- "It's a dream task to help bring to life Annikin Starkiller, General Luke Skywalker, the first Sith Knights, a Space Fortress (that's attacked twice), Imperial troopers on dune birds, the very first Princess Leia (from the planet Aquilae)… And there's so much more in The Star Wars."
- ―J. W. Rinzler[src]
The Star Wars is an upcoming comic series that tells the story of George Lucas' rough draft for what became Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The comic, with eight issues in total, focuses on the story of the young hero Annikin Starkiller and his old mentor, General Luke Skywalker. Given that it is the rough draft of Star Wars, it is not part of Star Wars canon and is considered an alternate universe story.
The series was written by J.W. Rinzler after Rinzler convinced Lucas to let him write the story. The illustrations were by Mike Mayhew, taking some inspiration from the original artwork for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
The Star Wars was first announced on March 31, 2013. It will be released beginning in September 2013.
Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas's rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world.
Annikin Starkiller is the hero . . . Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general . . . Han Solo is a big green alien . . . and the Sith . . . Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away!
- King of Aquilae
- Beru Lars
- Owen Lars
- Princess Leia
- Luke Skywalker
- Han Solo
- Annikin Starkiller
- Kane Starkiller
- Darth Vader
- Clieg Whitson