Saturday, July 28, 2018

Star Wars Adventures #12 Review

Just the two of us

Part 1: Intermission
Written by: Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Tom B. Long

Part 2: A Small Push
Written by: Scott Peterson
Artist: Mauricet
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Tom B. Long

If a book has Elsa Charretier art in it I'm buying it. If Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet are on writing duties on a book I'm buying it. This book has both, so all is well with the universe. Plus we get a second story. Oh, I think I will have some of that Sir, thank you.

The first story is the Charretier-Colinet story with the former on art duties. Let's deal with the art first. Wonderful. Many artists are mildly similar to Elsa Charretier, none come close to her ability to depict emotions. Her characters ooze laughter, sorrow, anger, a sense of fun. This is no exception. Is this the definitive depiction of Anakin and Padme as a couple in comic form? Yes. Yes, I think so and I've read nearly every comic with the words Star Wars in the title for the last decade or more. The story compliments the work brilliantly, a wonderfully light-hearted story with a sinister undercurrent. It's like a great episode of The Clone Wars only...whisper it...with better art...

The second story is more lightweight and is more charming than it is necessary. I've said before in reviews of these IDW books that I wish we just got one full story as opposed to two parts of two stories. Oh well. This issue stars Mace Windu, but it ain't that old badass we see in the Prequels. This is cuddly Mace saving a little girl and her pet Loth Cat (looks like one to me anyway!) using the Force. Good art in its own way, and a nice little bit of fun in terms of story.

Bits and Pieces

This is really a lot of fun and I always say with these IDW titles that they are perfect for parents who want to share Star Wars with their kids, and who want to go comic book shopping together. This is a book that you can safely let a younger child read, but its charm will reward you sneakily reading it once they go to bed!


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