If you have ready any of my reviews or articles, you know I love reboots, alternate universes, time travel shenanigans and so on. So when I saw this I literally freaked out. you see, when I was a young be-spectacled Bob, just bobbing around in a con, I came across a set of over-sized lithographs in a large card stock envelope. It had the all too familiar Star Wars logo emblazoned above the sentence ” Original Concept Art from the movie by Ralph MacQuarrie ” I spent $10 bucks on it and quickly shoved it in my school bag like it was gold.
I was like 11, I had no idea of story boards, concept art, b-rolls or anything like that. So I was shocked to the core when I saw, Mr. MacQuarrie’s awesome designs for the world of Star Wars, everything was different, but kinda the same. A little – darker, a little more scifi-y. It blew my little mind.
Vader looked different, Storm Troopers had light sabers, Luke was wearing a mask and Han had a beard. I wont even mention R2D2 and C3-PO. Those images always stayed with me, and were further burned in upon my finding out about the history of Star Wars; how it was originally one story , then broken up into nine chapters (so that’s why it started with episode IV!!!!). What I wouldn’t give to know what the original story was like?!
So now JW Rinzler, Lucas’ right hand man when it comes to editing licensed books, as well as a Star Wars author himself, is teaming up with the radically realistic action artist Mike Mayhew ( Zorro, Vampirella, too many cool covers to name ) to make my, and many others nerds dreams come true, by presenting to us Lucas’ original ideas, designs and storylines in this eight issue mini series from Dark Horse.
I was going to talk about the changes made, who is new the star, who replaces who, and why this person looks like that and so on. But that’s the whole damn point of this book, so check out these preview pages to get a taste. And of course… may the force be with you!
Plus these nice Variant homage covers by Doug Wheatley and Jan Duursema
The Star Wars #1
Writer: J. W. Rinzler
Artist: Mike Mayhew
Colorist: Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson
Cover Artist: Nick Runge
Genre: Star Wars
Publication Date: September 04, 2013
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries (8 issue)
UPC: 7 61568 22824 3 00111