Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide

Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide

Dark Horse presents the definitive guide to Star Wars comics, complete with in-depth coverage all the way through Episode III! Written by Ryder Windham, Star Wars expert, and densely illustrated with both brand-new art and classic images from the comics, this chronological compendium contains everything you need to be the ultimate Star Wars reader in-the-know. Follow...

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Title:Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
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Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide Reviews

  • Kreiden

    From the Star Wars SAGA, Comics, TV-Series, Collectibles and Games…this is so ULTIMATE! I got overwhelmed by the book cause it’s a hard bound and a high-quality colored pages that makes you say “WOW!”. It’s really nice to see them all in just one book.

    I love it and I suggest this to those Star Wars Fans to have one. Definitely worth it.

  • Patricia

    Absolutely brilliant book. It gives so much more information you don't get from the films. I have been a fan of the films since A New Hope was released in 1977 and I had read some of the books on the expanded universe, but not all, and I hadn't followed the Clone Wars animated series (which I will probably start watching - better late than never), so this book filled in a load of gaps, and also gave a lot explanations and insights into characters and events. What I really appreciated was the

    Absolutely brilliant book. It gives so much more information you don't get from the films. I have been a fan of the films since A New Hope was released in 1977 and I had read some of the books on the expanded universe, but not all, and I hadn't followed the Clone Wars animated series (which I will probably start watching - better late than never), so this book filled in a load of gaps, and also gave a lot explanations and insights into characters and events. What I really appreciated was the galactic map (it was enlightening to find out at last where all the planets/systems were), the timeline and managing to put a face on some of the aliens.

    For people who only see Star Wars as films, this book demonstrates that it is a whole lot more (a lot of people still don't realise just how far reaching this saga has become). An extremely well presented reference book about a galaxy far, far away....

  • Narariel

    While the book has been dated by the Star Wars reboot/new movies, it's full of information on the original universe. While the "in universe" explanations may no longer be relevant for some things, the look at the classic EU stories, comics, and shows is still worth it for fans, particularly those who grew up loving Star Wars. An additional section focusing on "real world" items, such as merchandise and games, is an interesting look at how the perception of SW has changed. The book was full of

    While the book has been dated by the Star Wars reboot/new movies, it's full of information on the original universe. While the "in universe" explanations may no longer be relevant for some things, the look at the classic EU stories, comics, and shows is still worth it for fans, particularly those who grew up loving Star Wars. An additional section focusing on "real world" items, such as merchandise and games, is an interesting look at how the perception of SW has changed. The book was full of fun and enjoyable photos and tidbits.

    On re-reading, I would add that the book isn't really an "ultimate" anything. It just doesn't have enough information on things. The pictures are great but in order to include them, they leave out a lot of stuff. Definitely not a Star Wars reference book, perhaps a SW coffee table book. Still enjoyable though.

  • Parka

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    This book is a visual guide to all the six Star Wars film, in chronological order. This book doesn't cover the basic stuff like characters (in depth anyway), weapons, etc which are already covered in Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary. Instead, this book goes into the galaxy conflicts and background stories of things you see on screen, for example, Jabba's palace, Luke's training with Yoda, etc.

    It's filled with lots of imagery, comic frames, film stills

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    This book is a visual guide to all the six Star Wars film, in chronological order. This book doesn't cover the basic stuff like characters (in depth anyway), weapons, etc which are already covered in Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary. Instead, this book goes into the galaxy conflicts and background stories of things you see on screen, for example, Jabba's palace, Luke's training with Yoda, etc.

    It's filled with lots of imagery, comic frames, film stills and photographs. At the back is a behind-the-scene look at how Star Wars, the visual effects, concept art, franchise, etc. Other Star Wars book which deals specifically on the topics have more depth than this book of course.

    If you need a quick guide to understanding the Star Wars and its history, this would be a nice book.

  • Darren Vincent

    I am a long time fan that is still reading (some of) the Expanded Universe books, so it is not easy to provide me with content that I am not familiar with, or in a way that makes it seem fresh. This book managed to do just that.

    Being a visual guide more than an encyclopedic guide, this book is wonderful. There are lots of great artwork and still from the movies and TV shows to view. Past and present are all represented, along with the stories as they appear throughout different media. I do wish

    I am a long time fan that is still reading (some of) the Expanded Universe books, so it is not easy to provide me with content that I am not familiar with, or in a way that makes it seem fresh. This book managed to do just that.

    Being a visual guide more than an encyclopedic guide, this book is wonderful. There are lots of great artwork and still from the movies and TV shows to view. Past and present are all represented, along with the stories as they appear throughout different media. I do wish there were more pages devoted to the comics, which is one of my weak areas of Star Wars lore. It did, however, go into the Clone Wars era a good bit, which is another weak area for me. And it balanced the new and the old very well, so there is something there for everyone, no matter which generation of Star Wars fan you are.

    It is really hard to find any glaring flaws for a book this size. It is a tall order to try to fit this much info coupled with this much imagery and still make the book accessible and manageable. Did it cover everything or go into depth? No. Could it have? No. If you don't believe me, check out the three volume encyclopedia set to see just how big a task this would be. I am just glad the author was able to do as much as he did given the scope of the book.

  • Dave Rhoden

    Doesn't include stuff from the last 2 movies so it's no longer canon but still has lots of stuff I didn't know.

  • Jerry

    The details are fun, but it spoils many of the Expanded Universe (now called Legends) books, and doesn't talk enough about the gaming aspect of the franchise. Plus, some of the print was hard to read due to the backgrounds. As much as I love

    , I'd rather read or watch the saga than read about it.

  • Douglas Koehne

    I really enjoyed reading this book. DK Publishing does their usual complete and thorough job in detailing the fictional history of the Star Wars universe in text and pictures. Spanning all the movies, the TV appearances, comics, and even books, the amount of background history for Star Wars is incredible. I find it very interesting that the weakest link in all this incredible outpouring of creativity are the movies themselves. After reading this I'm even more disappointed in the second trilogy.

    I really enjoyed reading this book. DK Publishing does their usual complete and thorough job in detailing the fictional history of the Star Wars universe in text and pictures. Spanning all the movies, the TV appearances, comics, and even books, the amount of background history for Star Wars is incredible. I find it very interesting that the weakest link in all this incredible outpouring of creativity are the movies themselves. After reading this I'm even more disappointed in the second trilogy. I always thought it was the stilted dialog, overall messy screenplay, and poor acting at fault, but add shoddy editing to the mix as well. There actually is a good story underneath it all - but somehow half of the important events and back story are left out or not explained, making the movies incoherent at best and on the verge of being unwatchable. The Star Wars universe deserved better - I'm happy this book improves its reputation somewhat.

  • Aaron

    I am the FURTHEST person from the title "Star Wars fan," but this visual encyclopedia, that Dayson picked up from the library, was THOROUGHLY enjoyable! (I can't believe I'm writing this!) It tells the whole SW story from a historical perspective (using movies, novels, cartoons, comic books, etc.), starting well before the movies and ending well after the movies. Man, Mr. Lucas created quite a universe! For a short moment, my inner Jedi came out! :)

  • Mkittysamom

    It was pretty cool. Much of the same stuff from the movies with extra tidbits. Only Star Wars 1-6. Not sure if the timeline is canon or not since Disney just changed everything. I liked the movie posters at the end!

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