Review: STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY: ROSE AND PAIGE

STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY: ROSE AND PAIGE
Written by Delilah S. Dawson
Art by Nicoletta Baldari and Tom B. Long
Edited by Bobby Curnow, Denton J. Tipton, and Peter Adrian Behravesh
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 31, 2018

Didn’t get enough Rose and Paige action is The Last Jedi? Here’s your fix!

Rose, our favorite spunky mechanic teams up with her sister Paige, the self proclaimed “gunner,” to embark on an adrenaline packed adventure. Both girls are able to showcase their unique talents as they volunteer themselves for an important, yet seemingly mundane mission to help the resistance that they both love so very much.

In a world so focused on its heroes, this is a refreshing story about the mistakes that are unavoidable to the human experience. Rose and Paige believe in each other, and encourage one another to believe in themselves most of all.

Though this title is marketed towards the younger demographic, this is a story that all ages can benefit from. The lessons are masterfully hidden, as to not let the kids in on the fact that they’re reading something educational.

Adults, usually so far removed from the life lessons that were taught to us as children, are provided with a refresher course that is neither trite nor condescending. One does not need to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate these stories, being both a great introduction to the franchise and a brilliant expansion for hardcore enthusiasts. Delilah S. Dawson nailed it, there is something here for everyone.

The artwork alone would be reason enough to read this issue, being the perfect go-between for fans of the cartoon style and elegant, graceful lines. The characters come to life on the pages before you, making you forget that you are in fact reading a book rather than watching an animated film. The colors are graceful, bright yet understated.

There is nothing distracting or overpowering, the watercolor like strokes causing a soothing and almost hypnotizing experience. It would not be possible to over praise Ms. Baldari’s work either in this issue, or in general.

The Verdict: 8.5/10

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