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Old September 5 2013, 05:55 AM   #1
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"The Star Wars" Comic Official Discussion Thread

Just read the first issue - interesting.

Having read "Skywalking" back in the mid 80's, I knew a lot of these names and concepts but it was pretty cool to see images to match the names and places. I really like that this feels like the SW universe we all know, just shifted slightly to the left.

It was weird seeing the stardestroyers(one word as they say at the end), flying between buildings - I assumed the buildings must be MASSIVE until I read at the back it's the ships that are so SMALL, just two man fighters.


Enjoying it so far - what does everybody else think?
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Old September 5 2013, 06:07 AM   #2
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I'm actually waiting for the trade on this one.
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Old September 5 2013, 09:36 PM   #3
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^^ Me too.
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Old September 5 2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Intense and disorienting are my first impressions.

The intense part comes from a tragic death almost from the very start and then the immediate jump into the politics of the New Empire and the rebellion against it.

The disorientation comes from seeing so many familiar elements--the aforementioned Star Destroyers, Darth Vader, and Luke Skywalker--turned on their heads (looking forward to see the green-skinned alien Han Solo and what he'll be like).

It's a fascinating read on its own, IMO, but I think the biggest thrill is seeing what original ideas and concepts were left relatively intact and which ones were totally altered or ditched altogether.
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Old September 6 2013, 01:16 AM   #5
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Agreed.

It's very interesting to even hear the words "trade", "guild" and so on, along with the heavy emphasis on politics; something that we tend to now associate with the much maligned PT. It's as if Lucas completely ditched all of that and just went straight for an action story through line for ANH, with the political baggage sidelined.

Also knowing WHEN the first draft was written, along with the fact that Tatooine is a desert planet makes you see the MAJOR influence "Dune" also had on the young Lucas. Both very political with great old families plotting and scheming along with guilds and associations.

Very interesting.
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Old September 8 2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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Agreed.

It's very interesting to even hear the words "trade", "guild" and so on, along with the heavy emphasis on politics; something that we tend to now associate with the much maligned PT. It's as if Lucas completely ditched all of that and just went straight for an action story through line for ANH, with the political baggage sidelined.

Also knowing WHEN the first draft was written, along with the fact that Tatooine is a desert planet makes you see the MAJOR influence "Dune" also had on the young Lucas. Both very political with great old families plotting and scheming along with guilds and associations.

Very interesting.
The influence of Dune on this draft of the story is remarkable, as is the very Ming-like Emperor. The Flash Gordon influence is much more pronounced in this version.

This should be a fun series.
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Old September 8 2013, 11:31 PM   #7
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Tulin wrote: View Post
Agreed.

It's very interesting to even hear the words "trade", "guild" and so on, along with the heavy emphasis on politics; something that we tend to now associate with the much maligned PT. It's as if Lucas completely ditched all of that and just went straight for an action story through line for ANH, with the political baggage sidelined.

Also knowing WHEN the first draft was written, along with the fact that Tatooine is a desert planet makes you see the MAJOR influence "Dune" also had on the young Lucas. Both very political with great old families plotting and scheming along with guilds and associations.

Very interesting.
The influence of Dune on this draft of the story is remarkable, as is the very Ming-like Emperor. The Flash Gordon influence is much more pronounced in this version.

This should be a fun series.
Why doesn't Dark Horse sell through comixology? I know they have their own app but so do DC and Marvel. When I buy their comics they are available on both apps. Dark Horse? What's the problem?
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Old September 8 2013, 11:38 PM   #8
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That's been bugging me forever too. At least they do sell digital versions of their trades for both Kindle & Nook, so I figure I'll go that route, at least for starters.
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Old September 9 2013, 01:50 AM   #9
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The DC and Marvel apps were built for those companies by comiXology. Dark Horse designed its own app, which moves through a comic differently than the comiXology app (as well as organizes your collection differently, and so on).

As for the comic, I've been looking forward to this for quite a while. Several years back, I read the draft that this miniseries is based on, though I don't remember it very well at this point. I thought this first issue was a lot of fun, and didn't at all mind the political angles that so far seem to be better handled than the Prequel Trilogy handled similar ideas (though perhaps it's too early to compare). It's just really neat to see Lucas's early ideas fleshed out beyond a script, and to see the similar-but-just-a-little-off implementation of certain characters, vehicles (stardestroyers as two-man fighters!), and situations.
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Old September 9 2013, 02:54 AM   #10
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Why doesn't Dark Horse sell through comixology? I know they have their own app but so do DC and Marvel. When I buy their comics they are available on both apps. Dark Horse? What's the problem?
Dark Horse sells through its own app in order to keep a bigger chunk of the "cover" price. Buying through Comixology is a three way split between Comixology, Apple (or Google), and the comic company (Marvel and DC's app are just stripped down Comixology). By selling through the Dark Horse app they only have a two way slit.
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Old September 9 2013, 04:08 AM   #11
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Very interesting retro take... the art was really excellent. I did find it confusing a little since it reuses so many canon names but in different meanings.
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Old September 23 2013, 08:00 AM   #12
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THE STAR WARS comic review

I have posted a review of the new eight-part miniseries that Dark Horse is publishing. You can read the review here at lifetintedblue.com. Thanks a bunch.
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Old September 24 2013, 01:16 AM   #13
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Old September 24 2013, 01:17 AM   #14
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There's already a review thread here,

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=224869
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Old October 2 2013, 09:41 PM   #15
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Issue #2 of The Star Wars is available through the Dark Horse app now.

The teaser tag from the store app reads:
The Empire is poised for an attack on the peaceful world of Aquilae, and only Jedi General Luke Skywalker seems concerned. When King Kayos is killed, Jedi in training Annikin Starkiller is ordered to find Princess Leia, while Skywalker sends his only squadron against the Empire's powerful new battle station!

The action picks up more so in this issue but there are still a few panels of clunky dialogue.

I really want to pick up my old copy of the Annotated Screenplays and compare it to the comics but so far I've held off doing that as I think its been more thrilling reading this fresh.
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