Dark Horse Comics restores “The Star Wars” to life

A young, idealistic rebel seeks to fight off an unjust, tyrannical emperor with a space station capable of destroying planets.

“Star Wars,” the 1977 film? Not quite.

Try “The Star Wars,” the 1974 first draft by George Lucas that turned into the wildly popular film.

Now, starting from Wednesday, Dark Horse Comics is restoring the original script to life as an eight-issue mini-series — with Lucas’ blessing — giving fans a different take on characters Darth Vader, Luke, Leia, Han, C-3P0 and R2-D2 along with new ones like Anikinn Starkiller.

Series writer J.W. Rinzler, an executive editor at Lucas Books, calls the series a “once in a lifetime project” and the chance to tell the first story in the “Star Wars” pantheon.

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