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Collecting the first twenty-six issues of the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this first volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago . . . is a must have for any Star Wars fan!Future volumes will include material not previously collected along with the consecutively numbered Marvel run: the comics adaptation of ReturCollecting the first twenty-six issues of the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this first volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago . . . is a must have for any Star Wars fan!Future volumes will include material not previously collected along with the consecutively numbered Marvel run: the comics adaptation of Return of the Jedi, material from Marvel UK, the Droids and Ewoks series, and other rare Star Wars comics....

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  • Jenny
    2018-11-10 08:35

    I didn't expect to like this book so much! I've never seen the Star Wars movies, not by choice, necessarily, but maybe because of lack of interest? I'm not really sure. However, I received this book for free from Amazon, so I decided to give it a shot and not waste the opportunity. The first few issues of the omnibus are a comics version of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and were published in 1977, the same year as the movie. The rest of the issues collected in this volume continue the story of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Threepio, and Artoo after they defeat the Death Star (I figure this isn't a spoiler; I'm 99.9% sure I'm the only American adult who's never seen a single SW movie). The story lines are somewhat episodic but mostly continuous. There are a few "bonus" issues or stories that treat other characters as protagonists, but for the most part, the famous characters from the movies are the heroes (and heroine--I see you, Leia) of the comics too. I particularly enjoyed Roy Thomas's issues. He's the one who writes the story from the first movie, and he continues the plot for several more issues. Once Archie Goodwin takes over, some of the plotting becomes a little convoluted, and some of the action is hard to follow. Also, Thomas's plots feel more original, while Goodwin's rely more on cliches and tropes from superhero comics and science fiction. Still, I commend him for maintaining the characters and personalities developed by George Lucas, first, of course, but handled so well by Thomas. When Goodwin takes over, the characters still sound and act like themselves. The artwork is also very consistent. There are some frames that don't look as sharp or in which Leia looks a little more masculine, or Luke randomly has a tail at the back of his head? But overall, consistency is a huge positive in this series. The stories themselves are very entertaining. I've always been interested in stories of rebellion, so I enjoyed the plot line of a rebel army fighting against the Empire and trying to defend their lands against tyranny for the cause of the Republic expunged by imperialism. I love the world that Lucas created. I'm not sure which of the various planets and solar systems he invented and which were invented by Thomas and Goodwin, but this is a rich world with various races, humans, cyborgs, droids, varied landscapes, gaseous planets, uninhabitable realms, arid land, and anything else one's imagination could conjure. My favorite character is by far Han Solo, and I think I'll feel the same way when I watch the movies. He's the quintessential "bad boy" who acts like he doesn't care but really has a heart of gold. And Chewie is one convenient wookiee. I also love the artwork. The scenes with just characters or inside ships are decent, but the images in hyperspace are beautiful. The coloring is varied and really shines. Granted, I read this on my phone through the Kindle app, so there's a sharpness and clarity that might not be present on paper, but I believe the hard copy is just as gorgeous. I had to stop and really look at some of these images to appreciate them. The artists did an amazing job conveying the beauty of deep space in a comic.I highly recommend this series. I was a little overwhelmed when I saw that there are five volumes, each of which is over four hundred pages, but it didn't take too long to get through between reading other things, and it's a fun, entertaining read. Reading this also made me really excited to see the movies (finally!). I watched previews of them on YouTube and couldn't stop smiling to see the characters I've grown to love come to life (I know that's paradoxical because they were live in the movies first, but for me, reading first, knowing the movie is the original, makes it even better and more exciting to think about). I definitely look forward to reading Volume Two and eventually to getting a comics version of the second movie! I'm also likely to read Dune sooner than I thought being in a spacey kind of mood.

  • Timothy
    2018-10-17 10:26

    Notes From George Lucas to Marvel Comics, Circa 1978:1. Can you make Luke and Leia kiss more? I want them to get so into frenching even C-3P0 gets embarrassed. Kids love kissing and romance!2. Have you seen The Seven Samurai? Nevermind. Have you seen The Magnificent Seven? Think: Han Solo as Yul Brynner. Kids love Yul Brynner!3. Don't shave Han Solo's head unless you can use hair restorer at the end of the issue. Kids love Han Solo's hair!4. Steve McQueen should be a green rabbit. Kids love rabbits!5. No, I mean Steve McQueen should be a green rabbit in real life. 6. The war between The Rebellion and The Empire? Don't worry about that. Kids hate the war part of Star Wars. Add gambling instead.7. I saw Captain Blood on TV last night. Add some space pirates. Maybe call him Captain Crimson. Or Bloodbeard. Or Crimson Jack.8. Is The Six Million Dollar Man still on the air? I want to see some cyborgs. Kids love cyborgs!9. Do you remember that time Six Million Dollar Man fought Bigfoot? Make Chewbacca look more like Bigfoot. Kids love Bigfoot even more than they love cyborgs?10. Make that cyborg a reoccurring villain. Keep Darth Vader sidelined as much as possible.11. What about a planet that's a water world where people live on boats or lashed-together platforms? Nah. Kids would hate that.12. Can you Rasta-fy the rabbit by 10%? He needs to be more proactive! Kids love Rastafarians!Despite (or because of) the rampant goofiness in these early Star Wars comics, they are the only "Expanded Universe" media I ever care to re-read. Back in 1978, the Star Wars universe was a single film. No one knew the identity of Darth Vader or what Obi-Wan was like before he took to the deserts of Tatooine. Jabba the Hutt had a missing "t". And everything was new and thrilling and bright and bold, in the spirit of the first film. Before the mysticism and angst crept in, before the fans decided everything should be explanation rather than exploration, before it was decided Star Wars should grow up, it was here in four-color glory for $.35 an issue. Are these stories canonical? Probably not. I'm certain someone has shoehorned in 25 Boba Fett novels into the gap between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and Han Solo and Chewbacca are in half of them, which squeezes out the time Han Solo tried to give the money he owed to Jabba back only to be hijacked by space pirates...twice. Luke is sent on a mission and Princess Leia (in a burst of "womanly passion") goes after him. Eventually, they all run into space pirates. Instead of emulating the science fiction samurai aesthetic of the films, these comics aim more for a particularly eventful episode of Maverick. The characters sometimes start quipping like Spidey tangling with Doc Ock. A flashback to Obi-Wan as a young man makes him look like Green Arrow borrowing one of The Punisher's bodysuits. The 70's Marvel purple prose splatters like grape jelly dribbling off your PB&J sandwich as you flip to the next page to see if Luke is going to escape the clutches of an insane cyborg. Doesn't that sound better than fifteen novels about Luke brooding over death and the burden of leading the Jedi Council?Get moving, Star-Hoppers! You've got some Bantha riding to do!

