I was given this book as a present for Christmas and I freely admit I have taken my time with it! This is the sort of book which is to be savoured, you really need to take the time to drink in every detail of the pages, as the joy of this book lies in the delightful artwork. Sure there are interesting nuggets of information scattered throughout the pages, but the art in this is simply outstanding.
The Galactic Atlas contains dozens of maps of the various planet that make up the Star Wars galaxy, from well known planets like Tatooine, Naboo and Endor to newer planets like Jakku and Jedha. We also get treated to some slightly lesser known gems like Rodia, Mortis and Mon Cala. It also contains star charts, character profiles and a timeline of the saga.
I had so much fun pottering through this book. You are treated to a detailed map of the entire galaxy (including hyperspace lanes!), something I always find interesting (I particularly loved the New Jedi Order books for this reason as they contained a map of the galaxy in the front pages).
This unique book is also stuffed full of information – ranging from the events of the films, TV series, comics and books. All the effort that is being put into continuity in the Star Wars universe really pays off in this book and it’s an absolute delight to see how all these events weave together to form part of a greater, overall storyline. It’s set in-universe, in a time where ancient texts and scrolls have been found depicting stories and events from a time long ago. This book is meant to be the drawings of Tim McDonagh and you are supposed to take them with a pinch of salt as they say the author was heavily influenced by myths and legends from the GFFA. This gives the freedom not to be tied to anything this book reveals but means you can still enjoy the content.
For me, the highlight of this book, as I mentioned above, is the beautiful drawings – they are like nothing I have seen before, not quite comic book drawings, more like old fashioned sketches. Visually this book is stunning and an absolute delight to pour over and take in all the little details, from character drawings to plants and animals.
One warning, the book does contain some minor spoilers in the historical events on the planets’ pages. This isn’t really a problem for the fans of the films, but just take note if you have not watched, but are planning to watch The Clone Wars or Rebels. I am still working my way through the Clone Wars at the moment so wanted to skip, for example, the page on Mortis until I had watched those episodes!
Overall, with it’s intricate artwork and lovely attention to detail, this is a great coffee table book and one I think I will end up reaching for a lot in the future.