Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections
I’ve always enjoyed the cross-sections books, and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections book keeps the fun going for the new sequel trilogy. There’s cross-sections for most of the key ships and vehicles featured in the movie. Each has great artwork showing off the interiors of the ships and all their assorted mechanical parts. There are brief descriptions of each vehicle and vessel along with identifying labels for the key features. Fans can enjoy seeing the details of Rey’s custom speeder, the innards of Hux’s star destroyer, or the new features of the Millennium Falcon. It’s a nice addition to your The Force Awakens reference library.
At 48 pages, this cross-sections hardcover is a bit longer than the past books which only came in at 32 pages for each film. The vehicles and vessels covered in this book include…
- Stormtrooper Transport
- Poe’s X-Wing
- Command Shuttle
- Rey’s Speeder
- TIE Fighter
- SF TIE Fighter
- Millennium Falcon
- Han’s Freighter
- Resistance Transport
- Snow Speeder
…each ship gets two pages of coverage except the Finalizer which gets a big double gatefold. There are some filler pages that have two page spreads of scenes from the movie, but these filler pages add to the book rather than padding it to make it as long as the others since this one is actually longer than usual. The artwork is big and beautiful, though some of the dark colored ships can be hard to see with the black backgrounds of the pages. Not all of the ships have black backgrounds, and not all of the black background ships are hard to see, but the TIE Fighters and Kylo Ren’s shuttle blend in a little too well. That aside, the cutaways are fun to look at as they give a nice peek inside the ships and how they work. One of my favorites is Han’s freighter as it shows what’s in some of the cargo bins. Apparently Han was hauling a lot more than just Rathtars.
It’s worth noting that the artist for this book is different from the past ones. This one is done by Kemp Remillard. Kemp has a fine eye for detail. In fact the coloring looks better than ever. Jason Fry also does his part in adding fun little names for all the technical parts of the ships and vessels. There’s some cool details hidden away in the book, and the descriptions for the ships, while short, add some nice info. For instance, we learn that Unkar Plutt was in the process of buying the Quadjumper from some arms dealers. Little details like that make the book enjoyable to read, even though it’s primarily a reference book and not something you’d read cover-to-cover.
For Star Wars fans, The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections makes a nice addition to your reference library. For some, the big lure might be the awesome artwork. For others, it’s getting inside the ships and finding all the extra details and information. It’s a good reference book and a fun one to look at, but it’s not something you’ll want to read cover-to-cover, at least not if you’re pouring over all the labels for the various ship parts. Regardless, it’s a good way to dive deeper into the vehicles and vessels of The Force Awakens. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.