Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Carlos D'Anda Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 9, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 37
7.8Critic Rating
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This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We're taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star-when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 9, 2013

    For the first time in years, Dark Horse Comics has published a Star Wars comic that will reach far beyond the hardcore fan. Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda truly have the making of a classic on their hands. If you ever wondered if Star Wars could ever recapture that childlike glee of those earliest of memories, wonder no more. Star Wars is back and it's never been better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 12, 2013

    What can I say? This first issue completely exceeded my expectations and gave this old Star Wars fanatic a jaw dropping experience. If you’re a Padawan to Star Wars, go watch the holy trilogy (the good one) and come back and read this first issue. If you’re a Jedi… buckle up and enjoy the ride! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 13, 2013

    A good introduction to these characters and their galaxy. I look forward to seeing the “push back.” Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Jan 9, 2013

    My only real concern is that with the Star Wars license shifting to Marvel comics in the foreseeable future, this might end up being a title cut off before its time. But really, that's all the more reason to catch this series while you can. It'll be worth every page and every penny. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Jeremy Whitley Mar 8, 2013

    Overall, this book is Star Wars and not just in name. It feels more like the original trilogy than the more recent movies or the previous comics. It is something that appeals to me both as a Star Wars fan and as a fan of comic books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Jan 7, 2013

    So, what do you say about something like this? Did it meet expectations? Yes. As a matter of fact, it exceeded expectations and has really set a tone for the rest of the series. Having something this promising coming out this close to Star Wars heading back to Marvel is scary. Thankfully the silver lining is that Brian Wood already works for Marvel. Whether or not this series carries on or ends sometime down the line won't matter after you read this issue. It's a seamless re-entry in to an amazing series from a top-talent writer and a hell of an art team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Boisson Jan 9, 2013

    I like to think of this comic as the pilot for the lost television series that was supposed to take place between Star Wars and Empire. Everything about it screams Star Wars. Even the opening introduction belongs on a yellow-lettered opening crawl. It even ends in an ellipsis! I went in to this thinking that my stomach would be turning as I flip every page and I could not be more ecstatic to be wrong. Not only did this comic not break my little geek heart, but it may have just made it skip a beat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Bob Chamberlain Jan 14, 2013

    This issue will not change your life, and it isn't the single, greatest Star Wars experience you will ever get lost in, but it is a promise. The tone and deep understanding of what makes Star Wars so Star Wars will undoubtedly lead to an exciting run of comics that will hopefully remain uninterrupted by Disney's acquisition of the license. The potential here is not for a mere casual jaunt into the galaxy far, far away, but a classic Star Wars tour de FORCE. (drops the microphone and walks off of the stage) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Jan 9, 2013

    Overall Star Wars #1 is a great read and should serve as the jumping point for a great series. Not all of the Star Wars content Dark Horse has dropped has sat well with me, but this book will not disappoint folks, go out and get some. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Jan 9, 2013

    When we first mentioned Star Wars #1 on the last issue of Comic Station, there was hope for the series. We weren'tdisappointedwhen the first issue gets off to an action-packed and insightful footing. If the series continues on this track it'll be a great jumping off point fornew fans while adding enough new details for old fans. It brings hope that the series will do the expansive history and legends of Star Wars justice, no small feat. Only Issue #2 and further will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Jan 9, 2013

    You know the Star Wars canon is in a weird place when a back to basics approach is considered ambitious, but… well, here we are. Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda have more than earned the right to have a #1 out there simply titled “Star Wars,” with equal amounts of nuanced writing, well-composed art, and respect toward the source material. Whatever the fate of this book, considering the recent re-licensing, you can be sure I will stick with it until the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jan 9, 2013

    D'Anda packs Star Wars #1 with some incredible work, particularly during the action sequences. The opening dogfight and subsequent ground battle pack a real punch, and D'Anda's attention to detail " particularly where vehicles and the design elements of the Star Wars Universe are concerned " is responsible for the success of these scenes. Take for instance the Vader sequence " D'Anda's ever-so-subtle visual tweaks in Vader's armor, as well as the way he frames him in-panel, helps to sell Vader's emotions despite his outward appearance being more or less static. His basic character work is strong, too (but don't expect actor likenesses), though a little less refined than what we saw in his work in 2011's Batman: Arkham City comic book prequel. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Jan 9, 2013

