Star Wars: Infinities: A New Hope
Writers: Chris Warner
Art: Drew Johnson
Cover Art: Tony Harris and Chris Blythe
Distributed By: Dark Horse Comics
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Star Wars fans have often wondered "What if...?" What if R2-D2 and C-3PO hadn't used the escape pod? What if Luke Skywalker had simply refused to help Ben Kenobi reach Alderaan? What if the Death Star hadn't been destroyed? What if Luke had completed his training before his fateful duel with Darth Vader? Well, it may surprise you to know that there is a series of Star Wars comic books by Dark Horse Comics that was created in an effort to answer all those questions and more. The concept of Star Wars Infinities is simple: Show the fans what the Star Wars Trilogy could have become had certain events been altered.
The first movie to see such treatment is Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. In a four-part miniseries, Star Wars: Infinities tackles the question: What if the Death Star hadn't been destroyed? I purchased the trade paperback version of the series which compiles all four comics. The first couple of pages offer a brief synopsis of events as they occurred in A New Hope. Then, we get to see an alternate series of events centered on the Death Star trench run. "Alter one event and a new future comes to be. Splinter a link and a new chain is forged." Luke's photon torpedoes enter the reactor port, but nothing happens. What follows is an amazing turn of events taking place over five years, during which we watch the fall of the rebellion, the rise of a new dark order, and the nurturing of a new hope.
Toted as "The World of Endless Star Wars Possibilities”, Star Wars: Infinities definitely lives up to its name! Great thought was put into the events as they might have occurred. The writing was excellent and Star Wars characters that we've grown to love and love to hate are perfectly captured in this series. Star Wars: Infinities: A New Hope is a definite must have for collectors.
I only have a few issues with Star Wars: Infinities: A New Hope. It seems that the writers completely forgot one of the main characters – Wedge Antilles. Wedge was flying away from the Death Star with Luke, Han and Chewie after receiving word that the mission was a wash. He's there one minute and gone the next, completely disappearing without a trace. What happened to him? My other gripe is only really half a gripe concerning the artwork. The cover art is exceptional (all 4 covers are showcased in a Cover Art Gallery). However, the interior art teeters from brilliant (as in the drawings of Leia, Ben, and Vader) to manga-like (Luke and Han sometimes look like the original characters and sometimes appear to be caricatures).
However, those slight issues definitely take nothing away from the series as a whole. I have yet to read the Star Wars: Infinities versions of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but I think it’s safe to assume that they will be equally as exciting as this version of A New Hope.