Star Wars Omnibus: Early Victories Paperback – Sep 24 2008
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Some of the popular one-shot and mini-series that were published in the 1990's – yet have no overarching theme of their own – were compiled and published in an omnibus format by DH called <i>Star Wars Omnibus: Early Victories</i>. This collection was perhaps the most interesting in that it is comprised of various stories from all over the galaxy, both Canon and non-Canon. As with the review of <i>Star Wars Omnibus: The Golden Age of the Sith</i>, this review will be as follows. There will be brief reviews of each story within this massive comic, with a rating for each one, and a brief concluding review of the graphic novel as a whole, with a rating for the work as a whole as well.
<b><i>Star Wars: Vader's Quest</i></b>
This story <i>should</i> have been stronger, but it wasn't. It was basically the tale of how Darth Vader tries to capture his son once he learns that he is alive. This knowledge was obtained by interrogating a rebel pilot for the name of the fellow-rebel who blew up the Death Star. It is a re-hashing of a similar story in the original <i>Marvel Comics Star Wars</i> run (minus the part with Luke as Vader's son, which wasn't known then by the writing team). At least, that is my opinion that it is an adaptation of said earlier <i>Marvel</i> tale. It never outright says that it is adapting that story, but the similarities are there, so I can conclude that's where the idea came from. And no, I don't remember the name of the relevant story, or the issue(s), in the <i>Marvel</i> run.
Anyways, it should have been a great story, but it just.... wasn't. It was very clumsily done. The device of flashing backward and forward to tell different pieces of the story, and then interconnecting them, is useful, but it just doesn't seem to work as well here. It's kinda confusing how they do it, and in fact it is so confusing that only right now as I write this did I figure out something that I missed before.
That said, the overall plot that hearkened back to a <i>Marvel</i> story, combined with the really quite beautiful art, saved the tale from being a bomb. Not the best story to read, but not so bad either. I would give this comic 2/12 to 3 stars for a rating.
<b><i>Star Wars: River of Chaos</i></b>
This tale was definitely a good one. It had some of the “swashbuckling” adventure and intrigue that the <i>Classic Star Wars Trilogy</i> invoked. The story is about a beautiful and talented young mechanic named Mora, the man who adopted her, and an Imperial agent with clashing loyalties. And no, despite the romantic undertones, there is no goofy “I choose the Rebellion because I love you” plot. It is the agent's (Ranulf Trommer) morality that makes him a Rebel. It's just Mora and her father who make him see the evils of the Empire.
The story begins on the planet of M'haeli, where a kindly H'drachi named Ch'no finds a starving and filthy human infant girl. Instead of abandoning the child to her death as many of his fellow H'drachi urged him to do, he adopts her. As the child grows older, some of the simmering bigotries between humans and H'drachi grow worse, and this is often taken out on the adoptive father and daughter family. Both sides hate and are unwilling to accept them, as they are somehow tainted by being near each other. This situation is made worse by the fact that Ch'no is better at using the psychic abilities of the his people than anyone else among the H'drachi, so their jealousy mixes with prejudice for a really difficult situation.
Then things take a turn when Mora, Ch'no, and Ranulf (who is working undercover for the Empire at the time) find themselves in with the Rebels. Suddenly they must chooses sides as former neighbors and allies turn on them. What choices they make, along with an explosive secret from Mora's past, could decide the fate of their world.
This was really a good story. While the art wasn't all that great, in fact is was merely serviceable, the plot itself more than made up for this. While reading it, I was reminded of the older <i>Marvel</i> comics stories, the ones that really did capture the feel of the original trilogy for me. I would give <i>River of Chaos</i> 5 stars for a rating.
<i>Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye</i>
This is the comic adaptation of the novel written by Alan Dean Foster during the three years between the release of <i>A New Hope</i> and that of <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i>. Foster is also the one who ghost-wrote the novelization of <i>Hope</i> for George Lucas.
