Thrawn #1

Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Paul Renaud
Variant Covers: Francesco Mattina, and John Tyler Christopher

Thrawn #1 is an interesting adaptation in that it’s for a book rather than a film or television show. Often book adaptation can be enjoyable as you get to see aliens and planets you wouldn’t normally get to see. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of visual opportunity in this issue, nor does the story offer much more than what was provided in the book.

Timothy Zahn’s novel, Thrawn, was a pretty good read, so revisiting the story via a comic isn’t such a bad experience. It has been a while since I’ve read the book, but going off memory, the story beats in this issue match what happened in the novel. On the guidelines of simply adapting the story, Jody Houser is so far doing a good job. My one gripe is that we’re not seeing anything extra as of yet. It’s possible we might not see much extra at all.

As with any adaptation, there’s a lot to be gained with the artwork. Adaptations have the most to gain by having an outstanding artist who can create stunning visuals that depict scenes from the source material. Unfortunately Luke Ross doesn’t have anything amazing to off. He’s not a bad artist, but it’s also nothing jaw dropping. One thing that kind of deprecates some of the panels is the peculiar use of dot texturing the imagery. It makes the artwork feel like something from the 70’s when comic were colored with visible dots. It’s a grainy style that takes the sleekness away from the artwork and the colors.

In the end, Thrawn #1 is okay, but it’s far short of what it could be. It’s certainly not a must read, and there’s nothing noticeably extra from the book. Plus the artwork isn’t a huge bonus. Thus I give it a three out of five metal bikinis, but just barely. It’s rather middle of the road.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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