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The New Essential Guide to Characters (Star Wars) Paperback – April 23, 2002
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This all-new "Essential Guide features detailed profiles of more than one hundred and thirty characters from across the "Star Wars galaxy, including all of your favorites-such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Mara Jade-as well as, from Episode II:
- Jango Fett - Count Dooku - Anakin Skywalker - Zam Wesell
And the key players from "Star Wars: Episode I" The Phantom Menace:
- Queen Amidala - Qui-Gon Jinn - Mace Windu - Darth Maul
Here is complete, updated coverage of the novels from the incredible New Jedi Order and all of the classic movies, books, comics, TV specials, games, and the rest of the "Star Wars universe.
This must-have book describes the essential history and personal data for each character-with vital statistics, homeworlds, and political affiliations.
More characters, more information, brilliant artwork-the "Essential Guides are hotter than ever!
About the Author
Mark Chiarello is currently the Editorial Art Director for DC Comics. As a freelance illustrator, he has received the comic book industry's Eisner, Harvey, and Reuben Awards. Mark has also done freelance illustration for, among others, the National Basketball Association, Topps Inc., Disney, and Universal Pictures. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.
After studying film and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in the early 1990s, Tommy Lee Edwards moved to central North Carolina. He has worked for Lucasfilm, DC Comics, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros' on projects like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dinotopia, and Batman Begins. www.tommyleeedwards.com
John Van Fleet grew up in New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap, playing a lot of baseball. He has worked in comics, production design, and editorial illustration. Clients include Dark Horse, DC Comics, Paramount, Electronic Arts, the Walt Disney Company, Marvel, Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, and many more. www.Johnvanfleet.com
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Top Customer Reviews
But, with that said, it is a good source book due to its vast amount of characters. I do recommend the book to Star Wars fans, but BEWARE. Don't take the pictures at "face" value if they look strange.
Only three faults I can find. One: Those incredibly minute character descriptions at the back of the book (and in the Jedi Council, the Podraces, and the Battle-of-Geonosis Jedi entries) really annoy me. Some of those characters are infinitely more important than several of those who received full-length bios. Do we really need an entire page on Ric "Captain Obvious" Oliè? I think not. When the next Essential Guide to Characters comes out, I hope they've removed those small character descriptions and given everyone a full-length biography.
Two: Several major characters were not included in this edition. I understand the decision to omit those who hadn't done much since the original Essential Guide to Characters, but I'm still disappointed by it. You'll have to check out the original for those guys.
Three: It's out of date! Hurry, LFL guys, we need another one! Almost as badly as we need The New Essential Chronology. Make it so!
While all major characters got huge updates that brought them up Troy Denning's Star by Star, it adds to the list with a bunch of Expanded Universe characters. Sadly, two of my favorites, Nomi Sunrider and Tionne Solusar, have been removed. Don't get me wrong, this is a great book, Dan Wallace really outdid himself with the breadth of his research and Michael Sutfin's beautiful color art is, well, nothing short of spectacular. Plus characters that we know little about, like Darth Bane who started the new Sith, has his own bio as does Shira Brie- the original red haired, green eyed Emperor's Hand from Marvel Comics, circa 1982. The updates are wonderful, because a lot of people may not have read all of the Expanded Universe novels for one reason or another, so it's nice to get up to date histories to fill in the blanks.
All of the important move characters are here- from Anakin Skywalker to Zam Wessel, from Chewbacca to Luke Skywalker, the latter of which gets the single largest entry. However, I must question the logic of sacrificing pages for minor characters like Owen and Beru Lars, Lobot, and Nien Nunb- yes, they were in the films, but who cares? They're minor characters at best when their pages could have been used to include more characters from the Tales of the Jedi series of comics, or the current Star Wars Ongoing series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could use more detail for minor characters. Fairly great narrative work considering it was written in 2002.Published 18 days ago by Rachel
I bought this because I had it when I was a kid, and lost it a long time ago. It's nostalgic if you had it way back when, but if you are a newer fan and can read you will find... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Breeze
I like this book a lot more then I thought I would. I never owned the first essential guide so I was expecting some bland little paperback but nope. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suicune
My son is a huge Star Wars fan he likes it and would recommend this to anyone that likes star warsPublished 23 months ago by Evelyn J. Morales
This is a very nice book. It explains a lot of information that I didn't know and very useful to know.Published on January 10, 2014 by TheSunrisePost
Over all it is a good book, but it has some flaws. It does not give as much detail as the original Star Wars The Essential Guide to Characters. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by StandsAlot