The tale is a simple one. Luke Skywalker is escorting Princess Leia Organa to the planet of Circarpous IV for a meeting with members of the planet's underworld and rebel factions. Her mission is to gain the support of such groups for the Rebel Alliance, in their bid to dissolve the Empire. Luke, Leia, and the droids end up, through a confluence of events better explained in the story, crash-landing on a nearby planet. Once there, they find themselves on the hunt for an artifact called the Kaibur Crystal, which amplifies a Force-user's abilities many times above their natural talents. Worse yet, Darth Vader, who comes hunting them now has found out about the Kaibur Crystal....
Like with the first story, this one had so much possibility to be a great read, but it wasn't. They cut out entirely too much material from the novel, and thus certain story elements are not explained. The book, for all of it's faults, makes clear how some of the plot details that contradict the later (chronologically as well as released) <i>Empire</i> could be reconciled. Not <i>all</i> such details, mind you, but many of them.
I won't say much for the art, because it was touch and go. Some of the panels and pages were quite well-rendered, while others just were not all that good. A disappointment that fell far short of what it could have been. I would give this a rating of 3 stars.
<b><i>Star Wars: Shadow Stalker</i></b>
This was a different story than most you come across for <i>Star Wars</i>. It entirely concerned the Imperials. In it, a former Imperial turned mercenary named Jixton is sent by Darth Vader to assassinate an Imperial Governor turned Rebel traitor, and blame the killing on the Rebel Alliance. Jixton is the perfect one for the job. Think of him as a <i>Star Wars</i> version of Batman, and you have the general idea of how good he is.
It's a really fortuitous turn of events that Vader sent Jixton to handle this case, as the truth of the matter is quite a bit different, and more complicated, than Vader (and now Jixton) thinks. Vader has been duped, and only Jixton can solve this case and take down the bad guys.
This was unique in not just being entirely about the Empire, but in showing a “good” Imperial (if only unofficially at this point of the story) who doesn't join the Rebellion. Granted that the story reveals he <i>can't</i> do so at this time, but he probably wouldn’t have done so anyway. I prefer stories like this and Tim Zahn's, that show that there are good and bad Imperials. Add to this a really fun story and an interesting plot, and you have a winner. The artwork was nothing to write home about, but it was pretty good overall. At least it was consistent, which is something. I would give this tale 4 stars for a rating.
<b><i>Star Wars: Tales from Mos Eisley</i></b>
This was a one-shot comic that had three stories told by those passing through the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” as Obi-Wan Kenobi called it in the original <i>Star Wars</i> film. The comic was divided up into short vignettes that told the unusual and fantastical (even for the <i>Star Wars</i> universe) stories of three individuals. This comic came across more like <i>Star Wars</i> meets <i>The Twilight Zone</i>, but somehow it WORKED.
The art was just right. I say that specifically because while it was just average, it wasn't supposed to be terrific. It was supposed to convey that sense of folks surviving and triumphing against the odds and telling their stories in this harsh, grainy, sandy, nowhere spaceport. Some of the fantastical elements were what made the stories worth reading. They were really fun short stories in comic form, and quite entertaining. I admit that I might be biased towards this one, though, since I read and enjoyed it back in high school. Nostagia was a nice little added bonus, to be sure. I would give this one-shot a rating of 5 stars.
There isn't really a lot to say here as the disparate, disconnected nature of the tales makes for no unifying story or theme. While two of the tales were not great, the others three were, and even those two “not so good” stories were worth reading for a dedicated SW fan.
If you remember the Marvel Comics versions of Star Wars - you'll love this collection. If you cut your teeth on Dark Horse interpretations, you might be a tad disappointed.
Star Wars Vader's Quest- Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star in A New Hope and ever since then Darth Vader has spent all of his time searching for that mysterious man. After finally discovering his identity he then sets about creating a trap to capture Luke, with the help of his limitless supply of Imperial soldiers of course. Personally I thought this story was solid. Nothing spectacular, but the finale where Luke is on the verge of being captured, but has a literal planet-worth of people stand up to defend him, leading to Darth Vader admitting defeat and leaving (Perhaps for the first time ever) is monumental. I really do think that it was the perfect story to begin this volume with, living up to the "Early Victories" title.
