AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:
3 out of 5
Star Wars: Adventures - Chewbacca And The Slavers Of The Shadowlands
(Art by Jennifer L. Meyer)
Although the frame story takes place in 0 ABY, the main body of this book takes us back to Chewie's adolescence on Kashyyyk in 185 BBY. Overly eager to prove himself ready to take the trials for adulthood, Chewbacca leads a group of young Wookiees into the deadly Shadowlands where they face dangerous creatures and ruthless slavers.
The framing of this book is painfully contrived, with Chewie, Han and Leia stopping mid-mission to hear the Wookiee's tale, but once we get into Chewbacca's youth, it becomes far more enjoyable. I particularly liked seeing the impulsive Chewbacca balanced by two friends whom Cerasi incorporates from the larger Star Wars mythos; Ralrra (first featured in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy) and a young Tarfful (the Wookiee general in 'Revenge of the Sith').
As with all the graphic novels in the 'Adventures' series, this book is too short to ever really develop to any great depth but I have to say that it is one of the better books of the series.
3 out of 5