Rich Johnston asked me the other day if I’d be willing to do a review of the new Dark Horse book The Star Wars based on George Lucas’s first draft since I had done the interviews about the series for the site. I thought about saying no as I am friends with Mike Mayhew the artist on the series and overall I don’t want to do reviews. As a writer/creator myself I don’t feel I’m necessarily in a place to judge. But then I decided to do it for one reason. I grew up loving Star Wars.
I remember buying Chewbacca and Darth Vader at K-Mart with my allowance before I’d even seen the movie. I remember the first time sitting in the theater as the music kicked in and the scroll of words climbing the screen. I remember watching it on laser disc every day during summer vacation when I was ten. I remember my mom taking me out of school early to go see Return of the Jedi on opening day. Years later I remember seeing the re-releases in the theater and the prequels. I remember hating Jar Jar Binks and yes, Han will always have shot first.
So this review is as much from the Star Wars fan in me as it is from the fellow creator.
I will try to do this without spoilers… but come on, that can be tough so be warned.