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Star Wars: Thrawn

(Star Wars: Thrawn #1-6)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,786 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Set between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Thrawn is a comic book miniseries adaptation of the 2017 novel Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. The story explores the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn through the ranks of the Galactic Empire, setting up his appearance in Star Wars Rebels, the character's canon debut. The comic seri ...more
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Published September 11th 2018 by Marvel Comics (first published February 2018)
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
"It is never wrong to be curious, but it can sometimes be dangerous." -- Admiral Thrawn

Although a little boring and/or too talky in spots, Star Wars: Thrawn works best when closely following the intriguing title character in action. (And 'action' is really a misnomer - Thrawn does a lot of plotting but is often just offstage during the usual SW adventure scenes - in this story set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.) He's the rare non-human - check out that azure skin tone and those uns
Michael O'Brien
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the graphic novel adaptation of Timothy Zahn's book by the same name, and, like the book, this was a fun read on one of my favorite Star Wars characters, Grand Admiral Thrawn --- whose cunning and strategic acumen make him a worthy match even for an adversary strong in the force.

This novel does well by just following the plot in Zahn's book --- starting with Thrawn's clever tactics in which he is brought to the attention of the Emperor and given a commission in the Imperial Fleet. From t
Ben Brown
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn” novel when it was released last April. Zahn’s dense, deliberately slow-paced style – while certainly intelligently crafted – just didn’t grab me, and I came away from the novel feeling distanced from everything that had had happened…which is also how I feel about Jody Houser’s comic adaptation. This is a very direct adaptation – scene for scene, beat for beat, Houser’s 6 issue series follows Zahn’s source material to the letter, and if you love ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The artwork here was fabulous; kudos to the artists!

However, the plot was a bit lackluster and confusing, and some profanity was thrown into the mix.

So, like most comic book omnibuses, this was yet another mixed bag.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
~19-5 BBY

This is a graphic novel adaptation of the novel by the same name written by Timothy Zahn. The graphic novel consists of Thrawn Parts I-VI. In this graphic novel, we get the origin of Thrawn: where he came from and how a Chiss became so high ranked in an Empire that looks down upon other races. Mitth'raw'nuruodo, or Thrawn, is a very calculating man, able to predict multiple outcomes to various situations. He quickly becomes a Lieutenant after graduating the Imperial Academy. Thrawn soon
Neil R. Coulter
I'm glad Thrawn gets a haircut. One point in the Empire's favor.

This is a graphic novel adaptation of a novel that I've read and mostly forgotten. Having just read the second Thrawn novel, it's nice to have this reminder of what happened in the first one (though the events in this novel have little effect on the second). The translation from novel to graphic novel isn't completely smooth, and I felt that some plot points would be very difficult to understand from the graphic novel alone.

What I'm
Dec 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Throwing in the towel at page 53. This started off promising, but devolved into the equivalent of trade embargo-style intrigue. Stultifyingly boring.
Billy Jepma
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars, 2018
I loved Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" novel from last year, and was excited by the prospect of it being adapted into a comic miniseries. Zahn's novel was meticulous and dense, and did a stupendous job at reintroducing the iconic Expanded Universe character Thrawn back into the Star Wars canon, but for all its successes, I was curious to see how such a plot-heavy, arguably slow-paced story, would translate into comics.

After reading Jody Houser's adaptation, I'm happy to say that it translates quite wel
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting start but got kind of blah towards the end. Okay read.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-scifi
Thrawn is one of the coolest characters I've read about. He has genius-level  intelligence, is always calm and composed, and always finds the most humane way of dealing with a problem. His tactical choices will get him in trouble with his superiors, but he always comes out in the end. He is one of the best things about the Empire, if you could say that. I can only imagine what he could have done for the other side. This miniseries highlights all his strengths and takes its time to tell the story ...more
Paul Decker
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My prior knowledge of Thrawn comes from Wookieepedia browsing and the Rebels tv series. I haven't yet read Zahn's new canon or original legends books, yet. This book follows Thrawn's story from his first encounter with the Empire up until his time in Rebels. This is a story of a war strategist climbing the ladder. There's also the story of the politics of the Empire. Although Thrawn is at the center of all the action, Arihnda Pryce is heavily featured. I loved getting to see her backstory before ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Difficult to rate since its an adaptation of a novel I haven't read, but enjoyable on its own even with material that is obviously abridged. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Star Wars
5 🌟

This book is the comic adaptation of the first book of Timothy Zahn's Canon novel series Thrawn. It tells of Thrawn's rise through the ranks of the Empire to Grand Admiral with Eli Vanto.

