View Full Version : 31 Star Wars Fan Comics (Its fan fic of a sort)

20 December 2005, 05:21 PM
Hey, I actually did this thread over on my own fan comic site, but I thought it might be a nice addition for these forums, since a lot of you RPG/Fan Fic readers probably don't know much about many of these fan comics outside Jaxxon's 11 and Jawa Force. I went ahead and made some comments/reviews of each fan comic.

Cracken's Crew: Invisible War (http://www.fandom.swnsu.com): This is the fan comic that I write. Not gonna review something I wrote myself, but I did work very hard on it, and Steve Criado's artwork is amazing.

Jawa Force (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/jawaforce/html.asp): The original Star Wars Fan comic. This is the one that started it all. While the concept is kind of laughable, basically a bunch of commando Jawas, the book is actually pretty good. There are 5 issues at the link above, all in full color. Now saying there are 5 issues is a bit misleading. Each issue has a different number of pages, ranging from 22 pages to 43 pages. Still one of the best out there. The story is fairly interesting, the Jawas actually have some character and you CAN tell them apart. Ties in nicely to the original movie, just not too believable. The art is also good, but leaves a bit to be desired. Four out of Five Stars.

Bungo & Rusti (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/bungo&rusti/): Also known as the "Official Fan Comic". This fan comic was actually published in a few issues of the Star Wars Adventure Journal put out by West End Games for the RPG game back in the day. These were more or less humorous stories centered around a Sullustan working for Sorosuub and his uppity droid and their encounters with sentient BanthaQuik burgers. Wacky things of that nature. A wacky story with great, though highly stylized and cartoony, art. Four out of Five Stars.

The Hidden War (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/thw/): A dramatic fan comic following the adventures of a few rebel miscreants, The Hidden War is one of the other long running Fan Comics at Six issues with some support materials for the WEG system. While these fan comics were good, and the art was great and very professional, the entire series seemed dated somehow. It just had a very 80's feel to it. Very marvel/WEG ish. You will either love that or hate it, I happen to be on the side of the coin that hates it, but I do understand and respect it. Three out of Five Stars.

Fate of the Jedi (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/fate.asp): This is a sort of retelling, or guessing, of what was supposed to happen for E2 and E3. This is actually just a series of mini comics, Four issues that are each 12 or fewer pages. The art is fantastic, but the story itself is VERY infinities since the release of E2 and E3. Darth Maul surviving and Aurra Sing and Boba Fett's relationship round out three of the core players in the story. The art is great though. Three out of Five Stars.

Warchild (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/warchild.asp):This is a 7 page mini comic by Tom Whalen. Tom creates an awesome animated style of artwork that could work really well for Star Wars, but it looks like he is experimenting with panel placement, and his story doesn't seem to have much place in the Star Wars galaxy. It seems more fit to an Ender's Game universe or some other sci-fi universe. Mecha have no place in Star Wars though, IMO. This could have been a better anime-ish type fan comic. Two out of Five Stars.

Yoda: Padawan (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/yodapadawan.asp):This comic follows Yoda during his padawan years. It is a single issue that goes on for 64 pages and counting. I haven't actually had the time to read through this entire book, plus I find the concept of Yoda with a yellow mohawk very disconcerting. Regardless, the art isn't bad at all. So while this is an unfair rating, since I haven't read it and can't really judge it, I give it Three out of Five Stars based on my first impression. Alright, I took the time to actually read this one. A contrived plot with bad yoda dialouge compounded by poor character design kind of makes it so that the good linework is unable to carry the comic. Gotta drop it down to two of out five stars.

Dark Evolution (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/de.asp): Another 13 page mini comic by Tom Whalen. Again with the cool stylized art. Again with the experimental panel layout. What saves him here is a much more "star wars" oriented story. A female jedi kicking butt on a star destroyer. Four out of Five Stars.

Family (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/family.asp): A small story about a jedi and his mercenary friend, this comic has very raw artwork that is still good in it's own way. The story so far is dreadful though. Also, the presentation is more of a web slideshow than it is comic book. Two out of Five Stars.

Imperial Jedi (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/impjedi.asp): A simpsons/star wars spoof/humor comic, Imperial Jedi is a pair of mini comics that focuses mostly on humor. Mildly amusing. Simpsons fans will get an extra kick out of it. Two out of Five Stars.

Dimensional Trouble (http://www.theforce.net/comics/fancomics/dtrouble.asp): This is horrible. It is a comic made with simple computer graphics and movie stills, designed to be funny. It was really awful. Takes place outside continuity. One out of Five Stars.

Dark Sun Rising (http://fanforcecomic.tripod.com/comic/): Done by Fan Force Wales, this manga inspired comic seems really well done on the art end, but I haven't yet had a chance to read it all the way through yet. It shows a lot of promise though, and has five chapters, each with about 14 pages. Four out of Five Stars, though the story could make or break it once I read it. Ill update this post when I do. Well, the story broke it. This story actually takes place on earth in modern times. In australia no less. Drops the entire thing down to 1 out of five stars. The art in the first two chapters is kind of sub standard from the sketchwork I saw before. Not really worth the read.

Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite (http://www.jediknight.net/3do/strips.htm): A very humorous comic strip, more so than fan comic. Still, it is very good. 65 strips are on the site. I would encourage everyone to read through these at least once. As humor strips I give them Five out of Five Stars, but they aren't quite fan comic books.

