Almost thirty years ago, George Lucas wrote the original screenplay for what would become the greatest science fiction saga of all time. In the past year, there has been more new Star Wars news than ever before in the history of actual Star Wars news. New projects of monumental scale have materialized after close to twenty years of speculation—one of which is the long awaited and long rumored Episode VII. That in itself could be enough, but it seems that with the resurgence of attention to the brand already incurring a mega-cult status following, Disney has decided to cash in on their $4 billion purchase and announce character spin-off motion pictures, a new animated series, and a possible television live-action series. Check out more comic book reviews, previews, and news by Keith over on No Morals Anymore. Continue reading for more of Keith’s preview and insights into The Star Wars Issue #1.
I could write for days about any one of these things, but I would rather like to take a step back and look at the upcoming Star Wars universe from a wider angle. With these three developments, one thing is very apparent; they want the old Star Wars back… hopefully. All of these projects will have to bring a retro SW authenticity to guarantee success among the faithful. Episode VII will no doubt have a number of major throwback elements (I won’t attempt to speculate on the subject at this time). Dave Filoni, the animated show runner, has already said that Ralph McQuarrie’s concept design is the foundation for the new Star Wars Rebels animated series. A Han Solo spin-off movie will no doubt feature a certain well-known hot rod Corellian freighter and a soiree of notable ship designs. Another indication of this line of thought was an abrupt end to the 15-year era of Anakin Skywalker based storylines (yes, I’m talking about the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cancellation that offered absolutely no closure whatsoever and the “we could give less of a shit” attitude that the Lucasfilm camp has about the 3D projects). This all seems to be a calculated attempt to bridge the next-gen fan with the old-school purist and close the book on the prequel trilogy chapter of the Star Wars universe (rather than rehash more Clone Wars revamps). But one soon to be released project is nothing more than an easter egg of Star Wars folklore, solely for the Star Wars purist, with no equal barring the release of the original remastered trilogy.
The Star Wars is a limited series comic which illustrates Lucas’ first draft of the original Star Wars screenplay. The characters aren’t exactly the same. The storyline is altered. It’s a glimpse into what easily could have been the Star Wars reality, a stroll in the creative mind of the Star Wars creator, and a behind the scenes look at the creative development of the original trilogy. Rumored in comic book shops for twenty years, the lost (as obviously inaccurate legend would have it) original screenplay for Episode IV creates the jumping point for this series and is backed up by original McQuarrie based concept designs. Luke Skywalker is Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Starkiller is Luke Skywalker, Han Solo is a reptile, Darth Vader is slightly more human (and—spoiler alert—most likely not Anakin this time), and C-3PO is a kung-fu fighting robot gangster (last part is probably a fabrication).
The new series hits shelves on September 4th, 2013. With regular, variant, and ultra variant covers (one of which features a Ralph McQuarrie cover using original 1970s Star Wars concept art), to hold collectors in a release day frenzy. Hopefully the line outside of Midtown Comics won’t be too long and make me late for work. The possible success of this throwback could vindicate the creative direction of the future projects and lead to more successful projects that bring back the old Star Wars memories while ushering in an entirely new era of Star Wars fanfare (sans Jar Jar Binks). I guess we’ll see. Regardless, it should be bad ass!