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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Events that occur approximately 32 years before Episode IV: A New Hope.

[The Phantom Menace]

Paperback Novel
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[amazon.co.uk]

Re-issued in 2012:

[The Phantom Menace]


e-Book
Check availability & pricing via:

[RandomHouse.com]


Hardback Novel
Published April 1999 with four different jacket sleeves (US only):

[cover #1][cover #2]

[cover #3][cover #4]


Comic Book series
Adapted by Henry Gilroy et al.
Published May 1999 as The Phantom Menace #1,2 3 & 4 by Dark Horse Comics:

[issue 1][issue 1 (photo)]

Issue #1(Photo Cover)

[issue 2][issue 2 (photo)]

Issue #2(Photo Cover)

[issue 3][issue 3 (photo)]

Issue #3(Photo Cover)

[issue 4][issue 4 (photo)]

Issue #4(Photo Cover)


Graphic Novel
Published as
Episode I: The Phantom Menace:

[The Phantom Menace - graphic novel]

Comic story is included in:

[Omnibus: The Complete Saga]

Omnibus: The Complete Saga


Hardback Graphic Novel
Published 2016 by Marvel as
Episode I: The Phantom Menace:

[The Phantom Menace - graphic novel]

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[amazon.com]
[things from another world]
[amazon.co.uk]

e-Comic Book
First published 2011 by Dark Horse Digital.


Manga Comic Book series
Adapted by Kia Asamiya et al.
Published 2000 as The Phantom Menace: Manga Edition #1 & 2 by Dark Horse Comics:

[issue 1][issue 2]


Audio Book
Read by Alexander Adames.
Published as unabridged & abridged
audio cassette & digital download:

[The Phantom Menace - audiobook]

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unabridged audio digital download at:

[RandomHouse.com]

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abridged audio digital download at:

[RandomHouse.com]


Junior Novelisation
Adapted by Patricia C. Wrede
Published by Scholastic Books:

[The Phantom Menace - junior novelisation]


Photo Comic Book
Published 2005 by TokyoPop as Cine-Manga (restricted territories), republished in August 2007 by Dark Horse Books:

[The Phantom Menace - photo comic book]

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[things from another world]
[amazon.co.uk]

Graphic Novella
Published as
Episode I: The Phantom Menace:

[The Phantom Menace - graphic novella]


The Phantom Menace
aka Episode I: The Phantom Menace
BOOK STORY
Terry Brooks (Novelisation);
Henry Gilroy (Comic Book adaptation);
Patricia C. Wrede (Junior Novelisation adaptation)
Novelisation first published by Del Rey
Comic Book adaptation first published by Dark Horse Comics
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (1999)
Comic Book Series (1999)
Junior Novelisation (1999)
Audio Book (1999, 2007)
Paperback Novel (2000, 2012)
Graphic Novel (1999, 2011)
Photo Comic Book (2005, 2007)
e-Book (2011)
e-Comic Book (2011)
Graphic Novella (2011)
Hardback Graphic Novel (2016)

Rating:
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Reviews:
1 review [Average Review Score 5 / 5]

Synopsis:
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.
Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.
While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...

