Review: Star Wars: LOST STARS Manga Vol 3 #StarWars #Review #Writing #Fantasy

The conclusion of the thrilling manga adaptation of Claudia Gray’s Star Wars Lost Stars novel! What does destiny have in store for Thane and Ciena?

  • Series: Star Wars Lost Stars (manga) (3) (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (November 12, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1975358678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975358679
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches

 

Okay, you all know my love of Star Wars and how rarely I do book reviews. Let me preface this by saying that I am a fan of the Lost Stars story. I did a review of it previously which can be read here, and the second volume of the Manga, which you can read here…

Though I did not do a review of the first Lost Stars Manga Volume, I will admit that I loved it. The story stayed true to the original novel, the art was well done, and for a fairly cheap price, it was a good buy and a good read… for the most part. The second volume wasn’t quite as good as the first. It was shorter and skipped quite a bit of the book. So how does the third measure up? Well… Let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we?

Setting:
As with the novel, this part of the story picks up right as everything is geared up for the Battle of Endor. Key places include various Star Destroyers, the Endor, Naboo, and the Battle of Jakku.
Cienna is a low-born farmer from a fairly backwards area on the planet, while Thane is considered more of a noble birth from the same world. They’re not meant to get along, like each other, or even speak. Yet crossing their classes isn’t the only obstacle these two have to overcome. In the third volume, we delve into Thane leaving the Empire and joining the Rebellion while Cienna feels compelled by loyalty and her duty to keep her family safe, to stay with the Empire.
As the Empire continues to lose ground, their losses show in Cienna’s injuries and her lifelessness. She grows skinny, her eyes are shaded and her lips chapped. This whole time, Thane believes her to be dead.

What I liked:
Honestly, this story really goes a lot more into Cienna’s feelings toward the Empire, it covers her descent into nothingness and we get to visually see the toll her duty takes on her. By the end of the book, she’s emotionally drained, thin, badly scarred, on life support, exhausted, and no longer wanting to live. This is incredibly powerful.
The anime style is very well done, just as well as the previous books.

What I didn’t like:
My complaint here is not much different from the ones in the other books. This is pretty much an abbreviated version of the novel. The idea that a picture is worth a thousand words just doesn’t hold true here. The Battles of Endor and Jakku, two events that were major plot points in the book are barely glossed over here. We really don’t even SEE the Battle of Jakku in this volume as the story is focused on the bridge of the Inflictor.
Another powerful scene where Thane get’s sick and is counselled by an officer that later turns out to be Mon Mothma, one of my favorite scenes, is cut out completely.
Whoever edited this book’s story boards to turn it into a graphic novel didn’t do a very good job. You immediately jump from Cienna getting promoted to right when the Star Destroyer get’s boarded and Thane shows up to take Cienna off the ship. Literally there is no transition to tell you that you’re now seeing the Battle of Jakku… which I suppose makes sense as you really don’t even see it.

Story:
I went over the story in the last review, so I’ll spare you. I included the links above if you’re interested.


2.5/5 Stars
It really kind of hurts me to give it such a low review. Don’t get me wrong, the illustrations are incredibly well done, the story is gripping and getting some more detail into the characters was a nice treat…
Sadly, the book is shorter than the other two volumes and noticeably shorter than the first one. It cuts out key points, character developments, and the transitions from scene to scene are almost non-existent to the point where you’re confused as to what’s going on. The manga seems to assume that everyone’s already read the book and that should not the case. These should be standalone for new readers to be drawn in.
Is this worth reading? Hell yes, but before touching this series, I’d recommend reading the book first for full context, otherwise you’ll be introduced to Lost Stars via a muddled mess.



Readers,

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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