STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA BY DEVIN GRAYSON, EVA WIDERMANN AND MONICA KUBINA
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If you or a younger relative is looking to scratch that STAR WARS REBELS itch during the hiatus, this is the comic for you. The story and artwork might be simple, but that just makes it more accessible for readers who are just starting to get into comics.
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FOR THE YOUNGLING IN YOUR LIFE

Hera of STAR WARS REBELS fame gets her own story in STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA. This issue of IDW’s FORCES OF DESTINY series is written by Devin Grayson, with art by Eva Widermann and Monica Kubina.

If you’re unfamiliar with Hera, don’t worry. You didn’t miss her in any of the movies, because she wasn’t in them! Hera is one of the main characters from the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. If the cast of REBELS were a family, she would be their mother. As the captain of the Ghost, she has to make sure her ragtag band of Rebels keep the fight on the Empire, instead of each other. She and the rest of the Ghost crew travel around the galaxy, outrunning the Empire while slowly forming what will eventually become the Rebel Alliance as we know it in the films. However, this issue of FORCES OF DESTINY sees Hera flying solo, with only her droid, Chopper, in the co-pilot seat.

STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

New, But Familiar

Unlike the REY issue from last week, this story is completely original. After a chase with a TIE Fighter, Hera and Chopper crash land on the planet Fekunda. There, she meets the local farmers, who the Empire have subjugated. If you’ve seen an episode of STAR WARS REBELS, you probably know where this is going. Hera brings out the inner courage of the reluctant farmers to fight back against the Empire. Of course, they make sure to humiliate the Imperials along the way, forcing them to leave the planet in shame.

There’s honestly not much more to say about the story. The new characters are exactly what you’d expect from a STAR WARS REBELS story. A pompous, mustached commander represents the Empire. The innocent locals are a heterogeneous bunch of young, old, humanoid and alien folk. They serve their purpose well, but they aren’t particularly memorable.

STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY:
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Where this comic really shines is the characterization of Hera. She’s as motherly, clever, and inspiring as she is in the show. When adapting a pre-existing character from one form of media to another, some elements can get lost in the process. Luckily, there was never a point when I thought “Hera wouldn’t say or do that.” Grayson captured her personality perfectly. The artwork did a great job at replicating Hera’s animated likeness as well, without clashing with the overall style of the comic.

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Simple, But Effective

Speaking of art, Eva Widermann’s pictures and Monica Kubina’s coloring faithfully mirror REBELS’ own distinct style. Sandy browns and sunset purples fill the pages. The characters are expressive, simple yet well-defined. The subtle shading in a character’s fur and the tiny differences in skin tone across Hera’s face didn’t go unnoticed. I only wish that some of that love went into the backgrounds of this comic. Obviously, the background will never be as detailed as the characters. That’s just how art in comic books works. However, there are several panels where characters are just standing in front of a simple color gradient. I’m sure that such simplicity is by design. Simpler drawings are easier to replicate, which encourages younger readers to draw their own STAR WARS stories.

STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Final Thoughts on STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA

For what it’s trying to do, STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA does it well. It gives the reader the Hera they know and love, with a simple story that younger readers can easily follow. The art leaves a bit to be desired, but give this comic to your younger brother or sister and they won’t care a bit. Stormtroopers look like stormtroopers, Hera looks like Hera, and, at the end of the day, that’s good enough for my nine-year-old self.

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STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: HERA is on store shelves now. Interested readers can also find the issue through Amazon, ComiXology, and more. The various methods of getting this issue are easily accessible here.

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