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Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago...., Vol. 2

(Star Wars (1977) #28-49)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Collecting issues #28-49, and the first King-Sized Annual, from the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this second volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago.... is a must have for any Star Wars fan.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 29th 2010 by Dark Horse
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Mark Oppenlander
This is the second of five volumes collecting the late 1970's and early 1980's Marvel "Star Wars" comic series. This one includes the serialization of "The Empire Strikes Back" as well as the first giant annual of the comic series.

What struck me this time was how the views of what constituted a "Star Wars" story were evolving in the writer's minds. The first omnibus had a lot of "monster of the month," journeys to strange new worlds and Western-in-space motifs. Rather than "Star Wars," those tal
5 stars

Very good comic book. Nice to know more about what happened during the original Star Wars trilogy. Nice to see all the characters again. The House of Tagge was very interesting.

Can't wait to read more Star Wars comics and books!!!!

The old Marvel Star Wars comics is the only place you'll see Darth Vader getting punched in the face by a cyborg bounty hunter, Jabba the Hut [sic] wearing pants, and Leia making out with some random dude two issues after losing Han to Boba Fett. Ah, the good old days, when no one cared about continuity. Or using too many bright colors. ...more
Jun 11, 2021 rated it liked it
It is nostalgic fun reading these. The original Marvel Star Wars comics stumbled around in a gonzo way. There was no mountain of Star Wars lore to play with; however, Marvel comics were given some rules by Lucas Films that they could not break. At the same time, George Lucas was still playing with silly putty and not cement.

As a result, in these comics we get a yellow skinned Jabba the Hutt with green whiskers vs the green slug all would come to know in Return of the Jedi.

The first half of thi
Dawn Livingston
This omnibus contains the comics that cover The Empire Strikes Back. Cool to see the movie in comic book forum. I could be mistaken but I'd swear that the artwork is better than in the first omnibus. The characters actually look like who they're supposed to be quite a bit.

The stories were okay.

I recommend this to fans of comics, Star Wars or who have a fond nostalgia for Star Wars comics. A cool, retro look. Better than the 1st omnibus (at least this one doesn't have a large green rabbit or ch
Jan 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, adventure
Any book with Carmine Infantino artwork is worth reading and this is no exception. Lots of fun little stories in here, as well as the Empire Strikes Back adaptation. Some of the stories are forgettable, some are confusing given where I know the franchise goes next, but it's a neat pickup to see "Star Wars" comics before "Star Wars" was a very specific thing and style. ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, comics
Tough one to grade here, but I will give the benefit of the doubt and give 3 stars as opposed to 2. The stories were a little off the track for sure. The Empire Strikes Back adoption was good and that was like 4-5 of them. There were a couple of other story lines that were good and I still like the art covers. Having the bounty hunters after Empire issues was good as well.
James Zanghi
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WARNING! A spoiler approaches! Prepare for a Review!

As people following my reviews should know, I love Star Wars, but I truly despise what Disney and Kathleen Kennedy have done to it. I'm also only collecting the Legends material, instead of collecting that and also the 'official' canon material. Finally, one of my all time graphic novel series is the 'A Long Time Ago...' graphic novels of Star Wars, which were the original Marvel Comics Run, and which the second omnibus volume I am reviewing to
Jedi Sunni
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
28. What ever happened to Jabba the Hut?

All I have to say is Jabba the Hutt. I love the inclusion of a gangster in the star wars universe and who better than Jabba. The only thing about this character is he looks nothing like the original trilogy character. The story its self is pretty well written. I give this issue a 4.5 out of 5.0.

29. Dark encounter:

Excellent! I absolutely love the fight scene and the sacrifices that were made by different parties to further the efforts of the rebellion. Thi
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
I can't understand some to the criticisms of these old Star Wars comics. Some people complain about the art. And most of the art is by Infantino in this volume, his stuff is really great. It is very stylized and does not quite look like the actors, but I don't see why that really matters too much. The funky angular lines he uses make our protagonists look interesting. But this is just personal opinion. Another thing I read is about how hokey the stories were. And they really are: we have water l ...more
J.B. Mathias
Nov 13, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
While I enjoyed reading these stories some of them are not very star wars like, you can tell they were produced by marvel and not darkhorse who did a much better job with the Star Wars license. They are goofier and are written more like superhero stories. Some even clash with canon like when they called Mosep Bineed Jabba and then had to retcon the story and claim Bineed worked for Jabba and sometimes used his name...otherwise the story would have to be scrapped as non canon. Some of the artwork ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
My 4 stars here are for the art. Carmine Infantino and Gene Day's heavy lines and abstract characters and ships are to die for. They seemed to have a freedom to draw what they wanted before the 'canon' set in. And Al Williamson added a real gravitas and personality to Star Wars... This stuff is far, far better than lots of the movies. Gorgeous stuff. ...more
Jaime K
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a compilation of Marvel #28-49, with Annual #1 thrown in. Most of the art design leaves much to be desired, but all of the detail and colours are spectacular. The editor notes annoy me as usual, although I did appreciate when Archie said that the plot being mentioned were unchronicled.
And I'm glad those notes disappeared after Empire.
I feel like it's 3 stars with my reread, but that's because nothing really stuck out at me.

