Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars - Battle Tales #3 Review

by NumidianPrime on August 08, 2020

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artists: Derek Charm, Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Publisher: IDW

This week saw the release of the third issue in this miniseries from Michael Moreci detailing various stories during the early days of the Clone Wars. This issue puts the spotlight on Obi-Wan and Padmé Commander Cody tells a story about their operation to liberate POWs.

This was probably my favorite issue of the series so far. The focus on Padmé is welcome, especially considering she had almost no role in The Clone Wars's final season. The story is perfectly fit to her strengths with its diplomatic twists. I also seeing Cody's whole battalion, from getting unmasked appearances of clones that only briefly appeared in the show to Waxer and Boil, the protagonists of one of my favorite clone stories in the show, getting an important role. 

Another great detail is the use of Ovissians from The Rise of Skywalker as the species-of-the-week for the story. It's a cool way to weld eras together and I liked how the issue gave a deeper look into a species seen briefly in the film, giving us a glimpse at their planet and culture. I really loved Pinto's art style for the story too, it had some good looking and memorable character designs for both Ovissians and clones in addition to a cool new planet. 

The framing story didn't get too much development this time but the fifth issue will probably be able to make up for that by focusing entirely on it. Charm's work on the framing, brief as it is, is welcome as always and I'm glad it's there to provide a visual throughline for the series as it jumps between characters and art styles in the flashbacks. 

I do still wish we were getting this series weekly as originally intended, but at least we're now finally halfway done. There's only a couple more weeks until the fourth issue, which seems to be focused on an original character. So far this series has been a good addition to the Star Wars comic line, and I'm interested to see what happens in the last couple of issues.

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