Thursday, February 15, 2018

Star Wars: Thrawn #1

The first issue of the new six-issue Star Wars mini-series from Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross fills in some of the past of the Chiss warrior Mitth'raw'nuruodo, better known as Thrawn. While it feels like a bit too much story is shoved into a single over-sized issue, fans of the character should enjoy the peak into the history of Timothy Zahn's famous creation.

Thrawn #1 takes us from the Galactic Empire's search in the Outer Rim for the legendary warriors known as Chiss, to their discovery of Thrawn, his first meeting with Emperor Palpatine, and his enrollment in the Imperial Academy where he bests other recruits while battling racism, jealousy, and hatred from those who would see him fail.

Despite starting out with a Thrawn that knows very little of the Empire or its politics, we still see flashes of the brilliance and guile of the man he will one day become turning every situation to his own advantage. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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