Before The Watchmen, Alan Moore deconstructed Star Wars

Before becoming a legend with works like Watchmen and V for Vendetta, Alan Moore wrote five Star Wars comics that were only released in the UK.

Among cartoon fans, Alan Moore is legendary because of the stories he wrote that shook the medium to its core, but before they wrote classics like Watchmen, V for Vendetta or the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he took a detour into a galaxy far, far away to write five stories in Star wars universe. Before Moore ever worked for DC Comics, and when British fans pretty much knew him from 2000 AD and Doctor Who, Moore was hired by Marvel Comics UK to write stories for it Star wars magazine

From February 1978, Marvel Comics UK released Star Wars Weekly, a Star wars magazine that series of the now non-canon American Marvel Star wars comics, as well as original comics and articles. The series underwent several name changes during its run, often to reflect the latest Star wars movies that sold out cinemas. It was during his run as Empire strikes back every month that a comic book writer in his late 20s got the chance to write some of the most recognizable and popular characters in science fiction history. Moore wrote only five stories in total – “The Pandora Effect”, “Tilotny Throws a Shape”, “Dark Lord’s Conscience”, “Rust Never Sleeps” and “Blind Fury”. These stories go few places Star wars stories have ventured, providing an early example of the writing style for which Moore would become known.

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The concepts Moore brings to Star wars are surprisingly unique. “The Pandora Effect” contains one Star wars version of the Bermuda Triangle called The Hellhoop, interdimensional humanoid vicious creatures reminiscent of Clone War The Force family “The Ones” and a Force demon named Wutzek. “Tilotny Throws a Shape” takes a bizarre leap into Star wars cosmology by introducing abusive god-like beings who seem to have created Star wars universe and sent Stormtroopers back in time. “The Consciousness of the Dark Lord” introduces the epic named Clat the Shamer, who has the Force ability to see the worst sin anyone has committed and project it back to them. “Rust never sleeps” contains a planet used to dump broken droids that have become a sentient god worshiped by the droids living on its surface. The last Star wars story Alan Moore wrote, “Blind Fury,” has Luke Skywalker find the remnants of a Jedi battle with a group called The Terrible Glare that happened thousands of years earlier and the awareness of its leader kept alive inside a large Holocron.



Now that Alan Moore is retired from writing comics, fans have explored the lesser known areas of his catalog and there are many gems to be found. While the original stories were published in The Empire Strikes Back Monthly # 151, 154-156, and # 159 between November 1981 and August 1982 in the United Kingdom, these stories were first printed in North America in 1996, fifteen years after their publication. Reissued as Classic Star Wars: Devilworlds, the five stories contained Moore, who collaborated with the Spanish horror artist Adolfo Buylla, The invisible artist John Stokes, and X men and Miracle Man artist Alan Davis. Devil worlds also featured two stories written by Steve Parkhouse and Steve Moore.



It would not be long after these stories were published before Alan Moore began working on Swamp stuff, which would be the first of many comics that made him a household name and firmly placed him as an important figure in comic book history. If there’s one thing Moore stuck to with his five short stories, it’s the implicit depth of the story that exists in Star wars universe. As in rebels, Doctor Aphra, or Knights of the Old Republic, Star wars sometimes works best when exploring your own story in a way that asks more questions than it answers. These early examples of Alan Moore’s authorship are a rare treat for fans of the author or franchise. Like the groundbreaking films by George Lucas, Alan Moores contribution to Star wars ignite the imagination on the possibilities of other stories that could be told in the galaxy far, far away.


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