GRAPHIC NOVEL
Star Wars
General Grievous

Author: Chuck Dixon
Artists: Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 109 X
Available 24 February 2006


On a rescue mission to the planet Vandos, Padawan Flynn Kybo and his master T'chooka D'oon come face-to-face with General Grievous, the vicious cyborg leader of the Separatist army. After Grievous murders master D'oon, Kybo returns to the Jedi Council with a plan to destroy the depraved general and end his Jedi-murdering ways forever. But when the council rebukes his plans for vengeance, Kybo decides to take matters in his own hands...

Titans's latest Star Wars themed graphic novel, General Grievous, is not what you'll be expecting. With a title like General Grievous, you'd be forgiven for expecting to read a collection of Star Wars themed tales that see the mechanical monster going about his dirty business. What we get is a fairly run-of-the-mill tale that sees Grievous playing second fiddle to the tale of two Jedi who are on his tail.

As well told, and illustrated, as this release is, there's just not enough of Grievous to warrant his name on the cover. Not only that, but there's not really much of a story either. It's not very original, and it's certainly not that exciting - which is amazing when you consider Chuck Dixon wrote it.

While this release is far from awful, it could have been so much better - like having Grievous at the centre for starters. It's certainly not a patch on the earlier Darth Maul release.

I'm in my thirties, and I came away peeved, so goodness knows what those young, new Star Wars fans will make of this if they are expecting some kick ass tales with the coolest robot warrior in the galaxy.

Pete Boomer

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