Posts Tagged With: Star Wars

Monday Art Attack: Various Famous Characters by Jack Kirby and Michael Thibodeaux

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Monday Art Attack: Guardians of the Galaxy Retro Star Wars Style Movie Poster

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Review: Star Wars #8

Star Wars #8Title: Star Wars #8

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Jason Aaron (writer) with Stuart Immonen (artist)

On the unnamed planet, Han, Leia and Han’s “wife”, Sana Solo have a major discussion about what’s going on, but without actually dealing with what’s going on. Sana destroys Han and Leia’s vessel and proceeds to try and sell the Princess over to the Imperial Forces in orbit of the planet. Luke tries to find a way to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and heads into a den of scum and villainy to do so, but ends up drawing too much attention to him self and gets attacked and his lightsaber ends up getting stolen by a random alien rogue!

Another great issue of Star Wars, which finally picks up after the cliffhanger of issue #6. We really don’t get any explanations about Han’s “wife”, Sana, which may have been left out due to that particular story being told in some other media, like a novel or the untitled Han Solo movie. All-in-all, this issue continues the story and gives us more adventures in the Star Wars’ timeline between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It features a great story with great art and is…

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Review: Kanan, the Last Padawan #5

Kanan #5Title: Kanan, the Last Padawan #5

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Greg Weisman (writer) with Pep Larraz (artist)

Using both is Jedi abilities and his natural charisma, Caleb is able to escape from his clone commander captors. Caleb is sucked into the vacuum of space, but with the aid of the Force and the quick rescue of his allies, he survives and is brought aboard one of their ships. Things look bleak for the rebels, but Caleb’s speech has turned one of the clone commanders to his side, and he sacrifices his life to destroy his own ship, killing everyone on board. With the Empire believing him dead, Caleb heads off on his own, with his lightsaber, the holocron and his very own ship and begins his life anew as Kanan!

A great ending to this…mini-series!? Well, what I thought was a mini-series is in fact, ongoing (or at least continuing for now), and going to give us more adventures from Kanan’s past. This issue see Caleb/Kanan off on his own, and with a clean slate for him to live/survive in the galaxy. I hope future issue tell us how he met the other Rebels and continued his Jedi training. A good ending to a good story with good art, this one is…

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Review: Darth Vader #9

Darth Vader #9Title: Darth Vader #9

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kieron Gillen (writer) with Salvador Larroca (artist)

Doctor Aphra and her hired bounty hunters steal a fortune from the Empire, on the Outer Rim, near Son-Tuul. After acquiring their loot, the bounty hunters and the good doctor split the take and they all go on their separate ways. However, Aphra has doubled crossed the bounty hunters and kept a larger portion of the ill-gotten gains secreted away on a nearby asteroid. Vader arrives, having been in on this raid, which now gives him some currency, with which he can buy bounty hunters and fund his own growing army. Back with the Imperials, Vader is place on the case of the stole loot and is given a new adjunct by Tagge, however this new inspector is very observant, and could prove to be a thorn in Vader’s side in the future.

Another brilliant issue of Darth Vader, but one which barely features it’s title character. I really love the side characters that have been added to the Star Wars universe though this series, especially Aphra and her homicidal droids, so I don’t mind when these characters are the focus of an issue. Vader is slowly building resources, but ultimately, to what end? I’m not sure, but I can’t wait to see how he uses them! Another great issue with an awesome story and gorgeous art!

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Review: Star Wars #7

Star Wars #7Title: Star Wars #7

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Jason Aaron (writer) with John Cassaday (artist)

A tale from the Journal of Ben Kenobi! As Luke his aboard his X-Wing, while in Hyper Space, he reads a passage from the journal and learns that it took Obi-Wan a little while to unlearn everything that he knew as a Jedi, including leaving the helpless to those more powerful and ruthless. However, Obi-Wan constantly watched over Luke, hoping to one day train the boy as a Jedi, but realizing that, that is too dangerous. During a terrible drought on Tatooine, Luke, as a young boy, decides to stand up to Jabba’s men taking water from the moisture farmers, which inspire Obi-Wan to come back and be a Jedi once again.

A really great, stand-alone tale featuring a middle-aged Obi-Wan as he struggles with his new role in life and the pains of being the only survivor of the Jedi Order. While much may not come from this issue, it’s still great to see Obi-Wan in action, and this could become a regular break for the series, with a journal tale coming between each storyarc. A great issue with a fantastic story and good art!

