Adaptations of the Star Wars films are a fact of life, starting back in 1976 with Star Wars by Alan Dean Foster. Though most adaptations are mostly passable, that trend changed with Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover. The Last Jedi‘s novelization stands tall as one of the best adaptations of all, taking a great film and making it so much richer and beautiful.
The Legendary Adventures makes its next stop at Outbound Flight, Timothy Zahn’s earliest chronological novel about Thrawn. A temporary peace has been struck across the galaxy as the Trade Federation is put under heavy penalties after the Crisis on Naboo. Now, the Republic authorizes a mission to the outermost regions of the galaxy, seeking to meet new lifeforms and expand Republic culture beyond its current bounds.
The Legendary Adventures move out of the The Phantom Menace era and into a new era: that of the rising Separatist movement as the galaxy barrels along toward war! The first stop? The mysterious sentient planet known as Zonoma Sekot, recognized from its role in the New Jedi Order era as the home planet of the Yuuzhan Vong!
After two volumes of Daring Adventures, the young reader’s Forces of Destiny book line moves into a more focused approach, wherein all three stories focus on a single character. The first volume focuses on Princess Leia, but also has surprise delights in store for fans of Star Wars Rebels!
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Kieron’s Gillen’s opening arc for the flagship Star Wars title, The Ashes of Jedha (issues #38-43) is the subject of the Manor’s first in a new series of arc reviews!
The Legendary Adventures has hit a huge milestone: the first film to be read in the context of the Legends chronology! Join me and discover how the Legendary Adventures has changed my opinions of the novelization of one of the least popular Star Wars films.
The revamped Legendary Adventures speed to our first film milestone, The Phantom Menace, as the Trade Federation poses a threat to Darth Sidious’s plan for galactic take over!
The Phantom Menace‘s beginning was, suffice it to say, less than ideal. The whole concept of the movie was that a disastrous trade dispute had turned into open hostility between a planet and the Trade Federation. Hardly any background information on the trade dispute was given, leaving most confused about the core of the conflict and what it meant for any of the characters. This is where Legends stepped in: not only did it fill it in the gaps, but Legends authors came together to weave a grand narrative out of this, spinning, eventually, into Palpatine’s overt bid for control of the galaxy. Click through to see how Cloak of Deception played a major role in the story!
Starting in 2018, the Legendary Adventures are going to look a bit different! Read on to see what changes are being made to make them the most exciting literary trek you’ll take through 2018!
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I don’t think I’ve ever met a Star Wars film I don’t like. That being said, I don’t know if I’ve ever walked out of a Star Wars film more torn asunder. The Last Jedi is not satisfied to give you a simple movie experience. Rather, the movie gives you meat to chew on for weeks and months to come; most viewers shouldn’t be able to come to an easy decision on the movie quickly. Read on to see how I wrestled with the film. (Be warned: I do not separate spoilers as Ryan did in his review!) Continue reading “Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (By Chris)”