Published on June 20th, 2024 | by Chris O'Connor

Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories Volume 3 — Light and Shadow TPB Review

Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories Volume 3 — Light and Shadow TPB Review Chris O'Connor

Summary: A collection of stories from a Galaxy far far away, with some familiar faces and some not so familiar.


Galactic Gall

Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories Volume 3 takes us to various places in that galaxy far far away and regales us with four tales of danger and adventure.


With four different stories on offer here there is certainly a bit of variety. From Jedi facing off against bounty hunters to troopers just trying to get by and even to familiar locations and faces but with a different twist… if you don’t like one you can move on to the next. Whilst there are some decent moments and some reasonable exchanges of dialogue… I also felt it mostly came off as quite geared towards a younger audience. It is listed as all ages and some of the stories are certainly a bit more mature in their heavy action and perhaps scary themes… but none of it felt overly serious or deep… which is fine if that’s what you are after… but I guess I was hoping for something a bit more significant to get my teeth into.


Just as there are four different stories there are four different art styles here and again I’d have to say they mostly seemed to lean towards a younger audience. The art for chapter one reminded me of a certain artist and I can’t think of who… a little bit like Rick Griffin but perhaps a bit darker and a touch more rough. It felt scratchy and murky as if the details were all a bit hazy and the colouring didn’t help to bring out any definition at all. The remaining three chapters have much brighter panels (and that no doubt helps them be more defined)… but they all tend to feel a bit goofy, especially when it comes to depictions of Wookies. This is all personal preference of course and there are no doubt people who will love the art style… it’s just not for me.

Final Thoughts

For younger readers this may well be very popular… for those of us who grew up with Star Wars this may give a faint whiff of The Holiday Special… it just feels like they are taking our beloved universe and stories and mashing it to fit an audience that it is perhaps best not being aimed at (I think going more mature would work for the younger fans anyway). Give it a look and see if you like it… otherwise perhaps stick with the longer format works for more depth and quality.

Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Amanda Deibert,  Michael Moreci, Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Lucas Marangon, Ricardo Faccini, Megan Huang, Nick Brokenshire
Colourist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Cary Nord
Genre: Star Wars, Science-Fiction
Format: 96pgs, FC, TPB
Release Date: 19th June, 2024

About the Author'

Father of four, husband of one and all round oddity. Gaming at home since about 1982 with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Moving on to the more traditional PC genre in the years that followed with the classic Jump Joe and Alley Cat. CGA, EGA, VGA and beyond PC's have been central to my gaming but I've also enjoyed consoles and hand helds along the way (who remembers the Atari Lynx?). Would have been actor/film maker, jack of many trades master of none.

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