IDW’s Star Wars Adventures continues to be a quality Star Wars comic aimed all ages. This collection, titled “Heroes of the Galaxy” featured the conclusion of Rey’s adventure from issue one, “Better The Devil You Know,” and a new adventure “Tales From Wild Space: The Flat Mountain of Yavin.”
This issue is also a longer collection of comics, containing the entirety of “Better the Devil You Know” as well as a series of shorts, told through a conversation between C3PO and R2-D2, that were glimpses into unseen adventures of Luke Skywalker, Assaj Ventress, and others, that seems to be an introduction to the concept of the Star Wars Adventures comics. It also had one of the older “Tales from Wild Space,” about Obi Wan Kenobi, called “Stop, Thief!”
I found the conclusion of “Better the Devil You Know” to be a bit more enjoyable than the first half, and think that the entire story is interesting and entertaining. As much as I personally tend to prefer the Imperial, Sith and First Order characters, I am the first to admit that Rey is a great role model for young girls and think she is a great character to focus on for all ages comics.
I also found this iteration of “Tales from Wild Space” to be very fun and dynamic. I think my favorite one overall is still the one Alan Tudyk wrote about K2SO, but I liked this one more than the first one. “The Flat Mountain of Yavin” introduces us to a new Rebel heroine named Evaan Verlaine. This short mission is reminiscent of some of the shorter Star Wars: Rebels comics that ran in the magazine, and, again, is comprehensible to younger readers while still being fun for adults.
These stories, though much lighter than even other (allegedly) all-ages themed Star Wars media, such as Star Wars: Rebels, are technically canon (they’re on the canon list), so I will briefly discuss them in the context of the overall canon, though I believe everyone should keep in mind that their purpose is clearly to target a younger audience.
The main thing that this comic has done is allow us to learn more about both Rey and Jakku. I do enjoy learning more about Jakku as a location, particularly given its relevance to the end of the Empire and birth of the First Order. We know a lot about it during the end of the Empire from the Aftermath novels, but not much else. Given that the main character of the new trilogy is from there, it would be nice to get at least a baseline understanding of what makes it different from the myriad of other desert planets in the Star Wars universe. Also, getting some insight into Rey, her abilities, and who she was before Finn crashed onto Jakku is also appreciated.
Also, the mural in this one featured people from every time period and included people who previously have been primarily featured in the TV shows, and specifically not in the movies. As a huge fan of both Assaj Ventress (who we saw briefly in this) and Star Wars: Rebels, I do hope we’ll see some of the characters from the shows featured in these comics. It would be good crossover, since the shows target younger audiences, at least in theory.
As I’ve stated before, I would recommend these comics to anyone who is looking for a good all-ages comic for their kids, particularly if their kids are Star Wars fans. I would recommend buying this collection as a whole, given that it contains all of the stories I’ve seen so far except for those in issue three.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars
Art: 4.5 Stars
Cover: 4 Stars
Dialogue: 4.5 Stars
Relevance/Plot: 4.5 Stars
(W) Landry Walker, Cavan Scott (A/CA) Derek Charm, Eric Jones