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Star Wars Omnibus: Episodes I - VI The Complete Saga Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. He is best known for his Warren and Marvel Comics work. For Warren he was chief writer and editor of landmark horror anthology titles Creepy and Eerie, and for Marvel he set up the creator-owned Epic Comics as well as adapting Star Wars into both comics and newspaper strips. Bruce Jones has written The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and is currently working on Vigilante. Henry Gilroy is an American television screenwriter and producer. He is best known for co-writing the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Jan Duursema has worked on a number of Star Wars titles, including Darth Maul, Twilight and the official Episode II adaptation Doug Wheatley is an accomplished artist who has worked on many comics projects including Aliens, Blade and Superman. He is also the illustrator of the official adaptation of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I spent the summer, as well as my youth, watching and dreaming Star Wars. Comics, games, movies. I read somewhere that some guy put himself through college by selling comic books that he had saved as a kid, not realizing that comics in his age (1940's?) were not collected, but discarded, making them valuable. Imagine my surprise, when, after diligently saving every Star Wars comic and carefully putting it in plastic after carefully reading it, it turned out my 10 year obsession with Star Wars comics was virtually worthless...
Now, I'm still a huge Star Wars fan: Read all the Timothy Zahn books, get the Clone Wars DVD's, got the ring tone. Since I no longer have those old comic books, and I like to draw now as an adult, I decided to get this comic book volume.
The art work is very good, especially the newer ones, (Episodes 1 - 3). The writing is kind of tight though, if you've never see the Star Wars movies (welcome to Earth, by the way) some parts and dialog is left out, but it flows nicely.
I'm confused by the artwork for Episodes 4 - 6, it looks better than I remember and I realized it must be some sort of updated version. I had this confirmed to me in a most unpleasant discovery:
Greedo shoots first.
Bizarre to me, this decision of George Lucas. On the one hand, George is concerned that "children should know that Han had no choice but to shoot Greedo". Would Han shooting a bounty hunter, who might take Han to his death, make his transformation into a "good guy" later on impossible? How about Anakin Skywalker murdering children in Episode 3? That's not morally ambiguous, its almost impossible to get sympathy for Anakin after that, how can killing Greedo while he has a gun pointed at you make you incapable of a later moral change? At the end of episode 6 we are supposed to believe that Anakin has had a moral change. What gun did the younglings have pointed at Anakin? George is off his rocker with this bit of revisionist history.
My second complaint about this book is its size. Its not even as large as a comic book. Comic books are about 10" by 6.5", this book is 9" by 6". If anything, the beautiful drawings deserved a larger page, not a smaller one. A lot of the scenes are shrunk down instead of being at least as large as a comic book, another bad decision.
Over all, its a good book, the updated graphics are probably for the best, I might have liked to see the old ones again but times have changed, the update is nice (minus the Han Shot First revision...) but the size is just too small and doesn't take advantage of the medium, like seeing Star Wars on a TV, its just not the same, but worth doing if that's what you got...
This Omnibus, captures the entire saga of the films in this very nice an convenient Omnibus. For huge EU comic fans, I think this volume serves as a good reminder to where the comics we all know and love so well came from, the 6 films. For a Star Wars fan, who has not ventured into the world of Star Wars comics, I think this is a good starting point to exploring the vast universe of Star Wars comics, and all that Dark Horse has to offer, and has offered in the past. I recommend this for any Star Wars fan from the EU fanatic, to the casual collector or fan who wants to expand the variety of their collection, or wants to see Star Wars in a new way.