Title: Shipyards Of Doom
Writer: Henry Gilroy
Artists: The Fillbach Brothers
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Officially Legends, but tied to the TV series)
Publisher/Copyright: Dark Horse, 2008
So, I’ve been going back and looking at a lot of the early Clone Wars stuff in an attempt to work out the proper sequence of certain events. As such, here’s the first in Dark Horse’s line of digest-size Clone Wars comics!
It’s the early days of the Clone Wars, and the Separatist Navy is producing ships at a rate that far outpaces the production abilities of the Republic. If the Republic can’t slow Separatist production, the war is going to end quickly…and not in their favor. In an attempt to even the playing field, Obi-Wan, Anakin and his new padawan Ahsoka Tano take a strike team of clone troopers to the Banking Clan’s automated shipyards as a scouting force for the incoming Republic bombing raid. Unfortunately, the automated shipyards are less automated than advertised, forcing the Jedi to find a way to evacuate the slave workforce before the bombers arrive.
On the whole, this was a fun little side adventure. The writing is solid, as you would expect from one of the writers for the television show this ties into. The art is more stylized, lower on detail than I would usually prefer, but it works well enough. The ties to the show are solid, and this easily slides into the niche between the Clone Wars film and the next onscreen appearance by these characters as Anakin deals with the fact that he almost got his padawan killed on her first mission, overprotecting her and making her feel like he doesn’t trust her in battle. Ahsoka is a bit whiny, fitting in with her character at this point in the show, but somehow that was less annoying this time through. Maybe I’ve softened towards her due to her later awesomeness? Who knows. There are slight continuity issues, given that they recycled certain elements of this story for the episode The Citadel, infiltrating the planet frozen in carbonite like they do here. Wouldn’t be a problem, except Anakin comments about never having done it before, thus conflicting this comic. Anyway, if you liked the show, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re not familiar with the show, it won’t do as much for you.
CONTENT: Mild to no profanity. Mild violence, usually against battle droids or occurring between panels. No sexual content.