First and foremost, I want to thank Wizard's Tower again for carrying my comic for so long. Due to my upcoming bundle of joy, I pulled 'Son of God' knowing I wouldn't be able to drop by as often. While there, I perused the shelves as normal and came across the Star Wars Original Trilogy Graphic Novel released by Disney and Lucasfilms. Released in March of this year, the beautiful hardcover fell completely under my radar.
Unlike the current effort to rebuild the Star Wars universe over at Marvel, the Star Wars graphic novel is a retelling of the original movies aimed at kids aged 8-12. I should point out that I am not a Star Wars fan, and hadn't seen the movies since I was very young. The graphic novel basically acts as storyboards for the original movies, touching on all the highlights of the films. At only 208 pages, the graphic novel blazes through the plot points for each movie. I feel this took away from the story as a whole, muting the impact of the more emotional scenes. Despite this, the book acts as a great way to not only catch up to the new movies, but also acts as a refresher if it's been a while since you've seen the movie like me.
Art-wise, the Star Wars Graphic Novel is incredible. The book credits a list of artists in the back, who most likely belong to an illustration company Kawaii Studios. Alessandro Pastrovicchio gets a solo credit for art so it was likely based off of his designs and layouts. The illustration company did a great job as the artwork is consistent and the quality is top-notch. The layouts are expertly done, and keep the fast-paced story moving. The art style has a distinct cartoon caricature feel to it, and it's clear that the art style has a foreign influence.
I think the Star Wars Graphic novel is a great read, and at the $20 price point, it's a steal. It's clear that the intent is to release another book for episodes 1 - 3, and I look forward to going through both books with my kids as they get older.