Thursday, January 7, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: Heir To the Empire

Heir To The Empire
Publisher: Darkhorse Comics
Release Date: September, 15th 1996
Format: Comic
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2

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It's five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor's warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale--in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars. 
So I read the novel version of this book, a long time ago but since I starting listening to the Star Wars Stacks Podcast, I decided to reread it. So instead of rereading the actual novel, I wanted to see what the graphic novel was like. 

I loved this book as teen and the main reason was probably because of freaking Mara Jade. I mean look at how cool she is!

She's beauty, she's grace, she'll blast you in a face

So yeah I think I have a lot of bias opinions about this graphic novel because I love the cold, calculating ex-imperial and I just want to be her when I grow up. The story in this comic was as awesome as I remembered, but since it was a graphic novel I feel like some things were cut out. I felt like there was more that happened in this novel, so I think due to the nature of graphic novels minor things were cut. I was okay with this since the main plot points were still in here, but it did make me just want to reread the actual book.

The liked the art in this comic, but at times I felt like the faces were too jagged and drawn with too many hard edges. It wasn't a deal breaker, but I preferred the art in By The Emperor's Hand over this one. 

There is one other thing about this comic that annoys me: The Cat Suit. A lot of Mara Jade fans do not like a cat suit, and I have to agree. The cat suit makes zero sense for a practical smuggler. Why would she be trampling around the forest in a full leather onesie? She wouldn't be. For the sake of argument, she does look cool in it, but it seems like her outfit was just designed to make her out to be a sex symbol, and I'm pretty sure I am right.

Besides my own issue with Mara's outfit, I did really enjoy reading this comic, but I think if I ever want to reread this one again I am just going to reread the actual novel. 
Happy Reads Everyone!