While wandering around a local large chain book retailer (there aren’t that many left) as I often do, I stumbled across an awesome book called Star Wars Art: Comics. And boy, what a book! A book that I did not know existed, a book not found at my LCS. But still a great book that I immediately like Larfleeze coveted. This book is basically a super cool collection of Star Wars Comic Book art done by the comic book industry’s leading top artists and inkers. To be honest there is not much to write a review about here as there really is little text in the book save for a forward by Dennis O’Neil, preface by Douglas Wolk, and an introduction written by Virginia Mecklenburg (Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum) which was actually nice to read as it is a greatly written short piece that portrays the work and prominence that today’s comic book pencillers have within the art world. Plus the credit and art descriptions for each art piece shown. The fantastic art collected within this book are either from Dark Horse’s long history of Star Wars publications or singular commissions/one-off art pieces done by some of the past few decades great comic book artists.
To be honest I have never actually read many Star Wars comics save for a few one shots here and there, as well as some Legacy tardes-but as a comic book and sci-fi fan I have of course seen all of the Star Wars movies countless times. Yes even the ones with Jar Jar Binks, please don’t judge me. But that is what is so great about this book. Whether you are a Star Wars fan or a Comic Book fan, or as is usually the case a hard core fan of both; This book is so wonderful in that it contains amazing pages of art done by such great artist as, Adam Hughes, Amanda Conner, Bill Sienkiewicz, Joe Kubert, Tim Sale, Sam Keith, John Cassady, Hiromoto –Sin-Ichi, J.H. Williams III, etc. etc.. The list of great artists goes on and on. This book throws at you page after page of mind blowing vivid color, as well as black and white pieces of enthralling Star Wars art. There are even several three page extraordinary gate-fold pages that display far and away tales of Star Wars lore. Within the back of the book are also very cool little bios on some of our favorite comic book artists.
This book is not your typical book size by the way, it’s somewhat bulky and large(12.6 x 10.9 x 1 inches) which is why I may have found it in the Art section of the retailer rather than the comic book section but that’s the good thing. This large Art book size format is the only proper way for such amazing art to be viewed. This to me is a must have coffee book for any comic book or Star Wars fan. Or both! Like I said there is not much in text for this book so as they say “a picture is worth a thousand words”, please view just a small sample of great art that lies within this book below, and know that there are many more exquisite pages of art inside of this 180 page book. A must have!!! May the force be with you…..
Stats: Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: Abrams (October 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.9 x 1 inches
Product Weight: 3.2 pounds
Price: Retail on the book is $40.00 (U.S.D) but for those of us on a budget Amazon has it up for $24.07. I have not seen this book at any local LCS, but this may be due to the fact that this book does not seem to have been published by the usual comic book publishers/distributors. Greatly lends to my long time belief of Comic Book Art as “real” Art/High Art.
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