The Rise of Skywalker–IDW completes its run of Star Wars film adaptations with Episode IX graphic novel

Review by C.J. Bunce

Last year it seemed like the idea of a graphic novel adaptation of the ninth and final Skywalker saga movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, may not actually make it to print because of ongoing industry delays.  But IDW Publishing got it done and is winding up its complete run of adaptations of the Star Wars franchise movies this week, which has already included the adaptations of The Prequels, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Solo, all in continuity with a consistent look and approach.  IDW’s take on the last movie lands with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation, arriving in comic shops today.  The result continues the IDW series’ more animated look at the films, reminiscent of the cartoon artwork of the original Clone Wars episodes.

For all the convoluted story that appeared on the big screen in The Rise of Skywalker, this adaptation is surprisingly–and refreshingly–neat, clean, and concise.  It’s not the photo-real work of Walt Simonson and past artists on similar projects created under the Marvel Comics umbrella, but it will appeal to fans of animation art and fans of the third trilogy.  Alessandro Ferrari again handled the final manuscript adaptation, with layouts by Mattea Piana, Igor Chimisso on inks, and David Turotti on colors.

Take a look inside of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation:

For anyone completing their collection of Star Wars movie adaptations, add Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation from IDW Publishing to your comic shop pull list now at Elite Comics, or your local store.  If you don’t have a local shop you can also order it here at Amazon.

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