Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago.... Volume 5 Paperback – Feb 21 2012
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Jo Duffy has written the likes of The Avengers, Catwoman, Wolverine and X-Men. She translated Akira into English. Archie Goodwin, American comic book writer, editor, and artist, best known for adapting Star Wars to comics for Marvel, and his work at Warren. Ron Frenz, respected comics artist, he worked on, among many others, Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Girl. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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These were stories with a different feel to those we see printed more recently. A lot of the terminology that is now common among Star Wars fans was still being invented back then and the storylines were much less encumbered by all the canon and non-canon works that were developed for and around George Lucas' fanciful creation. Sure the visual language and colouring are reminiscent of an older style. Sure the themes were more earthly and common sense. Still, these are vintage Star Wars adventures for those of us who were there when the first films hit the silver screen. Really worth it if you're a fan.
There was a great opportunity to tell tales of rebuilding the Jedi order, facing the last fanatical elements of the Empire and building a truly democratic Galactic Alliance... but all this was passed over in favor of stories so ridiculous they were probably concocted over happy hour cocktails.
Main characters are missing or so far off the mark that you wonder if anyone had actually bothered to watch the movies. The artwork was also (mostly) drawn by someone who'd apparently ignored all the PR photos too.
If, on the other hand you're a fan looking to complete your collection and/or enjoy reading laughably badly written and drawn Star Wars stories (especially the final one) then this is for you.