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The manga anthology inspired by Ken Liu’s hit Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth. – Rey Who is Luke Skywalker? Across the galaxies many have heard his name, but few have met the legendary Jedi. There are those who call him a merciless war criminal, others say he’s not even a human, b The manga anthology inspired by Ken Liu’s hit Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth. – Rey Who is Luke Skywalker? Across the galaxies many have heard his name, but few have met the legendary Jedi. There are those who call him a merciless war criminal, others say he’s not even a human, but a droid! Whether he is myth or man, those who claim they’ve encountered the elusive Luke Skywalker all have an unforgettable adventure to share. Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker pairs powerhouse Japanese manga creators with inspiring myths about Luke Skywalker, originally written as a prose novel by best-selling author Ken Liu.


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The manga anthology inspired by Ken Liu’s hit Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth. – Rey Who is Luke Skywalker? Across the galaxies many have heard his name, but few have met the legendary Jedi. There are those who call him a merciless war criminal, others say he’s not even a human, b The manga anthology inspired by Ken Liu’s hit Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth. – Rey Who is Luke Skywalker? Across the galaxies many have heard his name, but few have met the legendary Jedi. There are those who call him a merciless war criminal, others say he’s not even a human, but a droid! Whether he is myth or man, those who claim they’ve encountered the elusive Luke Skywalker all have an unforgettable adventure to share. Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker pairs powerhouse Japanese manga creators with inspiring myths about Luke Skywalker, originally written as a prose novel by best-selling author Ken Liu.

30 review for Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    An excellent and in some cases a much better version of the Legends of Luke Skywalker novel. Unlike the novel this contains 4 of the stories. I would have given this book 4.5 stars but it definitely deserved a round up. The first story supposedly takes place during the battle of Jakku. According to the Aftermath books Luke was not at the battle, but using a trick familiar to anyone e watching the Last Jedi, he might have been involved. The account comes from an injured Imperial. Droids are being " An excellent and in some cases a much better version of the Legends of Luke Skywalker novel. Unlike the novel this contains 4 of the stories. I would have given this book 4.5 stars but it definitely deserved a round up. The first story supposedly takes place during the battle of Jakku. According to the Aftermath books Luke was not at the battle, but using a trick familiar to anyone e watching the Last Jedi, he might have been involved. The account comes from an injured Imperial. Droids are being "kidnapped" all over the galaxy, but who cares they are droids right? Why do these droids know or care about Luke Skywalker? This is the most action packed story in the book. The retelling of the beginning of the Return of the Jedi from a different perspective. I might be a little biased as this is my favourite movie of all time. Just reliving the scenes from the movie manga style would be 5 stars for me. The final story is an expanded version of the "this in not cave". In the novel it was never explained why or how Luke was there in the first place, and I do not think it was fully explained what Luke found like it was here. A great collection of stories if I had one complaint it is that the Tide story is not included. That was my favourite story from the novel. The way these stories are shown visually and expanded on is awsome.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    I like Ken Liu's short story collection, and I enjoy manga, so I was looking forward to this manga adaptation of four of Liu's stories. I'm disappointed that the four stories selected didn't include my favorite from the original book, "Fishing in the Deluge," and instead includes "The Tale of Lugubrious Mote," my least favorite. But it's still fun to see the manga version of that story, along with "The Starship Graveyard," "I, Droid," and "Big Inside." The stories have a pretty consistent look a I like Ken Liu's short story collection, and I enjoy manga, so I was looking forward to this manga adaptation of four of Liu's stories. I'm disappointed that the four stories selected didn't include my favorite from the original book, "Fishing in the Deluge," and instead includes "The Tale of Lugubrious Mote," my least favorite. But it's still fun to see the manga version of that story, along with "The Starship Graveyard," "I, Droid," and "Big Inside." The stories have a pretty consistent look and tone, despite each one being done by a different artist or team. Overall, the post–Return of the Jedi stories fit in well with my ideas of what Luke did after the fall of the Empire (and there's little to suggest what happens to lead up to the sequel trilogy, which I prefer to ignore. I like seeing Star Wars expanding beyond its usual boundaries and inviting different creators in to tell stories. For most of the artists in this collection, this is their first English-language manga publication, and I think that's really cool for SW to be the means of introducing their work to a wider audience. It was strange, however, to read a manga that flows left-to-right, though! I hope this is an indication of Lucasfilm encouraging new directions in SW books—I enjoyed seeing that galaxy in this format.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Utena

    This review can be found at The Book Review This review can be found at The Book Review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Oatsvall

    The artwork is 😍 (especially “The Tale of Lugubrious Mote”). Kinda bummed the other tale/legend about “the Tide” didn’t make the cut though 😕

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    It's fine. Mostly it's a weird choice of books to adapt into a manga. The Lost Stars adaptation was fantastic, but this loses the whole "legends" aspect of the stories. It's fine. Mostly it's a weird choice of books to adapt into a manga. The Lost Stars adaptation was fantastic, but this loses the whole "legends" aspect of the stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

    This was an entertaining read, although a little strange. It felt like an odd choice of stories to put together, and the storylines were a bit weird. The art was awesome though!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ardyth

