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The Star Wars Hardcover – July 22, 2014

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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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  • Series: Star Wars..
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (July 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616553804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616553807
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Behind every great story is obvious a story about that which never got told: namely the original tale. From the script to the screen is one thing, but what about from the writer’s head on to the initial page? That’s what makes THE STAR WARS – a retelling of George Lucas’s rough draft – honestly even worth the time of day. After all, there’d be zero interest in revisiting any number of forgettable films that come out of Hollywood, but this is STAR WARS! This is the film that shaped a generation of filmmakers and filmmaking itself! This is history! Do you really want to know what history looked like before it became – well – history?

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

From the product packaging: “This is the official adaptation of the original rough-draft screenplay by George Lucas for what would become Star Wars. But this long-ago and faraway galaxy is unlike the one you’ve seen in the films. Strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights and Knights of the Sith, a familiar Princess Leia and a very different Han Solo, and a battle to defeat an evil Empire!”

Let me just say this right off the bat: thank GOD for rewrites! Otherwise, if THE STAR WARS is any indication, it’s very unlikely that there would be a Star Wars franchise – the entertainment juggernaut that just keeps on giving to its billions of fans around the world.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Graham Swearingen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2014
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The Star Wars is 182 pages of excellently crafted story telling from the first 8 issues of this series by JW Rinzler. Based on George Lucas' original treatment for the Star Wars Saga, we follow the last of the Jedi-Bendu Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker as they seek to destroy the evil Imperial Space Force. Any Star Wars fan will recognize a lot of the character designs and ship designs from early Star Wars concept art by the legendary Ralph Mcquarrie, as well as character, ship, and planet names from the original trilogy that have been appropriated back to their original conception. Rinzler's story telling is clean and fluid and paced well, and Mike Mayhew's art just drives the story home. I loved this, I read it cover to cover in one sitting. This is a fresh take on the Star Wars universe that in my opinion has become a bit stale in the last 10 years.

The Star Wars is excellent ideas propelled by stunning visuals that throw you head first into a world that we're familiar with, yet told from a fresh new perspective. Any fan of the Star Wars Universe, especially fans of Star Wars Expanded Universe or fans of the genesis of Star Wars will love this. This story is steeped in political intrigue and lots of insight into the monarchy in which the Jedi are sworn to protect. Seeing the Millennium Falcon flying through space as it was originally designed is rad. Seeing an older, bearded Jedi-Bendu Master Luke Skywalker adeptly use the force and his Lightsaber against Stormtroopers who also have lighstabers is something I've wanted to see for decades. Han Solo looks like a mix between Chewbacca and Swamp Thing. This book is violent, lots of troopers getting cut in half, and heroes dying for their cause. Unfortunately in this edition there are no alternate covers or concept art or anything, a bit bare bones but that's ok. "May the force of the others be with you". This comes FULLY APPROVED.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Moses on March 13, 2015
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I suppose it only stands to reason that if you adapt an early draft of a script that even its author didn't deem film-ready, what you end up with is a half-baked mess of poorly constructed plot points and characters in dire need of a soul.

The art is mostly quite lovely, if often a bit muddy in tone. Some brightening of the scenes might have helped offset the drudgery of the dialogue.

I have to give JW Rinzler a pass, as the whole point is not to stray too far from Lucas's original draft. I'm sure he did the best he could. But man, so much of this makes no sense at all. Scenes come together as though each moment was written down on an index card and then pulled out of a box at random. There's a page where Luke, Annikin, and the king of Alderaan are having dinner. Luke and the king are discussing an imminent attack by the Empire. In the middle of the conversation, Annikin, stuffing his face full of space turkey, turns to face NOBODY and stutters that Luke has taken him as his padawan learner, completely out of the blue and apropos of nothing being spoken about before or after his statement. The next page shows Annikin attempting to sexually assault a female crewmember during battle preparations, to which Luke responds by nearly decapitating Annikin with his lightsaber. The whole book is like this. Seriously, go read the preview, you'll learn all you need to know about whether this is worth buying.

To answer that question myself, I will say yes only if you are a die-hard Star Wars fan and are either a completist, or are curious enough to know just how bad the early drafts were. If you don't fit into either of those two categories, this is going to be a painful slog of a read.
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