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Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy Hardcover – January 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Third Edition edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595824170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595824172
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pages and coloring are very well done, all glossy.
L. George
More important, this book introduced several of the Expanded Universe's most beloved characters, from Mara Jade to Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Enjolras
I only collect hardcover books now that I have a Kindle and purchased this one and it was quickly received and in excellent condtion.
Jimmy J. Shaw

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A bit of a history lesson here is necessary for the uninitiated. Odds are that there will be few (uninitiated) here, given that most drawn to this review will have working familiarity with the subject matter, but I'll supply a few details from memory anyhow. Call it posterity. Once the lights in the theatre went out on STAR WARS: EPISODE 6: RETURN OF THE JEDI, serious Star Wars enthusiasts had no idea when (or even if) they'd be treated to another adventure in their most favorite cinematic universe. The original trilogy had come to its close with mild controversy (Ewoks? Really, George? Were they necessary?) with some fanfare -- after seriously amping up the stakes in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK -- and 1983 seemed to bring an end to the continuing adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the rest of the gang.

Then, in 1992, science fiction novelist Timothy Zahn's new trilogy of Star Wars tales began, and it reminded Star Wars fans everywhere of the latent potential still lingering like a welcome disturbance in the Force in that galaxy far, far away. Over the course of the next few years, Zahn did as Lucas had done with the original trilogy, amping up the stakes just a little bit at each crazy turn, whetting fandom's appetite for even more visits to these distant worlds ... and the good folks at Dark Horse Comics were all too happy to oblige. Eventually, Dark Horse stumbled onto the brilliant idea to adapt Zahn's books; these novels had, after all, earned a special place in the hearts of most Star Wars fans, so much so that most consider these outings as unofficial Episodes 7, 8, and 9, picking up the events of Luke & company nearly a decade after JEDI ended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eugene M. Roby on June 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a member of the generation that came of age between the two trilogies, the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Being that I was 2 years old when Return of the Jedi hit the big screen I never had the pleasure of witnessing the orignal movies in their theatrical glory. In fact, by the time I was even able to comprehend what Star Wars was, Star Wars was already on VHS, and the all toys belonged to my friends' older brothers. Growing up in the late 80s to the early 90s, I had no new movies or toys to spark my interest in Star Wars.

During this time, the forefront of the Star Wars continuity was the Expanded Universe(EU). The EU was all we really had, and if it wasn't for the EU the prequel trilogy, and all of its spinoffs and merchandise, would not exist to this day. If there are two things that really launched the EU and created a new generation of fans at the time, they would have to be the DARK EMPIRE series by Dark Horse Comics, and the Thrawn Trilogy written by Timothy Zahn.

Not long after Dark Horse started making comics, and the Thrawn Trilogy was written, these two juggernauts of EU awesomeness married to give us a comic book series based upon the Thrawn Trilogy. Originally released as single issue comics, available at stores, recently these comics have been compiled to a collection or graphic novel. This was music to my ears,bceause I was never able to track down all the comics when they originally came out.

Enough with the history lesson. This Collection is an excellent buy. For one, it is hardcover and for the price I bought it on Amazon, it was $20 under the suggested retail price. Secondly, it is thick (it has all three stories).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book 15 years ago, and it hasn't lost its magic. While much of the rest of the Star Wars Expanded Universe has become bogged down with irrelevant characters and unrealistic plot twists, Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire Trilogy actually manages to recapture the feeling of the original Star Wars trilogy. The original characters all play great roles and the ploy is well paced. More important, this book introduced several of the Expanded Universe's most beloved characters, from Mara Jade to Grand Admiral Thrawn. The illustrations are a great way to bring this trilogy to live. Overall, this trilogy is required reading for any Star Wars fan (the other books - not so much).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By UltimateFan on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I will try to be as concise as I can about this graphic novel. The book, adapted from Zahn's trilogy of novels, is so good I can't even do justice to it with words. It is sheer brilliance! The book is broken down into each of the three novels from the trilogy, and each one is handled beautifully. The writing- particularly the dialogue- is classic Star Wars all the way! Luke sounds like Luke. Han sounds like Han, etc. And the new characters(there are numerous, but only a handful of real "players") are every bit as true to the feel of what a Star Wars character should be like as the original cast. The addition of Thrawn, Kaarde, C'Baoth and Jade alone give this epic a fresh yet familiar Star Wars world to delve into. The artwork is divided amongst 3 different artists, each with his own unique style. DO NOT WORRY about this, however! The styles may be different, but they don't impede the flow of the story in any way. In fact, I felt just the opposite. I liked the changes between chapters/books. The changes never had you guessing,"Which character is that supposed to be?" or "What planet are they on now?". Everything is seamless. You just get treated to a series of 3 very talented artists who give each chapter a slightly different edge. It's kinda like how "A New Hope" felt a little less dark than "The Empire Strikes Back." And "Empire" gave way to a kind of different emotional makeup of the final installment, "Return of the Jedi." All 3 were exciting and full of fantasy/sci-fi/action/adventure(as well as some drama, romance and comedy thrown in for good measure). Well, the writing, artwork and story/plot throughout this beautiful hardcover is no exception.

I can't say enough about how wonderul this book is! It feels like you're watching Episodes 7,8, and 9 unfold in front of your eyes!
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Mike Baron is the author of Helmet Head, Whack Job, Biker and Skorpio, four mind blowing novels that will change the way you feel about horror fiction.

Mike Baron broke into comics with Nexus, his groundbreaking science fiction title co-created with illustrator Steve Rude. He has written for Creem, The Boston Globe, Isthmus, AARP Magazine, Oui, Madison, Fusion, Poudre Magazine, Argosy and many others. Nexus is currently being published in hardcover by Dark Horse. Baron has won two Eisners and an Inkpot for his work on Nexus, now being published in five languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Baron's other creations include The Badger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badger_(comics)), Spyke, Feud, The Hook, and The Architect. The latter is available as a graphic novel from Big Head Press.

Baron's short stories have appeared in Masked, Blood Lite 2, the upcoming Blood Lite 3, and the June 2011 issue of Ellergy Queen's Mystery Magazine.

He lives with his wife Ann and some dogs in Colorado.

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