Thursday, April 12, 2018

A New Class (and) The Force Oversleeps by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A New Class and The Force Oversleeps
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [j Krosoczka] 

Following in the path of the first three volumes in the Jedi Academy series (by Jeffrey Brown), artist/writer Jarret J. Krosoczka does an admirable job of introducing a new bunch of students at the Jedi Academy on Coruscant. The teachers are mostly all the same as in Brown’s trilogy, but it’s an all new class of Jedi underclassmen. The central character is Victor Starspeeder, a headstrong boy who thinks that Jedi studies are going to be a breeze and that he’ll be the “star” of his class, even though in the first book he is joining the Academy half-way through the school year as is “the new kid”. At least his sister is already there as one of the older students, even if they have an awkward relationship. An amusing subplot in both of these first two volumes is having Yoda assign Victor to participate in the Drama Department’s annual musical. In The Force Oversleeps, we get to see deeper into a family issue that has plagued both Victor and Christina for years.

Krosoczka’s art style is considerably different from Brown’s, but he keeps the concept of an illustrated journal going quite nicely. I enjoy the batch of new supporting characters. This is a fun series, and each volume is a quick read. I recommend them for kids and adults alike — basically anyone who’s a Star Wars fan.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the original trio of Star Wars Jedi Academy illustrated journal novels, by Jeffrey Brown.]

[ publisher’s official Star Wars: Jedi Academy web site ] | [ official Jarrett Krosoczka web site ]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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