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Star Wars: Prelude to Rebellion Paperback – 23 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840231394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840231397
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 0.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sep 2000
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I can't praise this graphic novel enough! It's not the galaxy spanning super-epic that some other Star Wars stories are, but that doesn't slow it down. It centres on one of Episode 1's Jedi Council, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and how he must strive against both his own fears and the ambition of two of Return of the Jedi's criminal masterminds.
The art is truly beautiful, with lush landscapes, dynamic action scenes and sinister enemies.
It is quite simply the best Phantom Menace spin-off so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jamie levett on 13 Nov 2003
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Reading this book is like being there. It's a great book that every one will enjoy. The art work is very good and the story realy make it stay true to the star wars galaxy. So if your only going get one star wars book this year make sure it's this one.
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Return of the Conehead 19 Feb 2001
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
`Prelude to Rebellion' is the first story-arc of Dark Horse's ongoing Star Wars series. This book introduces us to Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi (the conehead on the Jedi Council in `The Phantom Menace'), before he's been raised to the Council. It is an interesting story of political intrigue, corrupt Republican senators, the criminal underworld, and the trials of a Jedi. It is fairly well illustrated, and quite well written too.
In the days before The Phantom Menace, the Republic is trying to convince Ki's backwater homeworld of Cerea to become a member. The elders of the planet, including Ki, do not want this change - they like the peaceful, beautiful, idyllic nature of their world. But the youth, of course, see the fancy offworlder technology, and they want it. When Ki's daughter's boyfriend accidentally kills another, the boy goes into hiding in one of the Republic's "Outsider Citadels" on Cerea to hide from local justice. There, Ki's daughter and several of her friends are "befriended" by Ephant Mon, an associate of Jabba the Hutt, and proceed to get into even more trouble. Ki finds himself having to track down his daughter, while dealing with domestic disputes and a world that's tearing itself apart.
As I've said, the art in this comic is pretty good -- while I've seen better, I've also seen much worse. The writing and dialogue are fairly crafty and effective, and this book presents an interesting take on the Republics politics that I'd not considered before. There is a fair amount of action - hand to hand, ship to ship, and some lightsaber slaying of some stupid creatures torn out of the movie `Aliens.' Some of the scenes in this book came as close as a Star Wars comic ever has to tearjerker status (not that any has come *that* close). We get to see a little of Ki's background, we are introduced to some semi-interesting new droids, and we finally see a human, fallible Jedi. My biggest gripe about this book is that the beginning is too boring. I often have tried to re-read this comic, only to be dissuaded within a few pages by the slow moving opening. Unfortunately, this "collected edition" fails to collect the special online Issue #0, which had been promised by then-editor Peet Janes, a promise that was reneged because they didn't want to go to the trouble of reformatting it to fit the printed page. :(
In addition to the main story, we get a mini-comic entitled `Vow of Justice.' Originally included in the releases of the comics to take up some extra space, this short tells a bit about Ki's youth (which contradicts some of what we learned in the main story), and introduces us to a mysterious Jedi known only as the Dark Woman, a Jedi who we will see more of in future comics.
Overall, `Prelude to Rebellion' is a big, satisfying story. Fun to read, and introducing various ideas and concepts to the Star Wars mythos, this is a good addition to your Star Wars library. Recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good blend of action and character development 17 Sep 2000
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Okay, I do not normally read SW comic books, as they are now too complex and too tied to the books. I've read the old "classic books" and I treasure my TPM book. Now, finally they've churned out a good one!
It follows the Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi from the planet Cerea, who has some definite differences to other Jedi Knights: for instance, he has multiple wives and daughters. (Some of the scenes make me wonder if that's why some Jedi don't marry) This isn't all that's occupying Ki-Adi's very tall brain--a rebellious bunch are stirring on Cerea, and the treacherous Trade Federation from TPM is included in the mix. Worst of all, his daughter is swept up as well.
This particular author managed to create an unusually enjoyable adventure--action and character development (Ki-Adi and his bond-wife and daughter) are balanced very well. The drawings are slightly sub-par, but I'm willing to overlook that as some of the previous comic book stories have been rather grimly drawn.
It's not a lost chapter in the SW saga, but it is an enjoyable story that gives you the writer's insight into an important Council member. Wonderful!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Uneven artwork but still worth a read. 30 Jun 2003
By JediMack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is 32.5 years before NH on my timeline Dark horse originally called this part of its Republic series. Republic series 1 through 6 was the Prelude to Rebellion TPB and takes place at -32.5 years before NH. Dark horse Republic series is now up to individual issue #58. Every 4 to issues is then made into a TPB combining the individual issues into one story. I usually wait for the TPB (don't know what it stands for). This comic is about Ki-Adi-Mundi (cone head) from the planet Cerea.
Prelude to Rebellion is the main story, and Vow of Justice follows. Prelude starts out very slow and the coloring and inks are all over the place. As for the story - It starts out like a childs Disney story. But when people start losing their heads, we know we are in the high violence world of comic books. The story slowly draws you in and I enjoyed having wadded through the beginning. It is a story about Ki the father of 9 daughters and no sons. Because on 1 child in 20 is born a boy, Ki has several wives. (Gee and Anakin couldn't even have a girl friend?). Seems Ki is having trouble with his teen age daughters, especially one who joins a rebellious group that supports technology coming to Cerea. The Cerea Council is anti-technology.
A secondary story, VOW starts when Ki is 4 years old and picks up 21 years later when he is 25 and returns from training with Yoda to seek revenge for his family.
These stories give us an personal look at Ki and his life and family. I wonder how he dies when Vader wipes them out, all of them.
This is not unusual for Darkhorse to not take the time to do a good job. It seems too bad, that the "talent" people write a story, and then the artistic people do what they are told, but then the bosses don't bother to put out a quality finished product. What I don't know is that if they took greater care and produced a higher quality product, would it sell more? Either way, understand what you get for your [money] evenly produced final product. They may have an excuse this time. The production dates on Prelude are from 1998 to 2000. Darkhorse may not have had the higher quality production techniques that became available later. But still, on the same page you have one picture of the old style, and one in the new style. Some of the art work is 2 (as in fair) but some is a 4 (as in very good). None of the artwork is a 1 (poor).
LAAAAAAMMMME, Another attempt at Lucas fleecing fans 21 Dec 2008
By TitaniumDreads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Again, another Darkhorse series that forced me to ask again and again, seriously!?

