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Star Wars, The [Hardcover]

JW Rinzler , Mike Mayhew , Rain Beredo , Nick Runge

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24 July 2014 Star Wars..
Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the official adaptation of George Lucas's rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars - the film that changed motion pictures and the world forever. Readers will see familiar characters and places from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... but not everything's the same. Readers should strap themselves in and get ready for high adventure, lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo and a battle to defeat the evil Empire!

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Hot Mess 28 July 2014
By J. R Weaver - Published on
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This was just... horrible. I had my reservations about purchasing it, but was won over by the flashy cover art. Kind of breathes new life into 'don't judge a book by its cover'. As another reviewer said, if this was my first draft, I wouldn't have made the movie either. The plot reads like someone took a 1930s Flash Gordon serial, heavily plagiarized it, then stirred it with the retard stick. The characters are cardboard ciphers without the benefit of decent actors to breathe life into them. There are no back stories. There are no real motivations. There are no convincing conversations. There are no plot elements that make sense.

The writing is terrible, and it feels as if huge chunks of dialogue and action are missing between panels. What dialogue there is, is stilted, awkward, and cringe-inducing in places. J.W. Rinzler is definitely going on my don't-buy list. Think of your favorite comics writer, the one whose stuff you buy instantly, automatically, every time it hits the stand. Now imagine the exact opposite of that, and you have Rinzler. Granted, he was starting from Lucas's hot mess, but still. You're being paid to slap it into something resembling a coherent story, and you failed.

Now on to the art. As I mentioned, it was the cover art by Nick Runge that drew me in. Really stunning and thought-provoking images. And that's where the goodness ends. The interior artist, Mike Mayhew, seems to be a portrait artist that was somehow talked in to doing a comic book. His faces are great - expressive, convincing, beautiful. Everything else... not so much. Everything seems drawn to make the reader focus on the characters' faces at the expense of everything else. Detail fades away the farther you get from the faces. That would be okay, I guess, if this was a character-driven story, but it's clearly not. It's something a 10-year old Michael Bay might've written. The character poses are unconvincing in many panels; the larger action shots are unforgivably confusing in places. Everyone's armed with a light sabre, um, I mean a 'lazersword', which is kind of cool, but it seems the only way to kill someone with them is the cut them in half at the waist. I can't blame that entirely on Mayhew, since I'm sure he and Rinzler had a conversation wherein Rinzler said "You know what would be awesome? Draw this guy getting cut in half!!!!! Now do it again a couple issues later!!!!! Even awesomer!!!!"

The only saving grace to this fiasco (and it's a small one) was seeing a new interpretation of the characters. Talking R2D2? Cool. Alien Han Solo? Interesting. Darth Vader split into two characters was also interesting... had it been handled with even an ounce of talent. What exactly was the point or motivation of Prince Valorum? I'm still trying to figure out his actions in the last quarter of the book.

A HUGE disappointment. Avoid like the plague unless you're 1) an art student studying portraiture, 2) a slavering Lucas fanboy with no sense whatsoever, or 3) a masochist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars 28 July 2014
By Graham Swearingen - Published on
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The Star Wars is 182 pages of excellently crafted story telling from the first 8 issues of this series by JW Rinzler. Based on George Lucas' original treatment for the Star Wars Saga, we follow the last of the Jedi-Bendu Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker as they seek to destroy the evil Imperial Space Force. Any Star Wars fan will recognize a lot of the character designs and ship designs from early Star Wars concept art by the legendary Ralph Mcquarrie, as well as character, ship, and planet names from the original trilogy that have been appropriated back to their original conception. Rinzler's story telling is clean and fluid and paced well, and Mike Mayhew's art just drives the story home. I loved this, I read it cover to cover in one sitting. This is a fresh take on the Star Wars universe that in my opinion has become a bit stale in the last 10 years.

The Star Wars is excellent ideas propelled by stunning visuals that throw you head first into a world that we're familiar with, yet told from a fresh new perspective. Any fan of the Star Wars Universe, especially fans of Star Wars Expanded Universe or fans of the genesis of Star Wars will love this. This story is steeped in political intrigue and lots of insight into the monarchy in which the Jedi are sworn to protect. Seeing the Millennium Falcon flying through space as it was originally designed is rad. Seeing an older, bearded Jedi-Bendu Master Luke Skywalker adeptly use the force and his Lightsaber against Stormtroopers who also have lighstabers is something I've wanted to see for decades. Han Solo looks like a mix between Chewbacca and Swamp Thing. This book is violent, lots of troopers getting cut in half, and heroes dying for their cause. Unfortunately in this edition there are no alternate covers or concept art or anything, a bit bare bones but that's ok. "May the force of the others be with you". This comes FULLY APPROVED.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good - but that's really about all that's good 26 July 2014
By G B Busby - Published on
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The good news is that "The Star Wars" is well illustrated. But that's about all that's good about this.

Seriously, if you had some issues with the plots and dialogue of Star Wars (including the prequels) then "The Star Wars" will probably give you a headache. Just to hit a few highlights: the "space fortress" is almost destroyed (or at least heavily damaged depending on which way you want to interpret the dialogue) by six X-Wing styled fighters. And that's in terms of simply shooting at the "moon-sized" space station and nothing to do with the thermal exhaust port or power core from episodes IV and Vi. The Wookies are taught how to fly space ships in the span of a single page (quite a feet for species whose only demonstrated technology appears to be wooden shields and clubs, but whatever).

If this had been my first draft I wouldn't have made the movie either (and I wouldn't hide behind the excuse that every page would have required a separate set to be built, often multiple set per page).
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