Review: The Star Wars #0
A companion to the eight-issue adaptation of The Star Wars, this is an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the designs that have brought a new—yet incredibly familiar—galaxy to life. Included in this volume are the never-before-seen comics sequences that were used in Dark Horse’s pitch to George Lucas!
Today sees the release of Dark Horse’s The Star Wars #0. This is a special companion issue to the eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough draft for Star Wars. The miniseries has proven to be a hit, so an issue featuring concept art and the original comic sequence used from the publisher to sell Lucas on the idea are presented in one convenient place. So how does a concept art issue measure up?
The zero issue consists of art and designs mainly from Mike Mayhew, but Scott Kolins, Sean Cooke, Kilian Plunkett, Stephane Roux, and Ryan Kinnaird as well. This is a quick look through the design process for several of the story’s characters, ships, and planets. There are brief explanations for characters and what was tweaked from a few of The Star Wars concept pieces that were done by Lucasfilm for the movie. Some things were abandoned as the script evolved, but other things were never drawn out by Lucas and company. That left Dark Horse to completely imagine certain items from the ground up. There’s also a cover gallery looking at all the variants for the series so far.
It’s a nice companion piece for the curious, but it is light on real meaty details. There’s a wealth of character sketches and concept art, but they are accompanied by two or three sentences giving the broadest of overviews of what’s what. Most people who enjoy these sorts of things want a lot more detail into the process. This is a nice overview, but it’s just an overview. When the eight issues of the story are collected, this is what would be put in the back. Hopefully with it being its own issue, that means a slightly more detailed look at the concept of the series will be presented.
Bottom Line: If you’re loving The Star Wars, are a big Star Wars fan, or like to see early concept art and designs, this is one you might want to check out. It’s not chocked full of detail, but it is a solid companion piece to the hit miniseries. 3.5/5