Secrets of the Sith
Published by Random House
Scott's Rating: 3 out of 4
This book is aimed at the younger Star Wars fans. It details anything and everything about the Sith and the Dark Side. The book walks through the early days of the Sith as told in the comics, then goes up to Episode I and through the classic trilogy. Darth Maul, Darth Vader, and Darth Sidious are all highlighted. Also shown are some of the Sith Lords from the Expanded Universe literature like Darth Bane, Exar Kun, and Naga Sadow.
The book is filled with photos from the movies and comics as well as original illustrations. The text summarizes everything about the Sith. At the back are pull out photos and a coloring page of Darth Maul.
This is a great resource for kids. If they haven't spent money on the novels or comics, they can quickly get up to speed on the Dark Side with this book. Not only does it have photos and stories from those places, but it has info from the source books as well. It has a jazzy layout and a slick format that kids should love. The pinups and coloring page are also great additions. And at $6, the price is fairly reasonable, too.
There's a great collection of pictures, too. There were a few that I had never seen before despite having a large collection. The book also does a good job of filling in the blanks on certain areas. There's a full page drawing of what Darth Maul looks like without his shirt. There's also a full description of Darth Bane, the founder of the current form of the Sith. Amazingly, this book also puts together all the previously written info on the Sith and merges it seamlessly with the new info from Episode I.
My biggest complaint is the drawing of Darth Bane. What an incredibly awful picture. Bane looks like a mutant child of a Cabbage Patch Kid. He's got weird green scales on his body and a freaky cage around his head that make him looks like a walking vegetable. What a lost opportunity. The book also brags about "exclusive new photos from Episode I", yet they were not so special. They looked like screen captures from the film itself.
I'd have to say Darth Bane is the ugliest thing in this book.