GRAPHIC NOVEL
Star Wars
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Adapted by: Miles Lane
Artist: Doug Wheatley
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 058 1
Available 22 April 2005


Ravaged and weakened by civil war, the Republic has turned to the Jedi to lead its clone armies against the droid forces of the Separatists. But even as the last desperate engagements of the Clone Wars are being fought, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Senator Padm
é Amidala, and the Jedi Order are faced with a new battle - for the heart and soul of Anakin Skywalker...

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith sees Anakin being seduced by the power of the dark side. Playing on Skywalker's concern for the safety of his wife, the same master manipulator who has plunged the galaxy into war is slowly but surely drawing Anakin to the brink of his own doom - and that of the Republic. A husband and wife will be separated, friends will become enemies, and a great evil is revealed.

You have to hand it to George Lucas. He's whipping up such a frenzy of excitement for the final part of the Star Wars saga and yet he is still intent on shrouding everything in secrecy. Why? This has to be about the greatest con ever pulled off - certainly the largest. We already know how it will all turn out.

I don't want to spoil anything for you but (shock! Horror!) Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader... and that is all you need to know. So why all the secrecy? It's not like we could have any element of the movie spoiled for us is it? There will be little revelations, but the fact that he fathers Luke and Leia and turns to the Dark Side are the biggest developments - and we already know what's coming.

The last couple of months here at Sci-fi-online Towers have been unbearable. Book publishers and game developers have not allowed us to get our grubby hands on any Star Wars merchandise until the item is actually out in the shops. So, it came as something of a surprise when the whole damn movie (in comic book form) plopped onto our Reviews Editor's desk.

The art work is amazing. After seeing so many duff movie comic adaptations, I was shocked to see that someone had taken a great deal of time and effort to ensure that this collection was as classy as possible.

Okay, the plot may not be up to much (it certainly beats Episode I and II though), but what Miles Lane has achieved is nothing short of a thing of beauty. Whether or not the movie is presented as well as this graphic novel remains to be seen. But, if it is you may just forgive Lucas for feeding you the tripe that were Episodes I and II.

Pete Boomer

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