Old Friends: Everyone!
Synopsis: Again, a collection of the old Marvel comic books, published shortly after Return of the Jedi. Since GL hadn't yet totally taken control of everything Star Wars, the authors and artists still had pretty much free rein, so as in the first set of these mouldy oldies, anything goes!
Review:The stories in this edition of the old marvel comics takes us up to just before The Empire Strikes Back There isn't too much accurancy as far as character development goes, since all we had to refer to back then was one movie and some comics and a book, Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Even that one wasn't all that true to the story as GL would later allow it to be written. But hey, you work with what you have and 30 years ago, that wasn't much.
There are 19 stories in this edition. Some of them are funny, some are absolutely ridiculous, and some are so far out there you really do have to wonder who they would ever fit into the scheme of things. I still find it highly amusing that Jabba the Hutt is a really dopey looking yellow humanish person, rather than the huge slug we love to hate. But, since we hadn't seen Jabba, really, who knew?
The droids are there and not there; Leia is in and out of character; Luke swings back and forth between a blooming Jedi and a real farmboy with no clue. The only people you can count on to stay pretty much in character are Han Solo and Chewbacca. Seems that no matter who writes or draws these two, it comes out right because they are so over the top in the movie. Even if the author has only ever seen the one movie, it is pretty hard to mess them up.
So, all in all, if you want a good laugh, some artwork that will leave you really guessing, story lines that will strain your brain, go ahead and read this one. It will either make you think and laugh, or wonder "what were THEY thinking?" back then.
Title: Dark Encounters