The Star Wars #1




Comic series


Release date

September 4, 2013
I haven’t expected anything from Star Wars in a long time, and certainly never thought that looking backwards was the way to go, but I guess they hadn’t been looking back far enough.
Bottom line: This comic probably isn't for everyone. So far, the story is sprawling and confused, lacking a sense of focus. If you're new to Star Wars in general, this issue won't convert you. But if you're coming to this as a Star Wars nerd, you'll find this to be a fascinating look at what could have been, a peek into how a cultural juggernaut evolved and came together.
Star Wars #1 is an interesting book. It's not exactly an original story, but it is fascinating to read because it gives something of unique insight into the creative process behind the original trilogy. There's a lot to take in with the first issue and it may require multiple readings, but fans of the Star Wars universe will definitely want to check the book (and possibly series) out. There's something akin to pulling back the curtain in a sense in seeing some of your favorite characters before they became your favorite characters.
As for Rinzler’s script, well it’s hard to tell what is his dialogue, what is his pacing, and what was lifted directly from the 1974 screenplay. [Those of you who want to do a scene-by-scene comparison of the screenplay and the comic can read the screenplay here—ed.] I will say that there was a little too much cross-cutting from one scene to another for my taste.
3.5 out of 5 stars
This is a very intriguing start, not only because it's a nice first chapter to what appears to be a rousing space adventure, but because it also provides a valuable insight into the creative process. I assume that by the time this is over, we'll get a good idea how Lucas' ideas solidified and how the marketplace affected later drafts.
4 out of 5
More happens in the first issue of this series than in the entirety of Episode I, so if that’s a bar you’re willing to set, go ahead and give it a read. You can’t possibly be let down.
6.5 out of 10
It is easy to see why this was based off of a first draft of what would become the Star Wars we all know and love.
7.5 out of 10
Of all the Star Wars comic books that I’ve ever read, The Star Wars is the one that I think will have the least appeal to readers who are either not interested in Star Wars or are only casually interested.
5 out of 5 stars
The release of The Star Wars is a successful first step in telling an untold story. If you love Star Wars with every fiber of your being than you will find everything you love about Star Wars in these pages in a new and interesting way. Rinzler and Mayhew have created a great first step in this new Star Wars journey and if there’s one thing I know about Star Wars it will likely be a journey worth taking.
Overall, this story was interesting and a good introduction to this world. There's a lot of characters being introduced in this issue, with an appropriate amount of dialogue. Perhaps too many so that we really don't have a sense of any of them except perhaps Kane, Annikin, and General Skywalker. No real sense of who Darth Vader or Whitesun or Leia are - or how important they might be in the overall storyline.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Overall, then, the first issue of "The Star Wars" is a mixed bag. Fans of the real "Star Wars" won't dare miss it, and rightly so; it's also worth checking out for anybody who likes a good space opera. The series should also improve as it moves out of the exposition and into the action, and some of Mayhew's art is absolutely gorgeous, even if some isn't. Time will tell how the comic plays out, but for now, take it with a grain of salt -- after all, it's based on a rough draft.
5 out of 5 stars
THE STAR WARS is a great treat for fans. It's a curious thing to see how Lucas originally planned the story and characters.
3.5 out of 5
This kind of strange new vantage point is the kind of thing that reminds us of how deeply Star Wars still has its hooks in us.
Grade: B-
Thank goodness Lucas didn't try to put this one on film!
I highly recommend reading this comic, even for non-Star Wars fans. Even though it’s a bit shaky in its debut, The Star Wars establishes itself as a solid science fiction story of good versus evil, and I can’t wait to see what remains to be told.
6.8 out of 10
While the faithfulness of the adaptation is admirably, there’s not a lot here for anyone not already enamoured by the universe Lucas created in 1977. It’s a book clearly aimed at those who are already so invested in Star Wars that they’d pick up a comic adaptation of a rough draft script and for that it does it’s job admirably. There’s just not a lot here for anyone else, unfortunately, despite Mayhew’s gorgeous artwork.
4 out of 5 stars
J. W. Rinzler takes on a rather complicated task as he uses the original interpretation of this universe to build a narrative around the now dwindling Jedi-Bandu. In short: he succeeds in building some magnanimous events but there are some stumbles along the way. I found several portions of the text to be well thought out but quite a few elements felt forced. Despite that the characterizations within are strong and compelling, so much so that we all should be willing to forgive any hiccups here and there.
9 out of 10
The Star Wars presents a very different look at the very classic characters created by George Lucas. The original script may have disappeared for four decades, but it provides interesting insight on the origins and the design process of the beloved story. The story is an intriguing read, darker than expected, and fascinating in its own right.
This comic is not for casual Star Wars fans, they probably will not get the appeal of what the creators are trying to accomplish but for long time fans this is a real treat. Not only is the story interesting but it also gives you a better understanding of the original vision and why Lucas choose to do what he did with the prequels. For me this is a must have comic and I cannot wait for the next issue to arrive to see more of this alternative universe but until then remember, “May the force of others be with you all.”
Wait and See. Hardcore Star Wars fans will find a lot to love here, but those less fanatical may be left behind. Getting to see the origin of so many beloved characters is something of a treat, but stilted dialog and slow plot might be too much for the casual reader. There is genuine emotion and drama here, but the book is missing an overall sense of fun that would have served it well.
4 out of 5
Finally, Rinzler’s use of Luke Skywalker is fantastic. We have no idea who this character truly is yet, but it seems he has taken the mentor role. The script takes enough twists and turns through familiar territory without ever bordering on fan service. What results is incredibly original, weird, and a little overwhelming. In any event, it works more than it doesn’t and is bound to get even more compelling with every issue. While a little dense, its nothing a second reading can’t solve. I can’t wait to see where things go from here.
8 out of 10
Only so much can be gleaned from this first issue, which does take its time to get moving, but it leaves us with an exciting prospect of discovery without interfering with decades of extended universe canon.
Unfortunately, as a comic book, the story is mediocre at best. The overall feel of the book might churn your stomach as you watch the tight-ass characters of The Star Wars talk like they’re in one big galactic polo match. There isn’t a sense of struggle as much as there is a need to discuss politics at the Emperor’s house. More than ever before, Star Wars is treated like a social commentary in the opening pages.
8 out of 10
Even with all the omnipresent hype, the debut issue of The Star Wars has set up a strong narrative and cast of characters that’s nowhere near as contrived as the premise might have seemed upon announcement.