “Podracer’s” A+

The colors: There is no colorist credited for “Rose Knows”, so I’m going to assume it was artist Derek Charm. I prefer to see my comic books with bright colors and I’m not disappointed in this story. I like when the backgrounds have strong colors, such as when Paige gets the spotlight. There’s also some good work done showing Rose behind a monitor: she can be seen, but is slightly shaded to show the projections she’s looking upon. Poe’s fighter action look awesome, with the ships looking exceptionally cool. Charlie Kirchoff is the colorist on “Podracer’s Rescue.” Considering this story is set on Tatooine I was expecting a ton of yellows and tans, but Kirchoff also includes some terrific powder blues and some great oranges. I love the colors on this as well. Overall grades: Both A

The letters: Tom B. Long is the letterer for both stories and he creates story titles, dialogue, sounds, yells, a broadcast, Aurebesh, and scene settings. The large variety of fonts increases the visual joy of both tales, with the sounds being a particular stand out. How can a Star Was fan not find joy in so many PEWs? Overall grade: A

The final line: Rose Tico gets a tale, as does young Anakin Skywalker. These stories are perfect for young readers and will also bring a smile to the face of older fans. All ages fun for those that want classic adventures with subtle lessons. 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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