The Star Wars by J.W. RinzlerBefore Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the official adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars—the film that changed motion pictures and the world. You’ll see familiar characters and places—but not all is the same in this long-ago and faraway galaxy. Still, strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and a battle to defeat the evil Empire!
* Trade paperback collects issues #1–#8 of The Star Wars.
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7 Dark Horse ‘Star Wars’ Comics You Must Read Before Marvel Wipes Them Out… All Of Them
When Disney, who already owned Marvel Comics, made the bid to acquire all the Lucasfilm assets, including Star Wars, it created an interesting dilemma. Star Wars was a story built to have larger stories told in a comic format. The combination of space, Jedis and other visuals, combined with a compelling universe with lots of back story to explore meant that comics and Star Wars were a natural fit. In fact, in the s, Marvel itself had produced and published a variety of Star Wars comics, to varying levels of critical success. In , a 5 year old comic publisher, Dark Horse Comics, took over the Star Wars rights and began to publish a prolific amount of Star Wars comics. They forged new stories stemming out of the movies, as well as tangential projects like Knights of the Old Republic, set years in the past before the Star Wars movie era we all know. Because of how the contract was structured, when Disney moved the license over to its own comic house at Marvel, Dark Horse lost not just the rights to future Star Wars stories but also the rights to the previous stories it published.
Since Disney acquired the rights to the franchise back in , much of the "Star Wars" expanded universe, which consisted of video game storylines, films and comic books, was rebranded as "Star Wars: Legends" and made non-canon. That being said, there are definitely tales worth remembering and some that have surpassed the standard in terms of story.
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Marvel Comics will begin publishing Star Wars in , meaning that the Dark Horse era has come to a close. Let's celebrate Dark Horse's tenure with a list of 13 in no particular order of their best stories The first Star Wars story produced by Dark Horse remains one of their most famous. Luke helps the Emperor chase Leia across the galaxy as they race for the mysterious Jedi Holocron, an artifact so powerful that it would give its holder supreme control of the Force. Could Leia save Luke and the galaxy from the Emperor in time?
Some are already available digitally via Comixology. If today's release of Star Wars 1 has you in the mood to read anything and everything containing X-Wings and lightsabers, you can't go wrong with checking out some of the most notable Star Wars comics from the Dark Horse era below. Dark Empire. This is where it all started. Set six years after Return of the Jedi , this series sees the resurrection of the Emperor via cloning , Luke Skywalker giving in to the temptation of the Dark Side and brand new super weapons for the Rebel Alliance to worry about -- the World Devastators. Okay, so maybe some aspects of the storyline don't hold up namely the Emperor clones and yet another Empire super weapon in the vein of the Death Star , but it's hard to forget your first. With such stellar artwork and iconic moments, Dark Empire, despite its flaws, is a must-read for Star Wars comic book fans.
Marvel's Star Wars comic is starting next month, so with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Dark Horse's comics. It's a real goodbye too: a few will get republished , but after December 31st you'll no longer be able to buy Dark Horse's Star Wars line. Here's the must-read stories to grab before they're gone forever. It came as almost a surprise to us when we learned that Dark Horse would stop selling their old Star Wars comics, but alas, after contacting Aub Driver of Dark Horse, we got confirmation that, although fans will be able to keep their digital purchases, after December 31st, they'll pull all of their Star Wars digital titles for sale:. After the 31st — All SW titles will be pulled. Anyone who has purchased digital copies will still be allowed to access them in their cloud. So after 23 years, Dark Horse's long, excellent run on Star Wars comes to a close.