Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia by Tricia Barr, Adam Bray & Cole Horton
Reviewed by Mike Kenny
An impressive display of every artifact and event taken place in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia leaves no stone left unturned in its 200 pages that catalogs and descriptively details the map and geography of the series’ many planets, the vast array of creatures inhabiting its aquatic and dry lands plus, an extraordinary breakdown of the franchise’s extensive timeline. Presented with striking visuals across every glossy page, major and minor examples of Star Wars’ culture exploring the unique attires, armor, music and food consumed gets notice while, every character from marquee players like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Han Solo are prominently spotlighted with more overlooked creations from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels also rightly earning their place. The combined efforts of Barr, Bray and Horton do sensational work giving readers deeper looks into the leisurely activities such as, gambling games and holochess that our favorite characters indulge in with equally intriguing looks at the currency from Republic credits to Wupiupi coins that they deal in. Meanwhile, a personal favorite section of the pictorial tome tours the technological tools that populate the series ranging from its many different droids and cyborgs to comlinks, bio-equipment such as Luke Skywalker’s mechanical hand and of course, the multitude of weapons from blasters, lightsabers and mammoth destructors like the Death Star that the forces of good and evil do battle with. Befit with a foreword by Industrial Light & Magic’s Senior Creative Director Dennis Muren, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia is an intergalactically fun and flashy overview of everything that makes the series a sight for the ages and essential for all fans’ coffee tables.