Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Luke Ross Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 12
8.4Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Star Wars Universe, Grand Admiral Thrawn is back with a six-issue miniseries about how he became one of the most feared military tacticians in a galaxy far, far away. Written by Jody Houser (ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION) and drawn by Luke Ross (STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION), follow the comic adaptation of Timothy Zahn's New York Times best-selling novel about Thrawn's rise in the Imperial ranks!
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  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Carlos Melendez Mar 12, 2018

    Thrawn beautifully recreates and translates into a different medium without losing any of the strengths of the book. It's doubtful this series will be as good as the novel just because in favor of 6 issues the series will have to compromise some of the smaller details inside the book but I'm glad to see comic readers will at least be getting a faithful rendition of this story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Feb 16, 2018

    Thrawn #1 is a very strong start to what may well be the best Marvel Star Wars mini-series yet. It's obviously building off what was already a well-received book for a favorite character, but this adaptation has enough merits to stand on its own. For those who've always found the cool and collected Grand Admiral an oddly enticing if mysterious character, this is a series you need to check out. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Feb 14, 2018

    From a well-developed narrative to some astounding imagery, STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 is an excellent start to a series that is clearly in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 17, 2018

    Star Wars: Thrawn #1 is an enticing dive into a beloved Star Wars villain. Its an intriguing read with good characters and great art. This one is highly recommended. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Feb 15, 2018

    In the end, it's most a “talking heads”comic with great facial detail that is richly colored. This combined with fascinating character dialogue makes the issue very engrossing. Fans of the Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra comics will love this addition that provides insight into yet another Star Wars villain. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 20, 2018

    The book takes a few pages to acclimate to and figure out the when and where of it all, but once it hits Coruscant it's firing on all cylinders and I can't wait for more " and have hopes that this is the first of many Thrawn miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Feb 16, 2018

    "Thrawn" is more than just a simple adaptation, and it elevates the story into a new medium. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Feb 18, 2018

    Thrawn #1 proves there's plenty of story to tell here. The supporting cast pulls its weight without taking the spotlight away from our beautiful blue, future Admiral. This first issue succeeds where other Star Wars minis have failed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Feb 15, 2018

    Fans of the novel may long for the visual version of a favorite scene, but new readers will never feel lost or shortchanged in this adaptation. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 15, 2018

    Thanks to Luke Ross' screen toned, yet easy to follow art, Nolan Woodard's blue and black color palette, and Jody Houser's precise writing and plotting,Thrawn#1 is a riveting read even for the most origin story fatigued comic book/Star Warsfan. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Feb 19, 2018

    Credit goes to Jody Houser. I really like her work and I feel a surge of confidence when I see her name attached to a book. I have to say I was very dubious about this book before reading, but her economy and pace in the storyline and Luke Ross's great interior art meant that this book was a pleasant surprise and a highlight of my comic week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 25, 2018

    The art by Luke Ross is a great choice and I almost wished he would have used more of the nine-panel grid throughout as it was such an effective opening. Instead, he uses a wide variety of panel layouts and page designs so that the story flow never gets stale or monotonous. My only complaint is with the colors. At times it goes from a dot pattern color shade, to smooth, and back again. It gives some pages an inconsistent feel, although never enough where it lessened my enjoyment of the total package. Although this is an adaptation of a novel, if you haven't read it in book form, I'd definitely suggest giving this issue a try. I'm certainly glad I did. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Roger Palmer Feb 25, 2018

    Since I've read the book and know where this series is going, I'm not going to continue reading the rest of the series, however if you haven't read the novel and want a great version of it, I'd say get in on this series now as it's a great story with some fantastic artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Feb 14, 2018

    Since his initial debut in 1994, Grand Admiral Thrawn has displayed that immense strength can only get you so far, quickly becoming a fan-favorite character that deserved to be feared. Marvel's new Thrawn series offers readers their first glimpse of how the character started down that path. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 17, 2018

    An interesting origin story, but not a riveting one. Thrawn has never been an action character, so the pace should be expected to bit slower than most Star Wars fare. The art is fine, but nothing really stands out. Then again, the story doesn't really have big moments to illustrate. A good tale, but told at a deliberate pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Feb 19, 2018

    Those who have read the Zahn novel may feel a sense of familiarity from the storyline, but this creative team delivers the thrill you get seeing a favorite book realized on celluloid. They've tapped our mind's eyes for the graphics, channeled our inner reading voices for the dialogues, and conveyed Thrawn to a new innovative dimension of reality. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 15, 2018

    Despite starting out with a Thrawn that knows very little of the Empire or its politics, we still see flashes of the brilliance and guile of the man he will one day become turning every situation to his own advantage. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 14, 2018

    A good first issue that establishes the characters and story well enough. I think folks who know Thrawn from the novels and TV show will probably enjoy it more, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 14, 2018

    Star Wars: Thrawn #1 begins an engaging but very straightforward adaptation of a great Star Wars novel. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 16, 2018

    Thrawn may not have had the most auspicious of openings, but the spark is there, just waiting for the infamous villain to light it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Feb 16, 2018

    In general major fans of the character of Thrawn will be happy they are taking the time to build up his mythos within the Star Wars lore. Some may take issue with a dry story that lacks any major action or adventure. You do have to give it credit at least for trying to separate itself from the other Star Wars titles. Read Full Review

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