- Series: Star Wars Tales (Book 1)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (February 20, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569716196
- ISBN-13: 978-1569716199
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Extinction is the eloquent and brutal tale of Darth Vader hunting a Jedi. The art by Claudio Castellini is the most exquisite representation of high art in comic books. His panel layouts and use of bold lines, dark space, and silhouetts bring subsistence and movement to Vader like in no other manifestation. Character and life breathe off the page and generate an emotional content within the dialogue and duel between Vader and...
The other Darth Vader tale, Moment of Doubt, also delivers character-defining text. The classic comic look is much more subtle but produces a similar brutality in Darth Vader--dismemberment by lightsaber and all.
Other stories include a yarn about a Gamoreean guard from Jabba's palace--good stuff; Mara Jade in a fun one (Vader cameo); a great story about Obi-wan and Qui-gon when Obi-wan is young; and a fantastic and frustrating story about a nameless Jedi.
Han and Chewie take the Empire for a ride in a story that chronicles Han's entree into smuggling for the Rebellion. Lando's story reveals how he acquired Bespin, and the comedic stories don't let down either. Sergio Aragones, Mad Magazine cartoonist and master comic artist, steps in with a funny-one about C-3PO and R2 in a familiar scene.
These tales are fun and rewarding bits and pieces of the Star Wars galaxy. Each story leaves you wanting more--like good food and fine wine.
The book suffers from bizarre choice of flow, where sometimes one story ends on the left page where another picks up on the right, without any aesthetic insertion so as to break the stories up a bit for a smoother read. The covers for the most part are just at the back of the book, and I don't see why they couldn't have just inserted them between the stories, since now we just have to go on the difference of artwork between pages or a clumsy 'the end' bubble ridden in the bottom corner.
This problem is just multiplied when stories seem to end suddenly or without much warning, or its only just gotten intriguing and ends, leaving you tantalised but still hungry.
At times the slick post 90s artwork really kills the story, the Jar-jar Binks story being a prime example where it is near impossible to read because of its extremely cluttered artwork.
The comedy stories are a highlight, particularly the Moff Tarkin piece which references all of the bizarre film discrepancies fans have poked fun at for years (no handrails on the deathstar?), and was a real joy to pick out all of the in-jokes. Theres also a lot of great expanded universe stuff here, which is a real joy for fans (theres even a pretty obscure reference to the old Dark Forces videogame, which was nice to see, and I always like Mara Jade stories).
Another review mentioned the poor binding, and I would have to agree that some of the volumes I saw were actually close to coming un-stuck, but they'll survive for a good two-dozen reads at least.Read more ›
For the most part, I preferred the serious stories that added to the overall story. The little bits of information just add that nice feeling of getting to see behind the curtain of the main stage show. The exception for me was the Jar Jar Binks story. It wasn't a bad story and it did add to the mythos. The problem was it was just so annoying reading the pigeon speech that they use.
The parodies and humorous stories tended to be just silly. There is plenty of room for humor in Star Wars stories, but they still need to have a focus to them. They need to be more than just a joke.
The artwork also had a wide range naturally. Usually, the more serious the story was meant to be, the better the artwork was. For some of the humorous stories, the artwork was very cartoony.
I would have to say there are some very good stories with excellent artwork in this collection. But there are also some stories that just weren't that good with artwork that was fairly bad as well. So for the whole collection, I can only give it an average rating of three stars.
Don't think I am just a prude who wants to pick on depictions of women in comics. I am not like that. It's just the depiction of women in these short stories seems to be so sensualized and unrealistic, in addition to being simply out of place in the Star Wars universe.
On the other hand, all of the comics in this compilation are essentially fan fiction, so there isn't a real standard of quality to base criticism on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great collection of single story comics. I love Skippy the Jedi Droid!Published 2 months ago by Kitty
Star Wars Tales puts to pen and paper what every fanboy out there has imagined. It takes beloved characters, and puts new spins on them by placing them in situations that they... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Will McPhillips
This graphic novel is a collection of some fifteen (if I counted correctly) stories set in the Star Wars universe. Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Some good stories,some bad ones. Over all not too terrible and recommend it when it goes on sale. Remember none of it counts as official stories.Published 18 months ago by Nathaniel Thompson
A great collection of stories from both the prequel and classic era of Star Wars. A real treat for hardcore fans, or newer fans looking for something to get them into the expanded... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joshua Taylor
It has tales, and they are from Star Wars. For the penny a page or so I got them on sale I'm satisfied. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazing Customer
A little bit of everything from all eras of Star Wars. Whether you like the serious side, the contemplative, the speculative, or the utterly silly parts of. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Charles R. Hensel
Some good, some bad, some really goofy. If you're a huge Star Wars fan, it's worth it for the diamonds in the rough.Published 21 months ago by Jared Moore