  • Andrew
    2018-11-07 11:45

    Let me start off by saying these old Marvel Star Wars comics aren't for everyone. They are not canon and they can be very silly, over the top and implausible. In other words: one of the main characters in this collection is Jaxxon: a six foot tall carnivorous womanizing humanoid rabbit who is employed as a mercenary and uses a flying kick as often as a blaster. Basically he's like Bucky O'Hare over a decade before Bucky O'Hare existed. If something like that seems too absurd for your tastes you probably won't like this collection of the old Marvel comics, but if not you may just enjoy these. Maybe it's just the oddball in me but I really have a lot of fun reading the old Star Wars comics from Marvel. I bought a few of these used from a comic book store and got hooked on them to the point where I had to buy this collection. They are a bit on the silly side at times but in an escapist fun sort of way rather then an annoying Jar Jar Binks kind of way. Just like the original Star Wars movies were escapist fun you could lose yourself in. This Omnibus contains the first 27 issues of the Marvel Comic Star Wars series, released from 1977 to 1979. The first six issues recap Star Wars: A New Hope while issues 7 through 27 mark the very beginning of the Star Wars extended universe, even if most people no longer consider these to be canon. Issues 1-6 have some misleading covers(such as the Death Star actually firing on the rebel base on the fourth moon of Yavin or Luke Skywalker having a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, neither of which happened in "A New Hope"), and a handful of scenes that were in the original script for Star Wars but that didn't make it to the final cut, such as Luke speaking with Wedge Antilles on Tatoonie and Han Solo speaking with Jabba the Hut in Mos Eisley. Jabba the Hut is spelled with one "t" in these comics(rather then the later standard two)and he appears as a humanoid walrus creature in a military uniform rather then the slug-like creature he'd become when he made his first on-screen appearance in "Return of the Jedi". In addition to not knowing what Jabba would later look like these comics also feature several scenes of Luke and Leia kissing(since it wasn't known at this point that they were brother and sister). But for the most part the first six issues follow the movie fairly closely. Starting with issue 7 these comics begin to show what happened to all of the major characters from the film after the destruction of the Death Star. Most of the story-lines from these comics last for several issues, so they have a bit more time to flesh themselves out then you might think, and the issues themselves all tend to be very quick paced and action packed, featuring many interesting new creatures and locations that are largely forgotten today in the Star Wars extended universe. The watery "Doomworld" would have been great to see in live action: it is very similar to the movie "Waterworld" with it's floating cities and watercraft but also contains gigantic sea-dragons and their commanding Dragon Lords which I think could have looked great live if they ever tried to film any of this. Also of note is the character Valance the Hunter: a half man, half droid cyborg bounty hunter who is so ashamed of being part droid that he's made it his mission to wage war on and eliminate all droids anywhere he can find them. This collection ends with a Valance issue, so I'll be curious to see how large a presence he has in later issues of the comics. Overall I'd recommend this collection to any Star Wars fan who just wants to read some new fun adventures featuring their favorite characters and isn't too caught up in whether or not these stories are canon or are 100% accurate. They are over the top, unpretentious, and enjoyable, just like the films they are based on are.

  • Mark
    2018-11-11 07:33

    This is very much a book of it's time. I say that not to denigrate it in any fashion, but just to say that the writers obviously had very little input from LucasFilm. The stories are all well told, inventive and very well illustrated. However, some of the characters created for the extended stories do not really fit with our image of the Star Wars universe.In particular, the character of Jaxxon (a giant green bunny rabbit) kind of breaks the story when he's featured, although he's no worse than Jar Jar Binks I suppose.However, the portrayal of Jabba the Hutt was very much the image Lucas had in mind for him before Return of the Jedi, and therefore Han could easily walk around him without treading on his tail. Plus, the romance between Luke and Leia is played to the hilt, rather uncomfortably now we know the familial relationship between the two.The writers also did not have the luxury of seeing The Empire Strikes Back before composing their stories so they treat Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker as two separate individuals.All that being said, this is a fun read and very much in the vein of the old Flash Gordon comic strips.

  • Keith Jones
    2018-10-29 07:36

    Found this at my local public library about a week ago. It reprints the original comic book published by Marvel Comics beginning with the movie adaptation. My brother and I had actually found the first issue of the comic at a 7-11 at Lake Tahoe, California, before the movie had been released. We had seen a trailer for Star Wars, which just looked awful, but picked up the comic anyway. We actually followed the comic way back in 1977 after the movie finally came out. Basically don't remember any of it. I remembered that the issues following the movie adaptation were Han Solo and Chewbacca helping out a small village, which I now know was an adaptation of Seven Samurai. Nostalgia wouldn't let me not check this omnibus out of the library. Oh man, is it terrible. Also, really funny/vaguely disturbing how often Luke and Leia kissed, which just goes to show how long before Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi this comic was produced.

  • Rich
    2018-10-19 04:46

    HA! I remember having a few issues of Marvel's "Star Wars" series back in the late 1970s (never that much of a comic book reader). They're just as horrible in this 500-page omnibus as I remember them! But in all they're ridiculousness, they're hilariously fun! My 7- and 9-year-old enjoyed laughing at how poor the artwork is, and the absurdity of many of the characters (the worst was the 6-foot-tall green rabbit gunslinger -- apparently played by Jimmy Stewart's "pooka" friend, Harvey). So horribly bad, I couldn't, in good conscience, give this more than one star -- but good for a laugh with the kids. (Although well nigh 500 pages of this was a bit much...but...on to Volume 2).