    Enjoyable, as far as it goes... but this manga adaptation omits what, for me, was the most compelling part of Liu's original: people on a journey, sharing stories and discussing what they mean for them in life. Without any of that framing -- who is telling this tale, where did they hear it, how does the tale reflect the teller's character / values / etc -- the stories themselves are just random okay adventures. I don't hate it, but I can't really recommend it, either. Get your Skywalker fix from Enjoyable, as far as it goes... but this manga adaptation omits what, for me, was the most compelling part of Liu's original: people on a journey, sharing stories and discussing what they mean for them in life. Without any of that framing -- who is telling this tale, where did they hear it, how does the tale reflect the teller's character / values / etc -- the stories themselves are just random okay adventures. I don't hate it, but I can't really recommend it, either. Get your Skywalker fix from Liu's original book, instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katsuro

    A bunch of good stories. I appreciate the fact that, despite the plots all being written by Ken Liu, each story got its own artist.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean Humphrey

    First, this book is not cannon. Not in the new cannon, not in the legends cannon, not anywhere. Second, if you're looking for serious adventures of Luke Skywalker, this is not the book for you. This manga is a set of mostly light-hearted, very entertaining stories about Luke Skywalker. I liked all of the stories and would recommend this to anyone looking for a spin-off not-quite-gag manga about our favorite rebel hero and Jedi master. First, this book is not cannon. Not in the new cannon, not in the legends cannon, not anywhere. Second, if you're looking for serious adventures of Luke Skywalker, this is not the book for you. This manga is a set of mostly light-hearted, very entertaining stories about Luke Skywalker. I liked all of the stories and would recommend this to anyone looking for a spin-off not-quite-gag manga about our favorite rebel hero and Jedi master.

  10. 4 out of 5

    mAAAAAnga

    Luke Skywalker: The Manga is a compilation of four short stories about one of the most beloved characters in the classic and still striving Star Wars series. There is no continuous storyline here, however, each chapter revolves around the concept of Luke being an otherwordly being that's surrounded by myth, and how characters from different backgrounds are able to perceive him from one perspective or another. The pace is non-existent here, so it's difficult to really miss with this book. Each chap Luke Skywalker: The Manga is a compilation of four short stories about one of the most beloved characters in the classic and still striving Star Wars series. There is no continuous storyline here, however, each chapter revolves around the concept of Luke being an otherwordly being that's surrounded by myth, and how characters from different backgrounds are able to perceive him from one perspective or another. The pace is non-existent here, so it's difficult to really miss with this book. Each chapter manages to give the reader a general idea of setting, timeline, and how far the original story has progressed through simple details, such as the way Luke himself looks. The first two stories are very enjoyable, both boasting original art styles and captivating perspectives on the Star Wars universe. It's always fun to see artists tackle stories in well-known franchises, and see them develop their own fun twists in them. The standout here is clearly "I, Droid" which takes the perspective of a droid who is forced into slave labor, with no choice of retaliation, until Luke appears and gives her hope. I especially liked how the general consensus on Luke in this whole book was how he was displayed as a metaphor for hope - a being that gives everyone a chance wherever he goes. However, not all stories were amazing or interesting. Part 3 was a retelling of an iconic scene in the old movies, but with a minor twist in there. Unfortunately, it didn't amount to much. Luke Skywalker: The Manga may not be remembered by Star Wars fans all over the world in a couple of years, however, the ones that do manage to give it a chance won't be disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    This was a well-presented but odd collection of manga stories, almost like a collection of really awesome fanfics. Each story had interesting and (mostly) unique takes set in the Star Wars universe, with the myth of Luke as a central theme. Fun, hopeful and quick read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Four nicely done stories about some of Luke's adventures post-ROTJ, adapted from Ken Liu's Legends of Luke Skywalker by manga artists. The stories are great and the art is lovely. My favorite is the fourth story - the artist really captured the kindness of Luke's face. Four nicely done stories about some of Luke's adventures post-ROTJ, adapted from Ken Liu's Legends of Luke Skywalker by manga artists. The stories are great and the art is lovely. My favorite is the fourth story - the artist really captured the kindness of Luke's face.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    enjoyed this much more than the novel version

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    If you love Luke Skywalker, you'll love this manga anthology If you love Luke Skywalker, you'll love this manga anthology

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Earle

    A bit disappointing, but still good for something bought on impulse. Really liked the art. Wish the stories were more connected. Would read more like this.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Johan

    Awesome!! Loved seeing other sides of a great character that I enjoy reading about

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Birckhead

    3.5 I enjoyed this ode to Luke Skywalker.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I read the text book of these stories and I think the manga is even better!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brannigan

    I didn’t like the story’s selected to use in this Manga. I also didn’t care for the art.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alisay Moore

    I loved this book .... it was so beautiful and so majestic.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Haydyn

    "We're all Luke Skywalker" isn't a message that hits home for me. "We're all Luke Skywalker" isn't a message that hits home for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stronglysaltystudent

    Fun first read of the year! Each of the short stories were enjoyable but I have to say the last one was definitely my favorite.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The_J

