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The Star Wars Paperback – 21 Aug 2014
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George Lucas is the creator of the epic saga Star Wars. He co-wrote the screenplays and the original comics.
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What is it?
This is a comic book story of 'The Star Wars' adapted from Lucas' first draft. It was written in 1974 and is very different from the Star Wars story we know now but has the seeds of what eventually became the films in 1977.
- The artwork in this volume is beautiful. The line work and the colours are superb. I found it to be a really fabulous work of comic art.
- It was also incredibly interesting to see how Lucas originally envisaged various characters, plotlines and factions. The portrayal of the Jedi in this story is very different from how we are accustomed to seeing them now - they are more militaristic, more aggressive and less high-minded (although they clearly still have ideals). They are very similar, in fact; to the senior fighting men from the Atreides family in Frank Herbert's Dune Saga (which I believe was one of Lucas' influences). Many many other ideas, place names, people and species, which we see in the Star Wars films we know today, are still there but they come up in odd places.
The plot / storyline is awful and the character development is very poor. It is hard to follow the story and even harder to see what various characters are motivated by. The story is convoluted, confusing and makes no sense in places.
If you are a big Star Wars fan and know the Star Wars story and characters really well, then you may well really enjoy this book. I absolutely did.Read more ›
It's also a bit of a kick to see how some things did end up being used but much later in the prequels.
Strictly for the fans, this one.
At times this graphic novel reduced me to a cold sweat when I consider just what might have been. I absolutely worship the "Making of" the SW trilogy books, because they recapture perfectly just what went on to create those stories and I had hoped there would be some glimmer of that magic here, but alas that X Wing has already flown.
If you are a true SW fan, then I'd suggest you avoid this.This is perhaps for a less critical audience, like those that might have enjoyed the Prequels, but for me, with much sadness and regret, the Force wasn't with me on this one.
Way to many characters he plot jumps all over the place, you get no real sense that the empire are in fact evil.
The characters have no back story and lack depth other characters switch sides seemingly for no given reason.
I think this might have worked better as a script book with early production art rather than a graphic novel.
One of the later drafts of Star Wars that was a bit more fleshed out may have worked better for a graphic novel perhaps.
The artwork is generally lovely, but I battled to drag myself through it.
This volume, however, shows just how different it all could have been.
Or, at least, how different it could have been in George Lucas' head. As another reviewer has written, I'm not confident that this story and concept would have been quite so beloved on-screen as the 1977 film, but I'll leave that aside for now. The book itself is extremely well realised - a graphic novel presentation that neither directly lifts the well-known art, nor simply copies the concept art, but goes for something in the middle. Happily, the creation of a graphic style is discussed in an appendix following the storyboard.
It is extremely interesting to read how the likes of Darth Vader evolved, taking traits of many characters, into the iconic Sith Lord, and how some changed completely retaining only a name (if even that, with Governor Hoedaack absorbing a seemingly inconsequential Tarkin, keeping nothing but the name).
For a Star Wars fan, this is a must-have for your collection, a charming 'what may have been' curiosity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really interesting to see an earlier draft and a graphic novel is the perfect medium. So much familiar stuff, yet so different. A must for genuine fans!Published 8 months ago by Mark
Comes without issue #0 but what a story!! Better than anything in any of the movie episodes and completely different.Published 22 months ago by Mr. M. Harper
was ok but only if you are really into star wars more new star wars than old onesPublished 24 months ago by yvonne foster