Thrawn – The Marvel Adaptation Review

Novel – Timothy Zahn

Writer – Jody Houser

Artist – Luke Ross

Colour Artist – Nolan Woodard

With ‘Thrawn: Treason’ fast approaching and after finishing ‘Master and Apprentice’ I decided I would give the current Thrawn books a go, then I found that Prime Reading has quite a few of the Marvel Star Wars Comics in circulation so I downloaded it (and many more).

First off, this is an adaptation of the first of Timothy Zahn’s current trilogy(?) of Thrawn novels, set around the events of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’. This one is set during the early years of the Empire (the Stormtroopers are still wearing Clone Wars era armour) until just prior to Season three of ‘Rebels’.

The story about Thrawn’s rise through the Imperial ranks after being found by a scout team is interesting, told through the eyes of Eli Vanto, an Ensign assigned o Thrawn to help him navigate life through the Imperial Academy as a translator and then later his aide is interesting and, in both the comic and novel, very well paced.

The comic however does leave story elements out, which as a six issue adaptation, isn’t a surprise. In fact a lot of the sub-plot involving Governor Pryor has been cut out (or it feels that way at least) but the main elements of her story are present.

Unfortunately, one of my favourite scenes from the book, where Thrawn is confronted by Yularen has been cut out but its omission is understandable for the pacing of the graphic novel.

However, what has remained in this adaptation is the tense relationship between Thrawn and Eli Vanto, which is much needed, especially in the visual medium of comics. Whilst Zahn can write a lot of internal dialogue for the characters, it doesn’t work as well in the comics medium, but having someone to bounce his strategies off with helps with the character of Thrawn and his character growth.

Unfortunately, the comic feels a bit rushed, granted this could be because I had already read the book and absolutely loved the nuances of Zain’s writing which get lost in the adaptation.

Preferably I would read the novel, but as the time between now and the release of ‘Thrawn: Treason’ I can’t say I regret reading the comic version, and I’m looking forward to diving into ‘Thrawn: Alliances’ soon to catch hip before the next part of Zahn’s series about then character.

The art is amazing. Luke Ross knocks it out of multiple parks, his style fits the story and often bathes Thrawn in shadows which add to the element of intrigue around the Chiss Commander throughout.

A worthy adaptation to the amazing novel but it somehow lacks the je ne sais quoi that Zahn brings in his prose but still worth a read.

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