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Starwars Omnibus Droids (Dan Thorsland, Bill Hughes, Ryder Windham, Ian Gibson, Jan Strnad, Anthony Daniels, and Brian Daley)

Based on the adventures of C3PO and R2D2 before they met up with Luke Skywalker.  They get tangled up with pirates, bounty hunters, rock monsters, and the notorious space criminal Olag Greck.  The stories are a fun read and the story lines quite inventive.

This travel sized omnibus includes every “Droids” story published by Dark Horse and contains:

  1. “Droids Special”: Script : Dan Thorsland : Art : Bill Hughes
  2. “The Kalarba Adventures”:  Script : Dan Thorsland and Ryder Wyndham: Art : Bill Hughes and Ian Gibson.
  3. “Rebellion”: Script : Ryder Wyndham: Art : Ian Gibson.
  4. “Seasons of Revolt”: Script : Jan Strnad: Art:  Bill Hughes
  5. “The Protocol Offensive”: Script; Anthony Daniels and Ryder Wyndham: Art : Brian Daley.

The story line flows through the many different collections within the book.  This is a good read and the imaginative story grabs the readers attention for the whole book. No real story stands out but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be “Rebellion” as the “Smiler” plot is a good one.

The artwork is generally solid but quite simplistic at times. The “Protocol Offensive”  had a different style of art to the rest of the book and I didn’t really like the change.  The Ian Gibson drawn episodes have quite a 2000AD look to them and the art is both simple and pleasing to the eye. Ian’s work adds a light hearted cartoony feel at times but it fits in remarkably well with Bill Hughes work. Bill Hughes art style is Quite similar in many ways but just a bit more serious. Brian Daleys work although of good quality didn’t really fit in with the rest of the book in my opinion.

[ISBN 978-1-59037-955-0] 7/10



[Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire] – (John Wagner, Kilian Plunket, John Nadeau, Timothy Zan, Micheal A. Stackpole, Carlos Ezquerra, Steve Perry, Ron Randall)
November 4, 2010, 10:03 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Carlos Ezquerra, John Nadeau, John Wagner, Star Wars

There are 3 story arcs contained within this omnibus. “Star Wars: Shadows of The Empire” (#1-#6), “Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor’s Hand” and “Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Evolution” (#1-#5).

  •  Star Wars: Shadows of The Empire was written by John Wagner with art by Kilian Plunket and John Nadeau.
  • Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor’s Hand was written by Timothy Zan and Micheal A. Stackpole with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Evolution was written by Steve Perry with art by Ron Randall

The first arc is set in a time between the Empire Strikes back and return of the Jedi and features many familiar characters to fans of those movies. The main story revolves around bounty hunters, the attempts to rescue Han Solo in carbonite, Assasination attempts on Luke and unreast in the Empire. It’s a really good action romp with plenty of subplots, twists and betrayals.

The second arc is the story of an imperial assassin who is known as the Emperors hand. At first I found the “Blade Runner” type narration to be a little off putting but the story really grabs you the further you read. It’s a great action/spy tale with a well paced story line and satisfying conclusion. This was my favorite story in the Omnibus.

The final arc is a sequel to the first and revolves around another assassin but this time a super robot who worked for Dark Sun. Although Luke, Han, etc are featured quite a lot in this story they really feel like peripheral characters and dont add a great deal to the story. Overall though it’s is still a great action tale and  with a very satisfying ending. This was my least favorite story and art in the omnibus but not by much.

I am not a huge Starwars fan but I picked this book up because it had John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra in it. I am glad I did as I enjoyed this TPB tremendously. I thought that all 3 stories were movie worthy and even for someone with limited Starwars knowledge it was easy to follow. The artwork and colors were consistently good throughout and although all the artists had their own individual styles there were no jarring changes of art style or color pallettes. This book has made me want to check out more Starwars Omnibus’s. [ISBN-13: 978-1595824349]. 8/10

[Star Wars Omnibus : Boba Fett] – (John Wagner, Ian Gibson, John Nadeau, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Meglia, Ron Marz, Adrriano Melo, Thomas Andrews, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Carlos Ezquerra, Andy mangels, John Ostrander)
September 23, 2010, 7:57 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra, Ian Gibson, John Nadeau, John Wagner, Star Wars

This Omnibus collects the following:

  • “Boba Fett : Enemy of the Empire” with story by John Wagner and art by Ian Gibson and John Nadeau.  The artwork and writing in this story is excellent especially if you are a fan of 200oAD.  Some people may find Gibsons art to be a bit cartoonish but I really like it. 
  • “Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika” with story by Mike Kennedy and art by Carlos Meglia. A pretty good story with a whole host of familiar Star Wars  characters and nicely colored cartoony art.
  • “Empire #7:  Sacrifice”  with story by John Wagner and art by Cam Kennedy. A good short  story with good artwork too.
  • “Empire #28: Wreckage” with story by Ron Marz and art by Adriano Melo. A not bad  short story with pretty good artwork. Most of the story is very light on dialogue but the ending is well written.
  • “Boba Fett :  Overkill” with story by Thomas Andrews.  This is a well written and enjoyable story. The artwork is good but quite simplistic with almost Anime cartoon styled characters and backdrops.  This does tend to detract from the story a bit.
  • ” Boba Fett : Salvage” with story by John Wagner and art by Carlos Ezquerra. A good single shot story with excellent art by Carlos Ezquerra and great coloring by Cary Porter.
  • “Boba Fett : Twin Engines of Destruction” with story by Andy Mangels and art by John Nadeau. A pretty good story about a Bobba Fett Impersonator with average artwork that didnt really capture me.  
  • “Boba Fett : Death, Lies and Tradedgy” with story by John Wagner and art by Cam Kennedy. Another good Hutt based story but with horrible looking art. The art itself isnt that bad but the coloring is really nasty. It looks like a photocopy of a cheap newspaper strip. Definitely looks out of place in this book.
  • “Boba Fett : Agent of Doom” with story by John Ostrander and art by Kam Kennedy.  A good short story about Boba Fett trying to regain some respect with good artwork.

Although I am not a huge Star Wars fan I am a big fan of John Wagners writing and Ian Gibson’s and Carlos Ezquerra’s art work so I purchased this omnibus for their work. I wasnt dissapointed by any of their contributions and the rest of the book was good too. This Omnibus has a wide variety of artistic and writing styles but works well as a whole and it is a light and fun read. The only fly in the ointment for me was the presentation of “Death, Lies and Tradgedy” which really didnt match the quality of the rest of the book. [ISBN-13: 978-1595824189 ] 7/10