Destroyer Down #1

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #1

“Destroyer Down”

Writer: Scott Beatty
Artist: Derek Charm
Letterer: Tom B. Long

“The Ghost Ship” Part 1

Writer: Scott Beatty
Penciller: Jon Sommariva
Inker: Sean Parsons
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Cover Artists: Derek Charm (regular cover), Jon Sommariva (RI cover)

First off, this was a really good comic. IDW’s Star Wars Adventure comics are tailored as all ages kid comics, and most of them are fun and entertaining, but they are kids comics in the end, so you cut them some slack. But this, this comic was good. Scott Beatty spun some juicy stories and some poetic penmanship. Both stories are centered around a fabled Imperial ghost ship, one that is part mythic in that no one has been able to find its valuable wreckage on Jakku, but also a deadly foe on the battlefield.

In “Destroyer Down”, Unkar Plutt rallies the scavengers on Jakku to find the Spectral after a sand storm reveals the fabled ship. Rey takes off to find it, which she does, and the story ends there. There’s some humor, but more than that, there’s some nice poetic narration about Jakku. It’s nothing earth shattering, but it’s neat. The story also packs in the side characters and makes them feel integral and useful. There’s the big hulking alien with the robot arms, Crusher Roodown, Teedo, Zuvio, Babbajo, and even Sarco Plank. We got action figures of some of the characters and nothing happened with them in the movie, but in this story, Beatty makes them someone. It’s a well done touch.

The second story, “The Ghost Ship”, shows the ship prior to the battle of Jakku as a Rebel fleet is attacking it. We get a glimpse of the commander of the ship and taste of his personality. We get a glimpse of the political situation for the Empire as things are crumbling down. And we get a glimpse of a new Rebel starfighter squadron called the Shepherds. There’s some action as they engage the ship, but then the story does something unexpected and raises the stakes. It’s a good little story that raises interest, entertains, and leaves you wanting more. And it’s not dumbed down for kids. In fact this one really feels like its written for adults.

The artwork is nothing new. It’s good, it’s cartoony, and it gets the job done. It’s pleasant looking, bright and colorful, and does a good job of portraying the story. The writing though, that’s where this comic really shines. It’s so good that I recommend this comic to all comic readers. You don’t need to read any other comics to jump into this one as its the start of a new story. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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