Tuesday, March 22, 2011

43 BBY: Star Wars Tales #20: George R. Binks

George R. Binks, the story of Jar Jar’s father, is an angry tale. Written by Tony Millionaire, who is also known as Scott Richardson, Gorge R. Binks provides for readers some history into the Binks family. You can read the plot synopsis here.

I don’t really know what to say about this particular piece of Star Wars “canon” – if it should even be considered that. I hope before long it’ll be regulated to infinities because the spirit of the tale resonates with a deep and cynical anger leveled towards the goofy Gungan we all love to hate. This fanatic hatred of Jar Jar Binks manifests itself into the story of George R. Binks, and gives all haters of Jar Jar something to enjoy. If you dislike Jar Jar Binks then this is the tale for you.

I wouldn’t call myself a lover of all things Jar Jar, but in the twelve years that he’s been involved in Star Wars canon he’s grown on me. I think what Richardson really wants to do in this story is have Jar Jar blow his own brains out, but he can’t, so he instead has his father making a failed attempt on his own life. We also find out that Jar Jar’s father really doesn’t love his mother (or Jar Jar for that matter), and has no qualms about sending his young son into danger.

Richardson has no love for Lucas’ creation, that much is clear, and Tony Millionaire obviously dislikes Jar.

George R. Binks is a strange tale that I’m glad I’ve left behind.

For my next post we’re going to move ahead another year in Star Wars history, to Star Wars Tales volume 5, and the story of Yaddle: The One Below. Until then my friends, May the Force be with you.


  1. I've got no problem with Jar Jar and I've always loved this story. I think it's hilarious.

  2. It's never been clear to me whether this story is canonical or not. It's so weird, and the costuming is so earth-like, that I want it to be non-canon, but I've never seen an official confirmation either way.
    By the way, any thoughts on Tales #9 "Hate Leads to Lollipops"?

  3. I think my problem with the story George R. Binks is not the story itself, but me. I'm a fanboy of Star Wars so it's difficult for me to remain objective when dealing with its material. This story is different from something like Family Guy's dealing with Star Wars, which, at its base, was a love letter to our galaxy far far away. George R. Binks does not read like a lover letter to Star Wars to me, but a hate letter. Like I said, I'm glad it's behind me.

    Thanks for the segue into 'Hate Leads to Lollipops'. I'll take a look at it and record my reactions in this comment field.

  4. I have that issue at home. I think it's brilliant. The artwork and the snarky story are so original and different. It's a funny farce and that's how I take it.

  5. I should probably take it as a funny farce as well, but you're right, it's defiantly original and different. With all my negative comments aside, I did enjoy the artwork. It reminded me of Harvey Pekar's work in American Splendor, and had that 19060's American comic underground vibe to it.

  6. I just finsihed 'Hate Leads to Lollipops'. It was a funny little tale. I laughed out louad at thed Jedi running out of steam while he was running down the stairs. Amusing stuff. Lil' Maul was cute.

    Thanks for the prompt on the infinities stuff. Keep it up ;)