Comic Review: Star Wars Adventures (2020) #13

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Published: December 29, 2021
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Assistant Editor: Riley Farmer
Editor: Heather Antos 

Repair Stop
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Butch Mapa
Colourist: Charlie Kirchoff
Letterer: Johanna Nattalie

A Last Chapter
Writer: Danny Lore
Artist: Simone D’Armini
Letterer: Johanna Nattalie

The synopsis;

First, from author George Mann (Doctor Who), the Millennium Falcon needs some serious repairs after sitting in disrepair on Jakku. So Rey, Chewie, Finn, and BB-8 have to make a pit stop. But it doesn’t quite go as planned (it never does), and the group quickly finds themselves at the wrong end of a bounty hunter’s blaster.

Then, in a bone-chilling tale from author Danny Lore (Transformers: Shattered Glass, King in Black: Captain America), Darth Vader searches a temple for a hidden tome and nothing—nobody—will stop his wrath.

The review;

Santa has been, the Christmas dinner has been cooked and all the toys have been played with (well ok, maybe not all, but they’ve warned everyone out!), it’s time to put our feet up and read the last Star Was Adventures of the year. The first story is set in the sequel era and is by George Mann who is, more often than not, Cavan Scott’s partner in crime as can be seen with their latest release, The Life Day Treasury. He is joined by Butch Mapa, who should be no stranger to Adventures fans. The second story is a Vader tale by Danny Lore, who gave us the incredible Adventures story Trade Relations back in issue eight. They are joined by Simone D’Armini, who I’m very excited to see their Star Wars Adventures debut.

The first story by George Mann, Repair Stop, is only the first part of a two-part adventure. We follow Rey, Finn, Chewie and BB-8 as they try and get a black-market dealer called Moebin t his destination. Before Mann sets off the rollercoaster that is this part, we get a few quiet moments with our main heroes. Rey has grown considerably in the force, the way she moves, uses her power and her confidence are all clear throughout this story. The part I really like is that Rey really sees the Falcon as a person, that she is a character. Obviously after Solo we know this to be actually the case, yet Rey has been able to figure this without knowing this. It reminds us that she has such a strong affinity for machinery, let alone her force powers.

The part that Mann teases and I hope he returns to is the moral debate that Finn raises. Out of all the characters, it’s Finn that really sees the world in black and white, that there is a definite good and a definite bad. Maybe it’s part of his programming by the First Order that makes him think like this, but having to help a black-market dealer, someone who at any other time would be bad, doesn’t sit easy with Finn. Yes, Moebin helps people to escape the First Order, yet it is for a price, not because it is the right thing to do. Does this make Moebin right to save, to put time and energy that are in short supply by the Resistance, to help this single individual? It’s a debate that I hope Mann picks up again in the final part.

As the quiet time comes to an end, Mann throws us into a fast moving, city chase that is only so successful thanks to the gorgeous artwork by Mapa. Throughout the entire story, the illustrations look fantastic, but Mapa really out does himself in the town, with all the little details that are hidden in every panel. There is so much to feast your eyes on, lots of species such as Bith and Talz littering every corner. And the chase itself, the grand two-page spreads really capture the motion of the entire story and end the story on a wonderful cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read the concluding part.

The second story A Last Chapter by Lore, brings us straight back to the original era, with Vader and his troops seeking a treasure on a planet. Lore tells this tale almost as a myth, as a late-night tale told to children. The narration by a girl who has followed a legacy to protect a library of some sort with two others. It is clear from the very start that this isn’t a tale with answers, that’s not the purpose of it. Lore has used the words to create an atmosphere and a mysterious quality that almost makes it feel like a ghost story. Considering that the best Christmas stories have an element of this (albeit a little more of a positive nature!) this seems well timed. Lore really shows how Vader is perceived by others, his unstoppable quality so prevalent. It removes all the baggage of the films, about who he is, the battle going on within him and focuses on the legend that is Vader.

Yet Lore makes one other perfectly executed decision and that is not to overstay their welcome. For the words here and short and to the point, leaving D’Armini to bring this fire side tale to life. And my goodness he does. Like the previous tale in this book, it’s all in the details and D’Armini puts bits and pieces everywhere. It begins with just creating the setting, with Artoo’s head, clone helmets and my favourite a Gran who looks just like the vintage Ree-Yees. But Lore has left D’Armini to be the one to give you the clues, to show what is going on with just pictures. There are artefacts that we can attempt to try and figure out what they are, places that have images of Jedi, but how do they all fit together. D’Armini has these clues throughout, making the reader delve into every panel. And the villain himself? Vader looks incredible and fierce, just as he deserves.

The whole tale has an almost abstract quality to it. You are never quite sure what is going on, why Vader is there, and, in a way, it really doesn’t matter. This tale is to create an impression of what the dark lord id like, how he acts and how the galaxy views him. It’s wonderful!

Great writers, incredible artists and stories that always wish the comic was twice as long. It can only be Star Wars Adventures. There is always something here for everyone, whether you want a story set in the sequel era or back to where it began, whether you want to follow the heroes of the galaxy or the villains or if you just want to sit back and enjoy it all. Both tales here are strong examples of what this series can offer fans, both so different and yet so brilliant in different ways. If you need a Star Wars fix this holiday, then look no further!


Star Wars Adventures (2020) is an ongoing series available from IDW Publishing. This issue retails at $3.99 and issue is available from all good comic bookstores in the USA and from Forbidden Planet in the UK.

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