- Series: Star Wars, 1 (Book 1)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; Gph edition (May 24, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569713596
- ISBN-13: 978-1569713594
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Graphic Novel) Paperback – May 3, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
The battle scene at the end could have used more captioning, but generally I found this book easier to read aloud than most graphic novels. Because the book is true to the movie and filled with familiar characters, it was less confusing than the Star Wars Old Republic graphic novels (where we can't make heads or tails of what's going on). It's also more detailed/comprehensive than the various Star Wars picture books we've read, and novels without pictures aren't kid-friendly enough for us. So I'd have to say this is the best Star Wars book we've read.
That being said, I still feel able to judge the Graphic Novel for Star Wars: Episode One against my general Star Wars knowledge. Jar Jar haters will be pleased that his role was reduced a little, and that he doesn't come off as goofy as he does in the movie.
This is graphic novel is fairly true to the spirit of the movie. In places, the dialogue has been shortened, or a scene shortened, but for the most part, the book covers the movie.
However, there are places that if you did not know the story from the movie, you might get a little lost. For instance, the battle between the Gungans and the Droid Army. All of a sudden, the droid infantry just shows up with no real explanation that they were deployed from the troop carriers.
In other places, the novel fails to capture the drama, adventure, or feel of the movie. This is most apparent during the Pod Race. None of the speed, danger, or implications of the race are apparent. If this weren't a novelization of a movie, one would have to wonder why it was even included.
Overall, it is still a fun read, and a nice visual reference to the movie. Some additional narrative comments between panels to direct the action would have made up for some of the deficiencies, and the art could have been more inspiring. It'll stay in my collection as a reference, but it probably won't be reread much.
If you have seen the movie the graphic novel follows the same story of how two Jedi knights are sent by the Supreme Chancellor to try and settle a dispute involving a trade agreement on the small planet of Naboo. They realize that there will be no conflict resolution and they wind up fighting their way out. The Jedi Knights wind up protecting Queen Amidala and fly away from Naboo. They had trouble with their space ship and had to replace an important part. They travel to Tatooine to get the needed part. This is when they first discover a young boy named Anakin, who is a slave on the planet Tatooine. Star fans know what happens when Anakin grows up, but that is the next story I believe.
The story moves along at a fast pace and if you are a Star Wars fan you should check out this action packed graphic novel.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate: Practical Combative Karate for the street).
But, if you are just looking for a nice, comic book version of the movie, then I think that you will like the movie. As far as it goes, it is quite good, and I don't hesitate to recommend it.
The problem is, it IS the movie! There is nothing here that stands out on it's own from the movie and all the other hype. It's a good movie, but it's not a good comic book in it's own right.
Or to simplify further, it'd be better if there wasn't a movie, because this is just the movie on paper (well, a movie on paper is a script, but you get the metaphor). If you've seen the movie, don't bother. If not, go ahead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a good book but I thought it wouldn't be a comic I thought it would be a regular bookPublished 16 months ago by Matthew Tobar
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It was like watching the movie when you read this graphic novel. And star wars fans will love it. I promisePublished on November 22, 2013 by dayton pfeifer
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I been looking for this book in my local bookstores, they never have it. I can enjoy read it all I want.Published on August 1, 2007 by Heather St Pierre
This is a review of Episode 1 TPM Dark horse comic. This comic can never replace the imagery created by the movie. Read morePublished on July 16, 2003 by JediMack
This book is the graphic novel (comic book) of The Phantom Menace. It's a great book and I've read it thousands of times. Read morePublished on February 4, 2003 by Rhiannon
The Star Wars film-to-comic adaptations have been notoriously bad, and this one is no exception. Oh, the art isn't as drab as the previous adaptations, and it's not as hard to... Read morePublished on April 26, 2000 by Nathan