Kromag Vs. Rictor (http://www.geocities.com/rickyriolo/kromagvsrictor.html): A goofy site again going for humor, this comic was done with kenner action figures. It is sort of an action comedy, but it is fairly uninspired, especially when compared to what the wizard staff puts together with toyfare. Two out of Five Stars.

Jaxxon's 11 (http://www.theforce.net/humor/jaxxon/): I think this is one of the best fan comics out there, even though it is really a humor comic. The Art is great, if cartoony, and the writing is top notch. So funny, your blue milk will squirt out of your nose! If you haven't ever read this and were a fan of the old Marvel comics, definately check this out! Five out of Five Stars.

The Adventures of Abner Meade (http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Corridor/7410/comic.html): So far this is just a single page, but apparently focuses on a Duros smuggler. The art is fair and the story is ok for what we have seen so far. Its just one page, but Three out of Five Stars.

The Irregular Web Comic (http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/cast/starwars.html): This lego comic strip is humorous, haven't had a chance to read through it all yet. Rating Pending. Got a chance to read through these. I chuckled out loud on a few of them. Funny stuff. 3 out of 5 stars.

Obroa-Skai Library (http://homepage.mac.com/wntermute/extras/webcomics.html): This site collects a lot of penny arcade strips and other various comics that I might have missed. Ill pick through the site later and break down anything that is there.

Night & Day (http://isahn.keenspace.com/): Just found this one, will read it and write a review later, looks promising though.

The Fall (http://www.saturnite.50megs.com/starwars/index.html): Probably the best fan comic overall. The story covers what happens to Mace Windu after he is beaten by anakin and palpatine. It is really really really good. Five out of Five Stars.

Legostar Galactica (http://legostargalactica.keenspace.com/): This is comic strip that goes for humor with legos as stand-ins for an artist. There are days it is really funny, and there are days it is stupid. If you liked the Lego Star Wars video game, maybe this is for you. Thanks to Bossk for the heads-up! Three out of Five Stars.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker (http://www.injenn.net/~foximon/Luke/): Great little fan comic without much story posted yet. Great artwork though. Definately a unique approach to a fan comic, pretty unique.

Seed of Evil (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/SEED01.html):Great short comic that details Dooku's early dealings with Lord Sidious, shortly after Sidious kills his master. Easily one of the best fan comics out there.

The Race (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/RACE01.html): An early Dash Rendar story on Kessel. Some kind of race. Its somewhat innovative with the mouse-over pop up dialogue/narrative boxes, but the story doesn't seem to have much point other than exploring the format concept.

Knight Visions (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/KNIGHT01.html): Same innovative format as before. This time they seem to be using photography for panels instead of lineart. Interesting, but again, not much actual story.

Prolouge (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/PRLOG01.html): This story is just kicking off, seems somewhat interesting, but the dialogue is somewhat subpar, and the artwork is only fair.

Shades of Grey (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/GREY01.html): This one makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. It looks pretty cool, I just have no idea what is going on.

I Don't Like Sand (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/SAND01.html):A great fan comic pitting Darth Vader against A'Sharad Hett. Same creative team that did Seed of Evil, very well done.

Dengar's Tale (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/DENGAR01.html): I actually enjoyed the unique art style for this one, but the story didn't seem like one that needed to be told. there actually wasn't much story there.

Pride's Due (http://trashcompactorchronicles.co.uk/PRIDE01.html): Sweet art style, but only one page is up so far.

Creature Cantina (http://www.creaturecantina.com/thecantina/):A very funny humor strip that has been running for 4 years. I can't believe I didn't already know about this.

If anyone on the forums knows of any other star wars fan comics out there, please, feel free to reply. Also, if anyone has their own reviews or whatever of the various above fan comics, please share them.

Donovan Morningfire
21 December 2005, 05:55 AM
Very cool resource dude. Thanks.

9 January 2006, 02:06 AM
Obi-wan Kenobi Doujinshi (http://www.ztarr.net/sw_doujinshi/archive/manga/part%201/001.html):This manga star wars is actually really good, if only a 10 page story. It features a 15 year old Obi Wan. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, very touching. Definately a great read.

Just found that one too. Its a real good one, if a short one.

9 January 2006, 02:20 AM
Darksiders (http://www.swsyndicate.com/php-bin/gallery/displayimage.php?album=43&pos=0): A pretty solid comic featuring some Order 66 survivors. Looks like it has potential, though there are some minor continuity errors. Nar Shadda being a place of power for sith and jedi alike? Nar Shadda being a hidden planet only one clone senator knows how to reach? Nonetheless, it is coherant, so that gives it big points IMO. 3 out of 5 stars.

Santa Claws
10 January 2006, 01:05 AM
I read some of the comics and they a a lmost so good or better than the "offical"-comix.

10 January 2006, 01:08 AM
Glad you enjoyed them, santa! Im sure the various creators would love to hear more specific feedback on the ones you did read!

Santa Claws
10 January 2006, 12:35 PM
Back in the seventies i had read some of the old comix from StarWars.Now some of the younger Fans produce their own stuff and thats the really good thing. So get the old stuff new clothes and fresh up the scene.

5 February 2006, 08:01 AM
Ironically, this thread was transformed into a feature of sorts at www.lightsabre.co.uk , they basically copied the thread, and added images of a page for each comic. Very nice little feature. I just wish they would have re-written it or let me re-write it. It was kind of written as more of an informal reference and review guide than something official and high profile.