Published on June 23rd, 2018 | by James Wright
Solo: A Star Wars Story the Official Guide Review
Summary: The Solo: A Star Wars Story the Official Guide is a bible of all things from this standalone Star Wars film
This 128-page hardcover book from DK celebrates the latest Star Wars film with some truly stunning imagery and informative content that is a must have for fans. If you have not seen the latest film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, it revolves around a young Han Solo played by the rather short for a storm trooper Alden Ehrenreich.
The film could be best described as an origin story as it highlights his passion, motivation for becoming a pilot and his first encounter with the Empire. More importantly, this story establishes how the life long friendship between Han and his trusty Wookie Chewbacca was established and needless to say, it was a little rough… this book goes into this bond and much much more.
Furthermore, this book is well-written by Pablo Hidalgo who is no stranger to the Star Wars universe and he gives you just enough information so you gain a better understanding of the elements from the film and beyond.
Besides the stunning full-colour images from the film which almost pop out of the book, it boasts a great snapshot of the Millennium Falcon courtesy of illustrator Richard Chasemore who provides a cross-section of this vessel which does into detail of the ship that made the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs.
The guide even touches upon the various equipment and weapons, including the gold dice (die) of Han which has now become iconic. I also like how the book collects the various crafts, both land-based and space to even the energy source what makes these vehicle tick, the highly sort after Coaxium in this well written guide.
Obviously Solo: A Star Wars Story the Official Guide has some great full-page character bios from Han Solo to Chewbacca and of course new characters like the beautiful and enigmatic Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), a slave and the former girlfriend of Han. Add in Range Troopers and Mud Troopers of the Empire, including most of the background characters (e.g. Six Eyes, Karjj and The Wins) who also appeared in the film and it’s hard to believe that they are all included in this book… these characters will make awesome action figures as well.
On that note, the villains in the film such as Dryden Vos of the Crimson Dawn was fleshed out in this book, whereas in the film they, his organisation was quite allusive and additional information was needed to put some context behind them. So if you’re looking for more context about who’s who in Solo, this is the droid… err.. guide you’re looking for.
Solo: A Star Wars Story the Official Guide is a beautifully presented book from DK that makes the perfect compendium to the film, especially for those who want to go beyond. Not only is it well-written, it boasts some interesting tidbits from the film plus the imagery that accompanies this information really adds to the overall presentation thanks to the vibrant colours and high quality paper used by DK. Lastly, you’ll be surprised at all the Easter eggs included in the film so if you haven’t seen Solo: A Star Wars Story, you might want to wait before you read this “impressive… most impressive” book!