Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Graphic Novel is the latest in a series of reimaginings of the original trilogy. And I’m not sure when these became a thing. First, there was the young adult trilogy of novels covering the original trilogy; but at least those novels either offered another perspective or added scenes to the narrative.
But this book does none of those things. Not only does it use the Special Edition version of the original trilogy, granting Greedo the first shot against Han and featuring prequel Anakin as a force ghost at the end, but it excludes scenes from the originals. Luke has no confrontation in the cantina, for instance, and a lot of classic lines don’t make the cut either.
The art, however, is bright and engaging, and there are some clever visual tricks utilized. Color-coded Rebel icons for different speakers during the Battle of Yavin, Vader speaking in white letters in a black word bubble, etc. Not to mention the PEW that accompanies each blaster shot is pretty great.
Overall, though, despite the attention and artistic passion that clearly went into the project, I was left underwhelmed.
LucasFilm Book Group
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