The Star Wars Deluxe HC Edition

The Star Wars Deluxe HC Edition

With the Star Wars comic license moving to Marvel, Dark Horse Comics Star Wars titles are a hot commodity. Since they’re no longer in print, there are only a limited number of them left, and many retailers are doing sales to clear out their inventory. Among those sales, there are some really good deals. For instance The Star Wars Deluxe HC Edition. This thing retailed for a whopping $99.99. Even with Amazon discounts, it was still around $75. So when TFAW.com slashed this thing down to just $24.99, I had to have it, and I was not disappointed.

Now I’ve already reviewed the individual comics, so if you’re looking for a review of the stories and artwork, please refer to our review section for those past reviews. This review is focusing entirely on the deluxe hardcover edition.

First off, this thing is big. The case measures 9″ wide, 13 1/2″ tall, and 2 3/4″ thick. It’s kind of a cloth type, hardcover shell style case that fits snugly together with gold embroidered text.

Here’s a paperback copy of Kenobi to provide some scale for The Star Wars Deluxe HC Edition.

Here’s how it opens.

 

Inside the case are three hardcover volumes.

As pictured above (from left to right) there’s the Cover Portfolio, The Official Guide to a Different Galaxy, and then The Star Wars. Each has the same cloth bound hardcover as the case with matching gold embroidered lettering.

The Star Wars volume contains all eight issues of the series in oversized format (8 1/4″ x 12 1/2″). That means all of the artwork is larger than the normal comics. Here’s a side by side comparison of The Star Wars #1 opening page (left) with The Star Wars Deluxe HC opening page (right).

Here’s another comparison (hardcover on left, individual issue on right).

The artwork in this oversized format is simply gorgeous.

The Official Guide to a Different Galaxy is essentially The Star Wars #0 issue. It has concept art designs, a cover gallery, and the artwork for the preliminary pitch which was used to sell the idea for the series.

The last volume in the set is the Cover Portfolio. Now this is one idea that had a lot of potential but fell short of what it could have been. This volume has eight sleeves which each contain a loose print of the cover art for the main issues of the series. It does not include the variants for issue #1 or the cover for the #0 issue. On the back of each sleeve is a two tone version of the previous cover.

The prints pull right out of the top of the sleeves. They’re on a thick page stock, so they’re not flimsy.

So it’s kind of a neat idea. If you just wanted to look at the artwork for the covers, or if you wanted to scan them, this would make it easy. The bad thing is the binding is pretty tight on this volume, so it’s not the easiest to look at. But what really disappointed me was the missed opportunity. This volume is essential a really fancy hardcover set of sleeves. The size of the sleeves are a great match for the size of the individual comics. How awesome would be to have a cool hardcover book to put your individual issues of the series in? The problem is the tight binding. They did not provide enough room for people to insert all their comics into the sleeves. You can do it, but the book won’t close very well and it definitely won’t fit in the case anymore with the other two volumes. This would have been a really awesome feature and it’s definitely a missed opportunity on Dark Horse’s part.

That said, The Star Wars Deluxe HC Edition is a really neat collectible overall. It’s big, it’s fancy and it’s pretty. If you’re into collectible books or comics, this is a format you’ll want to get. It’s an excellent piece to add to your collection. The price tag is going to be the determining factor on whether you get it or not. I certainly wouldn’t spend a $100 on it, but if you can get it at lower price point, it’s worth checking out. If you already own all eight issues and the #0 issue, there’s not much extra you’re going to get with this edition other than the fancy format, so that’s something to keep in mind. All eight issues are available in a trade paperback format at a fraction of the cost. If you want the #0 issue, you can get the hardcover TPB which is still cheap. But for those who want to go all out for the ultimate Star Wars comic collectible, the deluxe hardcover edition is the way to go. While not perfect, it’s still pretty special, so I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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