David discusses the latest news and reviews two novels, ‘Lords of the Sith’ and ‘The Perfect Weapon’. Then he brings on guest Jeb Smith to discuss their plans for Force Friday II.
After discussing the news and a review of the novel ‘Rebel Rising’, David and Casey talk about the revealed plan of an Obi-Wan Kenobi film.
Hot off the digital presses! Hollywood Reporter is saying one of Lucasfilm’s next movies could very well be the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off. Rumor has it director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown). No word yet on Ewan McGregor’s involvement, but one can only hope!Continue Reading …
David and Casey talk about the slew of images revealed in the upcoming Entertainment Weekly magazine. Then they discuss Saw’s partisans and their significance in the ‘Inferno Squad’ and ‘Rebel Rising’ novels. They also review Darth Vader #4.
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Penciler: Fernando Blanco
Cassian Andor is one of the top intelligence agents in the ranks of the Rebel Alliance, ably assisted by his reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2SO. But naturally, the two weren’t always on the same side of the Galactic Civil War. Now, for the first time, read the story of the pair’s first contentious meeting! It is very likely not to go well.
Cassian & K-2SO #1 is a one-shot giving readers essentially an origin story of the pairing of the rebel intelligence officer and Imperial security droid. Writer Duane Swierczynski maintains the tone of Rogue One with plenty of action and lighthearted even funny moments. He also keeps intact the humor and nuances of K-2SO we all fell in love with in the movie. The story itself is about what essentially is a mission to extract Imperial security protocols for the rebellion.
Cassian travels to the backwater world of Wecacoe with two rebel spies, Kertas & Rismor. The pair have a knack sniffing out Imperial intelligence but don’t communicate in a traditional sense. Swierczynski has devised a unique method of how the two speak and Cassian must serve the reader in both dialogue and narration to fully explain what’s happening. Cassian is literally the only voice there is until K-2SO appears and using this narrative device for our main characters is unique but sometimes feels a bit clunky.
Like most Star Wars stories, the mission is laid out as a simple one but things go wrong almost immediately. The most humor in the story is derived by Cassian’s constant struggle to re-program K-2SO but the payoff in the end about the usefulness of K-2 is very satisfying. Once the action gets going it doesn’t stop and it’s well illustrated by Fernando Blanco. It’s got all the feeling of a battle in which our heroes find themselves outnumbered by Imperial troopers with plenty of missteps and close calls along the way. The coloring is great and matches the tone and feel of another desert planet awash in the presence of the Empire.
There aren’t too many surprises here even though we learn more about K-2SO joining the rebellion. I wish we could have gotten a little more backstory on Cassian but that would be better played out if this wasn’t simply a one-shot. It certainly would make for an interesting ongoing series. All in all, CASSIAN & K2SO #1 is a solid read and definitely feels right at home in the Rouge One storyline. It’s got plenty of action, humor and most importantly a definitive conclusion and explanation to K-2SO’s importance to the rebel cause. Any fan of Rouge One will find this a satisfying chapter to that story but this could have been great if it gave readers a deeper dive into the connection to the original Star Wars trilogy.
Amy Ratcliffe has written a great article on starwars.com about the recently released novel Battlefront II: Inferno Squad.
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Kev Walker
Official Description from MARVEL:
Aphra’s mission to make quick credits by auctioning off an ancient Jedi artifact is going to plan…That is, until it isn’t. Meanwhile, a dark figure from Aphra’s past decides to make an appearance…
The last issue of Doctor Aphra ended with the ancient Jedi Rur possessing the body of a droid determined to destroy Aphra’s chance of selling him to the highest bidder on the black market. Writer Kieron Gillen kicks off Doctor Aphra #11 in a high intensity, chaotic fight to stay alive. This issue is all action from page one. Gillen has a unique challenge here by addressing some universal understandings of how and why certain Star Wars characters behave. When Rur is on the attack he goes against almost everything we believe about the Jedi. He’s aggressive, angry and vengeful which plays more like a dark side mentality. Gillen pulls it off but you never really see Rur as a Jedi. It is consistent though because Rur gave Luke pause and concern back in the “Screaming Citadel” storyline when Luke was contemplating training under him back in Doctor Aphra #8.
