Review – Star Wars Adventures: Weapon of a Jedi #1
Ruairi Coleman (Artist, Cover Artist)
Chris O’Halloran (Colourist)
Available: 26th May 2021
The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Empire’s dreaded Death Star, but the Imperial Starfleet continues hunting the rebels throughout the galaxy. Luke Skywalker now seeks to support the Rebellion as an X-wing fighter. But as he flies with the pilots of the Red Squadron, Luke feels stirrings of the Force. And this farm boy turned fighter pilot begins to suspect that his destiny lies along a different path.
I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with the tale of Luke stopping at an orbital petrol station but if it needs to be in the story it better has a point! Fry and Worley have a hard job squeezing anything interesting out of an issue that is basically National Lampoon’s Rebel Vacation. They drag Luke back and forth across the Galaxy to find a thing. The thing is so important that it’s not in Empire or Jedi. If I was a cynic, which I am, this whole story seems to be foreshadowing for a future thing, possibly the ending to the Mandalorian season #2 where Luke is bulked up and takes out squads of Dark Troopers.
Coleman’s style is pretty basic, harking back to the style of early SW comics from the early 1980s, however, this is not meant as a compliment. Movement, explosions and characters look flat and tired. I wonder if he struggled after reading the script and phoned it in? I had to force myself to read the whole issue.
I do wish we would let the original films and characters rest in peace, if we keep trying to mine the timeline between movies or events we’ll end up with Star Wars: Toilet Breaks or Star Wars: Shhh They’re all asleep. There’s nothing here that would draw a new fan to the series and as a die-hard fan, I hated it. One Star for writing and one star for artwork. Let the Skywalkers rest and use the universe on new characters, please.
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