Ewoks: Shadows of Endor

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor

Writer: Zack Giallongo
Artist: Zack Giallongo
Colorist: Braden Lamb
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Zack Giallongo with Braden Lamb

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor is a comic that takes place shortly before Return of the Jedi and nicely sets the stage for the Ewoks and the Empire. The story is also an inventive bridge between the Ewoks animated television series and the Ewoks movies Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor. The comic includes Duloks, Stormtroopers, Ewok magic, monsters and even a Nightsister. Coupled with the bright, colorful artwork, it’s a story that’s both fun to read and fun to look at.

As a big Ewok fan, I really enjoyed this comic. Zack Giallongo and Braden Lamb present the story with a very crisp and colorful style of artwork. It is cartoony, but it’s a great looking interpretation of the characters. Each of them have very expressive faces and it’s easy to see their emotions. The panels also include lots of details which give readers plenty of incentive to linger on each page and enjoy the artwork.

The story inside is a multi-staged journey that includes a decent sized cast and lots of action. It starts out with Wicket getting into trouble and being punished for messing with the Duloks. Another event happens which leads to a Dulok arriving at the Ewok village. One thing leads to another, and Wicket and his friends find themselves on an adventure that leads to monsters and stormtroopers. Along the way, Paploo and Logray run into a Nightsister as they seek help against the monster known as a Griagh. Toward the end, there are several battles, and the action draws all the storylines together.

I really liked the various connections the story made with other materials. There were simple things like having the glider belong to Warok or mentioning Teebo and his poetry. Other connections went far deeper. As the Ewoks go on their adventure, they run across the Imperial bunker and landing platform that show up in Return of the Jedi. The comic depicts the Empire clearing away the trees and land as they build their base. Not only does this connect with the film, but it also matches up with a Star Wars Celebration painting that Dave Dorman did. On top of that, there’s the Nightsister Charal who shows up in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. Toss in the Sunstar and the Ewoks references to the Golden One, and you have a lot of fun connections to the full spectrum of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

The format of Ewoks: Shadows of Endor is that of the smaller trade paperback collections that Dark Horse generally uses four younger readers. It’s the same format as the Star Wars Adventures line (Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the DragonsnakesChewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands, etc). It measures 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ and runs in at 80 pages. As such, it’s a nice format for kids and provides a decent amount of reading. Yet the story is universal enough that it can be enjoyed by fans of all ages. With the final pages of the story giving a teaser of Wicket’s discover of Princess Leia, I couldn’t help but hope that they continue the story. It would certainly be fun to see the Ewoks’ adventures continue.

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor brings on the fun and excitement one would expect from an Ewok story and perhaps a bit more than that. The story embraces a wide spectrum of adventure that pulls from various aspects of Star Wars. The artwork is vibrant and colorful and serves as a great match for the storyline. You really couldn’t ask for a better comic in this style and format. For an enjoyable Ewok adventure, I give Ewoks: Shadows of Endor a very fun four out five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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