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Book Title: Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1: Doomworld|
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The author of the book: Roy Thomas
Edition: Dark Horse Books
Date of issue: June 18th 2002
ISBN 13: 9781569717547
Format files: PDF
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If you grew up in the late 70s and early 80s and were a Star Wars fan, it was almost impossible to not be obsessed with Marvel's long-running comic. I, for one, remember seething with anticipation for my next issue of this to come in the mail, securely encased in an unassuming brown paper sleeve. I'd slide it out ever so carefully and be presented with that month's garish cover summary of whatever adventure laid in wait for the Star Warriors this time! (Yes, they actually were called that and, true to form of the time, the cover often had little to do with what actually happened in the issue, or was highly sensationalized). For kids during this time, a time without Internets and exhaustive, colon-wrenching continuity and fanboyeurism, without expanded universes and all that stupid crap, this comic was pretty much all one had to fill in the excruciating three year gaps between the movies.
And goddamn if they weren't sublime, fun, insane, and exhilarating. I'll even go out on a limb and say these stories are way more fun than anything since and there's not much to compare them to.
It's easy to see why. After a multi-issue adaptation of 'A New Hope', the adventures begin anew. The focus of the first few issues is on Han and Chewie, awesomely. They ditch the Rebel Alliance to go pay off Jabba the Hutt and get robbed by a space pirate called Crimson Jack. That's right. Space pirates robbed by space pirates. They seek their fortunes on some shit-hole backwater and get mixed up in local affairs when a praying mantis that is actually a priest tries to bury a cyborg in the local cemetery.
No, I'm not making this up. Where else would you get to see Han Solo called a "borg-licker"?
Anyway, in a clear homage to "Seven Samurai", a bunch of local peasants think Han is a hero or whatever and ask his help defending their village from a sky-cycle riding bandit named, no shit, Serji-X Arrogantus. Han auditions freelancers to build a gang against Arrogantus. He does this, for reasons unclear, with no shirt on. His new gang includes a fat, loincloth clad porcupine-alien who may qualify as the first alternative lifestyled character in Star Wars, a fake Jedi Knight named Do-Wan Kihotay, and a giant green rabbit named Jaxxon who kills people with his feet.
I don't want to ruin too much, but you get the general picture. This will be the best stuff you will ever read in connection with the Star Wars universe. Forget fan theories and stupid new movies. This is really all you need. There's heart, here. Weird heart, sure, but it has a life all its own.
The other main characters show up. Luke's running around looking for a Rebel base. He gets trapped on a water-world and gets involved in a local war between dragon-riders and sonic-jammer wielding pirates. Normal stuff. Everybody ends up together and, when Luke goes into a mysterious coma after trying to meditate on the Force, the gang ends up on a giant casino Wheel in space being chased by Imperials trying to frame the rebellion for terrorism and a shady, tight-crotched ex-senator named Greyshade who wants to penetrate Leia's thermal exhaust port with his proton torpedo.
I just can't recommend this enough.
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Read information about the authorRoy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden Age comic-book heroes — particularly the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America — and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel's X-Men and Avengers, and DC Comics' All-Star Squadron, among other titles.
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