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The Star Wars

(The Star Wars #0-8)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  266 reviews
Before 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 ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published July 23rd 2014 by Dark Horse (first published July 22nd 2014)
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Somewhere, deep inside of me, a piece of an eight-year-old boy died a horrible death. This is a graphic novelization of George Lucas' original rough-draft screenplay for what would eventually become Star Wars. Now, the eight-year-old me that originally saw the movie might actually have liked this version, given the intense action sequences and . . . and . . . *SOB!* - this book is a hot mess!

Do not read this graphic novel if you are looking for:

1) Good dialogue.
2) Clear differentiation between c
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a graphic novel adaptation of an early version of the script that eventually became Star Wars. Honestly, the plot was a mess. It's a good thing that the Star Wars script went through a few more rewrites before Lucas went into production. To give an idea of what kind of ridiculous things happen in this story--the Wookies are a primitive species in this story, similar to the Ewoks in the eventual movies, but Luke Skywalker is able to teach them flying in an afternoon and they man the fight ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
In years past, while sleeping, my mind would come up with "alternate" versions of movies, and show them to me in my dreams. They may have had characters and locations in common with the original films, but, as soon as I woke up, I knew that wasn't the way the film went. This alternate version of A New Hope is like one of those dreams. While I'm glad this wasn't what we got in celluloid form, it's still fun to see a very different take on Lucas' space opera. ...more
Peter Derk
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't normally explain a rating. It's kind of a pet peeve of mine. "This is really a 3.5". Great. In this case, an explanation is needed.

THE Star Wars is an adaptation of George Lucas' original rough draft for Star Wars. When rating, it's hard to say what's horrible because of the source material and what's horrible because it's horrible. Benefit of the doubt, it's a competent comic, but good god is the story all sorts of fucked up.

I don't know what happened to the Star Wars screenplay between
Juho Pohjalainen
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
An interesting bit of history, but quite the mess from every other standpoint. It neatly demonstrates why authors write about a million drafts of their works before they can consider them even remotely finished.

The only reason we got to read this one at all is the sheer magnitude of the story and its presence in our hearts, the fairly common knowledge of just what kind of a mess its creation actually was and what a miracle it is it ended up as good as it did, and of course, because a big franchi
This story is terrible, to be frank. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because of its historical interest and because the art by Mike Mayhew is really quite good.

I can't really be too harsh in judging this mess of a story, with its overly busy plot, lame characters and clunky dialogue, because it is a rough daft, after all, and George Lucas never intended for this to be seen. At least, I hope not. Even by the standards of the early 1970s this is pretty ridiculous. It's not ev
Siona St Mark
This was really cool!

I liked the artwork a lot, however the red lightsabres kinda threw me off (as in, Jedi and Sith use red ones). It was also weird seeing R2 without his blue paint job.

I wouldn't mind if for the 50th anniversery LucasFilm/Disney adapted this for a film, and maybe we could get the intented sequel to this. I dunno, I think a lot of the casual fans would get confused, but I think it would still be cool to see.

Anyway, if you're not a huge Star Wars fan, this might not be worth you
Neil R. Coulter
The Star Wars is an unusual book. Only because it's Star Wars does it make sense to anyone to say, "Hey, let's make a graphic novel based on George Lucas's original rough-draft script!" For almost anything else, the original rough draft is simply what gets revised into the final product, and while it may be interesting to note differences from the first pages to the screen, it's not worth fully realizing the rough draft on its own. The whole reason it was revised before filming, after all, is th ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Behind every great story is obvious a story about that which never got told: namely the original tale. From the script to the screen is one thing, but what about from the writer’s head on to the initial page? That’s what makes THE STAR WARS – a retelling of George Lucas’s rough draft – honestly even worth the time of day. After all, there’d be zero interest in revisiting any number of forgettable films that come out of Hollywood, but this is STAR WARS! This is the film that shaped a generation o ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow. Just. Wow.

What an unutterable heap of shite.

I should maybe have known when the first issue opens up with 'officially approved by george Lucas!' That things were maybe going to be bad. But this was so unbelievably bad that I was reading with just that sense of slow-motion train-wreck.

I'm not even sure where to start. It makes Phantom Menace look like Shakespeare.

Okay, there's a sequence where Princess Leia turns to the Skywalker character, and completely out of nowhere, for absolutely no rea
Dec 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-book
If you ever longed to see what George Lucas' original story for Star Wars was like: read this comic. And then you'll realize that all of the things that are so crap about the prequel movies is right here: odd pacing, unrealistic timelines, absurd developments,... I wonder how this mess ever resulted in the first Star Wars movie; Lucas obviously must have had a lot of help along the way. ...more
Jonathan Maas
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is that I am grateful that this exists in the first place!

Great adaptation by J.W. Rinzler and great art by Mike Mayhew - but most importantly - so cool that it is here!

This book, which shows George Lucas's very different first draft of Star Wars, takes a while to get used to. But once you drop all your preconceived notions, it's great. I'd advise it to anyone, especially to that Star Wars fan in your life who has seen it all - but not this.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
pretty good comic. interesting to see how the original rough-draft of the screenplay was gonna unfold but I will say that I'm glad he revised and edited it to what we have now. ...more
David Atwell
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: empty-shelf-2020
What a trip. It's like they took everything about Star Wars, put it in a box, and shook it up hard. Everything is kind of but not really recognizable, and I thought it was a lot of fun. ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank goodness the original Star Wars has multiple rewrites. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice what could have been look at George Lucas's magnum opus, but I'm glad we got the film we got.

So here's the main differences present in "The Star Wars":

>Plot-The plot is mostly similar to "A New Hope" with a dash of "Return of the Jedi".