A trade dispute between the Trade Federation and the outlying systems of the Galactic Republic has led to a blockade of the small planet of Naboo. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, leader of the Galactic Senate, has secretly dispatched two Jedi, Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to resolve the dispute. Unknown to them, the Trade Federation is in league with the mysterious Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith, who secretly orders the Trade Federation to invade Naboo and kill the two Jedi upon their arrival. The two Jedi escape the assassination attempt and stow themselves aboard Federation landing craft leaving for the invasion of Naboo.
On the planet's surface, Qui-Gon saves the live of a native Gungan outcast Jar Jar Binks. In gratitude Jar Jar shows the two Jedi the way to an underwater Gungan settlement thus escaping the Trade Federation armies. Meanwhile, the Trade Federation successfully invade Naboo and capture their leader, Queen Padmé Amidala. The Jedi meet the Gungan leader, Boss Nass, and ask him to help the people of Naboo, but Nass refuses and dismisses them. The Jedi, with Binks in tow, reach Theed, the capital city of Naboo and rescue Queen Amidala from the Trade Defence Force. They depart for Coruscant to ask for help from the Senate. An astromech droid named R2-D2 manages to repair the Queen's starship and they narrowly escape an attack from Federation battleships.
Due to the damage the ship's hyperdrive sustained in the attack, the Queen's party is forced to land on the desert planet of Tatooine for repairs. While searching for a new hyperdrive generator, they befriend young Anakin Skywalker, a slave boy, whose master is Watto, a Toydarian junk dealer.
Anakin is gifted with piloting and mechanics, and has built an almost-complete droid named C-3PO. Qui-Gon Jinn senses a strong presence of the Force in Anakin, and feels that he may be the Chosen One who will fulfil a prophecy by bringing balance to the Force. By entering Anakin into a podrace, Qui-Gon orchestrates a gamble in which the boy will be released from slavery and they will win the parts needed for their ship. Anakin wins the race, the spaceship parts and his freedom but cannot take his mother who must remain in bondage to Watto. The Jedi with Queen Amidala and Anakin prepare to take of for Coruscant, where Qui-Gon plans to seek permission from the Jedi High Council to train Anakin to be a Jedi. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul, to kill the two Jedi and capture the Queen. Maul appears just as the group is leaving the planet, and duels with Qui-Gon. The fight is cut short when Qui-Gon manages to escape his black-robed assailant by jumping onboard the starship as it takes off.
On Coruscant, Qui-Gon informs the Jedi Council of the mysterious attacker he encountered on Tatooine. Because of that being's obvious mastery of the Jedi arts, the Council becomes concerned that this development may indicate the reappearance of the Sith, a religious order who were followers of the dark side of the Force and thought to be long gone. Qui-Gon also informs the Council about Anakin, hoping that he can be trained as a Jedi. After testing the boy and deliberating with one another, the Council refuses, deeming him too old for training according to the Jedi Code. They are also concerned due to their sense a seemingly clouded future and a strong presence of fear in the boy. Meanwhile the Senator for Naboo, Palpatine, warning of the corruption in the Senate, advises Queen Amidala to call for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum. Seeing no alternative, the Queen takes this advice when she addresses the Senate. Palpatine is among the candidates to replace the Supreme Chancellor, and the Queen later announces to Palpatine that she herself will return to their home planet to repel the invasion of her people. She is frustrated by the Senate's deliberation and lack of action, and feels that even if Palpatine is elected Chancellor, it will be too late. The Jedi Council send the two Jedi to accompany the Queen back to Naboo, hoping to shed light on any Sith involvement.
Back on Naboo Queen Amidala forms an alliance with the Gungan people, uniting in battle against the Trade Federation. On the grassy plains of Naboo the Gungan army faces the Trade Federation droid army, however for the Gungan army to succeed, the Naboo defence force will have to destroy the orbiting droid command spaceship while the Jedi, Amidala and her Royal Guard capture the Trade Federation leader, Nute Gunray. But as the Jedi, Amidala and soldiers fight to retake their spacecraft and the Royal Palace they are confronted by Darth Maul. Splitting their forces, the pilots take their spacecraft into combat against the Trade Federation spaceships, the Queen and Royal Guard make for the throneroom and Gunray, and the Jedi will engage Maul.
In space although the Naboo pilots face overwhelming numbers of droid fighters, victory comes when Anakin accidentally takes control of a starfighter and goes on to destroy the Federation's Droid Control Ship, rendering the planetside droid army useless. Meanwhile, Queen Amidala and her force successfully fight their way back into the royal palace and capture Nute Gunray.
At the same time, in a Theed hangar bay, Darth Maul has been engaging in combat with the two Jedi, using a double-bladed lightsaber. The battle moves from the hangar, across a series of catwalks, to the Theed Generator Complex. During the fight, Obi-Wan is separated from his master and by the time he recovers himself he discovers that Qui-Gon and Maul have also become separated by a force field in the entrance to the Generator Room. Obi-Wan catches up to them, but is cut-off from his master by several force fields. When the force fields deactivate, Jinn and the Sith continue their battle while Kenobi remains divided from the battle when the force fields reactivate. Maul suddenly rams his lightsaber straight into Qui-Gon's chest, mortally wounding him. Enraged, Obi-Wan redoubles his assault upon Darth Maul and chops Maul's lightsaber in half, but the Sith almost kills Kenobi when he Force pushes him to the edge of a melting pit. Obi-Wan saves himself from falling when he manages to grab onto a pipe protruding from the wall of the pit. Darth Maul kicks the Jedi's lightsaber into the pit and prepares to finish him off. The Padawan calms himself, using the Force to jump out of the pit and summons his fallen Master's lightsaber to his hand. Within an instant he lands behind the surprised Maul and cuts him in half, the Sith's body falling into the pit.
Just before passing away, Qui-Gon instructs Obi-Wan to train Anakin to become a Jedi. Obi-Wan gives his word that he will. The newly-elected Chancellor Palpatine arrives to congratulate Queen Amidala on her victory, as Nute Gunray is sent to stand trial for his crimes.
After the battle, the Jedi Council names Obi-Wan a Jedi Knight. Kenobi conveys his Master's wish regarding Anakin Skywalker to Yoda, who reluctantly allows him to become Obi-Wan's apprentice. Qui-Gon's body is cremated, and Mace Windu and Yoda agree that the Sith are definitely to blame for the tragedy. Being that there are only ever two Sith at any given time (a Master and an apprentice), both Masters believe that one must still remain.
The Naboo and Gungans organize a great victory celebration on the streets of Theed, in front on the palace. Obi-Wan and Anakin are present, the younger now wearing in his hair a special braid: the mark of a Jedi Padawan. Queen Amidala presents a gift of appreciation and friendship to Boss Nass and the Gungan people.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 32 years before Episode IV: A New Hope.
NB: This story's novelisations and adaptations form part of the Star Wars Saga* only in so far as events depicted within the story match those seen on screen, the rest of the story is considered Legends.

Related Stories (in chronological order):



Reviews:

Review by Colton Jones, USA, 2009:
"This book was really good but the end when Qui-Gon Jinn dies is sad but I'm happy Obi Wan Kenobi kills Darth Maul. All the other parts were also really good like the podraces."
Rating:
5 / 5

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