"Dismal" & "disappointing" are two adjectives that come to mind when I think of this CLONE WARS tale, SHIPYARDS OF DOOM. The story is more than a bit haphazard -- what starts out as a genuine mission then jumps from event to event with very little genuine flow -- as the Jedis don't always come off acting like the Jedis we all know and love. Granted, DOOM is intended for "young readers" so maybe I'm being a tad harsh on it, but as a "child at heart" I do expect a bit more meat & potatoes from my graphic Star Wars tales. The biggest plus is that does mesh fairly well artistically in the current CLONE WARS animated universe, so much so that it could easily serve as an 'adaptation' to one of the lesser episodes of the television show. All of the characters -- with the notable exception the Jango Fett clones (they all have essentially the same appearance whereas the clones on the TV show are given some individuality when it comes to hair color and styling and expressions), for some reason (perhaps this book was designed early, before the TV show had genuinely plotted out ways to make clones appear separate in unique ways) -- do strongly resemble their CGI counterparts, though Captain Rex's uniform is curiously missing most of his colorful detailing, a clear miss on the part of the book's artists. However, the writers do make solid use of some previous history within the Star Wars mythology, such as carbonite freezing, so the adventure isn't a total loss. Still, there have been vastly more interesting tales told in the universe spawned by George Lucas; the SHIPYARDS OF DOOM just isn't one of them.
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