  • Will Hoover
    2018-11-06 11:36

    It's hard to give this collection of the first 27 issues of Marvel Comics' Star Wars a full 5 star rating, NOT because quite a few of these classic tales don't have a whole lot going for them, but because the adaptation of the original film (which could easily merit something pretty close to 5 stars) only lasted the first 6 issues. Granted, even those first 6 books aren't flawless by any means. Mostly because the art by Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha, though certainly not bad, is just adequate, and not exceptional -- despite how ground breaking and truly game changing that first film in the Star Wars saga was, and still remains, even to this very day.Issue number 7, the first truly Marvel Comics conceived story in the series, is actually probably the biggest stinker among these first 27 issues, and looks an awful lot like it was rushed into production, most likely because it came as a huge surprise to an awful lot of people back in the days before sci-fi and superhero fare had become entertainment industry gold, that Star Wars was going to turn out to be such a record setting colossal blockbuster of a film. Not to mention the mere fact that it has since become a multi-generational pop cultural phenomenon. And who could have foreseen THAT way back in the summer of 1977, right?At any rate, even with Frank Springer's help (credited as "embellisher") Chaykin's art doesn't really impress, though again, it is certainly adequate. Perhaps given the fact that the now long since highly accomplished and much lauded artist was also listed as a co-plotter of the first story arc in the series written by Roy Thomas, Marvel apparently thought it was okay to keep the guy around for a little while longer after those first 6 issues. Au contraire!Bringing Tom Palmer on board as "embellisher in residence" in issue 8 definitely improved the look of the next batch of Chaykin drawn stories, but sadly, not enough to compensate for the rather disastrous ripoff of The Magnificent Seven/Seven Samurai story arc that Thomas and Chaykin apparently originally thought would translate well enough to the Star Wars universe. Actually, to be fair, having Han Solo and Chewbacca go off on their own adventure for a few issues was fine and dandy. The idea at least presented a number of interesting possibilities, but the characters that were created to fight alongside Han and his stalwart Wookie companion not only don't feel like genuine denizens of the Star Wars universe, they look totally contrived and just plain silly.And it's mostly in the way that this odd collection of truly misfit characters are drawn and colored -- which pretty much makes reading issues 7 through 10 feel almost like a waste of precious time. The oddest thing of all however, may be that these issues in the series actually aren't quite as bad as they seem on the face of it. To be sure, the idea of having Han and Chewie team up with a gang of interstellar misfits is, after all, mostly sound (obviously, since it worked well in both the Japanese film, Seven Samurai, and the American version, The Magnificent Seven), but it's the way it all ends up on the printed page that makes it look so doggone ridiculous.And when this interstellar wild bunch includes a man sized porcupine creature in yellow boots, green undies and a cape (no joke) who doesn't carry a gun, but uses the quills that shoot from his body to fight bad guys, and a former female gangster who dresses like... well... a scantily clad space faring prostitute packing twin laser pistol heat, it's only the beginning of what's totally off the wall zany about these early Star Wars issues from Marvel.But wait! There's more! Believe it or not, that's not all by a long shot. Throw in an elderly Don Juan Quixote ripoff character (who's actually named AND misspelled "Don-Wan Kihotay"), who comes complete with medieval Earth looking armor, a tilting staff, and a cheesy mustache with goatee, along with a farm boy who looks suspiciously like a poor man's Luke Skywalker, who just so happens to join up with his sassy robot companion, that looks, with it's tank tread lower body, like it couldn't fight its way up a stairwell, and... to top it all off, "Jaxxon -- a six foot rabbit, who gnaws on hambones instead of carrots."I kid you not.Now just try and tell me that all that's not the makings of a pathetic injustice to the Star Wars saga! And people thought Jar Jar Binks was bad! Yet despite all this ill conceived tomfoolery, giving credit where credit is due, writer Roy Thomas has long been a legend in the comics industry. And artist Howard Chaykin is no slouch either. So it's not that Marvel didn't initally toss the reigns to some highly competent people, but rather that those people seem to have simply made some really bad choices. One way or another though, the real problem is that issues 7 through 10 simply don't FEEL like authentic Star Wars stories. And much is the pity.Thankfully, Marvel's classic Star Wars series finally began to take on some semblance of quality with the introduction in issue number 11 of regular writer and editor, Archie Goodwin, and artists Carmine Infantino and Terry Austin, the team that actually, finally made the series look somewhat highly polished and professional for a change. The only problem with them doing the vast majority of the rest of the issues that appear in this Omnibus, is the fact that, as good as Infantino's highly stylized work was... yet again, it simply never looked quite enough like authentic Star Wars. To be sure, Infantino's comic book art is gorgeous in its own right, but while reading the books he drew in the series, it's hard to stop thinking about just how much Infantino's drawing style doesn't really do the Star Wars characters he's supposed to be portraying any real favors.For starters, all of his female characters look essentially the same, and even his male characters don't look all that different from the female ones, in that everybody (fat, thin, tall, short, mechanical, organic, human OR alien) seems to have a hook nose, ultra sharp and angular facial features, squinty eyes, and impossibly arched eyebrows. This look works reasonably well for SOME of the characters Goodwin created for the various story arcs in the series, but it gets a little tiresome to continually see Luke, Han, Leia, and the rest of our otherwise familiar rebel heroes and dastardly imperial villains with that monotonously slanted, almost distorted and elongated look that, more than anything, actually detracts from Goodwin's more than admirable storytelling.And honestly, those are pretty much the ONLY reasons (as perhaps nit-picky and arguable as they may indeed be) why I really cannot in good conscience give this wonderful book a full 5 star rating -- as much as I really would love to. And believe me, I'd love to. Because let's face it, THIS IS STAR WARS! Classic Star Wars! And if you love Star Wars as much as I do, you'll probably still enjoy reading this first "A Long Time Ago" Omnibus collection originally published by Marvel. But again, that brings me back to my main point. This IS Star Wars, but... then again, it also... isn't. Many of these first 27 issues, despite their extraordinary merits in many cases, simply do not have quite the ring of Lucasfilm authenticity they really ought to have. But then, come to think of it, a whole lot of people still say that about the prequels, don't they? And Lucas himself directed all of those!So if you haven't read most of these issues, or haven't read them in years and years, don't shun these wonderful early Star Wars efforts from mighty Marvel Comics. Surprisingly enough, even though there are things in the stories that may make die-hard Star Wars fans wince (like the number of times Luke and Leia smooch - despite the fact that they later turn out to be brother and sister, no less), there are some very interesting instances in which the creatives at Marvel really got Star Wars down totally RIGHT. In some cases, the stuff they introduced way back in the late 1970s, was actually even somewhat prophetic. Stuff we didn't even see until The Empire Strikes Back premiered in 1980, and Return of the Jedi hit in 1983.Seriously! There are actually a number things that I noticed while rereading these wonderful classics that very much foreshadow the character developments and situations that we see in the later films in the series. But don't take my word for it. Have a look for yourself. And whether you love Star Wars or not, this is an excellent book of collected classic comics. It just doesn't include what I personally consider to be all the very best of the original Marvel run. Those issues came later, of course, but why miss out on this first set of stories? After all, the original film adaptation all by itself is more than worth the price of the book. So, happy reading, and may the Force be with you. Always.

