Now out in paper back is the new Star Wars novel, Darth Plagueis. Written by veteran science fiction author, James Luceno, and published by Del Rey this novel dives deep into the past of the two sinister Sith Lords who set in motion the eventual destruction of the Jedi Order and the beginning of an Empire. Here’s the synopsis:
Darth Plagueis: Like all Sith Lords before him, he craves absolute power. But like no Sith Lord ever, he possesses the ultimate power—over life and death.
Darth Sidious: In secret he masters the power of the dark side, while publicly climbing to the highest government office.
One desires to rule supreme; the other dreams of living forever. Together, they will destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Unless merciless Sith tradition becomes their undoing. . .
Okay, so here’s what I liked about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis; First, it was written by James Luceno. Luceno is one half of the writing team that was the Jack McKinney of the Robotech novels I loved to read many (many) years ago. He’s an excellent and imaginative writer and it was his talents as the writer for Darth Plagueis that helped patch up the deep plot holes and inconsistencies made in The Phantom Menace. I also enjoyed the very different take on the Star Wars universe this book presents. Don’t get me wrong, I love space battles and limb slicing light saber duels (and much of that is in Darth Plagueis), but this book deals with more of the dark political maneuvering of the villains of Star Wars. I also found Darth Sidious’s rise to power, under the tutelage of Darth Plagueis (a Muun!), an interesting story. Luceno did an excellent job in creating the Emperor’s back story and crafted a character that was both easy to hate and wanting to read about at the same time.
However, Darth Plagueis also deals mostly in every area of the Star Wars universe I like the least. On almost every page there is a mention of midichlorian, Gungans, or the Trade Federation. By the middle of the book I was tired of being pulled out the story by the mention of “Midichlorians,” and I just don’t get why it’s still being used in the Star Wars universe! Lucas Films has no problem spending truck loads of money on changing the color of light sabers, inserting useless monsters, and having pseudo-dinosaurs strut across the screen, but they leave in the space herpes and unfunny lizard ducks! Every mention of Midichlorians could be pulled right out of the film and it wouldn’t effect the movie at all, but nope! It has to be part of the universe now, which means every book (or comic) I read in the expanded universe is going to be infected with f***ing midichlorians! I know I’m ranting here a little, and I do think Luceno did a great job of bridging the gap between good writing and the shit storm that was Phantom Menace, but can we all agree now that Midichlorians and Jar Jar should be the next thing cut (finally and completely) from the Star Wars universe? G’ahh! F***ing Midichlorians in my F***ing Star Wars!
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is now in paper back and can be purchased in most bookstores or online at Randomhouse