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Star Wars Tales, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 20, 2002

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Paperback
The Star Wars Tales volumes are collections of back-stories, vignettes, and dramatic graphic-literary renderings of familiar Star Wars characters. Volume 1 is stuffed with great shorts: Lando and his luck with the ladies...oh, yeah and the essential Bespin back-story; the on-going comedic-drama of the life of Villie; the inside story on R5-D4, aka Skippy the Jedi Droid; and even the delightful tale of how Jar-Jar was put into exile. But several Darth Vader stories will make Star Wars fans cringe with delight.

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.
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Format: Paperback
These types of anthologies can sometimes be a mixed bag. The stories here range from great to bad, but thankfully never reach terrible. Very few of them get to the excellent stage either.

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.
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This is a collection of short graphic novel stories. The characters range from major players like Darth Vader to very minor like the robot with the bad servo that Luke's uncle almost buys. The stories also range from serious to parodies.

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.
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Ideally I'd give issue one of star wars tales 2.5 stars. But 3 is ok. It is a compilation of different stories all of which are "non-canon". The one that was good is about "Skippy The Jedi Droid". The other stories are just bad in stoy and presentation. They have Mara Jade and she is depicted as a bimbo who wears impossible tall high heels, extremely tight leather, and let's say very large "assets". Another story has a certain Sith guy fight with a Jedi lady. She, strangely, is also depicted as barely having any clothes, despite the implied old age. She looks like she was 50 or 60 but had Botox to tighten her face. Anyways that character is also very weird for Star Wars universe.

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.
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