Jun 19, 2009

Covering Covers: Backlash

The cover for Book 4 of the Fate of the Jedi series, Backlash, hit the Interwebz this week.

I really like the stylized covers they've been using for the Fate of the Jedi series. The vibrant yellow color (after orange, blue, and red for Books 1-3 pictured below) with the shaded single character against a Coruscant skyline looks great. Previous Star Wars series have had poorly photoshopped covers of movie characters or ships or generic Star Wars action shots of lightsaber duels and X-wings that have virtually nothing to do with the actual plot. These covers all have a theme to them and it really separates them from the other 50-ish Star Wars books on the shelf at the end of the SFF section. Until they put a character on the cover that isn't even in the book, these covers are full of win for me.

My one nitpick is that I'm not sure who the lightsaber wielding Jedi is suppossed to be. It might be Ben Skywalker (Luke's son for those of you that aren't up to date on the Star Wars present). The face just looks off though and I can almost see Harrison Ford's Han Solo in there. I think Ben is suppossed to be in the neighborhood of 20-25 and this character look older.
It might not be Ben though. If it was a new Jedi not related to the Big Three, I would be happy as a fanboy at a Jar Jar stoning.Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 2), which arrives on shelves next week, features a mysterious tattooed vixen wielding a red lightsaber. Unless Jaina (Leia and Han's daughter) got into some kinky stuff between Books 1 and 2, it's pretty safe to say shes a new character (and possibly Sith).

Also, can you spot the significant difference between the covers of Books 1-3? If you can't, try to figure out which author hasn't written in the Star Wars universe before and then read this post.

I wasn't lying.

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