Gillen also tackles the notion that droids protocol’s make them what they are but Aphra is none too shocked to discover that Triple-Zero and Beetee are behind much of the chaos. They try to play dumb and Gillen makes this comical but Aphra can see right through it. Vader’s killer droids have always been blood thirsty but conniving and underhanded feels less like protocols and more like sentience. That said, if these are protocols then they are meticulously planned which by the end of the issue seems a lot more plausible. More on that later but again good writing by Gillen. As stated previously, this issue is non-stop action and at times the pace is so frenetic that it can get a bit confusing. This was a definite issue I had to go back through a second time.
Kev Walker doesthe penciling this issue and he does a good job with his panelsto bring the action off the page but again at times there’s so much going on that it can be challenging to follow. Walker’s art is stellar with the droids, Triple-Zero specifically, and close-up tight panels that focus on facial expressions. The panic, determination, fight and ultimately fear Aphra is experiencing throughout is spot on.
Gillen puts a lot of Aphra’s plate this issue and runs her through the gamut of emotions but sets-up a new more frightening challenge on the final page. I guess we all should have seen coming but throughout this series, Aphra has been the focal point and her stories have more than stood on their own. Outside of Han, Luke and Liea it only makes sense to bring Aphra back to her comic book beginnings and crossing paths with more original Star Wars characters. Most knew this was coming if you’ve followed Aphra before she had her own title, but it was still a mildly surprising appearance.
My take away is that the crazy action throughout the issue played out a little too well and made it a bit of a tricky read. There is also an all too brief appearance of Black Krrsantan which felt a bit thrown in just to remind readers he’s still around. Outside of that Gillen does a great job with running Aphra through the ringer and characterizing Triple-Zero and Beetee as deceiving, comedic, double-crossers. Even though Aphra is all over the place emotionally she still comes off as a fighter and a very strong character who can manage all the chaos and demands being made of her. Mostly this issue is a fight to survive at a dizzying pace but comes to a screeching halt by the one presence that can strike true fear into Doctor Aphra. Solid issue but I feel something much more interesting and exciting is just around the corner.
David, Casey and guest Anthony Guglielmi discuss several topics while watching Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. What are our thoughts on General Grievous? Is Mace Windu alive? Did we see Order 66 coming? Is Darth Sidious as powerful as Yoda? We discuss these topics and more.
We’re making new fan-made trailers in the style of The Last Jedi teaser and in-depth commentaries of all the Star Wars films. This is Our Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
This trailer for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith focuses on the fall of Anakin Skywalker.
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Official Description from MARVEL:
Vader’s first mission isn’t going well. The dark side is the way of power. But no one said it would be easy.
Whatever mojo writer Charles Soule took from Darth Vader last issue he certainly returns to him in spades in DARTH VADER #4. Issue #3 ended with Vader missing the lower part of him left leg and crumpled in a heap from his first encounter with Jedi Master Kirak Infil’a. Soule walks a fine line with Vader making him both vulnerable and powerful simultaneously but one thing Vader does not lack is determination. Soule quickly takes Infil’a from his penance, confident in Vader’s death, and out to restore the Jedi Order. While Infil’a does all the talking Vader is all about action.
Vader’s will to get back into the fight, despite his numerous injuries, is on full display as he continues to gain power with the dark side of the force and Soule molds Vader’s self-discovery into monstrous villainy. By the end of this issue, Vader has not come off so cold, angry and heartless to obtain his goal since striking down the younglings in Revenge of the Sith. This is a straight forward mission for Vader and nothing is going to stop him, so much so, that the issue reads rather quickly. Once again, Soule keeps Vader’s dialogue to a minimum and keeps him laser focused on the outcome.
Giuseppe Camuncoli does most of the heavy lifting in illustrating Vader’s discovery of his true power and he walks the reader through it with meticulous precision. He never leaves you guessing as to what’s happening on the page even when there’s no narration or dialogue. It’s a subtle thing but really carries the weight of Vader’s struggles and triumphs.
Darth Vader #4 gets to the point quickly and with very little time spent on filler material. Vader is new to his body but his embrace of pain, suffering, and coldness is at its peak. The team of Soule and Camuncoli makes this by far my favorite current Star Wars title from Marvel and continues to grow stronger as a series each issue…just like Vader.