  • Jedi Sunni
    2018-10-20 03:23

    Starwars: I would not call this nostalgic from my perspective because I missed this by a generation. On the other hand I will say this was a very good start. Being a true star wars fan I love everything about this story a love the art and feel of the story.Six against the Galaxy:I am really enjoying the flow of the story and how well it says inline with the movie. I will say the Dr.Evazan was right on point from my perspective but walrus man looked really weird. I thought jabba was pretty cool as well even though he looked nothing like the jabba from the movie. My rating for this issue is 4.5 out of 5.0.Death Star:This was exactly what I expected as the story continued on. There was nothing that surprised me as far as the storybline goes. With that being said I can can see that leia and han are going to have a wonderful relationship. My rating for this issue is 4.2 out of 5.0.In battle with Darth Vader:This was just a great continuation of what happened in the previous issue. The story was just as smooth and there were plenty of moments that allow me to reminisce. My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0. Lo, the Moons of Yavin:The relationship between leia and luke is weird with them locking lips once again. Everything else seems pretty accurate and entertaining. This volume continues to follow the movie pretty well in most areas. My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0.The final chapter?I really enjoyed this story and how the writer did and great job at staying as close to episode one as you could get. Beside some of the obvious issues with canon. This was a great piece of star wars fiction and I would gladly read it again. My rating for this issue is 4.7 out of 5.0.New Plant, New Perils!Good story with one of our biggest moral dilemmas that we face today as a society. the art is consistent and pur good buddy Han Solo finally got what he had coming to him. My rating for this issue is 4.1 out of 5.0.Eight for Aduba-3Some don't consider this a star wars like story, I on the the other hand feel like it's pretty creative. You have a giant meat eating rabbit, what appears to be a fake Jedi, some type of porcupine, young boy and a robot, an female ex-pirite. What a dysfunctional group but what fun! can't wait to read more. My rating for this issue is a 4.7 out of 5.0.Showdown on a wasteland World!The story just keeps rolling along with solo's band of misfits rolling into battle. I would have to say that the battle scene was pretty entertaining. The art is nice and the transition to the next issueseems smooth. My rating for this issue is 4.2 out of 5.0.Behemoth from the world below:Two words starkiller kid, George Lucas original idea. Reminds me a little bit of Luke skywalker. I enjoyed this story as it was a continuation of last issue. The fight was pretty intense and solo was his annoying,brash self. My rating for this story is a 4.5 out 5.0.Star Search!Luke is on the hunt, for a new home for the rebels. I thought this was a nice beginning to something that can be potentially great. The whole crew seems to be in a lot of trouble. I like the fact that they brought good old jolly and captain jack. My rating for this story is 4.1 out of 5.0.Doom world: The planet Drexel a water world. Luke has found him self in another conundrum. This time we have crazy captains and dragon lords. Yes, captain jack is still a part of the story. Not a whole lot of action but a young lady does start to allow her emotion to explore which leads to some fireworks. I rate this issue a 3.8 out of 5.0.Day of the dragon Lords:As R2-D2 buys luke and c-3po some time. The crew from the millennium falcon is on their way having escaped the grasp of captain jack. This issue is a continuation and has promise to bring more excitement. My rating for this issue is 4.2 out of 5.0.The sou d of Armageddon: Its all out war and the put come all but foreseeable. In all actuality the good guy seem to foal the plan of the bad guys but there is more to be continued in the next issue. Solid story overall, I would rate this issue a 4.3 out of 5.0.Star Duel!The mention of special modification being made to the falcon sounds nostalgic. A women scorn seem to be the point the author is trying to make. There was also a very good space battle between jack and solo. I give this issue a 4.7 out of 5.0.The Hunter!I really like this story with the main character fighting against who he really is. I like see some of the other characters reappear and put up a great fight. My rating for this issue is 4.5 out of 5.0.Crucible!I have to say this was a really good story. It had a lot of what star wars is made of in it. We saw Womp Rats, Sand People and Skyhoppers. Put this all together and you havevone heck of a story. This may not be considered canon but Luke is put in a situation were his force ability allows him to come through. My rating for this issue is 4.8 out of 5.0.The empire strikes!The empire has set in motion some type of conspiracy against the rebel? Not very surprising if I do say so myself. What is surprising is that it does not appear to be an easy way out. My rating for this issue is 3.8 out of 5.0.The Ultimate Gamble! The conspiracy against the rebels continues with Luke still out of action. The rebels now have their backs against the wall and help does not appear to on the way. We they be able to fight their way through this one. My rating for this issue is 4.3 out of 5.0.Death Game!Han Solo is in trouble even on the brink of death involved in a gladiator event. Luke seems to have broken loose but were is he. The princess seem to be on her way some where and the droids seem to gained an Allie. This issue really ramps things up, so I rate this issue a 4.8.Shadow of a Dark Lord!The show begins now with Luke facing his fears and a powerful appearance of Darth Vader. It seem that the good princess and Luke have a good plan but Vader and another seems to be right on their tail. I give this issue a 4.1 out of 5.0.To the last Gladiator!This issue has Hungry Games written all over it. From the looks of it our good friend Han Solo may not survive this one. This Greyshade fellow want a women who does not want him. What kind of life would that be. Seriously she could be the most beautiful woman in the world, this would only be OK with a man with low self worth. Flight into Fury!Very nice ending to the wheel ark. I enjoyed the development of Grayshade's and Mastercoms relationship, as well as the revelation he received at the end of the story. The way luke used the force in this was also pretty cool. My rating for this issue is a 4.9 out of 5.0.Silent Drifting:I thought this story went right along with the personality of Obi-wan we know so well. The art depiction on the other hand is quite interesting and not one I feel looks anything like the man we know so well. The story itself was about average with decent characters. My rating for this issue is a 3.5 out of 5.0.Seige At Yavin!Some what slow the first at the start and not very interesting. There is a lot of dialogue and not enough action if you ask me. There are possibilities it can pick up next issue. My rating for this issue is 3.0 out of 5.0.Doom mission:It amazing what luke accomplishes in this mission which should have lead to his certain doom. I also find this House of Tagge interesting and would like more information on who they are. My overall rating for this issue is 4.0 out of 5.0.Return of the Hunter!Here we go again with our good friend valance who is the droid hater. This time he will be faced with a decision. He seem to hate him self because he does not see the humanity in his situation. My rating for this issue is 4.1 out of 5.0.