    It's clear the handling of the property is in the right hands. Anyone who thought Brian Wood would mess this up is nuts and the cover by Alex Ross is a perfect balance of epic opera and awesome action. You can tell the people behind this series love what they're doing. The only surprise really was how good the art was by Carlos D'Anda. His work on this issue reminded me of J. Scott Campbell, only with a lot more time and care taken with backgrounds and technology. It's particularly noticeable in the detail of the characters, but also in Leia's lips do I see a resemblance in styles. It's only one issue of course, but I can't help but think this guy is going to be better than Campbell ever was due to the incredible detailed work. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 12, 2013

    This issue is a showcase of smart pacing that will please old fans and make sure that no new readers will feel left out. What Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda and Gabe Eltaes are doing there is a big gamble that is so far succeeding. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Jan 2, 2013

    It is a really good first issue that sets up three or four story lines and gets the foundation set for a very enjoyable series. It is a shame that it will not be able to see a multiple year run that they expected when the series was developed but hopefully the creators can give the readers some sort of conclusion when the series ends. As it stands now, I look at it as an extended mini-series featuring the characters I know and love and that is more than enough for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jan 9, 2013

    Star Wars #1 is a good start to a series, and a great starting point for fans of the movies. I'm glad I can add a Star Wars comic to my ever growing pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 9, 2013

    This is a solid introduction to the universe through Brian Wood's point of view. It presumes some pre-existing knowledge, but not much, and wastes no time breaking out the stars and firing up the action. I'm not sure what the recent business transaction of the Lucasfilm properties means exactly for Dark Horse's publication of Star Wars comics, but for now, I'm really glad we've got this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 9, 2013

    Star Wars #1 is a very entertaining release that uses all of the toys in its arsenal as it tries to deliver something that fans will easily enjoy. It does stumble a bit but for the most part this package easily earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 9, 2013

    I've also been a little skeptical about Star Wars comics. I have enjoyed some but never got really excited about too many of them. This one definitely has the potential to change that. Brian Wood is doing what is rarely done, he's writing a Star Wars comic taking place during the time period of the original trilogy. He easily displays that there is a definite gap between movies that could be explored and used to further flesh out the characters, give us new stories while still retaining the true essence of the movies. Carlos D'Anda's art is going to a welcomed addition to the stories. Because it is a first issue, there is the obligatory set up. We are definitely off to a really good start. Now that the time period and premise has been set up, next issue is going to be even better. I cannot wait to see what happens next. This is the sort of Star Wars comic I've been looking for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Jan 10, 2013

    Dark Horse Comics has had the Star Wars license for twenty plus years and this is a perfect example of how well they treat the franchise. Here the most loyal or standard of fans can latch onto something with an exciting amount of potential. A lot of what makes Star Wars great is right here in the comic; space battles, likeable characters, impossible odds, and Darth Vader. Anyone who loved the movies will find enough reasons to enjoy this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 11, 2013

    Star Wars is an intimidating pool to jump in to. If all you know is the original trilogy then I can't even say this book is for you. I think the people that will enjoy this book the most are the ones that tired of the Clone Wars and the greater Expanded Universe and will take any story set in the original film's time period happily. This book is going to make a lot of that audience feel fulfilled because this is probably what they have been waiting years for. I definitely recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 9, 2013

    Overall, a pretty solid start. It didn't knock it out of the park like I expected, but you better believe I'm lined up to check out the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 11, 2013

    What can I say? It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Jan 15, 2013

    The artwork is surprisingly good. Better than it has been in a while, although not very consistent. You still see the odd panel drawn with less detail. But not too much. The space battles and locales remind me of the old Tales of the Jedi series, one of Dark Horse's earliest Star Wars story arcs and a brilliant series. So find this baby and read it up. You get another adventure with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and the rest and this one might be better than the last one you read. This could be another Legacy. Or another KotOR. And I will be eagerly waiting to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Sep 4, 2013

