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JediTricks
09-06-2013, 01:49 AM
"The Star Wars" issue 1 - this is the comic book adaptation of the first draft of Star Wars, (the shooting script was the 4th generation I think).

I finished issue #1 today, and I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the title on my pull list. I found it unfortunately dull as dishwater, it's poorly paced and far too political, it reeks of the prequels and spends too much time with wink-wink stuff like names and armor pieces and the Stardestroyer small fighters. Meanwhile, the characters are wafer-thin, there are far too many of them thrown at the page without justification or explanation and all with far too unclear motivations, and the little Jedi-Bendu actions shown are middling at best. Oh, and our hero whips his kid in the opening panels, but at least said kid dies 2 pages later so he cries.

I'm also quite turned off by the Stardestroyer fighter design having the big Star Destroyer bridge element and also a friggin' hot rod blower, both of which are just cheap and take the reader out of the moment.

And I suspect we'll get payoff to that Princess Leia scene, but in this book it was pointless and a waste of time, it should have been shuttled off to a later issue or left as dialogue because on the page it's just obvious foreshadowing with no other merit.

This proves why that was a FIRST DRAFT and why Lucas threw it all out in later drafts, it's not terribly compelling.

JimJamBonds
09-06-2013, 09:49 AM
Sounds pretty bad.

sith_killer_99
09-06-2013, 01:25 PM
This proves why that was a FIRST DRAFT and why Lucas threw it all out in later drafts, it's not terribly compelling.

That was my fear when I read about the series. Sure, it SOUNDS like a good and interesting concept, but then you remember why things go through the editing process.

Maradona
09-06-2013, 03:29 PM
I've been curious about this title, but figured I'd wait until it hit the trade paperback edition. I remember reading the early Star Wars drafts back in the mid 90s. That was the first thing I did on the internet when I began "surfing" in 1996: search for screenplays, finding several early drafts of a variety of my favorites, namely The Star Wars. I seem to recall that the sequel was to be titled The Princess of Ondoos or something like that, though I don't think it was ever written.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-06-2013, 09:50 PM
My local comic shop was sold out. I may try some other shops tomorrow, or wait for the trade paperback as well, or simply pass on it entirely. Just to have my bases covered, you know. :rolleyes:

El Chuxter
09-06-2013, 10:10 PM
This is somewhat disheartening. I was looking forward to this more than any Star Wars comic in recent memory, the Wood series included. :(

JediTricks
09-08-2013, 03:04 PM
Sounds pretty bad.I really didn't expect much either, it looked good and all but not overwhelmingly so, my expectations weren't too high. But maybe you'll find it different, I'm most curious to hear what others thought of it.


That was my fear when I read about the series. Sure, it SOUNDS like a good and interesting concept, but then you remember why things go through the editing process.Yeah, exactly. I had read the outline in the Making of ANH book and in other places, but they can't give a sense of the on-the-page feel of that first draft. And that draft got entirely tossed out the airlock no less, a brave move from George Lucas at the time.


I've been curious about this title, but figured I'd wait until it hit the trade paperback edition. I remember reading the early Star Wars drafts back in the mid 90s. That was the first thing I did on the internet when I began "surfing" in 1996: search for screenplays, finding several early drafts of a variety of my favorites, namely The Star Wars. I seem to recall that the sequel was to be titled The Princess of Ondoos or something like that, though I don't think it was ever written.Princess of Ondos was from the second draft's opening crawl, and the idea that it was a sequel was fanfic from a time when fanfic ruled the internet hardcore, passing itself off as real.

TPB is probably a good idea, I just thought since it's an episodic-feeling movie that an episodic comic would follow those beats. WRONG. Seriously, it ends in such an awkward place that it might as well be characters walking through a shopping mall and one turns and says "I lost my keys, and also I have no legs" and fades to black. I look forward to hearing what you think of it should you get the TPB. I'll try to remember to bring my copy to our next meet-up as well.


My local comic shop was sold out. I may try some other shops tomorrow, or wait for the trade paperback as well, or simply pass on it entirely. Just to have my bases covered, you know. :rolleyes:Very curious to hear what you think as well, and same with Maradona, I'll bring issue 1 to our next meet-up if you don't get one.


This is somewhat disheartening. I was looking forward to this more than any Star Wars comic in recent memory, the Wood series included. :(Same here, very frustrating. I was considering reviewing it for the site, but came away feeling very much like I couldn't bring enough positive aspects to the party to justify that. Keep in mind, I am only a filter, your mileage may vary.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-27-2013, 11:03 PM
Very curious to hear what you think as well, and same with Maradona, I'll bring issue 1 to our next meet-up if you don't get one.Sadly, I'll have to agree with your dishwater dullness view. The son looked like a girl to me; I got the Jedi heroes confused, name-wise throughout. I remember when you got to about page 20 of a comic, expecting something interesting. Not quite. :( But I think I'll read the rest of the series... all seven remaining issues.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-11-2013, 08:06 PM
I read book #2... and while it's not actual #2, it sure stinks like it. Just too hard to follow the story, nothing that makes me excited to keep reading. Best part? The write-in letters page, maybe. Haven't found the McQuarrie variant cover, though (well, for less than $20 or so).

