Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Graphic Novel) – Review

Synopsis:

The end of the story in the hugely popular game The Force Unleashed left the Star Wars galaxy poised at the brink of civil war. But before that can happen, the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader, have another plan already in play.

The author of the original game, Haden Blackman, returns with a new story of treachery, deception, and the manipulation of the overwhelming power of the Force. Omar Francia, from Star Wars: Legacy and Mass Effect, is back, providing the amazing art for this original graphic novel based on the upcoming LucasArts game!

Review:

Since the game this comic is based on is not out until the 29th of October I’ll try not to be too spoilerific with the review (I’ve read the novel too so I know the story inside out).

This Graphic novel does not tell the story of Starkiller fighting his way across the galaxy in search of his lost love Juno Eclipse. Instead it tells a parallel story about the galaxies most dangerous Bounty Hunter Boba Fett.

Set one year before battle of Yavin in at the early days of the rebellion, Boba Fett is called upon by Darth Vader. Vader wants Fett to hunt down His former Apprentice, Starkiller. Boba knows that he is no match for a Jedi of Starkiller’s powers so he and Vader hatch a plan to lure out the apprentice by kidnapping his lover, the Rebel Captain Juno Eclipse. What follows is an action packed tale of treachery and deceit with plenty of Clones thrown into the mix.

As I said before this is not the story that you will play in the video game, it is a story that weaves in and out of the game events and shows you the tale from the other side. You do see events from the game but these are not explored with any depth. There are a few places where you are left thinking why did Starkiller jump down that hole or why is there a big half dead monster on this planet? I can forgive this though as this is a companion comic, not a standalone comic. Since I have read the novelisation of the video game this comic is full of recognisable locations, you will see conversations that are lifted straight from the game and you will see the fall out of events from the game.

Boa Fett is displayed as the Bad mother f***** that we know from the movies, but he is also shown to have some sense of compassion. The best trait the writer shows is Boba’s sense of honour when he suspects Vader and the Empire is twisting his father’s legacy by not showing respect to the Clones. However a more devastating discovery about the true nature of these new quick grown clones sends Boba into a rage.

The Art in this book is exceptional just like most of the art in Star Wars comics. The detail is excellent.

Conclusion:

If you are going to play the game then buy this book and get the whole tale. However it is a very quick read so if you are a little money worried the £9.99 price tag might put you off! That being said the art is fantastic and you get to see a side of Boba Fett not many get to see.

4 out of 5

This book can be bought from Titan Books HERE

GS Reporter: Matt

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