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Nothing but Star Wars…

Chris Claremont gets a lot of love from me.

Enough that I approached him at San Diego Comic Con four years ago to express a small “thank you for your work” type sentiment, though I loathe that kind of interaction for the most part.

And even enough that when he kind of awkwardly sloughed it (and me) off, that I wasn’t put off by it too much. 

For those who don’t know (please go back to square one…), Claremont is the writer who defined the X-Men for the modern world. He was basically the Brian M. Bendis of 1980-1989. He dabbled in novels, mostly in the spacey science fiction realm, so all those Starjammers and Shi’ar stories start to make sense. 

What I didn’t know was that he also authored a few Star Wars tales in his day.

Marvel published a magazine in the U.K. called Star Wars Weekly that eventually became the UK Star Wars comic series. Claremont did a bit of writing for that publication including a three part story that was eventually collected in this novel, World of Fire. An illustrated novel, this could sort of be seen as a prequel to the popular trade paperback collections that are now a must in the comic book marketplace. Looks pretty interesting to me…

This makes Jar Jar seem cool.

Recently, my enjoyment (relative) of the Star Wars prequel movies came up.

And a friend said “There’s nothing worse than Jar Jar.” 

To which we got into some debate, and inevitably came down to the fact that he would indeed prefer to be Jar Jar in a “Star Wars On Ice” production which involved some singing and voice acting along with obviously skating around in a Jar Jar outfit to.. something. I can’t remember what it was, but it was pretty bad.

This is worse. Much worse.

 

I don’t think this is, but if someone told me it was officially licensed, I’d believe them. smh.

Star Wars and Comics. A perfect fit.

There was an EU before the European Union. 

The Extended Universe.

To the casual Star Wars fan, that means nothing. To the diehard, it’s everything.

To some of us in between, it’s… confusing. Intriguing. Overwhelming. 

The extended universe, for those uninformed, is what happened when fans starving for more are given an extended look at the star wars universe. Past, present, and (possible) future(s). This expansion gave the nerd in all of us something to nerd about. Everyone who salivated at the thought of more Boba Fett than a few seconds on the screen.. you’ve got it. Sometimes it becomes a tangled web of continuity, but overall… it just gives a bit more to consume and digest when thinking about Tatooine and Jengo Fett.

Overall, I’m into it. And the best place to access this cornucopia of Star Wars expansion, in my opinion, is through the comics. Now many may argue that the novels are a more concise option, but I’d say the visual component has always been important to Star Wars. This was a movie first, not a novel. While there is a place for all of these mediums, Star Wars was built on a rich story AND a beautiful canvas to look at – from the first time a giant star destroyed crossed over the screen – that’s a visual that just CAN’T be done in text. 

But here’s a nice shirt that celebrates both the classic look of the movies and the move into the comics world. Wish they had an actual image of the shirt, but I’ve seen these in real life and always loved the look. Much more in the Star Wars world, EU or otherwise, to come. 

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