Bel-Cam Jos
11-16-2013, 09:45 AM
I got through #3 yesterday, and it's a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the previous issue. Much more "Star Wars" imagery and references, although Threepio looks like he (she?) is ready for swimsuit season. Artwo Detwo's name just looks weird, and hearing his words is a nice change from those onomatopoeia sounds.

OC47151
11-20-2013, 03:19 PM
I'm enjoying it. I read #1 and 2 back to back and couldn't wait until #3 came out. It made me wonder: if this version of SW made it to the big screen, would it have been a hit? Don't know if it would've been the blockbuster it turned out to be, but it would've intrigued people.

I'm getting some customizing ideas from it, too.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-30-2013, 09:56 AM
Issue #4 had some of the issues (pun always intended) with this kind of script: it had the "it sure seems like they're just dragging this plotline out longer" aspect for me. I still like how they're putting characters in outfits from the films (Luke's ANH ceremony jacket, troopers, etc.), and the SW names and scenarios showing up. Han Solo made his appearance (not exactly how I envisioned him to be, but close).

Apparently, this month's book is #0, with some background on the series. Not sure if the Wednesday release date will be the same in stores, as that's New Year's Day; #5 comes out in February.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-14-2014, 09:12 AM
Apparently, this month's book is #0, with some background on the series. Not sure if the Wednesday release date will be the same in stores, as that's New Year's Day; #5 comes out in February.I read both. Nothing uber-wunderbar about the #0, and #5 just continues the action (no new characters introduced, with some action). I wonder if a 6-issue series would've been better; this is just dragging on.

A collection of all the issues is due out around the time the series ends (May-ish, IIRC), in hardcover and trade paperback.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-12-2014, 11:04 PM
I liked the look of #6's art, while the story was very weak. The bounty hunter-type warriors look quite similar to the motley bunch gathered on Vader's Executor in ESB. Only 2 more to end the series! ;)

Bel-Cam Jos
04-21-2014, 07:29 PM
So, Bel-Cam; did you get the newest issue?
Yeah, it was #7.
You liked it?
Sure. This one had more of the "Star Wars" style to it.
What do you mean, Bel-Cam?
Some humor, cool action, faster pace.
More intense?
Ha ha. Yep.
Any other details you want to mention?
Wookiees fight, characters get tortured, and next issue's cover promo looks nice.
That's the last issue, right?
You got it.
Well, good to talk with you, Bel-Cam.
Until someone else recently joins in this thread, I gotcha.
:rolleyes:

OC47151
04-22-2014, 02:56 PM
Building to an exciting climax. Wonder how it will end?

Bel-Cam Jos
04-22-2014, 09:42 PM
Building to an exciting climax. Wonder how it will end?My guess is that George Lucas falls in love... with his one-handed sister! :eek:

Bel-Cam Jos
05-31-2014, 10:01 PM
Building to an exciting climax. Wonder how it will end?Well, there was a ceremony shown in the final panel. Or should I have said "spoiler" there?

This whole series was fine, and in retrospect, I'm glad I bought it as single issues month-by-month, to keep that serial style rather than all together in a trade paperback.

OC47151
06-01-2014, 06:12 PM
I enjoyed it. Glad we had the opportunity to see this unique and different take on this story and how it changed from what we now know and love.

JediTricks
06-09-2014, 06:39 PM
I liked this last issue more than the previous few, but they crammed the entire second half of ANH into a single issue, so there wasn't enough flavor for successes and failures, there wasn't enough time for this particular part of the story to breathe. The twist with Valorum didn't land well either, it was enjoyable but because it wasn't set up earlier it just felt like it came out of nowhere, despite being a satisfying turn. Most of the art held up but some of the faces were a mess, cartoony eyes, that got distracting.

Overall, I'd say this series needed a comic book editor to go through the script for the whole arc and balance it out better, and having read some of Lucas' first draft I can say that not all the fault is on it, some may just Rinzler's lack of experience with comics. So a mixed experience, and I may re-read it as a whole and see if I enjoy it more.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-10-2014, 10:34 AM
As I commented earlier, I think just like the old Marvel movie adaptation, this probably should've been a 6-issue series. The drawn-out problems likely would've been less of an issue (puns always intended). JT, I agree that perhaps someone more familiar with how to tell a comic story also would have improved its flow; the splash pages at the start were not exciting most of the time.

JediTricks
06-13-2014, 01:33 AM
They could have gone the other way too though, expand out the scenes a little more and let the ending take place over 2 issues, I could have seen this going a year. But I dunno who would have been left to read it by then either. ;)