Hey there Star Wars friends and bookworms, me again. I know! Twice in as many days. What’s going on here?!😅
I thought today I’d review the graphic novel I just finished because Star Wars is Poetry is about anything relating to words or literature. While Graphic Novels and Comics are “loosely” considered forms of writing (with images), they still fit into this area.
To be honest, I don’t even remember why I started reading this graphic novel. It isn’t even the first in the trilogy, so it’s kinda weird how I just read it on the spur of the moment. But I did, and here we are. On with the review!
- Publisher : IDW Publishing (March 2, 2021)
- Author: Alessandro Ferrari
- Artist/Artists: Various
- Language : English
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1684056861
- ISBN-13 : 978-1684056866
- Reading age : 9 – 12 years
- Grade level : 4 – 7
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.81 x 0.22 x 9 inches
If you’re a star wars fan that has already seen the movie (most of us by now!), then you’re going to both enjoy this graphic novel and dislike it at the same time. You’ll like it because it is a well-paced rendition of the film that covers most of the critical events that occur. But therein lies the problem because, as a fan, you might miss specific parts of the film that you enjoyed. So I think having mixed opinions about this version of TRoS is expected from the reader.
You might also wonder why a graphic novel of the film was even needed? To be honest, I don’t think it was, but that doesn’t mean this adaptation is “bad”. It’s just a different medium, and some fans may not be used to that. Thankfully, I’m well versed in reading comics, manga and graphic novels, so I’m ready for anything. 😎😂
How good is the art in this graphic novel?
Being a graphic novel means that the words do not carry as much weight as the words in a book would. Most of the character’s actions are played out in a series of images on panels, much like storyboards for the movie. The characters, therefore, have to at least look something like the actors portraying them. Visually, the graphic novel has to shine.
I’d say the art in this graphic novel is good, with the artist capturing the overall look of each character. But some images of Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver in the film, don’t capture specific moments well enough. The artists also made him look too thin – nothing like the film’s tall, threatening and menacing Kylo Ren. This is where details are so important. I don’t see that happening in these images, which is a little disappointing.
And this is why a graphic novel will never be better than the real thing, no matter how well it has been adapted.
The colouring, however, is superb, and in high definition, most of the images leap off the pages.
Would you recommend this graphic novel?
I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone that has already seen the film but obviously, not to anyone who hasn’t. In fact, I’d recommend the junior novel first before the graphic novel.