Text and photos by LadyJediScientist
Just arrived today is Marvel’s hardback edition of The Phantom Menace graphic novel. This volume includes all four issues of The Phantom Menace comic as published by Dark Horse in 1999. Also included in this edition are all four of the art covers, along with the manga adaption cover art, the four photo variants, the cover art for the paperback edition and the omnibus cover as published by Dark Horse. The sketch work for the Marvel cover is included as well.
This edition is very well bound and the content of the novel has not been altered, as far as I can tell, from the 1999 printing. The book is 120 pages long, which is 8 pages longer than the Return of the Jedi volume. I only have two major complaints about this edition. First, an introduction was not included. For the Marvel editions of episodes 4-6, an introduction by one of the cast members from the films was included in each volume. Given Ewan McGregor’s enthusiasm for the prequels, I doubt there would have been an issue with him writing a brief intro to this book. If not him, then why not Samuel L. Jackson or Dave Filoni? Additionally, the paper the novel is printed on is a bit thin. This compliant has also been voiced in regards to the original trilogy adaptations. Hopefully, Marvel will correct this problem for future publications.
Overall, The Phantom Menace Hardcover is a lovely edition and in my opinion, is worth the purchase price. I look forward to seeing what Marvel does with the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith adaptations.