As a longtime fan of both the Star Wars films and the Star Wars comic books, I can honestly say that Star Wars Art: Comics is the book I've been waiting and hoping for (even if I didn't know so until I held it in my hands)--a lavishly designed and beautifully printed collection of the "best of the best" artwork from Marvel, Dark Horse, and Tokyopop comics (including a generous sampling of breathtaking pages by the late, great Al Williamson). The variety within the book was unexpected, with each film in the saga being represented, as well as Expanded Universe tales and the Clone Wars webcomics. And if that weren't enough, Star Wars Art: Comics is peppered throughout with what are apparently all-new works by several well-regarded comics artists. Admittedly, a few of these new commissions are hit-or-miss, but the book's well worth its price of admission for the mind-blowing contributions of JH Williams III, Sam Kieth, Paul Pope (apparently riffing on French adventure comics), Frank Quitely, and Amanda Conner (whose stand-out piece is formally inventive and surprisingly moving). The overall sequencing of the book seems to be loosely rooted in a sort-of "wordless" retelling of the Star Wars saga in chronological order--starting with A New Hope and moving through the Prequel Trilogy and beyond--which is a really nice, subtle touch that helps, say, an Al Williamson original page to be paired on a spread with a new, full-color work by Jeff Smith without it seeming odd or random--this quasi-narrative conceit makes for some really pleasing, nostalgic surprises and juxtapositions. Plus, succinct, informative essays in the front of the book help illuminate how classic comic books and comic strips inspired Star Wars, which then went on to influence, reciprocally, the very sorts of comics that George Lucas drew upon for narrative and visual inspiration. In all, a very unexpected treat for this fan--if you are a diehard fan of either the films or the comics, there's definitely a lot in this book to love.