Coming out in May of 2015, Marvel has big plans to remaster the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy movie to comic adaptations that they had initially released in 1977. While these won’t be of the exact theatrical version or the George Lucas remastered editions, they are taking a page out of the Lucas playbook. No, they aren’t adding Jarjar or random CGI’d characters, they did go back and make some edits to the coloring of the books.
Each film will be released in their own over sized graphic novel that has fully remastered coloring.
The original comics were written by Roy Thomas and includes the art by Howard Chaykin, the only difference is that the coloring is now done by Chris Sotomayor. The hardcovers will also feature new artwork by Adi Granov. These comics were initially released weeks prior to the ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ hitting the big screen and we saw Luke Skywalker ask “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?”
These are some of the most iconic ‘Star Wars’ comics ever released as they helped introduce the Force of the ‘Star Wars’ explosion to a ton of comic readers and was a huge hit for both Marvel and Lucasfilms when they were released.
You can take a look at the change in coloring style below to help you decide if it is something you may be wanting to pick up.
Marvel’s SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel shared that, “When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away. With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015.”
While I would usually be on the fence of any other remastering on anything in the ‘Star Wars’ line I have to admit I think the new coloring has potential. While I’ll be checking them out a little further before I commit, I suspect that these might be making their way onto my shelf.
Are you looking forward to the remastered editions of these classic ‘Star Wars’ comics? Did Marvel make the right choice by updating the colors from the original books or should they have left the look alone? Share your thoughts below!