Before Star Wars became the box-office smash that changed American cinema forever, it was a very different script known as The Star Wars.
Back in April, we let you know that Dark Horse Comics would be adapting George Lucas' original rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars, a saga that included a giant lizard Han Solo, a Jedi general named Luke Skywalker and a young man named Annikin Starkiller. Now, finally, we get to see how that story begins, with these preview pages released by Dark Horse this week. They feature young Annikin and his family, a dramatic speech by the Emperor (who doesn't look at all like the Emperor you know from the films) and a few familiar Star Wars sights, like Star Destroyers attempting maneuvers over the planet Alderaan (which is a very different planet than what you remember).
Check out the full preview, plus a cover, in the gallery below. The first issue of The Star Wars, written by J.W. Rinzler and drawn by Mike Mayhew, hits comic-book stores on Sept. 4.
(Via Comic Book Resources)