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WPR Discusses: The Star Wars #1

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Before Star Wars became the story that a vast majority of humanity knows about, George Lucas had a rough-draft. It was called The Star Wars, and it was vastly different from what you know and love.

TheStarWarsThe Star Wars #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: J. W. Rinzler
Artist: Mike Mayhew
Colorist: Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson
Release Date: September 4th, 2013
Price: $3.99

After reading this comic twice, I’m still trying to find that place where I just dislodge any knowledge I have from Star Wars and try to accept that this is something completely different. Maybe that will happen as the next seven issues come out for this entire series’ run but I couldn’t stop but at every point of difference and overly analyzing it. I’ll keep the spoilers out of it, but you can see where this was the foundation for the franchise the Lucas created. I can’t help but wonder what might have been if he had stuck more with this story, I think for the time, it still would have made a great Space Epic of a movie.

Lets get down to the basics, the writing in The Star Wars is intriguing. Since it’s adapted from the original screenplay, Rinzler does a superb job of laying out the writing that seems so different, yet oddly familiar. Given that he has such an extensive Star Wars pedigree, it’s not surprising. He must have had his hands full still, he creates a wonderfully engaging Star Wars comic that you’ve never seen before. That’s pretty tough to do with this franchise. The artwork by Mike Mayhew and colors by Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson are very visually appealing. The scenes draw you in, just like that first time you watched Star Wars, sitting there with your mouth half open, staring in wonder. The bridges, command centers, city and scenery are all visually a treat to take in. Even the vastly different take on Iconic characters that you know and love, twist at your brain but it’s easy to wrap your head around once you’ve grown to acceptance that this is going to be visually different from what you know. Enough of my ramblings, here are some thoughts from more of the WPR Staff.

Brian West

When I first heard about The Star Wars comic I really thought it was gonna be just Star Wars, with a twist. I couldn’t have been farther from the truth. From the first page to the last, I was taken to a very different galaxy far far away. While the DNA of the story is very much what we’ve all come to know and love, the story itself is entirely new. After I forced my brain to quit trying to find all the similarities, I really started to enjoy this alternate Star Wars story. It has the same magic that captivated me all those years ago when I saw Star Wars for the first time. I was surprised to see how much of the Star Wars prequels story seemed to have come from this first draft story. I’m wondering how much more was inspired by Lucas’s original draft. I’m really excited to read the rest of this story.

Ryan Wilson

Going into The Star Wars, I feared for the worst. George Lucas, whether you love him or hate him, has the tendency to squelch works based in his universe that he is not proud of (I’m looking at you, Star Wars Christmas Special), so the fact that this first draft had gone unseen by the public for nearly forty years didn’t project an air of confidence. Couple this with the fact that the first time we saw George Lucas unfiltered, Jar Jar Binks happened, my expectations were pretty low. Consider me surprised when The Star Wars completely blew away all my doubts in Lucas’ ability to write an engaging story, albeit one that would have unlikely spawned sequel after sequel.

If you want to pick up the comic right about…NOW, you can buy it from Dark Horse Digital. Or wait until your local comic book store opens. Either way, you should be reading this if you have any kind of remote love for a certain galaxy far, far away.

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