28. What Ever Happened to Jabba the Hut?
- The spelling doesn't b
Book Nerd
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A couple stories before Empire Strikes Back, a retelling of ESB, then a few stories after.
Some are pretty good, some are silly but still fun to read.
One weird thing is you see Vader a lot as a diplomat, interacting with Luke and Leia when he's not allowed to openly fight with them.
Mr. Andrew Mason
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun

Shows it's age with some of the artwork but still great fun. Looking forward to volume three. The post Empire stories were classics
Mr. Lovely
Jun 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bronze-age
The Infantino's art is amazing again despite not looking like the actors. If you don't think so, you're wrong. A must-read for the Michael Golden and Al Williamson drawn issues. ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently reviewed the original Marvel Star Wars comics collected in the first volume of the omnibus editions published by Dark Horse Comics. Despite some of the more eccentric elements of the collected issues, which were par for the course during that time in the comics industry, I truly enjoyed them. I voraciously began reading the second volume in spare moments.

Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume Two is great fun as well. The issues collected herein have all of the plusses of the s
Canaan Perry
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was a huge fan of the Marvel "Star Wars" comics when I was a kid and I'm really enjoying reading my way through these Dark Horse Omnibus reprints. This book deals with the period prior to "Empire Strikes Back" and just after. The adaptation of "Empire" is also included and is a high point for Sci-Fi comics in general -- as Al Williamson's art is superlative.

The earlier Archie Goodwin and Carmine Infantino material is good fun to read. It borders on being silly at times but still reflects that
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of the art and storylines seem like they come from writers who would have otherwise applied them to Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon/Star Trek/Twilight Zone/etc. comics- they don't seem very authentic to the Star Wars universe- though most of this book had only a single movie to go on. I'm guessing the artists of the later Dark Horse comics of the 90s were of a later generation the had the Ralph McQuarrie aesthetic instilled in them at an earlier age, had grown up drawing the characters and ships ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Hey what do you get when you combine wretched art, awful writing and a mishmash of stories based on the Star Wars universe before it was fleshed out. Well you have this. It's bad, really, really bad. I see a lot of people seem to like it due to nostalgia and campiness...shame on you. This is the kind of crap that turns people off from comics. Unless of course you are stuck in the 1970's. Skip this there are much better volumes of the Ommibus that are worth your time. ...more
Mike Jozic
It's cringe - worthy reading some/most of these early Marvel stories. Although I realize the reasons, the stories are so tonally off it's hard to even enjoy them from a nostalgic kitschy viewpoint. the brightest lights in the whole book were the Michael Golden drawn issue (what a treat) and the final issue illustrated by Walt Simonson. I look forward to Omnibus 3 with more of his and Goodwin's work and I'll try to forget most of what I have read here. ...more
Most interesting for the subtle differences between the planned version of Empire provided to the publishers to create the comics and the final version that appears no screen. No sliced Tauntaun, added Wampa fights, no "I know" from Han....who instead replies "I'll be back"?!?!?

Try not to think of Harrison Ford as a (terrible, terrible)Terminator now.
Daniel Rose
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm begining to like graphic novels more and more. They tell a ton of the side story of what led star wars characters to the decisions they made in the movies this volume dealt with inbetween New Hope up to Empire Strikes back which is included to the imediate after math. I love star wars so I'm biased about the like ability factor. ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another nostalgia trip. I remember the days when I had to wait for each month's issue, in the days when SW comics were about the only consistent source of new stories. Today, there's a new novel every month, but a long time ago . . . ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's got so many stars for the nostalgia value. Right around Empire the stories started getting really weird and goofy. ...more
C.S. Daley
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
Still wacky and all over the place. The adult me loves how different they are from what we now think of as the Star Wars Universe.
Craig Tyler
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comicbooks
The classic art of Carmine Infantino and the marvel adaption of the movie the Empire Strikes Back - what more could you ask for?
Good artwork and stories. Some new stories packaged with the comic book adaption of Empire Strikes Back.
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