Star Wars River of Chaos- This is maybe my favorite story in this collection and it doesn't even feature Luke, though Princess Leia does make an important appearance. I think this one combines a good amount of action with subtle spywork, which makes sense as the main character is an Imperial sent to spy on a local official. Through numerous twists, turns, and betrayals he eventually ends up joining the local Rebellion. I don't want to go too deep into this, or any of the other stories for that matter, but the cast of characters were all solid and my only real regret is that the story wasn't longer so that everyone could have been developed more. But for a singular tale it's just fine.
Star Wars Splinter of the Mind's Eye- This is a comic book adaptation of the novel, of the same name lol, by Alan Dean Foster. Let me say, I am a major fan of the novel. It's simple, small in scale, and features Luke and Leia having to operate mostly on their own without the wider cast of the Rebal Alliance as a whole. I think it's a perfect Star Wars story that you really didn't get much of as the Expanded Universe was developed throughout the years. This adaptation is just as good, only made slightly worse for not being as long of course. It makes a few minor changes, with the biggest perhaps being two characters added to Luke and Leia's party, but for the most part it's the same. Luke and Leia are on their way to a meeting, crash land on a backwater planet, and while looking for a way off the planet get caught up in the hunt for a gem stone with mysterious Force powers, which of course leads to Vader showing his mug once more.
Star Wars Shadow Stalker- Darth Vader sends his personal assassin to deal with an Imperial Governor that is planning to join the Rebel Alliance. This story is important for the fact that you really don't ever see the Rebellion, any version, show up. It's all about the Imperials and one of their number dealing with a supposed meeting of the former group. While I found the main character to be a tad too perfect, in that he doesn't seem to be able to do any wrong, it's a good and enjoyable story regardless. What's more, the main character is again an Imperial, but he's not some mustache-twirling Hitler wannabe. No, he's an Imperial, but he's also not a completely evil person, similar to the main character of River of Chaos in fact. This is a rare thing to see and lets you know that despite the Empire as a whole being bad there are still decent people within it, which I appreciate from a writing standpoint.
Star Wars Tales from Mos Eisley- As the title implies, these are all various tales that are being told to denizens within Mos Eisley. There's no connection between them, minus the location, and there's no indication of when they take place. For the most part, they don't even really concern the greater Star Wars mythos as a whole. They're in fact kind of wacky, with one involving time travel, but they're also charming. They really do harken back to earlier space tales, when that great big void was considered to be so alien and unknown. I actually ended up liking these stories a lot, though they're so short that they are basically just extras in the volume.
Overall though, this was a good omnibus. In terms of my other Omnibus' I already have Quinlan Vos Jedi in Darkness, Emissaries and Assassins, Tales of the Jedi Vol 1, Boba Fett, and Clone Wars Vol 3 The Republic Falls. So just based on comparing this volume to those others in my collection, this is not the best Omnibus. Quinlan Vos Jedi in Darkness is honestly my favorite, fleshing out the titular character who is in my humble opinion the most interesting Jedi of the Prequel Film Trilogy Era, and the best thing to come out of the Star Wars comics. Tales of the Jedi is then above any reproach and should absolutely be purchased by any Star Wars fans, because the history within it (Even though it's no longer technically canon) is just so interesting and the artwork perfect for the setting. But this collection was still good. As I said previously, the stories all do a good job of living up to the "Early Victories" title, as in these events and tales are some of the early and important wins for the Rebel Alliance, which then made it possible for our more well-known heroes to make it from A New Hope to Empire Strikes Back and finally Return of the Jedi. So while not the greatest omnibus I certainly don't think anyone will be disappointed to have this in his/her collection.
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