Written by: J. W. Rinzler
Art by: Rainier Beredo, Michael Heisler, Mike Mayhew, Nick Runge
Based on: George Lucas’ rough draft of the original Star Wars screenplay
Marvel Comics, 218 Pages
I always wanted to read George Lucas’ original rough draft of the script that eventually became Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. But this is even better than reading the script, as it provides visuals, inspired by the original Ralph McQuarrie concepts for Star Wars.
Additionally, since I’m a pretty hardcore comic book reader, I thought that I’d really like experiencing this early version of Lucas’ vision more than just reading the text. Frankly, it’s a great homage to that screenplay and McQuarrie’s art.
In the end though, the final movie is a much better version of Lucas’ vision. This was still really enjoyable, however, and I really dug it and it probably would’ve made for a solid sci-fi B-movie in the late ’70s, where those things may have been a dime a dozen but they were still pretty cool and a lot of fun. Well, many of them were, anyway.
What’s really cool about this is seeing how a lot of Lucas’ concepts weren’t that fleshed out. Some characters evolved into others, some were completely omitted and the scope of this story feels and looks much larger than what the budget would have allowed.
This isn’t great, though. It’s fun, it’s energetic and I liked the core characters but it lacks the heart and spirit that made A New Hope an instant classic that birthed one of the largest franchises of all-time.
I wouldn’t recommend this to casual fans but it is worth checking out if you’re a lifelong Star Wars fan. It’s kind of weird in spots and I had to keep reminding myself that the rules weren’t established yet.
Pairs well with: other Expanded Universe comics within the Star Wars universe.