Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes Paperback – Mar 22 2011
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So, this gives a little more explanation to that thing that tried to eat R2 in Empire Strikes Back. That scene is shown in this book and revealed that it was the king of the Dragonsnakes that grabbed him and spit him out. However, I found it odd they would make Yoda covet an item so dearly (although, by the end, you understand why) and it was neat seeing some of the stuff Luke did on Dagobah that wasn't shown in the movie. It's a short book but a good read; especially for the kiddies.
The comic generally captures the characters of both Yoda and Luke pretty well. I thought the artist artificially enlarged Luke's muscles, but otherwise he looked and sounded just like Luke. Yoda looked like Yoda and, unlike Yoda in the prequels, sounded like Yoda from ESB. Yoda comes across as the wise yet wry teacher. Yoda constantly plays tricks on Luke, some of which are genuinely funny. It's a joy to see this Yoda again.
As another reviewer noted, the story is an allegory for Luke's larger mission against the Empire and how the Empire (the large dragonsnake) crowds out its neighbors due to its size. While Yoda draws the point home, there are also more subtle allegories and references throughout the mission. It's clear Tom Taylor put a lot of thought into this.
Unfortunately, this is a short book, especially given the price. I'd deduct .5 stars just in terms of value for your money. If you can get this on sale or used or digital, then I'd say go for it.
As with Star Wars: Invasion Volume 1 - Refugees, Tom Taylor does a brilliant job of capturing the voice of these classic characters -- they feel like the same characters from the film.
Taylor draws something of a parallel between the mysterious dragonsnakes who inhabit the Dagobah swamps and the Empire's hold on the galaxy, and does so with restraint and subtlety. This is a left for the reader to explore, with just the right amount of subtext and nuance to intrigue.
Daxiong's art is beautifully rendered and really brings Luke, Yoda, R2D2 and the Dragonsnake to life! This was a fun read, good pacing, excellent characterisation. Well recommended.
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