As fan of the original trilogy of Star Wars movies, I have always wondered how George Lucas would continue his vision. As the movies were so iconic and more than a watermark as what one would consider science fiction. As it created a whole new era of space operas, a mark that would change the direction of the blockbuster movies.
There was nothing like it before. So when he created the prequel trilogy, fans felt like their prayers were answered. Though fans are divided, it did fill in many unanswered questions that were precursors to the movies that came out in the 1970s. As those films showed us a mystery in reverse, as we know the outcome, but how we got there, is what made that trilogy, underappreciated. In IDW’s adaptation of the second film of Lucas’s epic, Star Wars Attack of the Clones Graphic Novel Adaptation, we get to relive the unraveling of a massive conspiracy.
We open up on Padme barely surviving an assassination attempt on Coruscant and wondering what other threats lay ahead, which leads the Chancellor to recommend to the Jedi Council that they send Obi Wan and Anakin, to protect her and investigate, which will be the first ten years after their first meeting.AS the threats increase, Obi Wan investigates on his own while Anakin takes Padme to Naboo to retreat, and coincidentally, become closer because of it. Obi Wan’s investigations take him to Tipoca City, where he finds out a army of clones was ordered by a Jedi Master long gone and he finds the bounty hunter hired to kill Padme, but is too late to stop him, but eventually follows the trail right to Count Dooku. Meanwhile, Anakin returns to Tattooine, as he senses his mother is in danger, which he eventually finds out that she had been taken by some Tusken Raiders, leaving Anakin to track her down himself. When he does find her, she is barely alive; his rage becomes all consuming, leaving him to slaughter the entire camp and bringing his mother’s body back to her husband’s family home to bury. Eventually Obi Wan, Anakin and Padme are captured by Dooku but help comes in the form of Mace Windu and a contingent of Jedi, and as it looks like they are doomed, Yoda brings the army of clones to even the odds. By book’s end, Yoda defeats Dooku , Anakin professes his love for Padme and they are married, the Chancellor is one step closer to becoming the Emperor, and the Jedi sense something sinister is on the horizon.
Overall, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Graphic Novel Adaptation is a great adaptation that captures the best part of this film classic. The story and adaptation by Ferrari is excellent. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, this story is exactly why Star Wars fan love the franchise, because at the end, heart is all that matters.
Story: Alessandro Ferrari Character Studies: Igor Chimisso Layout: Ingo Romling
Clean Up/Ink: Andrea Greppi, Igor Chimisso, Marco Dominici, Monica Catalano
Paint (Background): Davide Turotti Paint (Characters): Kawaii Creative Studio
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review