IDW’s adaptation of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is notable for a few different reasons. First, although Star Wars content continues to be released, this is truly the end of the original saga. Although the movie was released over a year ago, this is the sole comic book version of the story. Marvel’s planned publication, which was to be written by Jody Houser and drawn by Will Sliney, has been cancelled. For anyone interested in completion of the series, the IDW comic is the only way to go.
The story, written by Alessando Ferrari, stays faithful to the movie as released. The art by Matteo Piana and Igor Chimisso is somewhat cartoony, as the book is intended for a younger audience, just like IDW’s Star Wars Adventures comics.
Is is good? If you were happy with the movie, then you'll be pleased with the writing in this adaptation. If you are looking for more backstory than was provided in the film, you may be disappointed. As for the art, that’s a little trickier. It’s hard to think about cartoony imagery for such an important story (as opposed to an Al Williamson-type photorealistic style). That being said, the art is solid. It’s fun to look at, and it’s perfect for the kids that it’s meant for.
Should you go out and buy this? If you enjoyed the sequel trilogy or are a Star Wars comics completionist, then YES! It’s the only game in town. If you don’t have this, you don’t have a comic book version of Episode 9 period. It is a piece of Star Wars history. The end of an era. And, it’s extra special because Marvel isn’t doing it. How can you possibly pass this up?
Highly recommended for any fan of Star Wars comics
Creative Team: Alessando Ferrari, Matteo Piana and Igor Chimisso
Publisher: IDW Publishing
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