Has there ever been a more fully exploited and absorbed concept than Star Wars? The original trilogy, the numerous re-releases with all of their “enhancements” and alterations, the prequels, the expanded universe via comic books from Marvel and Dark Horse, books, animated TV shows, video games, etc, etc, etc.
Really, every little crumb that has fallen from George Lucas’ beard has been seized, parsed, and re-packaged with an eye toward shoving it down the throat of Star Wars fans who absolutely love to lap it up. Hell, that appetite is the whole reason why Disney bought up the license last year, but that purchase — so far — seems to be centered on the events that occurred after Return of the Jedi, but apparently, there is more to mine from the days before Star Wars even came to be.
See, before there was New Hope, there was George Lucas‘ initial treatment for Star Wars, and now Dark Horse is going to put out an 8 issue mini-series that mines that source material — material that apparently featured a very different version of Han Solo that was an alien. There are said to be a few other unexpected surprises. The book will be illustrated by Mike Mayhew and the DNA of it indicates that it would have no bearing or interaction with Brian Wood’s solid on-going Star Wars series that is set in the original trilogy universe.
Now, while I may sound cynical, I will admit that this could be interesting from a purely anthropological standpoint, because it will allow us to see a version of this universe before dollar signs were tied to every, single development. This source material, in some ways, is the most pure version of Star Wars, and beyond that, it’s also think it’s notable that LucasBooks and Dark Horse are working so closely on this.
Back in December, rumors broke that Disney might acquire the Star Wars comic brand from Dark Horse in 2015 and give it back to Marvel, where it sat (mostly underused) until 1990.
Whether this actually means that those rumors are empty remains to be seen, but as I said, it’s interesting to note, especially when you’re just a blogger trying to make an article on yet another Star Wars product announcement feel like a worthy read.
Source: The Verge