Cavan Scott: STAR WARS – Adventures In Wild Space – The Escape (Egmont 2016)
With the end of the Clone Wars and the destruction of the Jedi Order, Emperor Palpatine has unlimited control over the galaxy. After the creation of the new system, the Empire turned its attention to the Wild Space and wanted to explore even the Unknown Territories. Here, outside the borders of the Empire, the cartographers Auric and Rhyssa Graf work with their children Milo and Lina. The children were born on their parents’ ship, the Whispering Bird, and accompanied their parents everywhere during their voyages of discovery. The family is sent by their agent to a remote and unmapped swamp-planet, but they have no idea that the shadow of the Empire lures nearer and nearer…
This volume is the prequel to the six-volume series and published for World Book Day in 2016. The main characters of the series are Milo and Lina, so we get to know the story from their perspective. The book creates the well-known STAR WARS atmosphere very well. The story takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and shows how little the people living on the peripheral area knew about what was happening in the center of the Empire. They saw that the war was finally over and there was order in the galaxy. Auric and Rhyssa Graf even hoped to make a fortune from their exploration expeditions and cartographic data produced for the Empire. Of course, it didn’t happen that way and I became very curious about the continuation of the story.
Comic writer Cavan Scott is best known for his stories in the STAR WARS and Doctor Who universes, but has also worked on comics and novels for Black Adam, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Vikings, Sherlock Holmes and Penguins of Madagascar. He wrote the Adventures In Wild Space book series with Tom Huddlestone and Lucasfilm Book Group.