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L. W. Swint
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...it is a time of endings and new beginnings. It is a time when the light saber of a classic cosmic saga is passed to a new generation of creators. But it is also a time of reflection, when fans of a beloved space fantasy fable look back at times past and look forward to the stellar tales to come. It is in this nexus of eras that an early version of a story of good vs. evil that would become an expanding legend has been reimagined; a swan song to a cherished time of comic publishing. This is just part of what encompasses this special book collection that contains..."The Star Wars!"
"The Star Wars Deluxe Edition" is a beautifully packaged volume collecting a unique 8 issue mini-series published in 2013-2014 by Dark Horse Comics. Based on the 1974 rough draft screenplay by filmmaker George Lucas that would evolve into the story that became the immortal movie "Star Wars" in 1977, this space adventure tale of "another galaxy, another time" has been grandly reinterpreted by the creative team of writer J.W. Rinzler and artist Mike Mayhew. For fans of the continuing "Star Wars" mythos, those who have enjoyed the exploits of characters like Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo in many incarnations, this book gives the reader the truly entertaining opportunity to experience this well-known story from a new perspective.
As "The Star Wars" begin, a galaxy's star spanning society is entering a transition into tyranny. The Jedi-Bendu, the millennia-long warrior guardians of the former Emperor and now fallen political system, have been hunted down and all but exterminated by their ancient enemies, the Knights of Sith. After a tragic attack from a Sith assasin, a grieving Jedi-Bendu Master Kane Starkiller leaves his homeworld of Utapau with his elder son Annikin, travelling to the planet Aquilae, in hope of having Annikin become the padawan/apprentice of fellow Jedi-Bendu Luke Skywalker. But the father and son arrive on this world at a critical time: Aquilae is under seige by the new Empire, which is using an immense space fortress the size of a small moon to conquer the planet. During the invasion, the King of Aquilae is killed, leaving his daughter, Princess Leia, as heir to the throne and a coveted commodity to be claimed by the invading imperial forces. Master Skywalker assigns the task of finding and protecting the young princess to his new apprentice Annikin, even as he attempts to command the Aquilae military in their defense of the embattled world. As the action-packed story of "The Star Wars" escalates, Annikin, Leia, and Master Skywalker encounter other worlds, space battles, Wookiees, the danger of traversing an asteroid field, a pair of scrabbling droids, and a tall reptillian named Han Solo.
Part of the joy in reading "The Star Wars" is discovering familiar people, places and things realized in different ways. Concepts and characters established in the well-known film saga are given earlier life in the rough draft penned by Mr. Lucas four decades ago. J.W. Rinzler adapts the screenplay into the comic medium well for the most part. There are awkward moments in the narative, for example, in the budding romance between the young hero and heroine, Annikin and Leia. Mr. Lucas' draft also has a darker tone than the movie that came to be called "A New Hope," but overall this is a fast-paced tale of swashbuckling space opera, reminiiscent of its classic inspirations, like Akira Kurosawa's 1958 film, "The Hidden Fortress," and especially the Flash Gordon comic strip by Alex Raymond, which premiered in American newspapers in 1934.
It is the art of "The Star Wars" comic by Mike Mayhew which makes this stellar story soar. In this wonderful homage to the "Star Wars" Saga's earliest days, Mr. Mayhew has created one of the great examples of "Star Wars" sequential art. Paying tribute to the contributions of film storyboard artist Joe Johnston, and specifically the revered production design work Of Ralph McQuarrie, the talented illustrator has produced a work that fans of George Lucas' cherished cinematic creation will truly treasure. For the countless admirers of Mr. McQuarrie's invaluable vision in the look of the Original Trilogy, Mr. Mayhew's artistry will bring a smile to their faces again and again. On a personal note, this veteran "Star Wars" fan found turning the pages of this comic adventure a continual delight, revealing beautiful tips of the hat (or stormtrooper helmet) to more than a few of Mr. McQuarrie's legendary production paintings showcased in the famous "Star Wars Portfolios" of years gone by. But tributes aside, Mr. Mayhew's gifts as a comic storyteller extend beyond just being inspired by other artists. He gives life to "The Star Wars" story and his artist's eye brings a particular sense of wonder to this special tale.
"The Deluxe Edition" of the comic mini-series is collected in a brown tone clothbound box set which contains: the entire 7 issue comic adventure in a hardcover volume; the special 0 issue of the mini-series, which was published as a special behind the scenes companion comic to the mini-series with character and mechanical designs, sketches, alternative pages and more, within its own hardcover volume; and a portfolio of the painted covers to the comic series rendered by Nick Ringe, all housed in individual cardboard and acetate sleeves.
"The Star Wars" was a labor of love for its creators as well as for its publisher, Dark Horse Comics. It also served as a grand finale to its publishing relationship with the Lucasfilm Ltd., Company, which began in 1991 with the 6 issue mini-series, "Dark Empire." For well over 20 years, Dark Horse offered comic readers a variety of memorable "Star Wars" comics, from the "Crimson Empire" trilogy (1997, 1998, 2011-2012) to the ambitious "Star Wars: Legacy" series (2006-2011; 2013-2014).
In 2014 the publishing license for "Star Wars" comics returned to the first publisher of "Star Wars" comics, Marvel Comics. So ended Dark Horse's contribution to the "Expanded Universe." But with the publication of "The Star Wars," Dark Horse Comics bid farewell to the Saga on a high note, creating a comic series that paid homage to a long ago time, brought joy to a new generation of fans and will enthrall "Star Wars" fans for years to come.
This book comes with my highest recommendation.
May the Force of others be with you, always!