Beware: spoilers for STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 are abound!

How did the man who would become Grand Admiral Thrawn make his way to notoriety? STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 from writer Jody Houser has the answers.

In a gripping tale, we explore the origins of the famed Star Wars menace and his complex characterization. Initially created by Timothy Zahn in the 1991 novel, HEIR TO THE EMPIRE, Thrawn has left an impact on Star Wars fans for generations. Now, we have a new comic book adaptation of his story. So, how did this new interpretation of the character fare? Find out below!

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Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Secret Origins

Without giving too much away of STAR WARS: THRAWN #1’s engaging narrative, let me briefly fill you in. The issue kicks off with the discovery of a man named Mitth’Raw’Nuruodo in the Unknown Regions. He dons raggedy clothes and shaggy hair. Interestingly though, the man requests that he be called Thrawn.

It is interesting to meet a Thrawn that is unfamiliar to the man we know he will soon become. Although he initially appears quite differnt from his future self, Thrawn still maintains many of the same characteristics he is known for. So, it is safe to say that Thrawn has always been confident in his skillset. He has never wavered in his principles, and he seeks success in whatever he is capable of accomplishing.

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Sometime after his discovery, Thrawn meets Emperor Palpatine. The Emperor agrees to recruit him to work for the Empire as long as he swears fealty, which he does. Through the assistance of his translator, Cadet Eli Vanto, Thrawn makes an impression on his comrades. He even gets the honor of lieutenant rather quickly, which draws ire from others.

Now, the best part of this issue is the depiction of Thrawn’s intelligence. In a simple game of cards, he outsmarts his peers. He is confident and fearless, which always gives him an edge in any situation no matter its severity. Thus, Houser’s characterization of Thrawn in this introductory issue is truly assertive. As a result, we get a rich taste of what is to come in this series, and you better believe I am here for it.

I would also like to take a moment to showcase this poignant statement from Thrawn himself that he certainly exemplifies throughout his history:

“Sometimes walking into a trap is the best strategy.”

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Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

The Many Hues of STAR WARS: THRAWN #1

The artwork of STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 is truly something to gaze at. Firstly, the issue’s variant cover that is featured as this article’s background is illustrated by Francesco Mattina. It is menacing yet gorgeous, perfectly capturing the allure of Thrawn himself.

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In regard to the content, this work is incredibly well-balanced through the cohesive organization of its panels. Additionally, artist Luke Ross’ illustrations maintain detail from start to finish. He enlivens Thrawn’s world and makes it real to us. As a result, we get a more authentic perspective on his character’s narrative. To accompany Ross’ work, Nolan Woodard showcases some beautiful coloring in the first few pages. The balance of purple hues establish a fittingly dark tone in STAR WARS: THRAWN #1’s opening sequence that persists throughout the issue.

Overall, this issue depicts some phenomenal artwork from its backgrounds to characters. Hopefully, the quality of the imagery persists throughout the miniseries.

What Lies Beyond

STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 is a must-read. From start to finish, it will grip you. Thrawn’s character progression is captivating. Even though he is a villain, you cannot help but get lost in his acuity. Additionally, the artwork is fitting and admirable. It remains consistent and captures every corner of Thrawn’s world.

I look forward to the upcoming issues of this mini-series. I hope to dig deeper into this notorious character that has captivated audiences for generations, and I am sure you will hope for the same after completing this thrilling work.

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 by Jody Houser, Luke Ross, & Nolan Woodard
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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.
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