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Death Masque 00

I can thoroughly recommend Star Wars Omnibus - Wild Space Volume 1, nearly 450 pages of odd collections of Star Wars stories, from cereal boxes, toybox comics, and many of them being back-up or filler strips in the UK Star Wars Weekly Comic (Which I have fond memories of to this day).

Because of the era, this means that some of them are by the likes of Alan Moore, and Alan Davis, then bright young things at Marvel UK. Alas some of them are only 5 pages long, and are in their own way, little gems of storytelling, but alas, hacking up a 5 page story to fit the 1/3 rule is often deeply counterproductive, so I'd rather not try (So go buy the book!)

This is a 15 page story written by Steve Moore and John Stokes on art though, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back #149

Death Masque )
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Denis Medri is an artist on DeviantArt who gained praise for his innovative reworkings of pop culture classics

These are the first work of his I found;

Rockabilly Batman )

But just today, I found these and they are AWESOME. In light of Disney buying LucasFilm, we may not want to let them know these exist, but just imagine...

What if Star Wars was a 80's High School flick? )
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Last year I posted some images from Jeffrey Brown's instant classic Darth Vader and Son

Though it was enjoyed, there was some comment that what it needed was some acknowledgement of Lei as his daughter...

Well, those fine folks over at Newsarama have an interview with the author as his latest work comes out


More beneath the cut )
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One of the kidnappers had drawn his blaster and was lining it up on a badly dressed and clearly insane figure that had appeared from nowhere and was running straight at him. -Mara Jade, observing Luke, whose idea of a disguise was gray trousers, a blue tunic, a yellow sash, and a poncho with a hood.

Luke Skywalker shouldn't be allowed to dress himself. I've shown a little of that before but, well... here's more, gleaned from a number of comics.

No, none of this is seen as bad in-story. )
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Now you know that I have my little... quirks, but I do like me some cute of a weekend, and this hits the spot...

I found a copy of this new book in my local comic shop, HAD to buy it (despite the fact it was the only one that they had in and I think the owner wanted to read it himself, and I wanted to share it because it is AWESOME!

It's called

(If you thought "Batman and Sons" was the a humorous take on the most stressed father/son dynamic out there, think again...)

Have the insulin on standby... )
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"The Day After the Death Star" is a Marvel UK comic, drawn by Carmine Infantino. It's 49 pages, but since most of those are only one or two panels, it's not as long as it sounds. Thirteen pages.

It's also the comic where we see Chewie get his medal.

And where Luke fails big time. )

And it must be said: May the Fourth be with you.
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I've been reading Marvel Star Wars. It's much better than I expected it to be, especially past the first few issues. It's just fun.

Also, Leia is a troll. Part of a page from Star Wars Annual 1: The Long Hunt/A Duel of Eagles. After that is five pages from another issue.
Like what you see? )
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Splinter of the Mind's Eye was written in 1978, after Star Wars/A New Hope and before The Empire Strikes Back. Rumor has it that when Allen Dean Foster wrote it, it was as a sequel to Star Wars, and would be filmed as such if the movie didn't do well. With a limited budget in mind, it was set entirely on one very foggy planet, and wouldn't include much in the way of space battles or anything at all involving Han Solo. Of course, in the days before Lucas decided that Luke and Leia were siblings, taking out that part of the love triangle leads to an amazing degree of UST which neither party acts much on - in fact, both of them are certain that they shouldn't act on it. Luke provides a reason - he's a farm boy, she's a princess - and Leia doesn't.

The comic came out in 1995. I scanned it from Star Wars Omnibus: Early Victories. This is 20 pages out of 96, chosen rather shamelessly more for shots of Luke in his absurd "miner's uniform" than anything else.

'There must be at least 200 of them...' 'So let's get down there and start getting acquainted!' )
I enjoyed both the book and the comic. There are brow-raising parts in both, and it's not worldshaking, but I don't regret reading either. If you liked this, try taking a look!
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While on Pixiv, I found a rather sweet-looking Star Wars doujinshi about a young Luke Skywalker and his aunt and uncle, with Obi-Wan and Biggs Darklighter also showing up. Pixiv is a Japanese artist community site; unfortunately, seeing full-size images is restricted to members.

Eight pages and the above panel - included only because little Luke is very, very moe - from twenty-six. Luke ran away, and Obi-Wan brought him back.

Read more... )

I can get the idea of what's going on from the images, but I can't read the language. Anyone willing to translate?
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More from Dark Empire.  Last time, Luke agreed to join the Emperor and warned Leia not to find him.  Did she?

Twenty seven out of one hundred thirty pages.  Sorry again for the scan quality.
You should not have come here. It will not go well. )

That's Dark Empire I.  Wasted potential, if you ask me.

Dark Empire

Feb. 4th, 2011 09:08 am
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If you're familiar with the Star Wars Expanded Universe, you've probably heard of Dark Empire, the comics arc where the Emperor came back and Luke Skywalker turned to the Dark Side. Fandom has mixed emotions about it, and for good reason.

My father's destiny... is my own. )
Later I may post other pages from Dark Empire.
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A panel from Dark Empire II.

Aw, all right, here's the rest of the page for context )

I'm working now on a Dark Empire post. Dark Empire II doesn't interest me as much, but I just had to share that.
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s_d!  I present to you parts of two short stories gleaned from Star Wars Tales# 15, both of them about Luke Skywalker as a child. 

In one he's with his good friend Biggs Darklighter.  In the second, he costars with an oddly similar kid in what might be a hallucination, might be some trick of the Force.  Both have rather different art styles.

It's great! It's great! I love it! )

So that's one.

My name's Annie - and I think I'm lost. )
Up next, on When I Have The Time And Inclination: Young Leia!
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Released by Marvel Comics in April 1983, just a month before Return of the Jedi's release. Written by Mary Jo Duffy, drawn by Kerry Gammill and Tom Palmer.

The Star Wars Marvel series began with the comic adaption of the original film, and continued as a regular monthly, relating adventures of the gang in between the films, finally grinding to a halt a couple years after Jedi's release. Sales were down, and everyone pretty much felt like the Star Wars phenomenon was over (ho ho ho). It's now become one of the relics of the SW Expanded Universe, with a lot of its continuity largely ignored or forgotten, with a few major exceptions. This isn't surprising, as some of the early issues, under the auspices of old Roy Thomas, not only had some ridiculous ideas (the deluded would-be Jedi Don-Wan Kihotay and the legendary rabbit warrior Jaxxon) but were badly hurt by later changes in continuity (Luke/Leia romance was hinted at, and Jabba the Hutt was depicted as a bipedal, rodent-looking thing). But particularly after Empire, the stories, largely under Duffy's writing, took a much less "wacky" tone, concentrating on characterization and tight plotting, with arcs spread over several issues that tied the comics to the films.

I know you're to blame for this, Solo! And someday, somewhere, I'm gonna get you for it! )


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