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Canon Comic Review: Star Wars #38

Star Wars #38

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With Star Wars #38, Kieron Gillen (of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra fame) takes over the reigns of the mainline series from Jason Aaron. His first stop as the new writer? “The Ashes of Jedha,” revisiting the titular planet after it’s destruction in Rogue One, further mashing up the film with the Original Trilogy. In short, issue #38 is a fine enough start to this new era of the series, and read on below for more. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Star Wars #38”

Star Wars Rebels Review: “Kindred” & “Crawler Commandeers”

Star Wars Rebels Kindred
Credit: Lucasfilm

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I’ve decided to do one review for the double episodes they’ve been airing each night for Star Wars Rebels this season, whether they are billed as a two-parter or not, so below you’ll find reviews for “Kindred” and “Crawler Commandeers,” which aired together. For “Kindred,” it’s quite the start to the hour, finally giving fans something they’ve been asking for, along with plenty of action and more hints at the endgame, while “Crawler Commandeers” is the fun before the storm episode we’ll need before next week’s midseason finale. Continue reading “Star Wars Rebels Review: “Kindred” & “Crawler Commandeers””

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith #7

Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith #7

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Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith issue #7 has a lot to devour, setting up a delicious new arc, “The Dying Light,” which looks to have the potential to match and beat its nearly flawless first six issues. It’s a tall order, but in the series creative team’s vision I trust. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith #7”

Star Wars Rebels Review: “Flight of the Defender”

Star Wars Rebels Flight of the Defende

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Star Wars Rebels‘ “Flight of the Defender” has plenty of exciting action with the titular TIE, but a tease for the show’s endgame is what will stick with viewers for a very long time. Continue reading “Star Wars Rebels Review: “Flight of the Defender””

Star Wars Rebels Review: “The Occupation”

Star Wars Rebels The Occupation

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Star Wars Rebels has slowly gone darker over the years and “The Occupation” brings that home both literally a figuratively, forever altering the planet Lothal in unexpected, emotional, and compelling ways. Continue reading “Star Wars Rebels Review: “The Occupation””

Forces of Destiny Review: The First 16 Episodes

Forces of Destiny Vol 1 and 2

The Forces of Destiny animated shorts, 2-3 minutes in length, are aimed at honoring the female heroines of the GFFA, released as two TV specials in the month of October, with more on the way next year. I’ll be going over the initial 16 episodes here, which include adventures with Princess Leia, Rey, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Ahsoka Tano, and many more, discussing why it’s easy to ignore their (literal) shortcomings and enjoy them as fun little stories with good moral kernels to devour, mainly for those way younger than this late-twenties year old. Continue reading “Forces of Destiny Review: The First 16 Episodes”

Canon Comic Review: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #3

Jedi of the Republic - Mace Windu #3

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There are intriguing escalations which are met with more shrugs as Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu enters its third issue. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #3”

A Star Wars Anthology Story: Retrospective on Jason Aaron’s Star Wars Comic Run (#1-37)

Since Marvel’s new beginnings with the Star Wars license, the Star Wars mainline series has been the backbone of the comics, providing adventurous tales about the Big Three: Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo. At the helm of the series since the start has been writer Jason Aaron, who has taken us on anthology-lite arcs of story between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, filling in what’s becoming quite the crowded era. His stories contained everything from big surprises were you least expected them to character moments big and small. And after 37 issues, stretching from January 2015 to October 2017, Jason Aaron’s run has come to an end. Having read the series since its inception, it’s time now to look back at Aaron’s legacy as this retrospective discusses what I feel has been the good, the bad, and the in-between of his nearly three year run. Continue reading “A Star Wars Anthology Story: Retrospective on Jason Aaron’s Star Wars Comic Run (#1-37)”

Star Wars Rebels Review: “In the Name of the Rebellion”

Star Wars Rebels In the Name of the Rebellion

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Star Wars Rebels‘ final season gets another high octane hour with, “In the Name of the Rebellion,” which doesn’t manage to upstage the premiere but matches it in nearly every way possible, while deepening the series’ connective tissue with Rogue One. If this is the level they’ll maintain all season, we’re in for quite the final treat. Continue reading “Star Wars Rebels Review: “In the Name of the Rebellion””

Video Game News Roundup: Battlefront II Campaign Trailer, Beta Impressions and Visceral Games’ Project “Shifting” (UPDATED)

With less than a month to release, we’ve finally been treated to the first singe-player focused trailer for Battlefront II, which just recently finished its multiplayer beta. I have some impressions from the Beta experience (no video this year, sorry!), which was bigger, better, but contained some concerning aspects (progression, loot boxes). And in very disappointing news, Visceral Games has been shut down, their Star Wars game shifting to a different studio and direction, with Amy Hennig’s participation in question. Update: 10/28: Clearer details on why the game collapsed have been unveiled, so: Read on for more details! Continue reading “Video Game News Roundup: Battlefront II Campaign Trailer, Beta Impressions and Visceral Games’ Project “Shifting” (UPDATED)”