Tribune Staff Writer
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ...” is the text that opens every Star Wars movie. So, imagine, if you may, William Shakespeare taking pen to task to revisit the famed science fiction trilogy. For geeks, sci-fi buffs and literary fans (who, mind you, may not be of the same sensibilities) a wonderful mash-up of the story now exists. This summer, following The New York Times best seller “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” and “William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back,” comes and “William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return: Star Wars Part the Sixth” (Quirk, $14.95), the wonderful conclusion to this series.
The epic trilogy, penned by Ian Doescher, returns to a contemporary mythological story that has now gripped several generations. In the guise of Shakespeare, Doescher retells this great adventure: Han Solo entombed in carbonite, the princess taken captive, the Rebel Alliance besieged and Jabba the Hutt engorged. Alack!
Now Luke Skywalker and his Rebel band must seek fresh allies in their quest to thwart construction of a new Imperial Death Star. Readers may cry “Ewok,” and let slip the dogs of war. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, readers follow the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.
Verily, as a fun all-age summer read, “William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return” striketh the mark.
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