Sunday, September 17, 2017

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 4: Jango Fett & Zam Wesell

The fourth volume in the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection from Dark Horse reprints the two 64-page one-shots, Jango Fett and Zam Wesell.  It has the same matte black cover with silver text that the other books in this series have.  Framed in a silver box in the center of the cover is a portion of the artwork from the final page in the Zam Wesell one-shot.  This hardcover volume retailed for $19.95 and was limited to initial orders.

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 4: Jango Fett & Zam Wesell
- Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2007)
The two original one-shots came out in 2002 before Attack of the Clones, the movie that debuted the characters.  The story in the Jango Fett title leads into the story in the Zam Wesell title.  Both characters appear in both one-shots.  Jango Fett's first appearance was in the Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter video game which came out March 10, beating the comic by three days.  Zam Wesell's first appearance is in the Jango Fett title however.  Dark Horse has done this before, they began publishing the 1998 Star Wars title starring Ki-Adi Mundi a full six months before The Phantom Menace and published the prequel movie adaptations a few weeks before the actual movies were released.

Interestingly, Marvel has not published any movie tie-in starring characters from the movie prior to the movie being released.  They did release the four issue mini-series Shattered Empire in 2015, but it did not have any movie characters.  Marvel also had plans in 2016 to release a three issue mini-series prelude to Rogue One which presumably would have starred characters from that movie, but that mini-series was rumored to be canceled due to the extensive reshoots done for that movie.  This year, Marvel is publishing the Captain Phasma mini-series, but that character has already appeared in The Force Awakens and they will be publishing a mini-series taking place on the planet Crait, but that will happen after The Last Jedi is already out in theaters.

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