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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Thrawn #1

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Thrawn #1

This review of Star Wars: Thrawn #1 contains minor spoilers.

It’s safe to say that Marvel’s refined its strategy for adapting Star Wars media into comics that do more than just ape their original source. The first issue of the six-issue Star Wars: Thrawn mini series is definitive proof the stratagem is working the way it’s intended.

It’s actually fitting, given Thrawn’s reputation as a master strategist and tactician but, frankly, I’m not surprised.

In tapping Jody Houser to adapt Timothy Zahn’s very enjoyable 2017 novel of the same name, I was confident that the comic version would be just as enjoyable. I was right.

Houser’s efforts have ensured that’s the case and not just because of her smart, snappy dialogue and exposition, but how she was able to convey the mood and sentiment — seen and unseen — so artist Luke Ross, colorist Nolan Woodard and letter VC’s Clayton Cowles could envelope it all into a dizzying and resplendent tableaux of suspense, mystery and eager anticipation.

This issue is gripping, whether you’ve read the novel or not. It drives right in, taking just what’s needed from the source material, yet weaving it into a narrative thread that never loses focuses, despite the limited space inherent in a 33-page comic book.

Much of that is due to editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White.

Thrawn was a wildly popular novel, coming as it did after his starring role in Star Wars: Rebels. It’s no secret that Antos has long sought to bring Thrawn to Star Wars comics. Her efforts were not in vain.

It’s a solidly executed book that not just meets expectations, but exceeds them.

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 is in comic shops now, selling for $4.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune in to the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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