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Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Graphic Novel) Paperback – May 3, 1999

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Paperback
The graphic novelization of Episode I is very well done- the storyline is good, and the artwork is great. My only complaint is the change of artwork styles at the end. The lightsabers are writen very true-to-life during most of the comic book. During the final battle, however, the blades suddenly become rods of pure color. The white center to the lightsaber blade is gone. This gives the most exciting part of the movie a cheap look. Other than that, it's a good read.
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I read this book aloud to my sons (age 11 and 15). We're all Star Wars fans. The artwork is very nice, and the characters look very much like the actors in the movie.

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.
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First, let me say that I am not a comic book expert. I haven't read that many recently, so I don't have a wealth of knowledge to compare this graphic novel against
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.
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As a longtime fan of the Star Wars series, having seen all the films since the beginning when the first Star Wars movie came out, I recently discovered they also came out with a graphic novel version. I recently finished reading Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace adapted by Henry Gilroy from an original story by George Lucas.

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).
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As part of the Star Wars promotions, Dark Horse Comics was allowed to produce a series of comic books on the movies. This book collects the four-part serialization of The Phantom Menace into one book. Overall, I found the illustration work to be very good, quite reminiscent of the movie. Indeed, it is true that these comics are quite close to the movie, with nothing added, and a fair amount of detail lost. As such, if you are looking for a novelization that added more to the story as presented in the movie, then you will be disappointed.

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.
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Now don't get me wrong here. It's a great movie, well a good movie. But this isn't the movie, it's the comic book.
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.
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