YMMV: Marvel Star Wars


  • Author's Saving Throw: The writers operated with little warning of the plots of the upcoming films, which frequently led to frantic plot railroading in the months before the adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Being more familiar with the problem after Empire, the leadup to Jedi involved the rebels searching for two rebel spies (Tay Vanis and Yom Argo) and the important data they had, revealed at the end of the arc (and right before Jedi came out) that it was information on the new Death Star.
  • Foe Yay: Luke and Lumiya.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: All of Leia's jealousy toward Shira, Dani, and any other woman who likes Luke, considering, you know...
    • One early annual, published before The Empire Strikes Back, features a character telling Luke that Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader saved his planet from destruction.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: At one point, Vader consoles a Rebel wannabe whose mother was just killed.
    • Harsher in Hindsight: The young man becomes a stormtrooper... and, many issues later, a Dark Lord of the Sith.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, there's a multi-issue plot about a new Imperial superweapon called the Tarkin. The briefing on it includes someone saying "It answers a lot of questions we've been asking ourselves lately. Like for instance, why hasn't the Empire constructed a second battle station like the Death Star that almost destroyed our base on Yavin?"
    • A lot of letters to the editor come off rather funny now that the films are complete. One in particular is from #24 where a complaint is that "Luke and Leia act more like older brother and sister then sweethearts."
    • Han as an adventurer archaeologist, years before Indiana Jones.
    • In one of the annuals, the authors have Vader recruiting a young man who has just found his mother's dead body. (Vader didn't kill her, not directly, and the guy blames the Alliance for bringing the bombing down on them.) And Vader muses aloud that he was once in the same position. It's meant to appear that Vader is lying just to get the guy on his side. But in a twist Marvel had no way of knowing, it's revealed that Anakin found himself in the exact same position. Villains never lie, indeed.
    • This series was the first time Star Wars was adapted to the comic book medium. When the series ended, the rights to publish Star Wars comics transferred to Dark Horse, who would later reprint Marvel Star Wars. Come 2015, the rights have transferred back to Marvel...who is not only reprinting this series again, but is also reprinting Dark Horse's own Star Wars material.
    • Issue 18 of the series was titled "The Empire Strikes." Yeah....
  • Idiot Plot: Aplenty. One notable example: Leia is too busy playing Save the Villain with Luke and Han to go to a meeting she knew nothing about, so the Heroes of Yavin are forever barred from participating in the galactic government.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Darth Vader, especially in the Tay Vanis arc.
  • Memetic Mutation: If Lando dies, I'll destroy your planet!
  • Never Live It Down: The series has a whole has a big reputation for silliness due to things like Jaxxon. The silliness is there in places but in fact the really oddball stuff is the exception rather than the rule.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The series could get very campy on occasion. Remember, this was before most of the universe was defined.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Marvel Star Wars is Star Wars doing hard crack, but it supports Mary and her noble rebels.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The Alliance has Luke work as a liaison to other anti-Imperial Rebels who have been fighting The Empire for 50 years, even falling in love with a girl who gets fridged, and then the revolution succeeds, but without the new king, they descend into anarchy. This was around the time of Iran-Contra.
  • The Woobie: Dani. Also Wedge in one particular issue.