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Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago . . . Volume 4 Paperback – August 16, 2011
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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!
There are some really good characters and I have to say I love Hoojibs. How great would it be to have a little rabbit to hang out with who will warn you of ill intentions of others? Also all the pink skinned aliens (sorry true believers I can't remember the race right now) are great and interesting characters as is the underwater Jedi in Training.
I'm sure these are as far away from canon as you can get. They still are a joy to read and enjoy as a tribute to the evolution of modern Sci Fi.
Now finally I can read these stories that have had a few characters added into recent novels. This is a great collection with color and is fun to read. I like to see how the stories of old compare with the new EU and Dark horse stories that seem to be cranked out these days.
A great treat for someone who missed the time era these were printed in and when they reprinted them around the late 90's was to broke to afford the hefty price.
Now with kids of my own and money still as tight the 20 dollar price range isn't so bad. Since the Eu has started adding characters into their novels from these issues it is fun to read and actually see how they first came to be in a galaxy far far away. A great collection for new and old alike! This collection has 68-85 with Return of the Jedi adaptation included. Enjoy!
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]
Luke brandishes his lightsaber a bit too often, in my opinion, though.
It's spectacular too - there are only TWO mentions of an event occurring in a past issue, and they were different, non-recursive issues.