  • Nicholas Sedillos
    2018-11-14 09:27

    After a six-issue adaptation of A New Hope that hews closely to Alan Dean Foster’s prose novel, the very first Star Wars comic book takes a little while to find its bearings in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, first sending Han Solo and Chewbacca off on some pretty generic quasi-Western adventures. (One of the first new characters introduced is Jaxxon, a giant green cartoon rabbit that looks like something off a cereal box.) Eventually, though, we start to get a surprisingly coherent picture of the Rebellion’s tribulations following the destruction of the Death Star, and the beginnings of Vader’s hunt for the young heroes who humiliated him. There are also a couple interesting one-offs, like “Crucible!,” in which we flash back to Luke’s former life on Tatooine learn more about his friendship with Biggs and prodigious talent for shooting womp rats.

  • Jaime Krause
    2018-11-08 05:40

    2 stars for illustrations4.5 stars for inking3.5 stars for storylineThis is a Dark Horse compilation of the first 27 Marvel Comics Star Wars series. The covers were used before each part, which was awesome. Each issue was $0.30-0.35!! I did not enjoy the fact that there was so much writing. Comics are supposed to be a nice weave of words and images, allowing both to tell the story. With these, I paid little attention to the images, which is sad. Despite some massive issues I have with some of the visual representations, the details are abundant. It's very obvious that a lot of time and work went into each panel.On top of that, the scripter/ editors, added notes that referenced past issues. It was awkward and was unnecessary. If I pick up the third issue of a comics series, I will plan on sometimes being confused. I don't enjoy the flow being ruined in that way.There are some discrepancies as the comics were developed as the movies and initial stories were released. Some of them are understandable, like Leia and Luke kissing more often, or Vader and Luke's father being different people. Others just make me cringe, mainly in the details.It's unfortunate that while the writer is the same throughout each episode/sub-story, the artists and inkers changed. Chewbacca looks horrible in almost the entire TPB and Leia has a square/sharp face in some of the stories. 1. Star Wars-I love how the novel is incorporated in this-I did see a typo on page 7: "While not far distant…" I'm sorry but that made me twitch-I found Luke saying "a 3D hologram" to be hilarious2. Six Against the Galaxy- heh, Luke called Owen "Uncle Ben" on page 28- Seriously, Chewbacca looks ridiculous- HAN SHOT FIRST! HAH!- OK Jabba is NOT described as anything close to skinny in the book. He's not slug-like in the novel, so I understand the legs, but yeesh, he's supposed to be fat with a skeletal-type face and huge jowls. The artist for this was not good. 5. Lo, the Moons of Yavin- I kind of like the formality of Luke still calling Han "Solo." It shows that they're still strangers to each other.- I REALLY like the note that Han may be trying to make Luke jealous when talking about Leia…or he may be telling the truth. That made me grin.7. New Planets, New Perils! to 10. Behemoth From the World BelowThis was Han's subplot, with captain Jack, Jaxxon and others. But those two are characters who I had known. There is some Luke and Leia, but more of a background as Han thought of them. - Um…Sunday school? (p. 123, iss. 7) In a galaxy far, far away? I winced but again, this was 1978, not even a full year after the first release. - The character Don-Wan made me roll my eyes and then laugh. Hah! A Don-Wan!11. Star Search! to 15. Star DuelArchie Goodwin took over as writer for Luke's subplot against dragons and pirates. Han's story was brought in more in these than Luke was in the previous ones, but that's because the two stories clashed.- The representations of Chewie and Leia were horrible. But the coloring was done well.- Han Solo is definitely one to change the heart of a hard woman. :D16. The Hunter- It's odd that a cyborg is so anti-droid17. Crucible - This was a more visual comic, which was great. I enjoyed learning of Luke's past.- The end confused me. It said that the next issue would be The Hand of the Empire but I looked it up on the Wook - the comic doesn't exist.18. The Empire Strikes to 23. Flight into FuryThis substory is still written by Archy Goodwin and has the same artists with different inkers. The artists have horrid representations of Chewie (too big and a fat face), Leia (too angular of a face) and Han (TOO muscular). The inkers though were great with the colours. The story was also enjoyable. Luke goes into a near-coma after a Force meditation, and Han & Leia navigate to The Wheel. The Wheel! I didn't realize that The Wheel was such an old concept. It made me smile.- (18) - on page 321, the dead ship made me think of Firefly and the Reapers.- (19) - I like that Goodwin understood how much of a gambler Han was. This was done in 1978. The only novel written at this time was Splinter of the Mind's Eye; nothing of Han's backstory was really developed. Again, it's so great to see an understanding before canon was hashed out.-(22 & 23) - Ummm…..even in '78/'79, wouldn't the artists have known that you can't be in zero-g without a suit?- I really loved the absolute end, with Luke saying that against Vader, he has to master the Force. Otherwise, his powers may not be enough.24. Silent Drifting- I liked that this was more visual.- This was a story of Obi-Wan Kenobi when he was a general. Their rendition of a younger Ben made me chuckle; but it was great based on just the movies!25. Siege at Yavin to 27. Return of the Hunter- I can't remember if the Massassi were mentioned in Splinter or even in the ANH novel, but seeing them mentioned here (misspelled but that doesn't bother me. It was 1979) made me squee a bit.- Han isn't around and Leia kisses Luke a bit too often. In ANH, it's clear Luke's infatuated but Leia doesn't make her desire known. But then here Luke thinks she may like Han? Confusing.

