Review: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire

Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. One takes a lunch break in the carbon freezing chamber. Two underestimate a princess. One picks the wrong time to ask for a promotion. Another fails to show Jabba the proper respect. And one interrupts Lord Vader’s private time, failing him for the last time. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Greg Stones brings a playful wit and sympathy for the plight of the troops as they meet their amusing ends, filling each colorfully painted scenario with fun Star Wars details and appearances by Han, Luke, Chewie, K-2SO, and many other characters. As the trooper count ticks down, how will the last one fare as he receives a very special assignment (on the Death Star)?

In an age when new Star Wars books arrive on a weekly basis there are a plethora to discuss and review. Along with Brian and Matt, I discuss the latest releases every month on Take Cover, and this sweet release by Greg Stones via Chronicle Books is one which will certainly be focused on in our next episode.

Designed by Michael Morris and featuring art by author Stones this is a delight to read. Smart and knowing with scenes chosen by someone who knows the sweet spots of the saga very well, this is 96 pages of art and words that works for kids who will enjoy the absurdities of the situations and deeper fans who will smile at the situations chosen.

How can you resist the 76th stormtrooper who think K-2SO is on their side, or the 60th stormtrooper who didn’t let the wookiee win?

It includes references to the original and prequel trilogy, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, so it’s bang up to date and the end of the book….I’d be selfish to spoil it, but suffice to say it’s an absolute doozy.

Definitely a book for kids and adults – and let’s face it, if you’re still in to Star Wars beyond the age of 12 you’re inner kid is alive and very healthy – then this is the book for you.

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Mark Newbold
Former Daily Content Manager and Program Director for Jedi News and the podcast network. Co-host RADIO 1138 and Take Cover on the Jedi News Network.