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Staff Review.


[Tarkin]

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Author: Tony Diterlizzi (art by Ralph McQuarrie)
Published: 2014

Reviewer: Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics
Reviewed: 2014

Disclaimer:
Although publisher supplied copy for review purposes, all opinions are those of reviewer.

Publisher's Summary:
The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer behind the original trilogy.
Collected in a picture book for the first time, McQuarrie's art is paired with captivating text by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi-a winning combination that will delight Star Wars fans old and new and delight generations of readers to come.

Review:
This book is more than just a rewrite of the Original Trilogy coupled with McQuarrie concept art, Diterlizzi condenses Luke's journey from a daydreaming farm boy to Jedi Knight and galactic saviour without losing the essence of Lucas's original story and none of the poignant events are missed. So in Diterlizzi's version, our familiar story begins, not in space, but on the dune seas of Tatooine as the escape pod carrying Artoo and See-Threepio crashes and we see McQuarrie's iconic image of the two droids walking away from the escape pod. And it is this marriage of Diterlizzi's prose to McQuarrie's art that makes this book stand out as more than just another Star Wars trilogy book.
While many of us will be familiar with many of McQuarrie's images, especially those iconic ones that have been seen over and over again, this 12" x 9" book presents more than seventy of his pictures in a layout chosen to both compliment Diterlizzi's writing style and maximise their presentation on the reader's eyes. And this is one of the many delights of this book: being able to view McQuarrie's art in chronlogical order.
Although marketed as a children's book, The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight will appeal to all Star Wars fans of any age and would proudly adorn any coffee table - especially when the jacket sleeve is removed and the textless cover is revealed.


The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony Diterlizzi is available now in hardback from Egmont Books in the UK and Disney Lucasfilm Press in the US.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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