Together with the illustrations, the opposite brand-new materials within the e-book is a brief story by E. Anne Convery, spouse of the present’s producer Dave Filoni and a compelling Disney-style storyteller in her personal proper. Her story, “Bug,” bleeds just a little little bit of horror right into a twist on the basic Star Wars fantasy of a kid on a backwater planet craving for journey. It properly establishes the Nightsisters as a spooky, harmful faction with ambitions equal to the Sith. This may inevitably have been one of the vital memorable tales within the assortment by advantage of being new, however the compelling, charming plot additionally helps it stand out.
Jason Fry’s and Rebecca Roanhorse’s tales work significantly effectively at getting contained in the heads of the characters. Fry’s adaptation of one in every of Yoda’s first missions with clone troopers gives deep characterization and enjoyable new insights. (Yoda is shocked the clone military could be made up of people, since they’re, as a species, “raucous and impatient.”) Roanhorse selected the second particular person to forged Maul’s voice as a whisper within the ear of a kid, his rebirth re-written as an ominous fairy story. The result’s a personality voice that’s sturdy and eerie. Between the 2 of them, these tales current the sunshine and darkish as instructed within the title: Yoda learns extra in regards to the humanity of the folks round him, and Maul sinks deeper into his self-obsessed thirst for revenge, slaughtering innocents alongside the way in which to attract the eye of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Whereas they don’t all resonate, lots of the tales have some fascinating qualities. Tom Angleberger creates a enjoyable, humorous voice for bounty hunter Cad Bane, though his alternative of episode is among the instances the place it’s most blatant the story is a part of an arc and will do with extra context for readers who don’t keep in mind the episode effectively. Zoraida Córdova’s Asajj Ventress story makes her episode’s arc extra apparent and captures Ventress’ pleasure at utilizing the Power with out restriction.
Some tales serve largely to remind followers how good among the episodes had been. “The Pursuit of Peace” adaptation by Anne Ursu highlights Padmé Amidala’s function in galactic politics, and the story of warfare profiteering and monetary manipulation on each side hits near dwelling. Yoon Ha Lee’s tackle “Shadow of Umbara” doesn’t exhibit the writer’s penchant for flashy, bizarre army science fiction however is a loyal recreation of a hard-hitting episode.
At worst, among the tales use flat, boring prose to easily retell a good episode. Each battle scenes and dialogue are typically devoid of any extra commentary from the characters after they may very well be the very best locations to indicate characterization. The bodily comedy on the present simply doesn’t work as effectively on the web page, particularly if it wasn’t good within the present within the first place.