Steve offers an alternative perspective on Pablo Hidalgo’s breathtaking new Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Visual Dictionary from DK Books
Amidst the release of the final installment of the Skywalker saga, the visual dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker has been released and I have to say that it is my favorite thus far.
If you have never read a Star Wars visual dictionary, here is a quick primer. They are a series of reference books that cover the various films in the Star Wars saga (and also one for the TV series Rebels). They provide short narratives, photographs, and descriptions about the various people, locations, equipment and other items related to the books particular focus. The first one was published in October 1998 and was simply titled Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. This one contained information about the original trilogy of films. So far, all of these titles have been published by DK Publishing.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – The Visual Dictionary | By Pablo Hidalgo
This new The Rise of Skywalker visual dictionary was released on December 20 to coincide with the official release date of the film. Written by Pablo Hidalgo, who has written quite of few of the visual dictionaries, this companion to the film is 200 pages long and contains over 600 images and a plethora of information about the characters, planets and more that were not discussed in the film. It also contains a forward by the writer of The Rise of Skywalker, Chris Terrio.
Here are some highlights that I enjoyed about this one:
Chapter 1 is titled The Story So Far and is a great way to catch up with the sequel trilogy before diving into the information specific to The Rise of Skywalker. There are some small tidbits of information in this chapter that were not found in the earlier visual dictionaries for the previous sequel-era films.
I really enjoyed the character profiles included in this publication. Specifically, one of my favorites was the profile done on Poe Dameron, which goes into some specifics on how he ended up with the spice runners and how he ended up with the Resistance after spending some time as a criminal. Another favorite was the character profile done on Jannah, the former stormtroopers who, along with the rest of her company, defied the First Order when they were ordered to fire on innocent civilians. Another character profile that I thoroughly enjoyed was the one that was written about Beaumont Kin, a character that got some screen time (played by actor Dominic Monaghan) in the film but we really knew little about. The feature in the book about him explains that he is a professor of history, specifically in early Republic and Sith history. This is a character I would really like to learn more about.
Another profile that I found a little unusual but still interesting was the set of profiles that were written about each member of the Knights of Ren. Here is a group of warriors that barely got any screen time in the film but yet, the publishers were compelled to write these intricate and very specific backgrounds for each of the group.
Another thing I really liked about this book was the mentions that were made toward some characters from the past. In the section about Jedi Scripture, there was a mention of Odon-Urr, an ancient Jedi master that I remember from the old Tales of the Jedi comic book series. In the section about the Sith troopers, there was a mention of the name Revan, a former Sith Lord that lived during the time of the Mandalorian Wars, the Jedi Civil War and the Great Galactic War, wars that occurred 3000+ years prior to the Battle of Yavin.
As always, the imagery and photography provided, as well as the dives into Star Wars history, made this visual dictionary a must-have for any fan of Stars Wars, or anybody interested in learning more information about the movie and the behind the scenes substance.
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Steve Long is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. Aside from being a passionate Star Wars fan, he also co-hosts the Rogue One Radio Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @otter272 where he channels his passion frequently!