    Surprisingly effective and nigh compelling.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Staci Gonzalez

    The first two stories were great... the last two.. eh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Gaetjens

    The art is of inconsistent quality, but when it's good (specifically Haruichi), it's quite good, and the stories aren't bad. The art is of inconsistent quality, but when it's good (specifically Haruichi), it's quite good, and the stories aren't bad.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    This really should have worked, but it just didn't. The I, Droid story was the standout, but overall thsi was a letdown. For more tune in to Comic Book Coffee Break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikuP... This really should have worked, but it just didn't. The I, Droid story was the standout, but overall thsi was a letdown. For more tune in to Comic Book Coffee Break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikuP...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org. Luke Skywalker has become a living myth, and his interactions with people across the galaxy often leave them with more questions than answers. In this manga, notable mangaka adapt four stories from Ken Liu's novel The Legend of Luke Skywalker. The first is a story from an Imperial Officer who meets a hooded figure that matches the description of Luke, on a planet that looks like Jakku. The second story is told from the perspective of an E Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org. Luke Skywalker has become a living myth, and his interactions with people across the galaxy often leave them with more questions than answers. In this manga, notable mangaka adapt four stories from Ken Liu's novel The Legend of Luke Skywalker. The first is a story from an Imperial Officer who meets a hooded figure that matches the description of Luke, on a planet that looks like Jakku. The second story is told from the perspective of an Enforcer Droid at a mining operation that is somehow able to buy R2-D2 to be one of the workforce. The third story follows that of mole-flea Lugubrious Mote as he guides Leia and Luke through the scenes of Jabba's Palace at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. The fourth story is told by a young researcher who gets picked up by Luke on her way back to her university, only to be caught by a Exogorth, the large worm-like beings who live inside asteroids. While it is unclear when some of these stories take place along the timeline of the Star Wars universe, each of the four serve the same purpose: to show the larger-than-life exploits of Luke, and possibly to shed some light into how the whole universe knows of the Jedi legend Luke Skywalker by the beginning of The Force Awakens. These stories are not all of equal quality, however. The art of the first story is extremely rough and unpolished, and it initially put me off to the story. By far, the strongest chapter is Akira Himekawa's final story, complete with beautiful story and illustrations, as is expected of the mastermind of the Legend of Zelda manga fame. VIZ rates this title for Teen Plus, but I honestly can't figure out why. The first story does depict torture, but in no more certain terms than Han's torture scene in The Empire Strikes Back. There is no vulgar language, as is a standard for the Star Wars universe. The themes of enslavement and torture would be enough to keep this off elementary shelves, but there doesn't seem to be anything that would otherwise make it inappropriate for middle school audiences. Sara's Rating: 6/10 Suitability Level: Grades 7-12

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. My preteen boys loved it. They said it was exciting and had some fun twists. Thankyou for the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Loop

    the first story was kinda mleh and the art blegh I, Droid and Big Inside stole the whole show It was a good one to end on Big Inside wait this is based on a book? *pokes mickey mouse with stick* "hey can you come out with more things that don't actually ruin star wars? *gets handed Last jedi and rise of skywalker* *throws them back violently* "NO THIS IS TRASH!!! *hurls stick at Rey* RRRUUUGGH!!" *sits back down with older products and reads the extended universe novels and glares at mickey mouse* " the first story was kinda mleh and the art blegh I, Droid and Big Inside stole the whole show It was a good one to end on Big Inside wait this is based on a book? *pokes mickey mouse with stick* "hey can you come out with more things that don't actually ruin star wars? *gets handed Last jedi and rise of skywalker* *throws them back violently* "NO THIS IS TRASH!!! *hurls stick at Rey* RRRUUUGGH!!" *sits back down with older products and reads the extended universe novels and glares at mickey mouse* "trash... almost sucked me in... wont get me.."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bulthaupt

    This book is a graphic novel adaptation of the book with the same title by Ken Liu. The original stories have been put into a manga format by a collection of Japanese artists and writers. Interestingly, despite being a manga, it is read from left to right like a book in the US normally would be. This differs from the manga adaptation of Lost Stars, which is read from right to left. Mechanics aside, I enjoyed the art styles of each of the stories recounted herein. They all captured the Star Wars u This book is a graphic novel adaptation of the book with the same title by Ken Liu. The original stories have been put into a manga format by a collection of Japanese artists and writers. Interestingly, despite being a manga, it is read from left to right like a book in the US normally would be. This differs from the manga adaptation of Lost Stars, which is read from right to left. Mechanics aside, I enjoyed the art styles of each of the stories recounted herein. They all captured the Star Wars universe but gave it a little twist and Japanese influence. Some of the facial expressions are exaggerated and the narrative flow seems distinctly manga. It looks great through and through and everything is recognizable as being 'Star Wars.' As an adaptation, I thought all of the stories came through just as they did in the original. There's the same emotions felt and the pacing is about the same as well. It was neat to see some of the new characters and locations illustrated for the first time, especially The Tale of Lugubrious Mote. If you like Star Wars and you like comics, you should definitely pick this up. The stories are certainly interesting, even if there may have been some liberties in their retelling. I can heartily recommend it!

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