In Review: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #2

A lot of action for the little ones to enjoy and older fans to relish.

The covers: A pair of covers for collectors to covet, both featuring Rey. The Regular cover by Derek Charm shows Rey as she makes her way down into the ghost ship Star Destroyer. The light seems to get brighter as she makes her descent, serving as a possible clue to what awaits her. If only she looked behind her to the left she might spy Sarco Plank and one of his associates who are also trying to scavenge what lies within the dead ship. Good action image of Rey and neat tease with the antagonists on the right. There’s a lot more to see on Jon Sommariva’s Retailer Incentive cover. Rey is in the foreground on the right, holding a hologram of a pilot whose face cannot be seen. She looks over her right shoulder to see Constable Zuvio, Sarco Plank and his cronies, Unkar Plutt, and behind them the image of a monstrous droid’s head and several Rebel fighting ships. I like all the characters, I like the way they are drawn, and the colors have everyone and everything looking sharp. Overall grades: Regular A and Retailer Incentive A+

The stories: Both stories in this issue are written by Scott Beatty. “Destroyer Down”‘s  fourteen pages move at a really quick clip with Rey racing to beat the others to find something salvageable on the wreck, but also encountering a new character. I loved this new character and was absolutely heartbroken to see this character exit so quickly, let alone how he exited! The device that Rey finds contains a solid link to the back-up story. There’s a very funny bit in this book that has the superstition of the antagonists making them paranoid about each of their actions, resulting in some trouble, especially from stormtroopers. The ending is neat and has me hoping Rey will demonstrate a skill not seen until she and Finn needed to leave Jakku quickly. “The Ghost Ship” has six pages of intense action as the Star Destroyer Spectral is doing all that it can to take out the tiny Y-wing fighter piloted by Bak Rychuk. Mistakes are made by the Imperials and the Rebel, but the latter isn’t going down without a fight. I like how this story tied in so strongly with the first tale. Overall grade: Both A

The art: “Destroyer Down” is illustrated by Derek Charm and looks great. I’ve been a fan’s of Charm’s work on other books and he continues to be a superb illustrator. The point of view on the first page is looking up at the baddies as they descend from ropes into the ship, which would be right into the reader’s lap. Several close-ups of Rey allow the reader to go into her mind as she faces fears and finds confidence to find her treasure. The stormtrooper appearances in the book begin as a surprise but quickly turn into a comedic element. The new character that Rey meets is neat, plucky, and broke my heart on Page 9. The reveal on 10 is outstanding and is a solid visual tie-in to the second series. The action on 13 is outstanding for the way Charm sets up the four panels and how it makes them look so frantic. The final panel of the story is a great tease for the next issue. “The Ghost Ship” has pencils by Jon Sommariva and inks by Sean Parsons and begins with an intense close-up of the Spectral‘s admiral. He looks wonderfully menacing. I like the way in the third panel how Sommariva has the reader focus on one specific element. The worry on the crew of the Spectral shows that their lives are in danger, which counters the calm of their admiral. The tension on Rychuk is awesome, with him seeming to hold his ship together with sheer power of will alone. The Rebel looks great in the penultimate panel, while that last image of the story a great way to hook readers to returning for the next installment. Overall grades: Both A

The colors: Charm is also the colorist of the first tale and he, naturally, does an expert job on it. The sunlight on the opening page brings a great sense of reality to the book right from the get-go. The shading on Rey throughout is a constant reminder that she’s within the belly of a dead ship. A character’s sounds are given a neat green to have him stand out when he appears. I love the coloring effect done from the light next to Rey’s right eye; also very realistic. The sounds also get some cool colors in this tale, with the light blue used on the many things that make a noise the perfect match for them. Matt Herms colors “The Ghost Ship” and gives a bright red to the borders that surround certain panels, making the images within them intense. I love the coloring on the Rebel pilot’s visor, which is just flat out cool. I really like the colors used in the second panel on Page 3, making the intensity of the character increase substantially. The use of oranges on the last page are really cool: the planet, an explosion, the flight suit, the ship, and the droid. Overall grades: Both A 

The letters: Tom B. Long letters both tales. His contributions include dialogue and narration (the same font), story titles, yells, droid speech, sounds, and the tease for next issue. As with the previous issues, dialogue and narration are the same font, differed only by the shape and colors of their balloons. I wish the font of the letters had been different as well; it is two different forms of communication, after all. I like the variety of yells in this issue, allowing the reader to better hear characters’ exclamations. The droid speech is cute and looks as if it’s uttered by something mechanical. The sounds are fantastic in this issue with POIT (a Don Martin tribute?), CHOOM, and BlipBlup outstanding. Overall grade: B+

The final line: A lot of action for the little ones to enjoy and older fans to relish. This is a fun read for showing the characters challenged by larger forces and doing all they can to overcome such numerous obstacles. The visuals are also neat, clearly communicating to the reader what’s occurring. Fast and fun reading. 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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