Thrawn CoverStar Wars: Thrawn #1 (of 6)

Written by Jody Hauser
Art by Luke Ross
Publisher: Marvel

From the publisher: “One of the most cunning and ruthless minds in all of the Star Wars, Grand Admiral Thrawn is back with his own six-issue miniseries! Written by Jody Houser (ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION) and drawn by Luke Ross (STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION), follow the comic adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s New York Times best-selling novel about Thrawn’s rise in the Imperial ranks, on his way to becoming one of the most feared military tacticians in the galaxy far, far away!”

Way back in 1991, a little book trilogy came out that changed the way we saw the Star Wars Universe.  That trilogy was called Heir To The Empire (or the Thrawn Trilogy) by Timothy Zahn and would go on to be a very successful comic adaptation in 1995.  The story took place five years after the death of Darth Vader and Palpatine in the second Death Star.  Leia and Han were married.  Luke was trying to reignite the Jedi Knights.  And several light years away, an empire prodigy by the name of Grand Admiral Thrawn was picking up the pieces of the scattered Imperial Fleet.   To this day several of the concepts introduced in the series have dictated the direction of the Star Wars Universe (SWU) – from Star Wars Rebels to The Force Awakens.

All that was great. But to be clear: Thrawn is one of the most compelling characters EVER created in the SWU.  If you haven’t read the original Trilogy, pick up either the book series or if you can find it, the trade of the comic series.  If you have any interest in the SWU – this will deepen and broaden it in unexpected ways.

Thrawn Is Back

This new 6-book mini-series is a welcome addition to the Thrawn lore.  It starts at the very beginning of Thrawn’s life with the empire.  Found on his home planet, our soon to be Grand Admiral works his way into the Imperial Academy by recounting his previous interactions with Anakin Skywalker.  Vader had already told Palpatine about the young Chiss.  And Palpatine is more than willing to see if the rumours were true about this young alien.

It’s a Star Wars book.  The hard core fans buy everything with their favourite sci-fi stamp on it.  What I am saying is that even non-core fans will enjoy the story of Thrawn. And if you do enjoy this short series – get into the books.  I cannot say this enough.  As well – if you like Jody Hauser’s writing in this – check out her previous works including the Rogue One Adaptation.