Dark Horse Comics will release an eight-issue graphic novel mini-series based on George Lucas' original vision of "Star Wars," monthly starting in September that runs through April 2014.

The plot is based on a rough draft the original screenplay, titled "The Star Wars," Lucas wrote in 1974. LucasBooks executive editor J.W. Rinzler adapted that version for Dark Horse's mini-series, with art by Mike Mayhew.

Darth Vader is a general in the Imperial army; Han Solo is a six-foot tall lizard, and Luke Skywalker is an older Jedi general. There is also a character named Annikin Starkiller, evil Sith Knights and the use of "lazer swords."

The comicbook publisher has released a trailer for the event, revealing its interpretation of how Lucas imagined the characters to look.

The graphic novel will be collected in hardcover and be released in June 2014. A trade paperback will be released later in 2014.


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