Writer: Alec Worley
Artist: Ruairi Coleman
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 26, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
“Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi #1” written by Alec Worley with art by Ruairi Coleman is the first of a two-issue miniseries based on the junior novel by Jason Fry. In this 48 page first issue (which takes place after the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Empire’s Death Star) Luke finds himself being drawn to the planet Davaron by the Force. With C-3PO at his side, he abandons his mission to retrieve imperial communication logs intercepted by rebel cells to follow the guidance of The Force. Once on Davaron, Luke senses the Force leading him to a forbidden area of the planet known as the “ruins of Eedit.”
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“Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi #1” is my first reading and review of any Star Wars comic published by IDW. I’ve read most of the Star Wars comics of the past published by Dark Horse, as well as the current Marvel Star Wars books. However, being an “older” reader and knowing the IDW Star Wars publications are specifically for “younger” readers, I’ve avoided them – until now. And overall… I enjoyed this issue. I’ve never read the novel by Jason Fry, so I can’t comment on the adaptation aspect of this issue, but that aside, this was a fun read. Alec Worley gives us a straightforward storyline that is easy to follow. He does a nice job of balancing action and character development.
The artwork by Ruairi Coleman is a nice compliment to the story. Yes, the artwork is a bit cartoony, but that is to be expected in a series that is trying to reach younger readers. The one aspect of this series that does confuse me a bit is the name. It is entitled “Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi.” Yet there is very little in this issue about Jedi weapons other than the lightsaber. Is the “weapon” referred to in the title “The Force?” Maybe, but if so, isn’t The Force a “weapon” used by Sith Lords as well as the Jedi? Maybe issue two will bring more clarity to this.
“Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi #1” is a fun read. If you’re looking for a Star Wars comic series that focuses on Luke Skywalker and his adventures between the movie episodes 4-5, and also want a simple, light-hearted, cartoony, fun take on the classic franchise – check this out.