  • Belles
    2018-10-30 06:33

    This was a nice trip down memory lane. Graphic novels just aren't for me, though.

  • J C
    2018-11-12 06:23

    A good classic comic in the Star Wars universe, worth a read if you're a Star Wars fan.

  • Jeremy Townsend
    2018-11-12 10:25

    I should state it's good to start somewhere, but when I look at the newer graphics, plots and dialog of the new comics I do not miss the old let's just say. I thought the coloring and artwork off. The plots, and cheesy 60's/ 70's dialog was lacking. Good to see improvement over the years in Star Wars comics. Toast to you silly caveman scribbles.

  • Canaan Perry
    2018-11-16 10:35

    Marvel's Star Wars comics were some of the first comics book I read as a kid. They were my segue-way into the Marvel universe. I didn't care that they weren't the real movies; to me they were fun to read and I got to follow the adventures of all my favorite characters in the years between the cinematic releases.So, I was keen to snatch up these Omnibuses and re-read all these old Marvel stories (this particular volume runs from issues 1-27); and they have not disappointed me at all. They're still a lot of fun to read and the stories are actually pretty good, especially after issue 10 when Archie Goodwin starts doing the majority of the writing.The art is quite inconsistent and mainly relates to the revolving wheel of embellishers/inkers that worked on the book at the time. The adaptation of the Star Wars film that runs issues 1-6 (which in themselves are also inconsistent) look very different from issus 7-10 despite all being penciled by Howard Chaykin. Chaykin's art in issue 1 (where he also does the inking) is more like his usual, almost surreal style that he employs in much later works from the '80s and '90s -- in particular, his rendition of faces is excellent. But, by the time we get to issue 10 the detail and style seem sanitized, especially with Frank Springer and Tom Palmer doing the inking - no offence intended to those people but the quality of the art is certainly variable.Not that it matters, because this early story arc after the film, where Han Solo does job interviews with (no shirt on) to hire a bunch of rag-tag mercenaries to fight off pirates invading a farm is kind of silly; but good for a laugh. I won't go on about Jax as I thought he was an ok character. The Starkiller Kid was much more annoying. Things vastly improve and become more consistent when Goodwin (as writer) and Carmine Infantino (as artist) take over. The "Doomworld" story on a water planet which explores a war between stranded settlers is a very cool Sci-Fi concept, and with Terry Austin inking it all looks first class. Gene Day also inks some issues on the "Wheel" storyline and they're very comparable to Austin's efforts. But when Bob Wiacek is inking the sharpness of Infantino's renderings are just not as well complemented. The same is true with the Walt Simonson's pencil work on issue 16 -- a lot of this stuff doesn't really look like his work, even from the '70s. This was a shame as Walt is my favorite comic artist ever -- the cover of that issue is good though. Today I have no problem reconciling this material with the Star Wars canon - when I was a kid this was canonical, at least in my mind. I don't care that Luke and Leia kiss -- they sort of did in the first two films anyway -- we didn't know (and neither did their characters) that they were sis and bro. Yeah, the rendition of Jabba was a problem once "Return of the Jedi" came out but in the end it was all Star Wars; and it's all good. Love the value and reproduction quality of these volumes too. I highly recommend buying these if you missed a few issues as a kid, or you just want to revisit some childhood memories.

  • MC
    2018-10-17 09:52

    One of my fondest memories from when I was a child was watching the movies in the original Star Wars Trilogy. That and reading comic books. So when the comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics began releasing collected Editions of the old Marvel Star Wars comics, I was absolutely thrilled. I know that some may shake their heads at hearing of my love for this old comics series, as the overall cheesiness and some of the weirder parts of the plot line are known all too well. The problem is that such an analysis is simply unfair. The “sillier” aspects (yes, I know, anthropomorphic bunny people) and overall campiness are kind of part and parcel of the time frame in which the comics were published. Also, the weirder stories were only a small part of the overall tales published under the Marvel Star Wars run. The collection I recently read, and am here reviewing, Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume One, contains the first twenty-seven issues of the original Marvel comics. The series began with the adaptation, across several issues, of the original Star Wars film. In the issues afterwards, the writers were under many strictures. They were limited as to what situations they could place the elements of the movie characters into, as well as how much history they could give them. They could never really have Vader catch up to Luke and the others, as it may interfere with the story line from the then future movies. In a way, as one web site noted, this worked out to be a good thing. Throughout the series, as Vader couldn't be allowed to directly confront the heroes, he ended up being a strategist. He would try to trap them, and nearly succeed. Only some freak use of a vague “Force power” by Luke saved them. Yes, it was a blatant Deus ex machina, but at the same time, to see Vader almost having them in his clutches through his brain instead of his brawn and powers, made for a great tale. The readers of the Marvel series would not be surprised to see the “attack dog” from Star Wars as the brilliant strategist that he is in The Empire Strikes Back as some conventional movie-goers may have been. It won't surprise anyone to hear me say that the art in the issues in this first Omnibus was not very good. Comics were not as known for their beautiful art back then as they are today. From what I hear, later issues around the time of the adaptation of Empire, through the rest of the series, had increasingly better art. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and I really do suggest that people who are hesitant to read these old comics pick them up and give them a try. Despite the campiness, they have the feel and adventure of the original trilogy down pat. With the way that many of the more recent materials extraneous to the films (called the “Expanded Universe”) have gone down the “dark and edgy” route (though to be fair, the prequels went down that same route as well, in many fans' opinions), these older comics are a breath of fresh air. Highly Recommended.

