The Star Wars

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Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the softcover collection of 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! ...

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Overview

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the softcover collection of 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! Collects issues #1-#8 The Star Wars.

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Before Star Wars was an epoch-making film, it was a rough-draft George Lucas screenplay that eventually became this official graphic novel adaptation. Thus, The Star Wars returns you to the inspirational moments of genesis when brave Jedi Knights first roamed free and battles loomed in the galaxies. Now in trade paperback.

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
Drawing on George Lucas’s original notes for Star Wars, Rinzler has concocted a grand interstellar conflict very different from and yet evocative of the events in the film franchise. Aquila is the last remaining independent system, and the final refuge of the Jedui-Bendu, in a galaxy under the boot of the New Empire. As imperial forces gather around Aquila, the safety of the royal family is paramount. As formidable as the family’s Jedi defenders are, the Knights of the Sith are just as impressive—and they are more numerous and backed by the weapons beyond compare of the Empire itself. As Mayhew’s art and Rinzler’s script makes clear, the roots of Stars Wars as we know it were in place at the beginning, but many significant details were transformed during the journey to film. The themes of freedom versus oppression remain, and elements of familiar figures can be seen in prickly Princess Leia and brash, green-skinned Solo. But readers expecting a recapitulation of the familiar tale will be surprised by the many stark differences. Fans of space opera in the tradition of Brackett, Hamilton, and Moore will be intrigued by this tale of interstellar derring-do. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616553807
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 217,880
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of The New York Times best seller The Making of Star Wars, as well as the London Times best seller The Complete Making of Indiana Jones. His most recent book is The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Rinzler lives in Petaluma, California. The author lives in Petaluma, CA..

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

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    “He is Chewbacca, son of Zuzituck, Prince of the Sawas- a very powerful Wookiee tribe. It seems they’ve made Starkiller a god.”




    I was excited about this one: seeing George Lucas’ original ideas for Star Wars turned into a graphic novel. The main thing to remember when starting to read this is that it is based off of an unfinished work. The technology, world building, plot and characters are full of holes. That being said, I’m on the fence of wether the writer and artist should have taken up more of a chance on their creative license or not. I didn’t want a completely finished work, but leaving the story as it was left the novel very jumpy and hard to follow. 




    The highlight of this novel is comparing the original script to the script that made the big-screen. We see familiar characters’ names playing different roles, characters we know shown with a bit of a twist (alien Han Solo), as well as introductions of new characters. Prince Valorum, a Knight of the Sith, is a particularly entertaining character. 




    As with most graphic novels, concept art is included in the back of the novel including feedback from the artist/writer on how they ultimately made their decisions. Also included are concept panels that were originally sent to George Lucas to get his support on the idea of creating the graphic novel.




    Overall, as a graphic novel alone I wouldn’t recommend it, but any fan of Star Wars would love to compare the original ideas and characters to the stories that they know so well. Defiantly one to add to the shelves. 

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    Very illuminating

    It is fascinating to see what we could have gotten, and compare with what we got. And it is far more entertaining to read it this way than to try to read a scanned pdf of a dusty old manuscript.

    To say what we got is better isn't really fair. What we got is different and more well thought out. But to see the seed it grew out of is a great way to spend an afternoon.

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  • Posted January 9, 2015

    This is an incredible read!

    I wasn't sure what I might discover in reading this other version of Star Wars, but I must say, I was thoroughly impressed. I loved every single page. The artwork is vivid, and the story is a very good read. I quite liked it in graphic novel form. I would recommend it to any Star Wars fan.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Very cool for Star Wars fans

    When I read about this book, I decided that it was something I really wanted to have, as a long-time Star Wars fan. It's interesting to see how an earlier version of the story worked, with characters that were familiar, but different, and in different relationships to each other. This was definitely a worthwhile addition to my small collection of Star Wars graphic novels.

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