Poorly written, cardboard characters that aren't consistent. There is also a poor understanding not only of the force but the key players behind the jedi council. It even slings around a childish understanding of english grammar (ex: his mother lighted the fire. rather than his mother lit the fire. Lit is the past tense of light durrrr).

The storyline is disgustingly simple and boring. Nor does it ever explain basic continuity errors like why Ki-adi-mundi somehow gets to have multiple wives when other jedi don't get to marry. It doesn't explain why as a jedi knight he gets to do whatever he wants rather than be given specific assignments by the jedi council. The plotline is just stupid and inconceivable. You're better off avoiding this if you actually want to respect what it takes for someone to make it onto the jedi council. I'd recommend the short episodes of the clone wars that appeared on comedy central about Ki. You'll like them more and at a basic level, they make sense, unlike this schlop.

If you insist on reading these, do not reward dark horse by buying them. it's easily available on bit torrent and rapidshare.
above average 12 Feb 2006
By Z. Stern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Prelude to Rebellion was an ok graphic novel. The binding was very good (something I haven't said much lately) and the story and art was above average. There was only 1 problem, but it was major. It was the plot. The plot was extremely hard to follow at times, and at others it just didn't make sense. The art was worse than Outlander, but not bad either. Prelude to Rebellion is not worth the full cover price, so either buy it used, find it cheap, or just pass it by.
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