>Characters-There are too many characters without well defined personalities. Luckily most of these characters have were combined with others and given their icon pe
Matt Bromagin
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Boy, was this bad. While the Dark Horse Star Wars comics have always suffered from pretty shoddy writing, bad dialogue, and art that's just good enough to get the job done, I've always been able to overlook that because there were some decent Star Wars tales underneath all that. The Star Wars is not one of those tales.

The Star Wars is a comic book adaptation of George Lucas's original first draft script for Star Wars. The problem here is if the first draft was any good, the movies would have mor
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Well, reading this will make you happy that you watched Star Wars & not this on the big screen as a child (if, you know, you did that).
Doctor Alpha
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
First of all, I'll start saying that I'm pretty disappointed. Disappointed that this didn't turn to be the "destroyer of childhood memories" some reviews claim it to be. What's more tasty than the tears of man-children pointing their little fingers with hate? Disappointment aside, this is mostly interesting on a historical level and it shows, since by being based on the FIRST of FOUR different drafts of a new hope it's full of clunky dialogue and situations that would be awful in other contests ...more
Ken Sherwood
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
They definitely should not have tried to turn George Lucas’ incomprehensible rough draft of Star Wars into a comic. It stops being interesting really quickly. It’s amazing to see all the terrible ideas that were thrown out of the final product mostly landed in the prequels. I thought it would be fun, but the most fun I had was finally turning the last page to be done.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
It is interesting but so so bad.
Matthew Ardill
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, film buffs, old school space opera fans, pulp serial fans
Dark Horse for around 20 years held on to the license for producing Star Wars comics and in that time created some great Star Wars stories. The Star Wars was one of the final projects Dark Horse Comics launched with this license back in 2014. Soon after the publishing of this series the rights to publish all future Star Wars comics and graphic novels switched over to Marvel who have put out some amazing Star Wars universe building material. I hate to say it, and this is through no fault of their ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lovely art but oh god, the characters! The confusing action! The abominable love story! It's a curio for a SW fan, but thank the stars this isn't the SW as we know it. ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is an interesting follow-up to reading Alan Dean Foster's novelization of the real Star Wars, because while that had some interesting expansions on what we got on screen, this is a messy and kinda crappy prototype of the galaxy far, far away. Now, I will say that the art is generally pretty good, and the fact that I kept getting Whitsun and Annikin confused is more down to having too many characters than anything else. I think the writer and artist did about as well as can be expected given ...more
When I apprenticed at a professional theatre company, I had the chance to observe script development. I watched other writers take their scripts through succeeding drafts. One character might disappear. Other characters might be combined. Lines spoken by one person in an earlier draft might be spoken by someone else in the next. It was sometimes frustrating when the writer changed something you liked, but the creative process remained intriguing.

The Star Wars is based on a rough draft screenplay
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....

No, not that Galaxy Far, Far Away. This is a very different Star Wars than the one you and I grew up with. A maskless, non-Force-using Darth Vader leads the assault against Aquilae, the last holdout against Imperial power, whose military is led by the legendary Jedi-Bendu general Luke Skywalker and his apprentice Annikin Starkiller. Han Solo is a less-mossy version of DC's Swamp Thing. Yeah, you read that right. This is an official comic adaptation o
Tasha Robinson
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This graphic-novel adaptation of George Lucas' first-draft Star Wars screenplay isn't necessarily good — the writing is often clunky, there are way too many characters without characterization, and there's a god-awful stupid love story consisting more or less of Princess Leia telling Anakin Skywalker, "Hey! You punched me in the face because you're a jerk, but I suddenly love you for some reason!" and him telling her to shut up and stop being childish… but then, about five panels later, while al ...more
J.M. Giovine
May 05, 2021 rated it liked it
It is of no mystery, for any self-proclaimed “fan” of Star Wars, that the final Theatrical versions (prior to the infamous “remastering” of 1997) weren’t the initial ideas for the beloved saga, created by George Lucas during the 70s. The first draft of the story recovers enough similarities from the ideas placed in the end on the Original Trilogy, more specific, Episode IV, called just “Star Wars” back in 1977. While we all know Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, R2 and 3PO, the original conception of the ...more
Paul Decker
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is quite the different sort of Star Wars comic book. George Lucas's early rough-draft screenplay was used as source material. This book does not take place in the same world as everything else Star Wars you know. Because of this, I think only true Star Wars fans will enjoy this.

The tropes, themes, and style of Star Wars is all there, but slightly off. There are many big changes from the known Star Wars. The ingrained essence of Star Wars like lightsabers, Jedi, Sith, and the Force are all
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a very different sort of read on a very familiar subject - a graphic novel based on one of George Lucas's early script treatments for what would eventually become the Star Wars trilogy. It's fairly well known that Lucas spent 4 or 5 years writing and rewriting his script, shifting plotlines and characters around fluidly in the process. This book therefore reads like a Bizarro version of Star Wars, with familiar names, places and plot details oddly jumbled. In The Star Wars, Luke Skywalk ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Anakin is Luke, Chewbacca is basically an Ewok, and Han is Swamp Thing? This is not a comic version of Episode IV, it is based off of Lucas' original rough draft of A New Hope.

You do get to see a lot of glimpses of bits and pieces from all six movies (sorry, no Jar Jar), and it makes you glad that they decided to expand this out past just one movie.

I'm giving this three stars for novelty alone. The story is a rushed mess that feels like entire parts are missing , and would otherwise garner one o
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J. W. Rinzler has authored over 20 books including two New York Times bestsellers and a #1 best-selling graphic novel. With more than 600,000 copies in print, his books have been translated into seven languages.

J. W. Rinzler grew up in Manhattan, New York City, and then in Berkeley, California. He fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and othe

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