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Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago . . . Volume 4 Paperback – August 16, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595826404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826404
  • ASIN: 1595826408
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collecting all of the stories from the Marvel era.
C. Gregory
We even learn what happened to Wedge Antilles after the battle of Hoth - one of my favorite stories in the book.
He said he had so many memories from his childhood reading these!
Kristine Etter

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
With STAR WARS OMNIBUS: A LONG TIME AGO... VOLUME 4, Dark Horse continues to collect the entire Marvel Comics Star Wars series in affordable digests. Containing issues 68 through 85, Annual #3, and the four-issue adaptation of Return of The Jedi, Volume 4 is a whopping 576 pages (the thickest one yet), yet retains the price of the previous releases - a heck of a deal. By using the subtitle "A Long Time Ago..." on this series of omnibuses, Dark Horse is unintentionally reminding me of just how ancient I am, as the original comics were an essential part of my childhood collection; however, unlike many other series of that time, I really enjoyed getting into them again. The first half of this volume features two parallel storylines that lead the series into the adaptation of Return of The Jedi. First, you have the Rebel Alliance trying to locate Han Solo, who was frozen in carbonite and handed over to Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. At the same time, they're searching for two missing Rebel spies who have information on a certain new Imperial superweapon with which we're all familiar. One has to wonder how the Alliance could let several of their key members roam all over the galaxy like this, but Luke, Leia, Chewie, Lando, Threepio, and Artoo certainly get the job done. There are many events in these stories that are regarded as non-canon in the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe, yet in doing some research, I was amazed at the lengths to which some people have gone to make them fit. The best approach is to realize that these stories were written long before the Expanded Universe really took off, so anything that is outside of "official" continuity should simply be accepted as an oddity, and nothing more.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gwendolen Fairfax on March 4, 2012
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As other reviewers have stated, these "A Long Time Ago" omnibuses are a great value, and are probably the best way to read the original Marvel Star Wars comics, published in 1977-1986. For each of the 107 monthly issues and three King-Sized Annuals, Dark Horse has painstakingly recreated the colors of the original Marvel comics as closely as possible.

However, with Marvel's 4-issue Return of the Jedi series, Dark Horse appears to have cheated. Rather than printing the original Marvel color design by Christie Scheele and Bob Sharen, they have instead copied the pages directly from Dark Horse's recolored version, as it appears in the "Return of the Jedi Special Edition" graphic novel. While I don't mind the darker, grittier, more realistic colors of Dark Horse colorists Cary Porter and Perry McNamee in the graphic novel, I actually prefer the bright, cheerful, watercolor-like pastels of the original Marvel comics, including a nice use of shading not evident in the Dark Horse version. A minor complaint perhaps, but the Dark Horse version is already available as a separate graphic novel, and also in another omnibus (The Complete Saga: Episodes I-VI). This omnibus is supposed to duplicate the original Marvel comics, and I can't help being a little disappointed with Dark Horse's shortcut.

Here is the breakdown of the five volumes of this series:
Volume 1: issues #1-#27 (July 1977-September 1979)
Volume 2: issues #28-#49 (October 1979-July 1981) and King-Size Annual #1 (1979)
Volume 3: issues #50-#67 (August 1981-January 1983) and King-Size Annual #2 (1982)
Volume 4: issues #68-#85 (February 1983-July 1984), King-Size Annual #3 (1983) and Return of the Jedi #1-#4 (October 1983-January 1984)
Volume 5: issues #86-#107 (August 1984-September 1986) [the series became bi-monthly beginning with issue #103, January 1986]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SuperT on April 28, 2012
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When I think of Marvel's Star Wars run, two types of stories pop into my head: Some are zany and goofy but still tug at your nostalgic heart strings and take you on an enthralling, if corny, adventure. Others are the kind of well-thought-out and plot-developing tales that could easily fit into the Star Wars material that is being produced today. This volume includes issues of the comic that, in my opinion, shifted the focus of the series from the former to the latter. These stories perfectly capture the feel of the Original Trilogy and are sometimes, again in my opinion, profoundly deep. However, they still possess the humor and innocence that permeated the first issues of the comic's run and will forever be a part of Star Wars. In other words, this book contains some great, great stories.

For those fans of the Saga who are interested in what specific stories they'll be getting, here is a brief overview: The book begins with Leia's journey to Mandalore, the first story in Star Wars canon to deal with that planet and its legendary inhabitants. The focus then shifts to Luke and Lando's quest to track down bounty hunters involved in the plot to kidnap Han Solo. Next, readers travel to the planet Iskalon where Imerial subjugation reveals just what the "Star Warriors" are fighting against. After a while, the story reaches the events of Return of the Jedi, with a four-issue comic adaption of the film. After this, the volume contains several adventures taking place after the final film in the Saga.

But enough about the stories, let's talk about the book itself! At nearly 600 full-color pages, it is an absolute steal at $15! My advice is that whether you are a die-hard fan of the Saga, a comic bok enthusiast, or someone looking for an entertaining way to spend several hours (or days), you should pick up this volume!
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