STAR WARS: COMPLETE LOCATIONS

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Part of Star Wars’ sense of wonder has always been the minor details behind the galaxy. As often as the series is described as a fantasy saga in space – requiring audiences to merely accept certain fantastical ideas and supernatural powers – the technology and complexity of the locations always hinted at something bigger just underneath the surface.  Once again, it fell to DK Publishing to help bring that world to life.

Star Wars: Complete Locations is a compilation covering the entire saga in a galaxy far, far away and fully exploring each major location of the series. From the glistening spires of Coruscant to the inner workings of a Star Destroyer, the book goes into great lengths to highlight the fine details of each setting. While these intricate cut-always often slide towards the technical side of things, what helps give them an edge is that writers never truly forgot to occasionally delve more deeply into the locations themselves. As such, scenes like the Mos Eisley Cantina concentrates less upon how the droid detector works, and more upon who is taking a drink and shady behind the scenes dealing. Ranging from humourous notes such as a night-shift worker demanding more hours to interesting concepts such as how Yoda’s hovel incorporated the remains of his escape pod; each and every page pushes to make the world ever more detailed and life-like.

While many of the pages focus upon specific buildings, others cover entire regions at a time. Whenever a major battle scene comes into play, the creators obviously jumped at the chance to give greater insight into how things played out. As such, the Battle of Geonosis and the escape from Hoth provide a much wider scope and examination of events.

While many of these scenes are admittedly re-prints of past works, they have been updated for better and worse. While we now have more shouts to series such as the Clone Wars cartoon, many ties to the Expanded Universe have been unceremoniously ditched. However, what largely makes up for that is the pages focusing upon The Force Awakened, which are beautifully illustrated, giving a greater sense of scale to the likes of Jakku’s graveyard than anything the film permitted. While some might be irked that it takes up only the last few pages, it’s refreshing to see that the new release is not overriding the importance of the saga’s prior instalments.

This is an essential purchase for any Star Wars fan, especially those who missed the DK Publishing books of the prequel era. Between stunning art, excellent writing and an incredible attention to detail, you will find few books better than this one exploring the Star Wars setting.

STAR WARS: COMPLETE LOCATIONS / AUTHOR: KRISTIN LUND, SIMON BEECROFT, KERRIE DOUGHERTY, JAMES LUCENO, JASON FRY / ARTIST: HANS JESSEN, RICHARD CHASEMORE, KEMP REMILLARD / PUBLISHER: DK PUBLISHING / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 3RD
 


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