This is like one of those intricate cross section cutaway artbooks that Star Wars have been publishing over the years.
Some of the content in this book may have been featured in other books but it's no big deal because this is now the definitive book on all Star Wars locations now.
The content is arranged from Episode I to the latest VII. It starts off with brief information to the galaxy and the planets, of which you can find more information in the other book Star Wars: The Essential Atlas.
The bulk of the book features the beautiful detailed illustrations of key locations and places featured in the films. The artists who contributed these amazing cutaway artworks are Hans Jenssen, Richard Chasemore and Kemp Remillard. It's a good thing that this 192-page hardcover is large enough to show all those wonderful little details in the art.
It's really cool to be able to look at the cross sections and be reminded of where you have seen the characters on screen. There are lots of moments where I went "Hey, that's the place where they stood!" While the film can only show a glimpse of the environment, with the drawings in this book, you can spend your time looking closely at the details, layout of buildings, bases, rooms, cities and aerial views.
In addition to the art, there are a good amount of film stills. All the visuals are heavily annotated. There are labels pointing to interesting spots in the drawings, captions that give background and movie recap. The thing that always leaves me puzzled is where are the toilets. I mean, where to all those people go to relieve themselves?
Since the last movie is Episode VII, there are new drawings included, such as for Jakku, Rey's Home, Maz's Castle, Resistance Base, Starkiller Base.
All in all, it's a really beautiful and informative book that all Star Wars fans should have.
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