My comic saga continues! This time around I chose to bring you a comic from.. Marvel? Wait a sec, what? Since when do I read a thing from marvel? Well, I’m as surprised as myself but it’s justifiable since it’s Star Wars related XP
Pre-Star Wars to be more precise, and emphasis on “pre” as Marvel’s “The Star Wars” is the adaptation of the rough version of the saga that the world now knows so well.
“Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the official adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars—the film that changed motion pictures and the world. You’ll see familiar characters and places—but not all is the same in this long-ago and faraway galaxy. Still, strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and a battle to defeat the evil Empire!“
This story spans across #8 issues and shows us quite a different far away galaxy what we’re used to. A Galactic Empire as been in place for at least 100 000 years – from all those 0’s obviously they’ve got the formula right – and the Jedi-Bendu (no monk like order here) were the emperor’s bodyguards and military overseers untill what was known as the “Great Jedi Rebellion” that led to the rise of the Knights of Sith and the persecution and manhunt of every single Jedi.
This story is set when the empire targets Aquilae – one of the remaining independent planets – for its advanced cloning technologies and sends in an invading fleet led by non other than Darth Vader himself – a more human and less asthmatic one – on its favourite space fortress (what we know as death star but without the mega death ray and evil name XP). Meanwhile down on the planet the royal aquiline family, who has their own princess Leia, is protected and advised by Luke Skywalker – a general, former first bodyguard to the emperor and one of the last remaining jedi-bendu – which is joined by Annikin Starkiller (yes, annikin, no mistake there), son of former jedi-bendu Kane Starkiller and luke’s new disciple, in a desperate attempt to save Aquilae and somehow fight back. Several other characters, like Han Solo and chewbacca, also make their appearances along the way.
Solo, you look a little green XP
There are several differences that are somewhat worth mentioning like everyone and their grandma being able to carry and use a lazersword – it’s one of the primary weapons of the shock troopers – and the jedi and sith alike using red lazersword. Leia not only has a family, a decent one at least XP but also two younger twin brothers – that just get in the way most of the time. Vader, being more human and less asthmatic as I said before, not only is not a sith as he wears a very ridiculous bucket on his head! Owen and Bery Lars are no longer moister farmers (and later full time charcoals) but anthropologists studying wookies – wich is also not the most safe thing to do in the universe. Although the most noteworthy is Han Solo who is a Ureallian, a reptile race known for hunting and capturing wookies – good luck making furry friends now!
All together this one was an interesting perspective on the Star Wars universe, a toned down and down to earth version (can I really use the expression down to earth here??) that I was glad to stumble upon. Across the webs I’ve read a lot of negative reviews, hate and opinions on this that think are uncalled for, sure, from plot through design it is a lot different, and some more detailed background could be included but heck it stands on its own fairly good! You just have to detach a little from the “canon” obsession and embrace different perspectives – it’s a really constructive and interesting thing to do – but oh well, that is just my way of seeing things (after all I’m guilty of the sin of liking the prequels, the clone wars and a lot of other stuff), to each its own I guess.
Final score: 7.5/10