Review: Every Fan Should Pick Up a Copy of ‘The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2’ Story

Phil Szostak’s highly anticipated The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 is finally here and it was certainly worth the wait.

The Art of Star Wars books are always a treat, but there’s something about The Mandalorian editions that feel like a labor of love. They are gorgeously compiled and organized, with genuine dedication by Szostak, who doles out a perfect balance of nitty-gritty detail for the diehard fan, while wrapping it in a package designed to be accessible for even the most casual reader. It’s filled with concept art of characters, locations, vehicles,  weaponry, and creature designs, as well as interviews with key crew and creative

Unsurprisingly to anyone who has worked in the film industry, Szostak’s introduction reveals that pre-production for the second season was underway long before The Mandalorian’s first season even arrived on Disney+. He reveals how Jon Favreau (the series’ creator) wanted to push the envelope and dream big by introducing characters from the animated series—like Ahsoka and Bo-Katan Kryze—while also pulling Chuck Wendig’s Cobb Vanth from page to screen.

It’s very clear that Favreau and his team wanted to utilize as much Star Wars material as possible.

Throughout the book, Szostak neatly outlines each episode, from the first sparks of ideas, to the script, to the painstaking pre-production period where dozens of pieces of concept art are crafted and rendered, and then he dives into the actual production of the scenes, conversations with directors, and the post-production process that creates so much of what we see on screen.

And it’s never just a page or two of information per episode. Each episode has dozens of pages revealing unused concept art, detailed sculptures and figures, scenic build breakdowns, and storyboards. It’s an eye-opening experience to see just how much work goes into making every component of The Mandalorian.

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