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Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

As a lifelong Star Wars fan the new movies with the exception of Rogue One, have been a challenge. I haven’t enjoyed them quite as much as the original trilogy. I have struggled to find what makes them compelling. As one of my cousins pointed out, I may not be the target audience. There’s absolutely a generational divide amongst the franchise’s fans.

When you first discovered the films and where you started feels like a major impact as to what one’s thoughts are. In Alessandro Ferrari’s gorgeously adaptation of the final entry in the Skywalker trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, our heroes fight to the very end, and also, begin anew.

The comic takes us through the big-screen story, adapting the controversial film to the graphic novel format. The story plays out like the film with Poe facing challenges of leadership, Finn having to make decisions for the good, and Rey confronting her past and destiny. It also reveals the true threat to the galaxy, one of the most controversial aspects of the film. It follows the plot from Mustafar to Exegol and everywhere in-between. With an opportunity to expand upon and explain some of the issues of the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sticks to the script.

By the story’s end, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is an adequate bookend to a ho-hum trilogy. The story by Ferrari gives a satisfactory end sticking to what we know. The art by Ferrari is gorgeous though. Altogether, this adaptation doesn’t improve on what seems to be a money grab of a film.

Story: Alessandro Ferrari Art: Alessandro Ferrari
Story: 5.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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