I enjoyed reading the comic adaptation of Thrawn. I enjoy how his mind works and how he is able to strategize. Liked seeing him with Eli Vanto.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm honestly not sure if this comic makes any sense if you haven't read the book first.

High points of this comic:
• Eli Vanto's facial expression in every single panel


• Extremely brief and visually captivating is the only manner in which Governor Pryce's storyline is acceptable. I'm pretty sure I zoned out through half of it when I was reading the book, but in this the bright colors and aesthetic way her evil little face is drawn kept me watching.

• The panel that shows Th
Gives the broad strokes from the novel but is light on detail and substance. Too bad; it could have been good.
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Is this a good adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s 2016 Thrawn novel? Yes. Should you read it if you haven’t read the novel first? I wouldn’t.

Jody Houser, Luke Ross and Paul Renaud do a fine job of adapting this work but it’s inevitable that some elements of Zahn’s novel will be lost in the translation; Eli Vanto, our PoV protagonist sees
Travis Duke
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the newer Thrawn by Zahn but I have read the other Thrawn trilogy so I am familiar with the character. Like most people I like the cold and calculating Thrawn, and I feel like this graphic novel does him justice. It starts off with Thrawn being captured by the empire and taken into custody where he has his first meeting with the Emperor. He worms his way into the military and we slowly see his progression to Admiral. The story has lots of great moments where Thrawn flexes his int ...more
Drown Hollum
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is awesome! I didn't actually realize it was adapted from a novel until I was almost done, but I found myself impressed the whole time by the author's long game. I wouldn't know whom to credit with what since I didn't read the book, but the story is an exciting introduction to the character which really drums up a lot of dramatic twists and turns. It's a dense and wordy read, but a compelling character study which informs some fun corners of the SW EU.

The art is really center of the road f
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This comic is excellent in some scenes. But as an adaptation of a book, the narrative is too heavy to carry. Scenes jump around and skip parts that would make this hard to read alone. i read it just after reading the book, and I found myself not interested in reading all the text bubble. I had just read them and more. The story only made sense having read the book.

The story is mostly political thriller, which is hard to pull off with a comic or graphic novel.

i enjoyed seeing some of the ships an
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I honestly didn't know that this was a graphic novel adaption of the book Thrawn until I sat down to write the review, lol. I like this one more than others seem to - not sure if it's bc I haven't read the book and so the storyline was new and interesting to me? The art was well done and there was actually a legit story (which now, I'm not surprised, since it was a full book, lol). I've been told I should read Thrawn Alliances, and now I feel a little better about (perhaps) skipping Thrawn and g ...more
Chris Greensmith
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Galactic Empire
Study the mysterious settlement and crash site on a unnamed planet in wild space, beyond the outer rim in the Unknown Regions.
Captain Parck of the Imperial Navy
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Unknown alien protocols - when a new species is discovered it is to be contacted and studied for posterity, Republic procedure."

...same as the book but with pictures, see my book review...3🌟
Amelia Nichole Defield
Great companion to the novel

I enjoyed reading a visual version of the novel. I don't think this graphic novel would make sense stand alone, but it is a great addition to the novel.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Disappointed it is merely a graphic adaptation of the book by the same name and not new story. Probably should've done my homework before checking out the book but still. ...more
Redfield Reads
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is the graphic novel version of the book so if you read the book no point reading this.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it

/ doing a lot of reviews all at once and running out of words.
Joshua R. Thibodeaux
Good read

Good story with good artwork. Goes into greater detail about Thrawns rise to Grand Admiral. Fills in the beginning where it has been left out previously.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, star-wars
Nothing beats the novel though.
Dennis Brock
I love Thrawn but was often bored with these 6 issues...
Serena Webb
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars Thrawn by Jody Houser is a great comic!

The Chiss, Thrawn, is exiled on a planet. He uses trickery to steal comlinks, blasters, etc from Imperials who are checking out that planet. Finally, he is caught after wearing an Imperial uniform in a hanger bay.
A local lad, Eli Vanto, is somewhat unwittingly forced into the position of Thrawn’s interpreter. Thrawn may have intentionally played down his understanding of Basic, so as to force Eli, the only person on the base who spoke Sy Bisti,
Haven’t been able to decide if I am interested enough in Thrawn as a character to read the books about him but now I know the answer is YES DEFINITELY.
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