Dark Horse’s highly-anticipated The Star Wars #1 hits comic book shops today! In case you missed it, check out our special preview, featuring variant covers and interior pages, after the jump!
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There’s an old crime lord saying that goes, “For every bounty hunter that can do the job, there are a thousand more who think they can.” The names Boba Fett, Cad Bane, and Aurra Sing fill the galaxy with dread and menace, but what of the washouts who failed to live up to the glory of their more deadly peers? These are the stories of seven bounty hunters who strove for greatness in the annals of galactic history, but came up short, falling prey to their own targets or wasting away in bitter obscurity. Just in time for the upcoming The Bounty Hunter Code. You know of the greatest bounty hunters in the galaxy…now it’s time to hear about “The Not-So Magnificent Seven!”
How do we get from a scene in George Lucas’ rough draft to a page in The Star Wars comic book? By transcribing its key visual “frames” and its most essential dialogue (feeling, plot, character, not necessarily in that order) to the comic book format. Fortunately, cinema and comic books tell stories visually (usually).
Issue #1, however, was difficult for all: for me, editor Randy Stradley at Dark Horse, and artist Mike Mayhew. Mike had a whole lot to design, from characters and locales, to ships, to props, and so on — before he could even start on his layouts. For my part I sort of naively jumped into my first professional comic book gig (I guess we can’t count the many I did as a teenager and before), but fortunately Randy took the time to explain some of the finer points (and some of the basics).
When I first developed the story that became Star Wars: Kenobi, my new novel releasing from Random House in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook on August 27, I knew what I wanted. Instead of a star-spanning space opera, I intended something much more akin to a western, telling the story of recent arrival to Tatooine Obi-Wan Kenobi and how the locals — settlers and Sand People — reacted to him.
Set in the days following Star Wars: Episode III, the story does all that, while depicting the urgency of Kenobi’s mission to go underground and his pain over the events that have befallen the galaxy. It also depicts how his presence affects the world around him, as it certainly must. A body in motion tends to remain in motion, and Obi-Wan cannot resist the drive to help people in need. Even here, at the farthest place from the bright center of the galaxy!
Aliens are one of the most fascinating aspects of the Star Wars saga. They look strange, sound strange, and act strange — all things at odds with another iconic element of Star Wars: the martial order and perfect conformity of the Galactic Empire. This series sheds a light on some of the most notorious alien henchmen of the Empire to straddle these worlds, drawing upon the films and the Expanded Universe. In case you missed it, check out part one of “Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire.”
The question: Are Tusken Raiders a form of animal, mineral, or vegetable? The answer: No one in the Empire gives a womp rat’s tail.
Anti-alien discrimination ran rampant within Imperial ranks and society. In some instances, such as that of Grand General Malcor Brashin, whose family was murdered by Rodian thugs, this prejudice was understandable, if misguided. But, for the most part, it was humans’ irrational fear of the unknown, coupled with the power-idolizing influence of Palpatine, that spiraled this instinct into an out-of-control xenophobia. Nonetheless, while Imperials were fond of instituting their bigotry into law, one maxim proved the proverbial Thorn of Ryloth in their sides: good help is hard to find.
In May 1974, George Lucas wrote a rough-draft script called The Star Wars. While not quite the story we would come to know three years later, it contains early strands of Star Wars‘ DNA, including the “Jedi-Bendu” and “Knights of the Sith,” eventually evolving into the space-fantasy fairy tale that would change filmmaking forever. But fans have long wondered: What would The Star Wars have looked like?
Finally, we’ll get an answer. The Star Wars will come to life via an eight-issue comic book miniseries from Dark Horse, written by J.W. Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, with issue #1 hitting comic book shops on September 4.
StarWars.com is proud to present this exclusive preview of The Star Wars #1, featuring a first look at the issue’s stunning variant covers, interior pages, and a special trailer.
When the Special Edition of Star Wars was released in 1997, my wife and I went to the cinema to see it. I hadn’t seen the film for a few years, and it seemed like a great opportunity to view it again on the big screen.
The opening music brought a tingle of delight.
And when the Star Destroyer appeared above us on the screen, got bigger and bigger, and just kept…on…coming, I realized I was sporting a huge, goofy grin of delight. I hadn’t expected this reaction. It took me back 20 years to when my brother first took me to see Star Wars on its original release, and for the following couple of hours I was that eight-year-old boy again, marveling in wonder as I watched something that became a part of history.
Neither that eight-year-old boy, nor the 28-year-old man who felt like a boy again, could have imagined that one day he would be playing in the Star Wars universe himself.