I wonder why i didn't read this as a kid? I remember seeing this and the Han Solo books, but didn't read them.
The data above says this was publishedI wonder why i didn't read this as a kid? I remember seeing this and the Han Solo books, but didn't read them.
The data above says this was published in 1986, but the copy i have says "copyright 1978 by The Star Wars Corporation." That puts it right after "Star Wars".
Luke is a lot smarter here than he is in the movies. At times i wondered if this story wasn't intended for Han Solo at some point in its development. He not only seems more streetwise than his character on screen, but more than any farmboy ought to be.
This resonates with the pulp sci-fi (space opera, planetary romance, etc.) that inspired the movies. That is very much a strength, IMO.
I put the Star Wars novels on my "fantasy" shelf b/c i think they're closer to heroic fantasy than science fiction, b/c there's loads of heroic fantasy stuff going on, and practically no science. Maybe instead i should make a shelf for things that use the trappings of sci-fi to tell fantastic stories? The Barsoom books would go there, too (big influence on SW)....more
This story takes place between the TV series and the movie. It feels much like an episode of the show, maybe a two-parter. The dialog and story beatsThis story takes place between the TV series and the movie. It feels much like an episode of the show, maybe a two-parter. The dialog and story beats fit. Will Conrad and Laura Martin make the characters look like the actors.
The art is strong. It conveys the same world, the same "look" as the show. Martin's colors are an equal part of the equation with Conrad's pencils/inks. The lighting effects add to the dramatic quality, and some of the space scenes would be hard to follow without the colors to distinguish and shape the objects on the page.
I liked the story, but it wasn't quite like the show. Some film properties translate well to books. (I've enjoyed several Star Wars novels.) I'm not sure that Firefly is one of them. I didn't like the movie b/c i felt it departed too much from the show, thematically and stylistically. This comic matches the show better, but the intangibles added by the cast are missing. A new Firefly comics series has begun recently. I'll try it and see if this trend continues.
The detail and "realism" of the art detracts from the storytelling, IMO. The characters look mostly like the people from the show, the sets look like the sets, etc., but there isn't much sense of movement. I don't know why not b/c i'm not sure what makes static images in panels convey motion in the first place. It happens in lots of comics, but it doesn't happen here, or it doesn't happen often enough that it stood out to me. Or maybe it's just that no drawing of Inara can ever be as gorgeous as the "real" Inara....more
**spoiler alert** Good, but until the end it mostly got by on an interesting setting and quick pace. The hero is sort of drug along by events more tha**spoiler alert** Good, but until the end it mostly got by on an interesting setting and quick pace. The hero is sort of drug along by events more than he's active, until the very end. He gets captured many times. However, he is satisfyingly bad ass in the final two chapters. At a penultimate moment, he's facing down a giant monster, and the barbaric "beastly" side of his personality kicks in, and he tells the monster "I don't die. I kill." That was awesome.
Apparently this is the first in a series. If i find the others in my normal browsing, i'll likely pick them up. There's another Leigh Brackett book in my to-read pile. I believe she wrote the screenplay to "The Empire Strikes Back". Star Wars owes more to this type of pulp sci-fi than it does to mythology and philosophy, so SW fans should check this stuff out....more
Not as fun as you might think. The Herb Trimpe art is great as always, but you never quite get the feeling of the movies. Considering i just tried toNot as fun as you might think. The Herb Trimpe art is great as always, but you never quite get the feeling of the movies. Considering i just tried to think of a way to describe the feeling of the movies and couldn't, maybe it shouldn't be surprising. ...more