The Star Wars: Lucas Draft #5

The Star Wars: Lucas Draft #5

Writer: Jonathan Rinzler Artist: Mike Mayhew Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Remember the scene in Star Wars where the Sith Knight traps General Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Annikin Starkiller, and the alien Han Solo—and they have to fight their way free and steal an Imperial starship? No? That’s because this is The Star Wars—based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay! Experience a Star Wars that never was!

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Gilad Levin Feb 6, 2014

    I think #5 is the best issue of the series thus far. It's fast paced and action-packed from cover to cover. The story is fun and told perfectly- full of exiting events, great dialog and a real feeling of momentum from start to finish. After a slow beginning we finally pick up pace delivering the payoffs to elements issues #1 to 4 were setting up for and the final act kicked into place with a bang. The slow exposition of the previous issues has been replaced with a rather thrilling Star Wars story. I can hardly wait for the conclusion (even though I think I know how it's going to end). Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Feb 15, 2014

    The Star Wars #5 is another solid outing for this epic mini-series. It's full of action, twists, intrigue, and even some romance now! The bottom line remains the same: allStar Wars fans should read this series! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Cat Taylor Feb 8, 2014

    If you haven't been reading The Star Wars up until now, I suggest either finding some cheap back issues or waiting for the trade because this is a fun but continuing cohesive story. This original draft, as translated into this story, feels more like the pulpy inspiration of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers than the ultimately resulting movie. While the comic book translation proves that the original draft is good in its own right, one thing that really stands out is that there are about double the number of main characters than ended up in the movie. I can see how difficult and confusing it would have been for a young child to wrap his or her head around that many characters. As a comic book mini-series, on the other hand, it works. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 8, 2014

    Good, but not great. It tries to accomplish too much and sacrifices some story moments. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Ben Simms Feb 6, 2014

    Although having the substance of a J.J Abrams by product, book five of The Star Wars is as entertaining read as they come. Looking at the overall arc, the first two issues were very dialog heavy, weaving a strong first act that has allowed for action to flow so obtusely in the second. When reading titles month to month, it is very easy to get bogged down in plot twists, continuity, and gritty tone. To have a book that you can pick up and jump into for a cheap thrill (well maybe not cheap with the rising costs, but that's a whole other discussion) can be a godsend. Whether you're a die hard follower of the force or not, this first draught is proving time and time again to be more coherent than a lot that is on the shelves today! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Culture Mass - Boyd Reynolds Dec 31, 1969

    While The Star Wars #5 is chock-full of action, several plot points are so abrupt they jar the reader out of the story. But those of us who have been reading since issue #1 are in too far; well be turning the pages until the last. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 4, 2014

    Overall, The Star Wars acts as a great "What if?" for any fan of the original Star Wars, but it doesn't read like it would be easy for someone to enter into the series cold. However, Dark Horse is smart because it knows the target audience of The Star Wars. Looking past the obvious faults of the issue, that are similar to the faults of the movie, the issue nonetheless provides the reader with an engaging and overall enjoyable tale that keeps the reader wanting the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Alan Shields Feb 4, 2014

    I could pick away at the niggles in this issue for ages, but it boils down to the fact that this adaptation has a lot of potential, and as far as the overall design of the book and the different takes on the characters goes, it is delivering. Unfortunately, the pacing of this issue is all over the place, and will see you paying for something interesting to happen next month. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Feb 5, 2014

    The highest/faintest praise I can give this book is that thank god Dark Horse is getting it out of the way now so that Marvel won't have to do it once the licensing reverts back to them. Read Full Review

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