STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 By Cavan Scott, Derek Charm, and Joe Sommariva
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STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 is a nice, kid-friendly story in the Star Wars universe. It focuses on classic characters Rey and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The art is satisfactory if a bit uninspired, but the writing by Cavan Scott is enjoyable and a breeze to read.
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One for the Younglings

The great thing about STAR WARS is that people of all ages can relate to it. It’s a pretty universal story with fans ranging from seven years old to seventy. So it stands to reason that there should be STAR WARS comics for everybody. The new STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 comic is aimed at a younger readership. Yet that doesn’t mean it’s not a blast for adults to read. This issue is a fun, enjoyable comic that can easily satisfy a person’s daily cravings for a nice STAR WARS story.

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Writer Cavan Scott does a great job creating an entertaining short story starring some of our favorite characters. Don’t expect a lot of depth or character development though. It’s a straightforward narrative. I assume most of these ADVENTURES aren’t going to fill in major gaps in our STAR WARS knowledge. More likely, they will be about popular characters facing a small ordeal. Still, we’re getting more STAR WARS stories, and Scott writes STAR WARS ADVENTURES as an entertaining comic with some decent thrills.

That Girl With The Staff

Easily the most popular character to come out STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the strong-willed protagonist, Rey. That’s why it’s smart that STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1, which plans to tell several different stories following a variety of characters, starts with a story about Rey. Younger (and older) fans alike instantly connect with Daisy Ridley’s character because of her natural likability and strength. The fact that she’s starring in her own comic is sure to excite people.

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 gives us a pretty accurate portrayal of Rey. She is a good-hearted, kind individual who goes out of her way to do the right thing. However, there is also a sense of loneliness to Rey since she was left alone on the planet of Jakku from a very young age. The only person that Rey could remotely call family is Unkar Plutt. Unkar Plutt, AKA the Blobfish, is the junk boss who runs Niima Outpost, the place where Rey lives. There, the Blobfish rules over the lives of scavengers who sell him scraps in return for survival rations.

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Rey has no love for the Blobfish, but when Plutt goes missing, she knows this spells trouble for the Niima Outpost. She finds out that a group of criminals are looking for a J9 unit which Rey coincidentally has in her possession. Rey then goes on a mission to rescue Unkar Plutt and restore order to the Niima Outpost. This comic shows Rey’s courage and her sense of responsibility. She already is able to fight off three thieves with her staff. She is a born hero and doesn’t need someone’s help to get the job done. This comic reminds fans why Rey is such a great role model.

Tales From Wild Space

At the end of STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1, we get another section called “Tales From Wild Space.” In these stories, a boy named Emil Graf tells us tales from all across the galaxy. Emil Graf is the son of another of Cavan Scott’s characters, Milo Graf, who appeared in the children’s book, Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space. Milo and his sister, Lina, were responsible for charting the unknown regions of Wild Space. Emil then tells his father’s stories to his droid Carter and his pet Kowakian monkey-lizard Morq.

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This first “Tales From Wild Space” takes place in Dex’s Diner on Coruscant and involves a thief who robs trinkets from Dex’s customers. However, the thief doesn’t realize she is stealing from the wrong person when she takes an item off Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s a silly tale with an even cornier ending but it does explain a bit more of Obi-Wan’s relationship with Dexter Jettster from the prequels. Otherwise, I do think it’s a little odd that Obi-Wan is spending his time stopping petty crime when he could – y’know – be saving the galaxy.

Even though the story was quite bland, the idea of incorporating Wild Space as a section of this book is clever. It’s cool that in this one issue there were two different stories with popular characters from very different eras. It’s always nice to read about classic Jedi Knights on their adventures, even if those adventures are mostly pointless.

Final Thoughts on STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1

Cavan Scott successfully creates a lively and interesting story in the kid-friendly STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1. As far as the artists go, I think that Derek Charm does Rey justice with his illustrations. His drawings are very cartoonish and simplified, but he gets the essence of who Rey is right. I particularly like this one panel when Rey rides on her speeder. It’s a direct callback to THE FORCE AWAKENS.

On the other hand, Jon Sommariva’s art for the “Wild Space” story is mediocre. The main character, Obi-Wan, is hardly recognizable. The art overall in Sommariva’s section is cheesy and over-the-top. It doesn’t ruin the comic, but it makes “Wild Space” a weaker part of the comic.

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Overall, I think Cavan Scott will have success creating a new STAR WARS experience for a new generation. Everybody has their own first experience with STAR WARS. STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 is a nice introduction to this franchise for young kids. And it’s a joy for adults to read too.

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