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Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Vol. 3 Paperback – January 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826398
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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STAR WARS OMNIBUS: A LONG TIME AGO... VOLUME 3 collects issues 50 - 67 and Annual #2 of Marvel Comics' classic Star Wars title. At this point in the series, The Empire Strikes Back had wrapped up and Lucasfilm appeared to be taking a greater hand in the direction of the stories and art. At the time, I felt that the series wasn't as fun as it had been, and my recent reading of this volume confirmed that, but there was still some enjoyment to be had. Volume 3 starts off with the double-length "The Crimson Forever", one of my favorite stories of the series. That leads to Archie Goodwin's exit as regular writer and brings in David Michelinie and Walt Simonson as frequent co-writers, with Simonson also taking on art duties. While the covers are pure Simonson, the interiors don't resemble his standard style, and that's because the pages are inked by Tom Palmer. I suspect that Palmer was chosen in order to give the major characters more of a movie likeness, but his work unfortunately causes Simonson's normally dynamic pencils to lose something.

Other story stand-outs include an Imperial conspiracy to kill Darth Vader, the return of Lobot (yay!), and the first appearances of Plif the Hoojib and Shira Brie. An unfortunate addition to the series is issues 53 - 54, which actually recycles story and art from an unused John Carter of Mars story into a Princess Leia adventure. It has to be seen (but not enjoyed) to be believed.
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It's hard writing a review of a book where it's part of a series, especially if it's more of a compilation than a stand alone story. When you read these comics you will find many issues, as they do not always flow well with the official movie releases, and while they had to wait three years between movies, they had to come up with stories that would keep you entertained, but at times while doing so they ended up writing things into stories that stand out as improbable or inaccurate. Such as Leia's mixed feelings towards Luke in the storylines following Empire Strikes Back, as at the end of that movie it was clear to all who she chose, and thankfully it was not her brother lol. These look great on a tablet and the stories are great and the art is exquisite. Comics are a much maligned underrated PURE art form. And those who appreciate such literary art will no doubt enjoy these stories, and those who love Star Wars but do not wish to go hunting down the 100 plus issues of the Marvel Era comics this is the best place to go for the full run. There are five issues in all, all covering the Marvel issues. Including Annuals and movie tie-ins. So make sure you get all five and just sit back and enjoy. Also great in paperback form as well.
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The art for Marvel 50-67 is better than a lot of the art before this. Walter Simonson did most (if not all) of the penciling for these, and his work is very good.
There is a bit less of "previous issue" notes, but there are still enough to be annoying. If I don't know a part of the past story, that's my fault.
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Thanks to Lucas, none of this really matters anymore, but if you were into Star Wars, you probably read these books. To me this is where the series really got better. The artwork was much better and the stories were a little more sophisticated than the first 2 volumes. Definitely worth a read if you can get it.
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Thee third volume of the Star Wars Omnibus series A Long Time Ago is the best of the volumes collecting the Marvel Comics Star Wars series. Despite no movie adaptations the stories operated at a higher level in this volume mainly because there were no clunkers that sruck me as lousy and the art work continued to be solid. I strongly recommend this volume to all Star Wars fans especially the last few stories in which Luke becomes an outcast among the rebels and then gets back his good name
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I still reading and enjoying this book. Great compilation of short stories for your entertainment. I collecting other Omnibus books after purchasing this one.
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