Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019: A Family Comic Friday Extra!
Some weeks there’s just so much great stuff coming out that you can’t put in into just one review. That’s why we have Family Comic Friday Extra! This week, meet a forgotten character from a galaxy far, far away in our look at Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019!
Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019
Written by Cavan Scott, Pierrick Colinet, Elsa Charretier
Art by Mauricet, Margaux Saltel
Published by IDW Publishing
2019 has seen the return of the original Star Wars universe! Earlier this year, Marvel released Star Wars #108, wrapping up several long-lost story lines from the first ever Star Wars comic book series. That issue brought about the return of a few characters that many fans never thought that they’d ever get to see again.
One thing I have to say about Disney– they listen to their customers. Star Wars #108 was such a big hit, the over-sized issue went into a second print. The cyborg bounty Hunter, Valance was so well received, he’s back in the pages of the new Marvel miniseries Target: Vader.
Valance isn’t the only character seeing a return to action. In this giant-sized annual, the ever-so-suave Lando Calrissian is joined by a character so controversial, he’s considered the Jar-Jar Binks of the original Star Wars trilogy. I’m taking about Jaxxon!
Jaxxon is a smuggler rival of Han Solo’s. He’s rude, crude and incredibly self-centered. He’s also a giant green bunny rabbit!
For years fans have debated on the character. The creation of Jaxxon was brought about because Lucasfilm forbid Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from interacting with each other during the gaps between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. So Han Solo and Chewbacca went on a series of solo adventures, running into the likes of Jaxxon.
Like a broken bottle of vinegar, Jaxxon stunk. And he was very hard to get rid of…
Jaxxon would appear several times throughout the original comic book run along with appearances in the Star Wars newspaper strip and some Dark Horse books. But we all thought we’d seen the last of the space bunny when Disney declared that all events of the Star Wars extended universe were null and void.
As Disney and fans would have it, Jaxxon appears here to stay as he and Lando seek to free a race of people enslaved by the Empire. Together, these two swindlers must pull off the ultimate con which will require Jaxxon and Lando to rob the Emperor’s archive of stolen relics.
The idea of telling the backstories of all these artifacts that the Empire has ransacked would make for an awesome anthology series set in the style of Star Wars Adventures. But for now, let’s talk about this story…
It’s set immediately after the battle of Endor. There’s great cameos from beloved characters such as Han, Leia and Nien Nub. Landon is great and he’s got way better chemistry with Jaxxon than Solo ever did.
The problem with Jaxxon is that he’s a total jerk. You might hate Jar-Jar Binks. But you also kinda pity him. There’s not very much redeeming about Jaxxon. But he’s a great comedic foil in this story.
The artwork was very good. I was disappointed that regular Star Wars Adventures artist Derek Charm wasn’t available for this annual. But I liked the cartoonish style of Mauricet (Dastardly & Muttley). It greatly reflects the humor that writer Cavan Scott masterfully peppers throughout this adventure.
Jaxxon and Lando’s tale isn’t the only glimpse into the universe of Star Wars. The back-up story stars a very young Princess Leia and her until-now unseen adoptive mother. In this beautiful epic by writers Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier (The Infinite Loop) and artist Margaux Saltel (The Wicked + The Devine), Leia’s mom regales the tyke with a hopeful bedtime story about the brave Padme Amidala!
The artwork was a little more Little Golden Books than IDW Publishing. But it was still a very adorable tale that links mother and daughter of the first two trilogies together. If you have a young reader who is a big fan of the Star Wars Forces of Destiny line of toys and webisodes, they are going to love this capper to the 2019 annual.
The Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019 brought back fond memories of Marvel’s Star Wars comics. This is a thrill ride and a half that all fans of Star Wars will love! And so will parents and guardians of younger readers! It’s Force friendly and Jedi approved!
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