    This book isnt just another cash grab with a Star Wars label; it really is a project that presents what could have been. Now, I could use the remainder of this review to present my doctoral thesis of editing and creativity shaping the shortcomings of the prequel trilogy, but frankly, this comic series will reveal the chasm between an idea and what is eventually produced. While George Lucas may have changed the way we all experience movies, The Star Wars comic book series wont change the comic book medium. However, the imagination that Lucas displayed in the 1970s will be exhibited as only the comics medium can truly allow. As a reader, we are treated to the unadulterated view of someones imagination, and that is something to experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Sep 4, 2013

    Finally, Rinzlers use of Luke Skywalker is fantastic. We have no idea who this character truly is yet, but it seems he has taken the mentor role. The script takes enough twists and turns through familiar territory without ever bordering on fan service. What results is incredibly original, weird, and a little overwhelming. In any event, it works more than it doesnt and is bound to get even more compelling with every issue. While a little dense, its nothing a second reading cant solve. I cant wait to see where things go from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 14, 2013

    We also get an appearance by Darth Vader, haunted by his failure at Yavin. Reassigned by the Emperor, the Dark Lord of the Sith should have plenty of opportunities to try and make up for his mistakes and begin his search for young Skyalker. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Jan 16, 2013

    And by the way, as a side note: I capitalized "Trilogy" throughout my review out of respect. Only one trilogy in films can be referred to as THE Trilogy. (Also, to quote 'Clerks II', "There is only one return and it is not of the king!") Long story short, in my eyes, 'Star Wars' is the number one trilogy in the history of cinema and it deserves respect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Jo Lewis Jan 9, 2013

    Whilst like the original trilogy, Star Wars #1 is packed full of the aforementioned frivolity. However, science fiction, action adventure has moved on, see Image Comics' Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, or any number of modern films ranging from Looper to Moon, Cypher (or Brainstorm) to District 9. And so it has come to pass 'when was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child, but when I grew up, I put away childish things'. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    WhatCulture - Marcus Doidge Jan 21, 2013

    For a non-fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Id say I was impressed with this comic but not in awe of it really.I'mcertainly not fully converted to the world of Star Wars comics yet, as it still suffers from not quite feeling like Star Wars and more just feels like expansions on elements that are in the films anyway but as I said I am a hard fan to please outside of the films. However,I'min for at least the next couple of issues, just to see if the story itself can keep hold of me. Ill happily hang out with Luke, Han and Leia until I lose interest in yet another between stories story but hey, maybe this time will be different, it's certainly off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Sep 6, 2013

    So is The Star Wars any good? Sure, its good pulpy fun, much like the original Star Wars was. I look forward to see where George Lucas' original vision takes us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Eric Biewenga Jan 9, 2013

    This is a good start for another Star Wars story with familiar characters to draw back some old fans and new. This also gives some stories and details in between the movies that some love no matter what happens to the rest of the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Jan 11, 2013

    I liked the book but it just doesnt click for me. We do get a really cool scene showing off just how badass Princess Leia can be. I really feel like that moment is the only real saving grace of the issue though. Brian Wood is a talented writer but I just havent been impressed with his most recent work creator owned or otherwise. What he has here is the opportunity to craft the last truly great Star Wars tale from Darkhorse. Before the comic rights of course revert back to Disney and are eventually published under Marvel. Whether or not he succeeds of course is entirely dependent on how this series plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jan 11, 2013

    Its not a great comic, but if you are an ultra-fan of the series, Star Wars will be the comic for you. For the rest of us, its just mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Miles Greb Jan 10, 2013

    The issue ends with Leia reviving a covert mission, and rumors of a spy, from Rebel leader Mon Mothma (her presences also breaks the 1977 theme since she was not known during 1977). Wood's Star Wars is an interesting start to a familiar part of the universes past. Flawed layouts, exposition bloated dialogue, but a few bright spots, and the promise of better issues with the start of some interesting plot lines await. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Crux - Tatiana Christian Jan 9, 2013

    I wouldnt recommend Star Wars #1 unless you can push through pure exposition and vapid story telling. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 9, 2013

    Another thing is the art, which sucks. The name of the artist doesn’t matter here because it’s that same repetitive style that tends to creep into these kinds of comics. The panels are placed very rigidly and the art within them looks more computer-created than hand drawn. This is art that only tells the story - it simply brings to life what the written word says. With no life or identity of their own, the pencils within Star Wars #1 become more a hindrance than a help. Read Full Review

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