Written By: Jody Houser
Pencils By: Luke Ross
Colors By: Nolan Woodard
What You Need to Know:
First and foremost Thrawn is a limited 6 issue mini-series which is an adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn novel from last year(which was phenomenal and easily one of my favorite books ever written just period) but in my opinion is still the best of all the new canon novels in the Disney Star Wars timeline. So with that being said right off the bat, I am a little biased because Thrawn being my favorite book of last year he is also one of my favorite characters not just in the Star Wars canon but just in all of fiction. He’s such an interesting, complex, multi-layered, badass character. It’s like if you were to mix Alexander the Great with Hannibal and Genghis Khan and make the baby an alien. He’s just such an incredibly fascinating character who if you’re into military tactics, strategic coordination, and organized planning. Thrawn is right where you need to be as the series is going to roll through various battles that define the character’s career and each play out like well thought out and well-played games of chess.
What You’ll Find Out:
Now like I said previously this series is going to showcase the landmarks and events of this character to show you how he rose from nothing and became Commanding Admiral Officer of the Empire. You will see the character grow into this role and progress naturally over the course of this series. Every character needs to start somewhere and this series marks the origin of the character and where he gets his start but will also show his rise up through the Empire’s Imperial hierarchy up until the point you see him at in Rebels. You will get to see his struggles and obstacles that he is forced to overcome and rise above. Truth be told you kind of want him to persevere a Zahn’s original material doesn’t paint the line between good and evil so easily and leaves it more so ambiguous and morally grey. Never really giving a straight definitive answer and preferring to leave it open to interpretation. Of course, I’m talking more about the book in its entirety then I am just the individual issue presented here.
What Just Happened?
The most I can say is the opening is basically Predator and this issue does a great job of introducing audiences to Thrawn. Without giving way to much of the plot this issue just goes to show you how the character got his start. He’s not quite at Admiral yet but he will get there it’s the journey to getting there that makes this series worth reading.
I’ve never had to review a comic book based on a story already told in another medium. A translation basically and as far as translations go this one has to be one of the best I’ve read. Jody Houser, of course, isn’t in too unfamiliar territory here as she did also adapt the Rogue One movie into a comic sometime last year. The visuals go along way I’m amazed at how well Luke Ross was able to capture and embody all the imagery given in the novel to really get the world of this story right. He, of course, has worked on other Star Wars comics in the past so now shocker that his artwork delivers here as well the guy can draw. I guess the most impressive feat of this series is how incredibly faithful it manages to be to its source material the Thrawn novel was a masterpiece for lack of better words and there was no need to change it. I’m glad they stayed as close to it as they did and haven’t really changed anything major or too prominent as of yet. Pulling from that novel is this series’s strength. So if you are up for an incredible origin story about determination, perseverance, and overcoming all odds no matter how impossible. Then Thrawn might be the endearing character for you.