‘Star Wars’ flashback: Marvel Issues 94-107 (1985-86) (Comic book reviews)

 

Three months and 100 issues ago, I started my “Star Wars” Marvel comics re-read by noting how horrible the Roy Thomas/Howard Chaykin issues were. Once Archie Goodwin took over with No. 11, the standard of quality improved for the next 80-some issues, but when the series ran down in 1985-86, those early troubles were unfortunately revived.

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‘Star Wars’ flashback: Marvel Issues 81-93 (1984-85) (Comic book reviews)

 

OK, here we go. All three films have been released, and it’s time for a fresh narrative start to the Marvel comics series after “Return of the Jedi.” More Han Solo stories. Maybe a battle for the galactic capital. Luke searching for new Jedi. A consistent, serial storyline. … Cue movie-trailer-style record scratch.

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‘Star Wars’ flashback: Marvel Issues 70-80 and Annual 3 (1983-84) (Comic book reviews)

 

I was looking forward to re-reading Mary Jo Duffy’s early issues in the Marvel run, as I vaguely recalled complex plots about the quest to rescue Han Solo and the search for missing X-wing pilot Tay Vanis, who possesses the Death Star II plans. About halfway through these 12 issues — which spring from the end of David Michelinie’s work and lead directly up to “Return of the Jedi” — the movie hit theaters, allowing Duffy to stop being vague and directly address story points.

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‘Star Wars’ flashback: Marvel Issues 60-69 and Annual 2 (1982-83) (Comic book reviews)

 

Part of the fun of the Marvel comics — and the whole EU, really — is seeing the Kenner action figures come to life. But the best non-main character from the Marvel run, by far, was a new invention, X-wing pilot Shira Brie, and she wasn’t cast in plastic until nearly three decades after her first appearance.

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