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Tuesday April 29, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 3:37:32 PM
By MICHAEL CHEANG
We first check in with Jedi-Bendu warrior Kane Starkiller and his two sons, one of whom is Annakin (not the Anakin we know).
When tragedy strikes this little family, Kane brings Annakin to his old Jedi-Bendu friend, General Luke Skywalker of Aquilae (who looks more like Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi than Mark Hamill), and asks that he trains the young lad to become a Jedi-Bendu.
General Skywalker has his own problems though: Aquilae is facing a war with the evil Empire, and an evil Knight of the Sith is hunting down the remnants of the Jedi-Bendu.
To make things worse, he has to make sure that a certain princess named Leia, heir to the Aquilae throne, is kept from the clutches of the Empire.
Getting confused? Well, that’s just the first issue!
While there are some similarities between The Star Wars and the actual Star Wars that came to be, the fun in this series lies in seeing Lucas’ original vision for his universe.
There are some familiar elements here: a father who is more machine than man, a princess to be rescued, two bickering droids.
For the most part, though, this is not the Star Wars we know and love.
The names are all “wrong”, the story seems like a mish-mash of the prequels and the original trilogy, and the hero isn’t even called Luke Skywalker.
It did take a bit of getting used to at first. For instance, Han Solo here is a green alien that bears more than a passing resemblance to Swamp Thing; instead of beeping and bopping, R2-D2, sorry, Artwo DeTwo, actually TALKS in proper English, and Darth Vader isn’t even a Sith Lord, but an Imperial general who answers to another Sith KNIGHT named Prince Valorum.
Fortunately, once you’ve gotten used to the fact that this isn’t the Star Wars Universe you were looking for, The Star Wars is actually a pretty fun ride. If you’re familiar enough with Star Wars, then you’ll have some fun spotting the similarities between the two.
There are certain parts of the story that actually mirror the films (the cantina scene, in particular, stands out), but for the most part this is a story that stands somewhat apart from the movies.
Mike Mayhew’s artwork here is beautiful too.
While his depiction of the space dogfights and lightsabre battles is great, he especially excels in drawing out the raw emotions in his characters.
Just think of it as an alternate universe, freed of the shackles of continuity and familiarity, and what might have been had Lucas not decided to change things around later on.
And now, presenting: The trailer for the comic adaptation of George Lucas' original draft screenplay for ... The Star Wars!
Writer: Brian Wood
IF a Star Wars that is not exactly Star Wars isn’t your cup of tea, then Brian Wood’s continuing series based on the films should suit you fine.
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