Ask any Star Wars fan about Grand Admiral Thrawn and the majority of them will smile and tell you about their favorite parts of the Heir To The Empire, the book series where Timothy Zahn first introduced readers to the Grand Admiral.
When the new canon was introduced, many believed they would never see the Thrawn again, until Star Wars Rebels brought him to the small screen in 2016. Soon after, Zahn introduced Thrawn to the new canon universe with the novel Thrawn.
In February, the novel was adapted by Marvel Comics into a miniseries titled Star Wars: Thrawn.
The story opens with Thrawn being discovered by the Empire on a distant planet. He manages to avoid detection for awhile until he is seemingly captured. When Thrawn is brought before Emperor Palpatine, he offers him a deal. Thrawn will use his skills to help the Empire in exchange for protection for his people from threats in the Unknown Regions.
It’s an offer that not only intrigues Palpatine, but changes the life of a young cadet, Eli Vanto, who becomes assigned to Thrawn as an aide due to his ability to speak Thrawn’s native language.
This first issue does a really great job of setting up the story to come. As a fan of the novel, I really enjoyed how Houser’s script brought elements from the novel to the comic. Additionally, the art team does a fantastic job with the locations and bringing the characters life. From the cityscapes of Coruscant to the berths of Imperial ships to the hooded expression in Thrawn’s red eyes, the art is rich and atmospheric.
This is a very new reader friendly series. So even if you are not familiar with the character or have read the book, you will be able to enjoy this series.
This is sure to be another successful Star Wars miniseries.
About the Author: Kai Charles is a medical professional, Jedi hopeful, and independent book reviewer at Fiction State of Mind. You can also find her on Twitter at @yogikai tweeting about all things related to Books & Geek Culture