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2018-10-19 04:41

    Like many men (and women) of my generation, I was captivated by the Star Wars films as a young boy. I saw the original trilogy of movies multiple times in the theaters, collected the action figures, had a Han Solo and Chewbacca T-shirt and yes, even bought the comic books. When Marvel extended their comic series beyond the storyline in the original film, I kept collecting. I know I had the first 12 issues, maybe more. I didn't keep them and now of course I wonder what they might be worth today?This omnibus edition from Dark Horse collects the first 27 monthly issues of the Star Wars comic book series from 1977-79. It is strange to revisit these tales so many years later. I think we forget how little had been defined about the Star Wars universe at this point. The assumptions that the Marvel writers make - about the Jedi, Darth Vader, The Force, and more - seem really strange and even wildly inaccurate at times. But much of that assessment can only be made in hindsight, for we now know what George Lucas canonized later. At the time, this stables of writers and illustrators gamely made an attempt to imitate Lucas' highly successful tone and style.On the other hand, despite the fact that the comics don't sync with later developments in the Star Wars universe, the stories in this volume are consistent with what was happening in science fiction movies and TV shows of this era. The plots are straightforward action-adventure yarns filled with cyborgs, aliens, space monsters and shoot-outs. In fact, if anything stood out to me about this collection, it was how infrequently we actually see anything that touches on the actual war between the Empire and the Rebellion. Whether this was an intentional choice on the part of the folks at Marvel (e.g. to avoid playing on George Lucas's turf) or whether they just found the stuff outside of the central plot line more interesting I can't tell.One can hardly call this a good book. The stories are not deep or particularly well written, and there is nothing particularly groundbreaking about this as a comic book or graphic novel. But I did enjoy it. Re-reading these tales is a little moment of recaptured boyhood for me. And so for that reason alone, I'll give it three stars.

  • Christopher
    2018-10-19 06:42

    I remember reading some of these old '70s Marvel comics when I was a kid and they were originally available on comic book spinner racks in grocery stores (remember that?) - I especially remember the comic adaptation of Star Wars, which I originally owned as an oversized "Marvel Super Special" publication, which I remember reading over and over as a Jedi-obsessed 7-year-old, and which kicks off the Marvel Star Wars comic book series collected in this Omnibus edition. Re-reading the original adaptation after all these years was great fun - I was amazed at how many of the images I remembered - the odd early depictions of Chewbacca, the overly buxom Princess Leia, the extra-bendy C-3PO...these depictions may not be religiously faithful to their filmed counterparts, but these slightly warped caricatures have gained tons of charm with time. There are also a few interesting easter eggs for Star Wars fans, such as Marvel's original rendering of Jabba the Hutt, who looks absolutely nothing like the giant space slug we're used to. As the comic adaptation ends, the series goes on to follow the exploits of Luke, Han and the gang. Not surprisingly, these pre-Miller, pre-Morrison era funnybook stories from the 70s verge on the downright silly, such as a shirtless Han Solo holding job interviews in his bedroom and recruiting a giant green bunny and a delusional elderly Jedi-wannabe named Dan Wan Kehotay as his new teammates, and similar such head scratchy exploits. I'm sure at the time it was nothing short of far-out (I remember being absolutely rabid for every issue of Star Wars I could get my mitts on), and now the comics are certainly goofy by today's standards, but no less fun to devour. I found my copy at the library, and it's perfect laze-around, don't-wanna-get-outta-bed literary junk food. Don't expect too much and you'll be entertained from cover to cover.

  • Steven
    2018-11-04 10:42

    Reading this was a hoot, and much more fun than I expected it to be -- I remember seeing some of these early Star Wars comics back when they were published, and being appalled, but from this perspective, when we have Star Wars comics in staggering numbers and to varying levels of quality, the sheer innocence and zest of these stories is kind of charming. While at the point these were made there was no micromanaging Lucasfilm division policing the Extended Universe, it's easy to see that some ideas might well have been filtered in to the comics for a bit of a test drive -- one of the later story arcs in this volume pretty much test-runs the Bespin Cloud City story from The Empire Strikes Back, while other elements presage bits of Luke's arc in Empire.Mostly, though, it's some wonderfully goofy storytelling with lifts from famous western movies (The Magnificent Seven, although I rather hope that this was also a nod to Lucas' Japanese influences), an outright pirate arc with outlandish costumes, and even a proto-Waterworld story, also featuring pirates, this time in the form of a Star Wars version of the fabled Cornwall wreckers. Some of it is painfully eye-rolling stuff, mind you...such as female pirate Jolli, a man-hating harridan in a bikini and a beret (many of the women in this series wear little more than a skimpy bikini) who's softened up by the rogueish Han Solo and the wisdom of Princess Leia...just in time for her to die. Eventually, however, Archie Goodwin took over the writing duties on the comics, and things did start to straighten out somewhat and become more sensible...not to mention the artwork being more on-model and the characterizations more in keeping with the first film. I'm looking forward to getting started on the next volume.

  • Matthew Godlewski
    2018-11-15 03:38

    I read this mainly due to the Brian Woods run with this same time period in the Star Wars universe for Dark Horse, and also the nostalgia factor (I was 6 years old when Marvel started this run). Overall, the omnibus is OK. It starts off with several issues that do a great job of adapting the original movie into comic form (and Roy Thomas and Archie Goodwin must have seen an extended cut of the movie/script because the Han Solo/Jabba scene and Luke talking to Biggs at Toshi Station scene both make it into the comic). However, the next several issues are the ones most people have an issue with due to the strange characters (a giant rabbit, a giant porcupine, and a ripoff of Don Quixote), and so did I. Didn't like any of them, but it is hard to fault the Marvel team as they had little to nothing to go on at that point regarding what kind of plans Lucas had for the franchise and were pretty much flying by the seat of their pants. For me, the best issues in the Omnibus are the ones where the intrepid heroes are trapped aboard The Wheel. Overall, the art is good but pretty much standard Marvel fare being put out in the '70s from what I understand. I will probably read the other Omnibuses in the series at some point.

  • Sud666
    2018-11-17 09:50

    Star Wars is one of my favorite stories. Whether in novel or comic book, I have always enjoyed the vast universe and the great tales of the Jedi and the Sith. So I was interested to see what this volume had to offer. Well I can say I am disappointed. I understand that at the time that this was written the Star Wars universe had not been fleshed out so the writers had to go off the cuff- from Jabba not being a Hutt, to Vader and Luke's father being two separate people, etc. So even taking that into account I just never got into this omnibus. The first drawback is the atrocious artwork. This was from 1977 through the 1980's-not exactly a great time for artwork in the comics industry. The stories which take place after the telling of the Star Wars movies are also not good. Bad characters, worse writing and awful dialogue all led to me just reading the first several issues and then flipping through the rest. I just could not get into this mediocre mess. If you are a fan of 70's/80's artwork and are one of those people for whom nostalgia trumps actual quality then this is for you. But, if you love Star Wars and enjoy great artwork and good writing then do yourself a favor and take a pass on this dreck.

