Friday, June 17, 2016

Modern IDW: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comics

In May 2016, IDW released their second Star Wars micro comic packs, this time for The Empire Strikes Back adaptation.  Each Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic Collector Pack includes: 1 micro comic, 1 3D poster, 1 pair of 3D glasses, and 1 trading card.  They retail for $3.99.  These packs come 24 to a box and like the first set, it is easy to see the issue number through the logo on the pack if you want to get a complete comic set.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic Collector Pack - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic Collector Pack - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
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There are 6 different comics in these packs reprinting Marvel Star Wars #39 - 44.  The cover and interior pages are based on the remastered (recolored) hardcover version of the movie adaptation that Marvel published in 2015.  The cover stock is thick and glossy and the interior pages are printed on quality paper.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #39a - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #40a - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #41a - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #42a - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #43a - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #44a - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
The back of the micro comics are mostly black with a drawing of Chewbacca's head taken from a panel on page 9 in Star Wars #43.  At the bottom of the back are the logo's of the companies involved: Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and IDW.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
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There are 6 3D posters, each showing the cover of the micro comic inside the pack which can be viewed with the accompanying 3D glasses.  The posters are folded in quarters to fit inside the pack.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #39 Poster - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #40 Poster - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #41 Poster - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #42 Poster - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #43 Poster - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic #44 Poster - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
There are no changes to the quality of the trading cards inside these packs.  Unfortunately, these trading cards do not live up to the high quality of the other items in a pack.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Micro Comic Trading Cards - IDW, U.S. (May 2016)
There is an ad inside the issues for Return of the Jedi micro comics coming in July 2016.

These micro comic packs have not shown up at Phoenix, Arizona retail stores like Target to my knowledge.  I knew they started appearing last month elsewhere and I ended up buying 6 sealed packs online.  I was very pleased with the first set of these micro comics and could not wait to get my hands on this set.  I'm eagerly anticipating the Return of the Jedi set and wouldn't mind seeing IDW do this for other Star Wars comics.

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