Saturday, 8 August 2015

Star Wars: Imperial Handbook Review

Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Daniel Wallace

Published By
Titan Books

Science Fiction, Movie Tie-In


The Empire has taken hold of the galaxy.  With this Imperial expansion, high-ranking officials from each branch of the military have set down tactical guidelines and procedures as well as collected mission reports and classified documents for all the newly ascending commanders.

In the wake of the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance intercepted this top-secret manual and have circulated it among their own commanders, who have added notes and commentary in the margins.

This collection of tactics and philosophy offers valuable insight into the Imperial military - no matter which side of the rebellion you're on.


As a massive Star Wars fan, I can't get enough of reading books about the series of movies, novels set in the massive world that various writers have created for the characters and even books about the military aspects of the movies as well.

Here we have a book by the wonderfully talented Daniel Wallace, best known to this blog as the author of Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman, is an author that has a reputation for writing books about some of the most interesting aspects of movie making as well as getting to the heart of the characters themselves.

In Star Wars: Imperial Handbook, Wallace really has taken a huge step in to the already crowded Star Wars world to create a book that takes a look at the tactics that the Imperial military would have used against the Rebel Alliance.  I loved the fact that the book was not only written like a real manual but there are some great additions in the margins too.  It really does do a utterly brilliant job of not only being very interesting but also really doing a great job of showing the personalities of the characters involved.

One of the things that really stood out for me, other than the writing being so well laid out and paced, was the gorgeous art throughout the book itself.  Titan Books have done a brilliant job of amassing a great team of artists and that dedication shows in the finished book.  

This book is definitely one for the fans.  If you are a Star Wars fan then this book is the equivalent of a treasure trove of information and art.  There's something new on every single page and it even comes across as the kind of  book that you can read many times and notice something new each time.

Star Wars: Imperial Handbook is an absolutely essential purchase for any Star Wars fans out there.

Presentation 9/10
Informative 9/10
Recommended 10/10
Overall 28/30

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