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Comic Reviews: Darth Vader and Justice League!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

cleanStar Wars: Darth Vader #1 (Marvel Comics)

Since Star Wars is back with a new volume, it only makes sense that big bad Darth Vader should get a new volume as well. The third volume in the Dark Lord of the Sith’s untold comic book story fills in the time between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, and finds Vader attempting to discover how Luke Skywalker’s existence could have been hidden from him. After some truly stunning runs from creative teams Keiron Gillen and Salvador Larocca and Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli, there’s a high bar for any new series bearing the name Darth Vader. Luckily for us, new writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Lenco deliver a truly great opening issue that adds new layers to not only the original trilogy, but the Prequels as well. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-theatrical-poster-1000_ebc74357MOVIE REVIEW!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
SPOILERS

After all the hub-bub, The Rise of Skywalker has arrived, and the Skywalker Saga is at an end. Of course, the Disney machine won’t REALLY let this be the end, but for now, it is, and what an end it is. Chock full of more revelations, more characters, more lightsaber battles, and more droids and weird aliens, The Rise of Skywalker honestly feels less like a closing to the saga and more like another chapter, right until the halfway mark, where the film suddenly remembers to wrap everything up. In short, it’s a movie that feels like a pretty good ending to the sequel trilogy, an okay ending to the saga as a whole, and a movie that attempts to appease everyone and no one at the same time. And after the thrill ride fun of The Force Awakens and the daring and polarizing risks of The Last Jedi, it comes up a little short. Read the rest of this entry

Ode To A Skywalker

128401164-288-k355900As I type this, I’m rewatching Attack Of The Clones, the worst Star Wars movie, and the one that features a character I legitimately like in the franchise who was treated the worst possible way: Anakin Skywalker.

Yes, he’s whiny, annoying, bratty, badly acted, and kind of ruins the mystique of Darth Vader (okay, there’s no kind of, he does), but there’s something about the character that I’ve always liked. I’ve always been intrigued by the “fall to villainy” story trope, but it’s extremely lacking in the Star Wars Prequels, which is a really big problem since it’s the main story of those films. Honestly, I think the Anakin stories in my imagination (and the spin off comics and books featuring him) are far more interesting than the official story we got, and it’s very difficult to not watch the Prequels and think about the ways George Lucas could have improved the story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Harleen and Kylo Ren!

COMIC REVIEWS!

indexHarleen #1 (DC Comics)

The DC Black Label keeps powering on with a new miniseries that has ties to the history of writer/artist Stjepan Sejic work as an indie publisher. Telling a new spin on the origin of Harley Quinn, you’d be forgiven for wondering why this was a story that needed to be retold. Well, surprisingly Harleen is not only a worthy installment of the history of the character, but also serves as one of the most impressive comics of the year. Read the rest of this entry

Bounty Hunting and Double Lightsabers

starwarsThe amount of news that came out of this year’s Disney D23 convention was dizzying. From updates on Black Widow and Disney+ streaming shows, to news of new series starring everyone from She-Hulk to Moon Knight, Disney came out in a big way, and showed that they’re taking this streaming channel very seriously. But the biggest pieces of news came from a corner of the company that deals with stories from a long time ago, and in a galaxy far, far away…Star Wars. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Doctor Strange and Jabba The Hutt!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

758802._SX360_QL80_TTD_Doctor Strange #14 (Marvel Comics)

Mark Waid’s run on Stephen Strange has been a lot different from others, mainly because it’s been less about Doctor Strange facing off with magical threats, and more focused on the Sorcerer Supreme fighting against cosmic threats. It’s a weird decision, but Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Doctor Strange #14 has a lot of fun with this idea by giving Stephen Strange his weirdest title yet: Herald of Galactus. Read the rest of this entry

The Rise of Trailer

3000Okay, so the title for this column isn’t the best, but it’s gotta fit in with the newly announced title to the final episode in the Star Wars saga: The Rise of Skywalker. Like The Last Jedi, there’s a whole lot to unpack in those four words, and since JJ Abrams and the cast of the movie aren’t going to spoil it for us, we’re just gonna have to get ourselves all worked up trying to figure out just what the hell it means. Read the rest of this entry

The Return of the Mandalorian

the-mandalorian-700x553After a long wait, we finally have some details on John Favreau’s Star Wars show. Titled The Mandalorian, the show will focus on a “lone gunslinger type” navigating the Star Wars universe after the fall of the Empire. It sounds like a really cool idea for a show, and also just the kind of thing to pique my interest enough to subscribe to another streaming service. Read the rest of this entry

Boba Fett! Boba Fett! Where?

boba-fett-solo-movie-star-warsNot even 24 hours into the release of Solo, Lucasfilm and Disney announced one of their next upcoming projects: the long rumored Boba Fett film. The Mandalorian bounty hunter has long been a fan-favorite, and despite his very limited screen time, he’s on a crap ton of merch, so it makes sense that he’d be the next character to get a spin off. While there’s no real need for him to get a starring role (the mystery is pretty much gone after the prequel trilogy), the choice for the director is what has me really interested: James Mangold. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

solo-official-posterMOVIE REVIEW!!

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

MINOR SPOILERS

With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry