Read Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago...., Vol. 3 by Archie Goodwin Chris Claremont Michael L. Fleisher David Michelinie Walter Simonson Al Williamson Online


From 1977 to 1986, Marvel Comics produced monthly "Star Wars" comics. This was when the continuity for that galaxy far, far away was still brand-new, when almost anything could happen--and often did. Young adult....

Title : Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago...., Vol. 3
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Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago...., Vol. 3 Reviews

  • Robert
    2019-06-17 03:32

    You accept the fact that these comics are non-canonical, it's harder to accept the continuity errors inherent in the comics themselves; Luke's powers wildly fluctuating from issue to issue being the most egregious example.

  • MC
    2019-05-29 21:27

    In this third of the series of Marvel Star Wars comics collected in omnibus editions by Dark Horse Comics, there are two major areas that make this a volume well-worth reading. These two elements are better artwork and Lumiya. In the comics collected in Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume Three, the improved artwork that began getting better and better around the time of Marvel's adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back, managed to improve even more, and maintain this high standard. Of course, when Frank Miller worked on some of the issues, that is no surprise. Whatever one thinks of Miller's overly dark story lines, his art is top-notch. Really, it's hard to say enough praise for the art in these issues. There is an absence of the generally cartoonish look from early issues. These comics have consistent renderings that captured the look of the characters from the films. To be sure, the artwork still has some issues. Luke is the main problem as he is very inconsistently drawn. And his '80's hair is even worse than in the first two actual films. But the rest, such as Han (when he comes in via flashback as he's in carbonite at this point), Leia, Lando, and especially Chewbacca, are very nicely rendered. Especially Chewie. Oh my goodness, the early issues had Chewie looking like some guy in a furry costume with eye slits in the suit. The character was drawn so badly I winced at times when seeing him. But since Empire's adaptation, he has been superbly drawn. As for the other major element of the collected issues in the omnibus, that is the most interesting development. Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith, is not yet introduced as such, but Shira Brie (Lumiya before she takes up the name) is introduced, and the first act of her story against Luke is completed. There isn't much to see here, but the fact that she has made an appearance at all is good as far as I'm concerned. She's my, bar-none, favorite “expanded universe” Star Wars character from the Marvel Comics era. She has been recently re-introduced in the novels, but I don't pay attention to those overly dark and edgy stories. This is the Shira Brie I remember, and I'm happy to see her introduced. The quality of storytelling, and yet loss of the intangible “fun” of the galaxy far, far away that I identified in the previous review is still noticeable, but the incredibly beautiful artwork and introduction of Shira mostly make up for any loss of nostalgic first-movie fun. Highly Recommended.

  • Ivy
    2019-06-16 01:38

    5 starsNice to read more stories from Star Wars. Nice to see Leia, Luke, Chewbacca, Lando, and everyone else again. Interesting that Shira Brie was an Imperial agent. Wonder if she will ever come back. Hope they will be able to rescue Han soon. Which they will. Haha. Can't wait to read more Star Wars comics!!!

  • Jedi Sunni
    2019-05-26 22:34

    50. The Crimson ForeverThis story got off to a little bit of a weird/slow start, but quickly picked up. I enjoyed the new characters and the humor that was involved, especially chewy being treated like a baby. The art seemed to be average for that time period with solid detail. My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0.51. Resurrection of EvilWow, something more powerful then the deathstar who would ever think of such a thing. There is not much to this except vader using the force to walk some poor major out into the vacuum of space. The rebel are still looking for another base and Han Solo. My rating for this issue is 4.0 out of 5.0.52. To Take the TarkinWow, the shire size of the tarkin is incredible which seem to have a weapon as powerful as the death star. There are is some encounters that with Vader that show demonstrate the power of the force. I did like the cunning of the princess, smoothness of Lando and the resourcefulness of Luke. This made for a very solid story with a impactful ending My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0. 53. The last gift from AlderaanThere was some action and some romance, but mostly just relationship building. This is not all bad seeing that this story evoked quite a bit of emotion. The new character along with princess leia made for a great story line with nice surprise at the end. My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0.54. Starfire RisingThis has a feeling of Star wars a new hope. This is basically a princess leia story. There are quite a dew comparisons, far to many to name. I think the character of Lando is dead on and comes across very well. I enjoyed this story quite a bite and it really does a great job of showing emotions that make us human. My overall rating of this story is a 4.7 out of 5.0.55. Blif!This is an above story about a small creature that has lost his home to a larger creature. In this story Princess Leia and the Rebel Alliance come to their rescue. While cute the creatures talk telepathically which is pretty cool. The lesson at the end of the story is what makes this worth reading. My rating on this issue is a 3.5 out of 5.0.56. Coffin in the CloudsPrincess Leia seems have found something else suspicious. Luke Skywalker is running off to find Lando with some new female character. while all is going on Lando has found Cloud City deserted, Lobot has gone berserk and the city is littered with bombs. At the end of this issue Lando finds himself and quite a bit of trouble which spills into the next issue. My rating for this issue is 4.1 out of 5.0.57. "Hello, Bespin, Good-Bye!"There was an actual ugnaught sighting in this story. Luke Skywalker also comes to the rescue and we get a chance to see him use the force. this was a rather interesting story were we got to see Lando interact with the ugnaughts, rather enjoyable. I would have to say above average. My rating for this issue is a 3.5 out of 5.0.58. Sundown!When hiding your space ships inside of the sun there has to be a calculated risk involved. The princess decided to walk the line in this issue but, it a good thing C3-po and R2 were there to save the day. A strange story nonetheless but it came together at the end. My rating for this issue is 4.2 out of 5.0.59. BizarreLooks like luke and lando has dealings with a real weasel. They still manage to think ahead and get themselves out of this one. There is really not much more to this story except luke looking for Tie Fighters. My rating for this issue is 4.0 out of 5.0.60. Shira's StoryThis story was really intriguing because we get to see how Shira joined the rebel alliance. There is a good amount of action and it seems that someone has feelings for Luke. I enjoyed this story about her life and thought it had a good glow. My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0.61. Screams in the VoidThis one was very strange involving some interesting creatures. It's hard to describe without giving away the main plot. I will say that they did a great job at building suspense as you will look forward to the next issue. my rating for this issue is 4.0 out 5.0.62. Pariah!We definitely find out some important information that will allow Luke to maintain his hero status. There is also some cool expressive art the had some real emotional appeal. I can't forget Chewy's heroics which are always well placed. my rating for this issue is 4.7 out 5.0.63. The Mind SpiderIt appears Luke as stumbled upon some huge secerets which could very well clear his name. The path is never easy when it come to a skywalker adventure and this is no different. He even has to go into dangerous territory which looks like a giant exo-skeloton of a spider. My rating for this story is 4.4 out of 5.0.64. Serphidian EyesThis story has Star Wars written all over from the alien creatures to the inside dealing of government. I thought this was a really interesting story with good characters and a neat plot line. My rating for this issue is 4.8 out of 5.0. Very enjoyable read.65. Golrath Never ForgetsJust check out these rocks and how they function. The Rebels seem to be in a little trouble to say the least and they have quite the mission a head of them. There is a imperial commander who may be in a little trouble with the dark lord. My rating for this issue is 4.1 out of 5.0.66. The water banditsWhat a great story that carries so much substance and so much of what star war is all about. I say the use of the force, a lightsaber and a decent villian. Most of all Iove the principle of faith being used in this stroy and how It provided a life changing blessing to the character who exhibited it. There were also countless others who benefited from the characters decision to believe. My rating for this issue is a 5.0 out of 5.0. Will come back to this story in the future.Annual #2: Shadeshine!Another interesting but odd story which absolutely taps into the personality of Han Solo. While not as good as the last issue it still manages to tell the story of greed and power. We also get a picture of just how dangerous the star wars universe really is. My rating for this issue is 3.8 out of 5.0.67. The DarkerWe actually get to end the story on an R2 and 3-po adventure. I would have to say that the creature was a little to sci-fi for me but the story was a little above average. My rating for this issue is 3.0 out of 5.0.

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2019-06-02 20:35

    This is the third of five volumes that collect the old Star Wars comics from the 1970's and 1980's, originally released as monthly serials by Marvel. If you've read the other volumes (or if you remember the original comics) you know what to expect: episodic story lines with larger-than-life events, garish artwork, lots of action and plots that sometimes violate the Star Wars canon.Nonetheless, I liked this third omnibus a bit more than the last. It seems to me that the writers tried to keep most of these tales within the lines of what was normative for the Star Wars universe. There are superweapons, double agents and questions of the Dark and Light side of the Force. The Rebellion and the Empire are front and center, or are fighting through proxy wars on avariety of primitive planets. Rarely is there a stand-alone story that doesn't have anything to do with the larger meta-narrative. There are better linking elements across the various stories too, creating greater continuity.Yes, some of the stories are silly. But these are comic book tales after all. Some will roll their eyes, while others will enjoy these flashy, anachronistic stories for what they are. You know which side of that divide you stand on.

  • Jaime Krause
    2019-06-21 00:14

    The art for Marvel 50-67 is better than a lot of the art before this. Walter Simonson did most (if not all) of the penciling for these, and his work is very good.There is a bit less of "previous issue" notes, but there are still enough to be annoying. If I don't know a part of the past story, that's my fault.50. The Crimson Forever- Good artwork and colours-Crimson Forever is a plague that begins by turning the eyes red and then the entire body (a death sentence). It's caused by two jewels are separated.- Luke is the only one to recover from it. The Force, perhaps?51. Resurrection of Evil- Good art and colours- The Rebels are looking for bases but learn of a creation worse than the Death Star - The Tarkin.- Vader sets a trap for Luke...and his officers plot against him.52. To Take the Tarkin- Good art and colours- R2 tricking the computer about a fire was perfect and so R2- Leia "fixing" the laser cannon was also great. 53. The Last Gift of Alderaan- Good art but too much text- Leia crashes in the Shiva system, where there are warriors of 12 tribes in a newfound alliance against outcasts.- I like how, at first, Leia and the others didn't understand each other.54. Starfire Rising- Still too much text-The warrior leader Aron falls in love with Leia during their capture. I know he's known her a few months, but hello! He's married! His wife is a good character though.- Chewie, Luke & Lando come to the rescue.55. Plif!- I love the colouring!- Leia & Chewie are looking for a new base and find Hoojibs, a small telepathic race whose speaker is Plif. The Hoojibs made me think of Ikrit form the JJK series :)- The Hoojibs are willing to share their planet56. Coffin in the Clouds and 57. Hello, Bespin, Goodbye!- More great art and colours- Lando goes to Bespin only to find something wrong. Lobot is acting odd and the Empire has used the Ugnaughts as slaves.- Shira. Brie. Can I kill her now? - Luke's use of the Force at the end was crazy and a bit OOC58. Sundown!- Leia and the others plan to hide the fleet inside the sun with help from the Hoojibs.- The heat causes unexpected instability (too much too soon) and R2 and 3PO come to the rescue :)- Luke and Lando are on a mission of their own.59. Bazarre- Luke & Lando search for black market TIEs and fall into a trap by someone who's taken umbrage with Lando.60. Shira's Story- The Rebels use the TIEs to attack the Empire- Shira concocts a b.s. story of her past. Granted, if I didn't know her future, I wouldn't know it was b.s. but still...61. Screams in the Void- This one had too many 'last issue' notes- Leia feels odd about Shira Brie. Huh, WONDER WHY- Admiral Geil thwarts the Rebels' TIE plan- Luke shoots Shira down, thinking she was an enemy62. Pariah! and 63. The Mind Spider- GREAT. ART.- Luke has really matured in the Force and in his reactions to things. This shows it well.- Also done well is the portrayal of pilots' feelings when one of their own is shot down by one of their own.- Chewie helps Luke escape and find answers on Shira's "home" but more questions are found as Luke learns of Shira's deceit. Then it becomes a fight to leave so that Chewie and Luke can bring back the damning evidence.64. Serphidian Eyes- I love the vibrant colour! Though Luke looks odd- The first page was done very well- Luke needs to change the mind of Serphidi king, a tyrant, to help him aid the Rebellion65. Golrath Never Forgets and 66. The Water Bandits- Great detail with the art!- The stones of a former Rebel base hold memories and images of the Rebels being there. Luke and Leia go with others to try to get the stones before the Empire arrives.- Luke almost kissing Leia, at this point, is OOC. Leia flying a Y-Wing is just odd.- Giel is cunning and a good Imperial officer. He's actually a favourite villain within these comics.- Luke couldn't go to hyperspace and lands on a planet. He's mistaken for a brigand but is rescued by a local - who I didn't trust at first because she was captured by the brigands immediately after.Annual #2: Shadeshine!- The art was too round, more cartoon-like.- On Ventooine, Luke and Lando are looking for Shadeshine, an energy source. But they find out that Han, a savior on the planet, destroyed it years ago.- Han looked like Indiana Jones with a green cape, which made me laugh.- Satabs, tyrants and life suckers, use Shadeshine for their evil ways - and the source has a dark secret of its own.67. The Darker- While the others come up with a way to find Han, R2 is lost in a tunnel the Hoojib have avoided. 3PO and Chewie follow with some Hoojibs in tow and find an underground city run by The Darker.- 3PO discovers how to destroy the being with some series mind control.

  • Shane
    2019-05-29 00:25

    I haven't read these stories since I first purchased them in my pre teens. I still have close to a complete set, but haven't picked them up due to there being so many novels that have come out over the last 20 years. My favorite stories were the ones that came out right before and after Return of the Jedi, which will be in the next two volumes, but a few important characters are introduced here. That being said, this collection is one of the best things that I've ever seen put out. The Omnibus itself gets 5 stars from me. The stories are actually closer to four stars, but sometimes cheese of the stories lead me giving it a total of 3 stars. It's probably impossible to expect much more out of a series done during the Marvel eighties.The biggest problem with this collection is the fact that it often feels like they took Conan stories of the time, that weren't used for that comic, and adjusted them for a space fantasy. There is also the problem with how they address Luke's force powers. Some stories they don't even come up, while others he has to concentrate in order to feel it, but this can be anything from lifting some objects and making them move to a purpose, or being able to reach out through space and take over the mind of an Imperial captain in a completely different ship. Then he'll randomly have the power to trigger bombs that he's never seen. Very sloppy consistency. Then there is the search for Han. While they managed to give plausible explanation for why Lando and Chewbacca broke off their search for Han, they never really try to explain why they didn't immediately start back with the mission.While I don't want to be too negative with the stories they gave us back then, they definitely feel like silly filler half of the time. There are two amazing story arcs to take place in this omnibus. And, when you get past the constant advertising for previous issues, it is mostly a five star read. I'm excited to read the other four volumes next.

  • Joseph
    2019-06-12 00:23

    The comics were from 50 to 67 I think. The ones in the 50's were terrible. The story line was beyond bad. It got much better around 59 where the story was much better. A big problem was issue 64 did not follow after 63 when it came to the actual time line. In 64 they had Luke going on a mission with 2 others, but in issue 63 they still have Luke as a traitor... So that is a problem. It gets back on track though. I think I am at the half way point in the overall series though.

  • Graham Bailey
    2019-06-18 21:16

    I first read all of these many, many years ago when they were first serialized in monthly comic form and re-reading them now brings back a lovely feeling of nostalgia. The stories are great, with a sense of fantasy & whimsy that mostly fits in very well with the SW universe. They're obviously 80's books, but they've aged well and the artwork is mostly excellent and can hold it's own against many more modern titles. I've really enjoyed this trip down memory lane to a galaxy far, far away!

  • Daniel Rose
    2019-06-08 20:31

    I was happy with each story that I read which explained a lot of what was going on in between Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. I like how also it shows the growth of Luke Skywalker that you don't get to see as much where he seems to go from a young imature youth in the New Hope to still imature in Empire Strikes Back to Cool and collected in Return of the Jedi.

  • Grant
    2019-06-17 03:24

    More nostalgia! The stories set right after ESB make the most sense. After all, the whole Rebellion can't be put on hold for Han Solo. Still, there is a sense of filler as time after time after time our heroes get diverted from their quest. Despite that, there are strong stories and solid art to be had.

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    2019-06-03 19:08

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  • Tony
    2019-06-04 00:32

    The comic book writers of the time must have watched a lot of Star Trek because pretty much every story arc is Luke, Leia and/or Lando ending up stranded or hiding on an unknown planet where they get in some hijinks with the natives.

  • Matt
    2019-05-29 00:33

    Some strange stuff. I didn't realize Marvel had so many comics between Episodes IV and V. It was clear that they had no idea what was coming in Episode VI, they were still pushing the Luke/Leia romance/jealously angle pretty hard.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-25 21:35

    Took several tries to get into this volume. But it's been a fun trope through the 1980's movie spin-off comic world.

  • Mike
    2019-06-09 23:37

    Nostalgia value is still high, but things really started getting trippy or more like old Star Trek episodes. Still, waiting for Vol. 4.

  • Armchair Squid
    2019-06-11 01:25

  • Richard Evey jr.
    2019-05-22 22:30

    Fun read, especially as a 'what if' for Star Wars. The stories and artwork isn't top notch but it's fascinating to see what other writers did with the characters before the modern Expanded Universe.

  • Dion Lay
    2019-06-17 19:28

    Best one of the classic Star Wars collections so far. Stories feel a lot more like part of the universe and some great art from Simonson and Infantino.