  • Kevin
    2018-11-14 07:42

    This book started with the comic book adaption of the film, STAR WARS: Episode IV-A New Hope. This lasts about 8 issues, with excellent Howard Chaykin art and great scripting by Roy Thomas. This covers the first seven issues, though the Thomas/Chaykin collaboration continues some ways after the film adaption, creating new characters and situations within the S.W. universe. It's interesting to note that this includes a 'walrus-biped' version of Jabba the Hut(t) rather than the 'slug' version of Return of the Jedi. Chaykin drops out, followed by Roy Thomas, the art changing until finally landing on Carmine Infanto teamed with Bob Wiacek as the series artists, with Archie Goodwin taking up the writing tasks. When reading this, I was interested mainly in the film adaption, yet the continuing story became so engaging it quite drew me in. Highly recommended for any fan of the film, this is a very entertaining read!

  • Ashley
    2018-11-08 05:51

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...With those words the world was plunged into an epic adventure that continues to this day on television, in novels, in video games, and in comic books/graphic novels.From July 1977 to September 1986, Marvel Comics Group published monthly comics based on the wildly successful Star Wars film franchise.When looking back at these early tales with the advantage of hindsight, the "mistakes" (such as the idea that Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker's father were two different people) are obvious, but at the time, the Star Wars galaxy was a great unknown. While there has been much discussion over the years as to how, where, or even if these stories fit into the official Star Wars continuity, there is no denying their charm and their power to entertain.Collected here are the first 27 issues of Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 - the same year as the first film - beginning with the comics adaption of A New Hope.

  • j_ay
    2018-10-20 05:48

    Reprinting the old Marvel comics from the 1970s…issues 1-27. This is one of those occasions where I would use a half star. So this would be 3 and a half. I’m not much of a Star Wars fan, and I had a few of these comics as a kid (although I only remember the covers, so I may not have even read them, only looked at them). But its quirky looking back on them. These issues came out after Star Wars, but before Empire Strikes Back, so undoubtedly Lucas (and company) had restrictions on what Marvel could do. Some of it is absurd (large green rabbits: Jaxxon), others things are somewhat surprising (Luke and Lea kissing on the lips twice, and a very un-Jabba the Hut(t) [as we know him] appearance). The writing is cheesy but there is some pretty good art scattered about; early Howard Chaykin and some very solid Carmine Infantino inked by Terry Austin. Sadly other inkers were involved, so consistency doesn’t stay too long. Worth a look.

  • Shannon Appelcline
    2018-10-24 07:39

    The initial stories are by Roy Thomas, and as a result the adaptation and the Seven Samurai storyline that immediately follows are both strong [7.5/10]. When Archie Goodwin takes over, the quality drops a bit for the mishmash of pirates & planetary warfare, though there’s some good worldbuilding here and by the ending its picking up [6+/10]. After a mediocre return of the Seven Samurai [5/10] and a nice backstory for Luke [7/10], Goodwin seems to find his feet with a 6-part story set on The Wheel, which has good adventure and more importantly *feels* like Star Wars [7/10]. The final short stories are all decently good. The Obi-Won story is the weakest [6/10], while the battle for Yavin again feels like classic Star Wars [7/10]. Overall, a pretty good collection of Star Wars apocrypha, if a bit too much to read all at once.

  • Bryan
    2018-11-05 03:26

    I not a big Star Wars guy, and these stories aren't great, to be honest. But the first quarter of the book is the Marvel Comics adaptation of the first Star Wars movie, and then the rest of the stories are this weird, alternate continuity published before The Empire Strikes Back, written and illustrated in that funky late-70's Marvel house style by Archie Goodwin, Carmine Infantino, Howard Chaykin, Roy Thomas, Walt Simonson, etc. It actually feels more like the Guardians of the Galaxy movie than any GOTG comic ever has. It's big, dumb space fun.

  • C.S.
    2018-11-14 10:24

    I bought all of these comics when they came out originally. As a kid I lived for every new Star Wars story. Rereading them made me chuckle. Their was no canon at the time and the Marvel writers just went hog wild. If you have a problem with Jar Jar you are going to love Jax. This was the only way to get extra Star Wars while you waited for the movie. They sold incredibly well at the time.Some of the stories are great but others don't hold up well. I would have given them a 5 as a kid now they are more like a 3.5. A great walk down memory lane.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-14 08:42

    The classic comics. I have them all except #3. I have wanted to read this for a long time from start to finish to see the whole story. I got this at the library and it was much easier to read compared to going through it. The first 5-6 are based on the movie for the most part and then it goes into its own direction. Even though it has Leia and Luke making out it is still great to read and see what story direction they went with.One thing I have always liked about this series is the covers. The artwork on them is the best.

  • Greg
    2018-11-17 03:41

    Overall, the art in here was just awful -- which made getting through the stories a little tedious (a good artist goes a looonnnnggg way in making a dull story palatable). Regarding the stories -- total cheeseball juvenile material, but I felt obligated to read this as part of my reading journey through the "Star Wars Expanded Universe." Leia does a lot of lip-locking with Luke in several of these stories, which I found amusing.

  • Robert
    2018-10-18 07:43

    Published between Star Wars and Empire - and roundly ignored in all discussions of continuity - the two things the Expanded Universe is poorer for losing are:1) The Millenium Falcon can FLOAT ON WATER and take off from same like a WWII pontoon boat2) Han Solo uttered the phrase HOLY BEEK-MONKEYS like a cut rate TV Robin

  • Justin
    2018-10-18 09:32

    It's totally goofy and doesn't fit with later Star Wars stuff at all (starting with The Empire Strikes Back), but it's mostly fun. This version of A New Hope is pleasing, and the last third of the collection's a blast. The middle drags even though redoing Seven Samurai with the inclusion of a giant green rabbit should be awesome.