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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - 25th Anniversary Special #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.


Explore the earliest days and secret inner life of Anakin Skywalker with never-before-seen, revelatory stories set before, after and between the scenes of the classic movie!

Featuring the dream of a Jedi, the gift of a Tusken raider, the heart of a Gungan, the ache of a mother and the horror of a hero!

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32 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    I am so thankful for this comic. It was a fresh look at a movie I have seen more than any other. I don’t buy the physical copy of many comics. However, this is one I will carve out a special place for. It adds depth to the movie and enhances the story in many ways. It creates a space to feel more connected to a story many of us have already carved out a special place in our souls for. It was a love letter to The Phantom Menace. Perhaps I am being a bit over the top about this comic. Certainly, it’s not the best comic to ever come out about Star Wars. But, for me, this came at the perfect time and served its purpose perfectly.

  • 100

    Future of the Force

    This comic was a great homage to the movie and strengthened it in many ways. My only complaint was that some of the art deviated in some sequences – mainly the panel with Obi-Wan and Anakin dueling Maul. Obi-Wan’s face looked comical when exerting himself, and it felt like laziness (or artistic style) not to draw the features more accurately. The comic did an excellent job with photo-realistic faces, but I disapproved of this choice for the action sequence. I am very picky when it comes to art.

    The ending was surprising and very satisfying.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Overall this oneshot is worthy as serving as a 25th Anniversary Special. Pak continues to show the grasp he has on the various characters in the Star Wars Universe and Anakin both as a young boy and later as Darth Vader. Will this special end the debate about the film itself, probably not, but it is a great step in viewing the events from a different perspective both in time and space.

  • 80

    While some Star Wars comics attempt to recreate the compelling stories of live-action adventures as others aim to connect the dots between the gaps in the timeline of the franchise, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – 25th Anniversary Special #1 finds a way to do both. Focusing specifically on Anakin‘s journey from being a slave on Tattooine to officially becoming Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s padawan, this special merely expands on the unseen margins of the movie’s journey, offering glimpses of Anakin‘s life with his mom before Qui-Gon Jinn‘s arrival or his reaction to learning of Qui-Gon‘s death. Additionally, the artwork from Will Sliney honors the more memorable events of the prequel, including the pod race and the lightsaber duel with Darth Maul, making the special a worthy tribute to the movie that kicked off the prequel trilogy. The book might not necessarily win over critics of the prequels or bring substantial changes to the source material, but anyone who holds The Phantom Menace close to their heart will appreciate seeing beloved sequences illustrated with such vibrancy while also seeing interactions that feel like we’ve unearthed deleted scenes crafted by George Lucas himself.

  • 70

    Nerd Initiative

    The issue isn’t reinventing the wheel when it comes to telling the story of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It’s a film we’ve all seen at least once, and are pretty familiar with the finer details of the story. But it is undaunted by the task of retelling the story. It breeze’s through the scene’s from the film & fleshes out some moments that happened off screen. It’s a fun read for anyone who’s seen the film, no matter how big of a Star Wars fan you are.

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