Before Star Wars: Episode II has even landed on these
shores a steady stream of movie merchandise seems to have
gradually cropped up. The latest are the books - everything
from the movie novelisation and graphic novel to the picture
heavy, glossy coffee table editions.
Press' The Illustrated Companion starts with a section
to help bring readers up-to-date on the story so far. This
will help to fill in the blanks for those who are still seeking
therapy to remove the memory of The Phantom Menace
from their minds.
then moves on to the world of Episode II, detailing
some of the characters, vehicles and planets of the new movie.
There is a great section on the Lars family (you may remember
Owen and Beru from Episode IV) and shows scenes from
the original movie and the new film to show how closely the
sets have been matched.
are pages dedicated to the making of the film, actors and
the design process and there is even a pretty comprehensive
index section that, thankfully, manages to omit Jar Jar Binks
from its entries.
is beautifully illustrated (as you'd expect from the title)
in full colour from the very first page. This book will appeal
to all fans of the Star Wars universe.
will £15 buy you these days? Not a lot and you'd be a fool
if you thought that this little gem was expensive.
must buy for all Star Wars fans.
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