Not Adaptations of Comics, But Comic Adaptations
For the majority of this semester, I feel as if I've been overly concerned with comics that have been adapted to films, television series, traditional novels, or other media. However, what about comic adaptations of things that were originally non-comics?
I suppose I always just considered that the only comics worth reading were those that were based off an original story (take all of the novels we've read in class, for example). For me, it seemed that the typical process of a comic becoming famous was that it would be written, then adapted into a more traditional medium, then people would notice it, and come back to read to graphic novel version.
But when I think about it, this attitude is extremely narrow-minded. What about all of the comics that are adaptations of something else? Don't these works have merit? What makes these adaptations any different from more mainstream adaptations?
So, I decided to look for a comic adaptation of something I had already been exposed to, something universal, something I really already enjoyed.
What comes to mind? Star Wars, of course! Everyone (except whoever it was in our class who tragically hadn't seen the movies, I forget who is was, but may God have mercy on your soul) has seen Star Wars, so it would be a tall order to create a comic version of a story that carries so much weight, wouldn't it?
Well, I googled "Star Wars Comics Online" and actually found a webcomic of the Old Republic. Seems really cool. A really innovative way of expanding the Star Wars Universe, if you ask me.
Here is a link to the comic. I'd really like to know what you guys think of it. Does it do the original story justice? Can it stand alone as a narrative text? Does it have merit as anything? Can comic adaptations have merit at all?