Star Wars Adventures, IDW Publishing's Star Wars anthology series, has spun many a canonical yarn in its run so far. A new chapter begins in October's issue #27, with the main story in each issue focusing on the planet Kashyyk and everyone's favorite fuzzball, Chewbacca.
The events of the three-part arc will serve as a bridge between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and issue #27 will also feature a back-up story following everyone's favorite droids -- R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8.
The story takes place with the New Republic in turmoil. The First Order launches an attack on Kashyyk, which forces Chewbacca to come to his home planet's aid. The arc will be written by John Barber (Optimus Prime, Back to the Future) with art by Derek Charm (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead's Time Police).
“It's a thrill and an honor to get to tell this story with the amazing Derek Charm,” Barber said in a statement. “Chewie's one of my favorite characters ever, for as long as I can remember. Having the opportunity to tell his story to a new generation of Star Wars fans – and all this leading up to the conclusion to the Skywalker saga — is one of the biggest thrills of my career.”
Charm added, “I’ve been lucky enough to work within a lot of Star Wars eras in this series, but doing something in the current, post-Last Jedi landscape is really exciting. The fact that it focuses on Chewbacca and what he’s been up to between these movies is more so.”
In continuing with the format of Star Wars Adventures, issue #27 also features a back-up story that takes R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8 on a recruiting drive for the Resistance. The back-up story comes from writer Michael Moreci (Roche Limit, The Plot) and artist Tony Fleecs (My Little Pony, In My Lifetime).
“What I love so much about this story is that it gives the droids a mission that's specific to who they are as characters and not just droids,” Moreci explained. “This is a fun, fun adventure, but I also think it's important to these characters as they, like everyone else, find their way in the galaxy.”
Fleecs added, “I probably don't love anything more than I love Star Wars – and in particular, the 1985 Droids cartoon and the accompanying comic book featuring art by the great John Romita Sr. That's the energy I'm bringing to this project – vibes from 1985, Star Comics, John Romita, Nelvana Animation, and Marie Severin, with a healthy dollop of Tony Fleecs thrown in for good measure."
With a main story focusing on Chewbacca's actions between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, and a back-up story following the droids, Star Wars Adventures #27 is clearly looking to give Star Wars fans of all ages a better look at some of their favorite characters written by creators with a clear passion for the characters and universe as a whole.
Star Wars Adventures #27 will be released in October.