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Review: Kanan, the Last Padawan #4

Kanan #4Title: Kanan, the Last Padawan #4

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Greg Weisman (writer) with Pepe Larraz (artist)

Caleb is thrown into a cell, awaiting for the Imperials to arrive and collect the former Jedi. However, that does not happen, as Kasmir breaks the young Padawan out and the two adventure together. Caleb’s former clone officers are still hunting him down and eventually capture Kasmir. Caleb is on the run looking for help and runs into an old enemy, General Kleeve of the Separatist Army. With no one else to turn to, Caleb and the former general plan to rescue Kasmir, but the clones catch up to him and take both Kleeve and Caleb prisoner.

Another good issue of Kanan! I like learning how Caleb survived Order 66, but I really want to learn how he meet Hera and joined the Ghost crew. If this series continues, that’s is something that I’s really like to learn. Otherwise, this issue is on par with the previous issues in this series, containing both good story and art.

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Review: Princess Leia #5

Princess Leia #5Title: Princess Leia #5

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Mark Waid (writer) with Terry Dodson (artist)

After giving herself up to the Empire, in order to save a traitor and an Alderaan citizen, she is rescued by Evaan. Once they escape the Empire’s clutches, they head back to the Lord Juun, but realize that the Empire is following. They are out numbered and out gunned and need the help of Espirion army to help defeat incoming threat, however, negotiations with the Espirion have ‘deteriorated’. Planing to battle the Empire without the additional aid, Leia makes a triumphant speech, which R2 broadcasts to the planet below, which inspires them enough to join with the Princess and take down the Imperial forces. In the end, Leia leaves Evaan and the Alderaans on Espirion so that she can retake her place among the Rebellion and take the Empire down once and for all!

A great, action-packed ending to a pretty good mini-series! While this series is probably my least favorite of the Marvel Star Wars titles, it’s still a great book and gives us more on the Princess behind the Rebellion. I really enjoyed Leia’s speech and how it moved the Alderaans into a fight that they could have lost. It’s just great seeing the Princess in action, especially without Han and Luke stealing the spotlight! A good story with great art, this one is…

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Review: Darth Vader #7

Darth Vader #7Title: Darth Vader #7

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kieron Gillen (writer) with Salvador Larroca (artist)

This issue opens with Vader, and his entourage, exploring the remains of Luke’s home on Tatooine, a place Vader knows well, as he was there when he was called Anakin. Vader finds little clues and with the good Doctor’s help, they destroy the home and all evidence. Fast forward to Son-tull, where Vader and the Empire attack and kill a known Spice dealer and confiscate all the goods. Vader then visits with a representative of Jabba, whom the Empire is leaving in “control” of his sector. In the end, we visit a nearby tavern and battle arena, where several of the galaxy’s most dangerous bounty hunters have gathered, contacted by Doctor Aphra, in hopes of convincing them to take a mission that will make them all rich.

Another good issue of Darth Vader, where we get into the head of the title character some more and see him decimate his foes! This issue is mostly a transition/set-up issue, giving us the start of a new storyarc, so not much is actually going on here. What I want to know, is Doctor Aphra working independently with the bounty hunters or is this another job that Vader is giving her? I guess only time, and the next issue, will give me the answers I need!

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Review: Kanan: The Last Padawan #3

Kanan #3Title: Kanan: The Last Padawan #3

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Greg Weisman (writer) with Pepe Larraz (artist)

Caleb, the Padawan who will soon be known as Kanan, finds himself in ship combat against the new Imperial forces above the planet of Coruscant. After taking a few hits, Caleb is able to make it to Hyperspace and flee the Imperial forces. Without a destination, Caleb heads to Kaller, the last place that Caleb thinks the Empire will look for him. On Kaller, Caleb runs into Kasmir, the alien that he stole the ship from. Kasmir eventually gets a soft spot for the youth and takes the young Jedi in, training him and giving him some new clothes and telling hi, to give up his old name. On their first mission, which has them taking droid parts, the pair of thieves are caught and in order to save his own hide, Kasmir gives up kid, telling them that he’s a Jedi!

Another good issue, delving into the past of Kanan. I wonder how much more back story we’re going to get, with only two issues left. I know that there’s a Star Wars novel out there, detailing the early days of Kanan and Hera, which will most likely get adapted into another mini-series or saved for a later story. I figure, at most will see Caleb officially take the name Kanan and see him join up with the proto-Rebellion. I’m not sure where this one will head, as Kanan is still young and there’s a lot more stories that can be told by the time we’re introduced to the character in Star Wars Rebels. A good story with good art, so this one’s…

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