By Omega Ray Jay 4 Comments
Ok now before I begin I must clarify that The Phantom Menace does have its bad points and could have been a substantially better movie however the grievances I and many others have about the script, certain actors, direction etc. aside I’m going to focus on the positive elements. Having always been a fan of Star Wars as a kid (obsessive one might say) the joy of seeing more of that universe was and still is one of the main things that draws me back to the prequels. One of the few things I really love about them is the art direction and the people that made the worlds as vivid and interesting as they are, but it was also what you didn’t get to see that intrigued me the most, the galaxy far far away suddenly did feel like a much bigger place.
In the years and subsequent two films that followed there have been many more characters and worlds reviled thanks to various Dark Horse comics like Empire, Rebellion and most recently Legacy but it was in those early days that I was captivated by three stories. Having always been a fan of comics, mainly Marvel thanks to the cartoons of the 90’s and some that I had acquired from my older siblings it came to my attention recently that it was three Star Wars stories that really ignited a love for comics admittedly the fire had been started by the Secret Wars collection which I still hold dearly to this day, it would be Star Wars: Outlander, Darth Maul & Jedi Council: Acts of War that made me fully appreciate the power of the comic book, I would re-read these three stories and even re-enact them with the numerous figures I had for hours on end.
Star Wars comics have always seem to me to be off in there own corner in the shadow of the larger names and brands, this could just be down to my own perception and so I will willingly change that if directed to information otherwise but I think they have there own merit and qualities that are sadly overlooked by many, one of the strongest elements of both trilogies has been in the inclusion of intriguing background characters, the protagonist of Outlander Ki-Adi- Mundi being one such Jedi that quickly became one of my favorites once he was given the chance to shine in a decent story and Micah Giiet from Acts of War, a Jedi Master never seen on screen but also one of my favorites.In all it may have been a lacklustre film that was never going to live up to the monumental expectation but The Phantom Menace is responsible for being the catalyst that delivered me some of my earliest and fondest comic book memories and for that I am thankful.