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In Deadly Pursuit (Classic Star Wars, Volume One) Paperback – July 11, 1995

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If you're like me, you know that all of the Star Wars stuff that keeps coming out cannot possibly measure up to the original movies. However, Classic Star Wars from Goodwin and Williamson recaptures the joy of seeing Star Wars for the first time. The book reproduces the newspaper strips published between 1981 and 1984, but instead of merely reprinting the strips, the images are arranged to be more suitable for the comic book page. The result is sometimes slow and repetitive, though that's easy to forget with the gorgeous art and fun story.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars.. (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; Gph edition (July 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569711097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569711095
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone who was a mere child during the original running of the newspaper comic strips, I was seeing these for the first time, and they do not disappoint. The artwork is fairly good, and I much prefer it to the artwork in the newer comics like Dark Empire. As for the story lines, they are creative and create the same adventurous sense of fun that the movies did. I bought the first two volumes and devoured them without stopping in a matter of hours. I would definitely recommend these to any serious Star Wars fan.
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A long time ago,in a galaxy far,far away, I was a huge fan of the Star Wars comic strips in the early 1980's. I was such a fan that I actually cut each one out and made an album.Unfortunately, I never had the chance to get the complete set. The only thing I wished for was that someday, someone would compile these great comics into a book or album. When I caught word that they were being published I immediately rushed to purchase them. This part in the classic Star Wars series is my favorite. If you're like me and love to read the adventures that took place between the films, this is the book for you. It has great plots, and suprising twists everywhere. It also contains great artwork, and the only negative comment I have to say about the book is it gets a litte wacky at some parts. But, its all in the name of Star Wars. It is completely deserving of a four star rating. I definetely would recomend this book to any avid Star Wars fan.
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It's strange, but Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars line seems to be degrading in quality over time. These early Classic Star Wars graphic novels, reprinting the comic series of the same name, which in return are reprinting in revised format the Star Wars comic strips of the early 80s, are among the very best Star Wars comics available.
Although sometimes a little awkward because they were adapted from hundreds of individual 2-3 panel comic strips, the art is wonderful and all the characters and ships look right, like they do in the films. The coloring is for the most part very good, and the characters' dialogue also sounds right. These comics are action packed, but they don't go over the line into stupidity as the Marvel series tended to.
Also, these comics have a lot of the little touches...the Luke/Han/Leia bickering that would carry on into Splinter of the Mind's Eye and Empire Strikes Back, Luke reminiscing about Obi-Wan, and little stuff like that. As I've stated, but it's worth reiterating, the art is absolutely fantastic.
If you're going to buy any star wars comics, buy this one and its two sequels. They are fun entertaining classics.
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Star Wars was first inspired by the Flash Gordon serials during the 30s and 40s. It somehow seems fitting that, following the success of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, they would commission a wonderful newspaper serial to carry on that swashbuckling spirit. Despite being about 15 years old, these volumes (all three) are great fun. They somehow manage to perfectly capture the spirit of the original Star Wars movie in a way even its sequels couldn't. Sure the dialogue is a little stilted, and the characters are two-dimentional, but isn't that part of the appeal of Star Wars? The artwork, too, is fabulous, especially when you consider that the panels were originally about the size of a matchbook cover. They manage to convey the action perfectly. In short, if you liked Star Wars, buy all three volumes of Classic Star Wars. You won't regret it
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"In Deadly Pursuit" is the first collection of newspaper strips re-published by Dark Horse, but it doesn't include the first newspaper strips. The earliest newspaper strips were re-published in Volume 4 of Classic Star Wars, "The Early Adventures". That is why I read volume 4 first and then volume 1. As with the previous Classic Star Wars collection, I was very impressed with this one. In general, the stories are engaging, the characters act the way they did in the movies, and the art is very good. This volume also includes some information on how these Classic Star Wars collections were made. They are not a simple copy of what was published in the newspapers. They have been edited, re-formatted, touched up, and colored. I think that Dark Horse has done a marvelous job in all aspects, and I'm thoroughly enjoying reading through these comics.

There are several story arcs presented in this volume. The first focuses on the bounty hunter from Ord Mantell that Han mentions in "The Empire Strikes Back". First, I appreciate how this medium is used to expand on a topic brought up during the movie. These off hand comments in the movies beg to be developed into full blown stories, and I'm glad they are done in these comics. The story tells how Han was almost captured by this bounty hunter, and shows his narrow escape.

The second story is very interesting because it features a group of Imperial admirals that are plotting the downfall of Darth Vader. They have realized that it is only a matter of time before they fall victim to Vader's choke hold, and have decided to take action. They contact the rebellion for help and Luke is sent on the mission. But things take an unexpected turn when a double agent is revealed.
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