Star Wars: A New Dawn
Since my birthday last week it’s been a bit of a Star Wars love in round my brain. The birthday celebrations were kicked off with a gift from my daughter of three Clone Troopers, which was awesome. Imagine a two and a half year old going out and getting her geeky old man a brilliant gift like that. Here’s a pic of the said children of Jango from the Hasbro site.
As if that wasn’t enough, an offhand comment to my Mum who was going to give me cash resulted in her buying me six figures (well 8 actually as two were double packs). This officially gets the collecting back off and running and I can blame it on other folk for enabling me (but Jordan Hembrough and Kevin Smith must take some blame too). There’s also been the small matter of two new Star Wars comics this last week, starting with The Star Wars launch issue.
For those unfamiliar Dark Horse are putting out this book which is based on the original draft script by George Lucas. The first thing to grab me about the issue was the brilliant art by Mike Mayhew. I’m not 100% up on the background beyond the aforementioned script but I presume all the characters are based on the Ralph McQuarrie concept art. Regardless, Mike Mayhew has done a brilliant job. The characters, vehicles and locations are familiar but refreshingly different.
The seat of power in the SW Universe here is Alderaan. Star Destroyers are small, two-man ships, Luke is an aging Jedi who takes Annakin as his apprentice. Annakin’s father is Kane Starkiller, a man more machine than human, foreshadowing Darth Vader. There are lots more familiar moments (Starkiller cuts an enemy in half like Obi Wan v Darth Maul). It’s a great first issue and leaves you wanting more, especially the art of Mr Mayhew (no relation to Chewbacca - presumably).
As if that isn’t enough, issue 9 of Brian Wood’s ongoing series Star Wars by Dark Horse also came out (on Wednesday). The series is set just after the Battle of Yavin (so between Epsiode IV and V for the dafties out there) and deals with the Rebels trying to find a new base as Vader and the Emperor hunt them down. Where The Star Wars is vaguely familiar, Wood’s Star Wars is like an old friend. You’re familiar with it all and how it should play out but it’s still really engaging.
Vader is out of favour with Palpatine and must prove himself. He is hell bent on huning down this Skywalker of the Rebellion. Han and Chewie are tangling with Boba Feet and Bossk. Luke and Wedge think they’ve infiltrated the Star Destroyer Devestator but may have walked into Vader’s hands. Meanwhile Leia is on board a Clone Wars era ship with a wanted Imperial. It’s really gripping stuff and feels like the natural turn of events post-Yavin, especially the Vader/Palpatine dynamic.
We all know what happens in Episode V (aka the greatest movie of all time imho) so to see how Vader gets back on track will be interesting. We’ll also hopefully see the path the Rebellion takes that leads them to the Hoth System. One wish I’d have for the series would be some Imperial cameos from Piett, Ozell and Veers. Please, Brian? Regardless, I’m in for the ride on both these books as I just can’t ever have too much Star Wars in my life.