Tag: Greg Rucka

Novel Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars From a Certain Point of View

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There have been short story collections in the Star Wars universe before, but nothing quite like this! From a Certain Point of View gathers together 43 authors for 40 stories giving us new perspectives on Episode IV: A New Hope, as a celebration of the film’s 40th Anniversary (bonus: all the author proceeds go to the charity First Book!). In short, the stories within had me crying, laughing, and filled me up with joyous wonder, much like A New Hope did and continues to do 40 years later, which is a pretty fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary, if you ask me! Continue reading “Novel Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View”

Canon Junior Novel Review: Guardians of the Whills

Guardians of the Whills

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In Guardians of the Whills, Greg Rucka expertly captures the bond between leads Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe while bringing the struggles of Jedha to light even more profoundly than Rogue One does, making the young reader novel one to be enjoyed by all ages and especially by fans of the two characters. Continue reading “Canon Junior Novel Review: Guardians of the Whills”

Rogue One Character Novels Expand Jyn, Chirrut, and Baze Backstories

Although previously revealed a few months ago, the two books have now been officially announced for release on May 2: Rebel Rising and Guardians of the Whills, which are set to fill in important backstories for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story characters. Rebel Rising, by Beth Revis, explores Jyn Erso’s time with Saw Gerrera before he abandons her, while Guardians of the Whills, by Greg Rucka, will follow Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus as they deal with the beginning of the Imperial occupation of Jedha. Check out the synopses, full covers, and links to excerpts below! Continue reading “Rogue One Character Novels Expand Jyn, Chirrut, and Baze Backstories”

Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Star Wars: Before the Awakening

Before the Awakening

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Serving as both a companion piece to the original trilogy character-focused YA novels from “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the film itself, Before the Awakening (written by Greg Rucka, art by Phil Noto) fleshes out the three new highly entertaining and enjoyable leads of the new trilogy, Finn, Rey, and Poe. Overall BtA doesn’t change our perceptions of the characters, but it deepens the strong character work done for them in the film as well as explain the state of the galaxy a little more than the film cared to. Any fan of The Force Awakens and these three new leads should take the time to read their stories within Before the Awakening. Continue reading “Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Star Wars: Before the Awakening”

Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #4

Shattered Empire #4

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By the will of the Force, Shara Bey finds herself helping Luke on a mission he deems vitally important. Shattered Empire #4 wraps up some questions, leaves several things tantalizing open, and gives Luke his first new canon post-Return of the Jedi moment (and it raises even more questions about his role in The Force Awakens), leaving me wishing this had been an on-going series instead of a limited one.
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Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #3

Shattered Empire #3

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Shattered Empire #3 is quite the exhilarating ride thanks to an epic battle above Naboo where it becomes clear the planet was lucky to have three badass lady pilots on the ground when the Empire attacked. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #3”

Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #2

Shattered Empire #2

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While Shattered Empire didn’t have the strongest of starts, #2 says frak that and ups the ante and its game with a puzzling new Imperial character, a solid lead in Shara, and a what-the-hell ending. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #2”

Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #1

Shattered Empire #1

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Shattered Empire is one of Marvel’s entries into the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” initiative, taking place during and after the final moments of the Battle of Endor. While the series won’t be following Luke, Leia, or Han, the main character Shara Bey and her husband Kes will find themselves interacting with them throughout the limited 4 issue run. Issue #1 might be a little too chaotic for its own good, but it helps set up Shara and her husband while including fun little scenes with familiar characters and packing quite the surprising little tie to The Force Awakens. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Shattered Empire #1”

Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run – A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure

Star Wars: Smuggler's Run

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Smuggler’s Run is a Han (and Chewbacca)-centric YA novel in the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” initiative, set between Ep. IV and V, written by Greg Rucka with art from Phil Noto. While not as deep as Leia’s novel, Moving Target, Smuggler’s Run has a very strong Han Solo characterization, competent Imperials, and a good sense of adventure. Continue reading “Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run – A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure”