IDW’s Star Wars Adventures, which launched in September of last year, as been steadily bringing readers great little stories with familiar characters big and small across the saga for quite some time. It’s Annual 2018 issue isn’t much different, though it has two great scribes in John Jackson Miller (welcome back to Star Wars comics, sir!) and Cavan Scott, and is the much awaited (or dreaded, depending on who you ask) return of the Marvel’s giant green bunny character, Jaxxon. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018”
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Released at the beginning of December, as part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” initiative, Canto Bight is a novella collection that gives readers a peek into the new casino location seen in the film. The four novellas, written by Saladin Ahmed, Mira Grant, Rae Carson, and John Jackson Miller, all paint the casino world of Cantonica as “Space Vegas,” in various thrilling, funny, and dark ways. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Canto Bight”
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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”
In a stunning turn of events, Knight Errant brings us a twist: a single Jedi is trapped in Sith space! Is escape possible when you’re surrounded by the Dark Side? Continue reading “Legendary Adventures: Knight Errant”
Thursday evening, Del Rey (at their @DelReyStarWars account) stirred up Star Wars fandom on Twitter by teasing the announcement of something called Operation Blue Milk. The hashtag, #OperationBlueMilk quickly blew up with speculation followed by various authors, some new and old to SW writing, revealing they were part of the project. While Amazon might have beat Del Rey to the official announcement, the details have finally been released and it’s a pretty exciting surprise: 40 different authors retelling events from A New Hope from random background characters’ points of view! Whether or not this is your cup of caf, you should probably pick this up because not only is the talent involved nothing short of spectacular, all author proceeds are being donated to charity (!!) so read on for the list and more details! Continue reading “A Certain Point of View Celebrates 40 Years of Star Wars: A New Hope”
The Legendary Adventures should have started with the Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. But let me tell you upfront: This review series is not going to be strict about order. If anything, I’ll be strict about buying novels with the Legends banner. With that in mind, we start with The Lost Tribe of the Sith! And, let me tell you: I wish I started with Dawn of the Jedi.
Del Rey, the wonderful folks who have been making Star Wars adult fiction novels for quite a number of years now, held a panel talking about the present and future of their works, including tidbits on the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” initiative and the surprise TFA novelization author. They also handed out a Sampler to attendees with excerpts from a few current and upcoming works and my thoughts on that content and the panel are below. Continue reading “Del Rey Panel, TFA Novelization, Sampler Thoughts (SWCA 2015)”
To ring in the new era of Star Wars storytelling that starts with A New Dawn, author John Jackson Miller and his local Barnes and Nobel got together to host a launch event for the novel. Having seen Miller at a Star Wars Reads Day event last year, I knew the fans assembled would be in for a great time and again, he didn’t disappoint. Sometimes the intimidation factor with 501st members standing over your shoulder helps. Continue reading “A New Dawn Launch Event With John Jackson Miller”
And it begins. Announced earlier this year, we all found out that the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) of old was to be rolled over into Legends to make way for a unified story world and canonical EU. Along with the announcement came the reveal of four new books to herald in the new era, starting with John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars: A New Dawn. With a title that functions both as a signifier for this new era and a link to the plot, A New Dawn (AND) uncovers how the two main characters, Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, first meet while showing us the Empire’s growing grasp on the galaxy far far away. And while the action stays relatively small, much like Miller’s excellent Legends novel Kenobi, the characters are strongly written within a finely plotted novel making A New Dawn a very entertaining read for both old and new Star Wars readers.
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Westerns and I have had an on and off again type of relationship. I don’t necessarily hate them and I won’t go out of my way to indulge in them, but I don’t mind a few from time to time. Growing up, my father seemed to have high hopes my brother and I would follow in his footsteps and idolize John Wayne, a film called The Magnificent Seven, and Mr. Eastwood. I turned out to be the farthest from when I took up my love affair with Star Wars, but for the first time in a long, long time, we’ve found common ground: Kenobi, written by John Jackson Miller. While horror was added to the GFFA wonderfully in Death Troopers, I had my initial misgivings about putting a more straight-up Western in Star Wars. After having read Kenobi twice already, it’s hard to understand why I was so worried.