Star Wars Is Poetry – Comic Book Update: The Mandalorian Comic Adaptation

Hello, my Star Wars friends! It has been a wee while since I updated everyone on life on the Darkside (recently, it’s pretty dark :(). But this is an update worthy of a post, so comic book fans (and Mandalorian fans) should be rejoicing!

Star Wars dot com recently announced the launch of The Mandalorian comic book adaptation from Marvel. Marvel and Star Wars often come together in the comic book area, so it’s nothing new really. But it’s a first for The Mandalorian getting his own comic book adaptation!

Check out the excellent cover:

As it’s a comic book adaptation of the show, there won’t really be a whole lot to tell if you’ve already seen the Disney Plus series. However, sometimes they (writers) change things up a little in comics, even if they’re adaptations, so there’s that to look forward to! Plus, everyone loves Din Djarin – I mean, he is really popular with fans, so I imagine A LOT of people will be buying this comic. I’m not sure if I will review it myself (assuming it doesn’t sell out first, which is quite likely). I guess there will always be an online version somewhere (usually), so that’s always an option.

I am thinking of buying a yearly subscription to Star Wars Insider magazine in other book-related news. In fact, I am pretty close to signing up, so I’ll be reviewing content in those magazines too! The Star Wars Insider magazines are well-known to the fandom as they’ve been around for quite a while now. These magazines are official Star Wars magazines, so it’s a good move for me. I have various Star Wars Insider magazines of my own already, and I bought some “special edition” copies a while back that featured the best of Star Wars Insider for a specific period. But I want to expand on my collection, so this is the best way to do that. Plus, I adore their covers (I am a massive sucker for comic book and book covers, and now that includes magazines) 😁

 

Book information:

 

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Star Wars Is Poetry Graphic Novel Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation

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!

Book Information

  • 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

You can check out this comic on Amazon here and Goodreads here.

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.

IMAGE VIA IDW PUBLISHING/LUCASFILM/DISNEY

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.

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Star Wars Edit – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Just a quick post today – I managed to get some time to update an edit I did of a comic book cover for Obi-Wan Kenobi. I loved this edit but I felt it needed a little something more:

Made by Darkside Creative

I edited it in Photoshop first then did the animation. Here’s the edit before the animation:

Edited by Darkside Creative

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Lucasfilm Reveals First Look Trailer for The High Republic

It looks like the Lucasfilm machine is in full swing promoting the latest iteration of the Jedi during the High Republic era. The new trailer shows off a lot more than we’ve seen thus far and puts the Jedi storyline during this period into perspective.

I have some questions about it, such as what is the great evil they mention? I know there are villains portrayed as the Nihil, and they are the Jedi’s primary enemy in this series, but that doesn’t sound like the same thing. The Nihil are portrayed as “space Vikings” that steal, kill and rampage their way across the galaxy. While that sounds like a mission for any Jedi to resolve, it doesn’t sound like a “great evil” to me.

What do you think? Can you elaborate on this at all? I haven’t read very much as my interest currently still lies elsewhere in the Star Wars universe, but let me know what you think of the trailer and where you think this era of the Jedi will go in the comments!

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Who Destroyed Luke’s Jedi Temple?

After reading several different sources of information about this event in the Skywalker saga time line, I wanted to put this question to my readers to see if anyone has a different opinion.

Matt Martin (Lucasfilm) Makes References to Ben Solo

According to Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group, Ben Solo was still responsible for the burning and subsequent destruction of Luke’s Jedi Temple. We see a distraught Luke Skywalker standing next to R2-D2 watching the temple he built burn.

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Charles Soule’s Comic – The Rise of Kylo Ren #1

Wikipedia has conflicting information about this and as we know, the comics that were written and released by Charles Soule paint a different picture of what happened. According to the comic The Rise of Kylo Ren #1, Ben Solo didn’t destroy the Jedi temple. According to the comic, it was destroyed by a red lightning storm above the temple when Ben Solo was outside it as below:

It’s actually quite an important point because if Ben Solo was responsible for the destruction of the temple as well as the deaths of the Jedi students, it makes him totally irredeemable in my eyes. And I never agreed with the redemption arc.

But if he didn’t do what everyone thought he did and isn’t responsible for killing the Jedi and destroying the temple, that just leaves a huge hole in the plot of the sequel trilogy. And if he didn’t do it who or what did? What was this mysterious “red” lightning that appeared out of nowhere – was it Snoke controlling Ben’s twist of fate? That would make sense because we know that Snoke (Palpatine) was already grooming Ben at that point to turn him to the dark side.

It just goes to show how much inconsistency exists in the Star Wars universe and I think that leaves almost anything open for individual interpretation. Don’t you agree?

Let me know what you think about this post – do you believe Ben was innocent? Or do you think he was fully responsible for the destruction of Luke’s temple? Hit me up in the comments, friends!

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