Book Review – ‘The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Season Two’ Gathers More Magnificent Concept Art

As I said at the beginning of my review of the excellent first volume of Abrams Books’ The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian More than a year ago, jaw-dropping concept art created for the Disney+ live-action series has captured viewers’ attention since the show premiered in 2019 – thanks to the incredibly decision clever to include the artwork in the end credits of each episode.

Now Abrams has released The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Season 2which continues Lucasfilm’s much-loved tradition of chronicling the behind-the-scenes design approach of A Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Author Phil Szostak (The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more) also serves as Lucasfilm’s lead content and asset specialist, giving him unique insight into how something like The Mandalorian comes together from a design standpoint, and from page 1 of The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Season 2, it is an absolute pleasure to be entitled to another volume of this magnificent and revealing work. Longtime Star Wars designer Doug Chiang provides the book’s foreword and much of the commentary throughout, alongside his many talented colleagues in The Mandalorianthe accomplished production design department of, as well as showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni themselves. But the real draw here is page after page of stunning, frame-worthy concept art, all of which was drawn, painted, and/or sculpted for the show’s eight memorable second season episodes. In fact, the book is organized in narrative order, by episode, starting with “Chapter 9 – The Marshal” and going through “The Passenger”, “The Heiress”, “The Siege”, “The Jedi” , “The Tragedy, ‘The Believer’ and ‘The Rescue’ sequentially, though readers learn from the text in what order the episodes were actually shot.

Special interest in The Mandalorian fans and Star Wars enthusiasts in general will likely get a glimpse of the development of new looks for returning characters, locations and creatures like Boba Fett, the dragon Krayt, Ahsoka Tano and Jabba’s Palace – all of which have appeared at various intervals during season two. But don’t expect Luke Skywalker to appear in this volume like he did in the season finale. But I also loved seeing and reading about the process of designing new places and beings such as the Carnita arena where the Gamorrean gladiators faced off in a ring, the ice spiders that nearly killed Din Djarin, Grogu and the Frog Lady on the planet Maldo Kreis, and the fortified city inspired by the samurai film where Ahsoka tracked down magistrate Morgan Elsbeth for information. By the way, this book almost confirms that Lucasfilm no longer uses the name “Slave Ireferring to Boba Fett’s spaceship – a decision that made sense to me when it came to packaging children’s toys, but not in a hardcover reference book aimed at adult fans of the franchise. Either way, it’s an extremely minor detail about a book that otherwise – like its predecessor – instantly proves a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in the countless amazing works of art used by The Mandalorianthe creative team of to bring Star Wars to life on Disney+.

The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Season 2 is available now wherever books are sold.

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