Having watched the original trilogy films over the Christmas period with Dude, I decided a re-read (after several years away) would be in order. Rather than the annual (I didn't want to miss out sections), I went for the Boxtree version, collected from the weekly comics, which was written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha.
Clearly sourced from an earlier screenplay (Luke is part of Blue Squadron, for instance and Jabba The Hutt resembles something that stood at the bar in the cantina), this follows the film but also includes scenes that were never shown, such as Luke and his friends at Tosche Station, Luke seeing the battle at the beginning and pretty much all of Biggs’ part.
|Princess Leia gets zapped, as the droids make their escape...|
|Han clearly shot first...|
|Still one of the best pieces of dialogue interplay in the film and reproduced well on the page|
|ZZRAKK - though this doesn't explain how Vader could lift the cloak with his lightsaber|
|Alderaan gets it in the neck|
Ever the completist, I also found and read the Boxtree editions of "Empire" and "Jedi" but didn't enjoy either of them as much as this (nor was the artwork as good).