AMC to Host Star Wars Marathon before Episode VII Release!

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According to the folks at Star Wars Action News, AMC theaters will be hosting a Star Wars marathon of all 6 movies at some of their theaters prior to the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens in December.

Sounds awesome to me, now I just need the date so I can plan the day off!

-Derek1138

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Clone Wars “Bad Batch” Story Arc Released!

At ease Troopers.

Today StarWars.com released the storyboard animations for the Clone Wars “Bad Batch” storyline. This was another set of episodes that was not completed when The Clone Wars Season 6 was interrupted. Just like the “Crystal Crisis” storyline, it is storyboard animation with voice acting from the real stars of the TV series.

This was shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim at the Clone Wars panel and since we now know that Rexx is coming back in Season 2 of Rebels, these storyboards may fill in some gaps between the two shows.

-Derek1138

Lords of the Sith Available Today!

Hey guys,

The latest book in the new Star Wars canon comes out today, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith.

It’s written by Paul S. Kemp who has written several other Star Wars novels in the past (Deceived, Riptide, Crosscurrent). This novel takes place 8 years after Episode III, before the other new novels (A New Dawn and Tarkin) and before the Rebels series. The story puts Darth Vader and the Emperor on a mission together to the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth. It also features a character we saw in the Clone Wars show, Cham Syndulla, who is also Hera (from Rebels) father.

I just started reading it this morning and am excited to get through it. Check it out on Amazon or at  your local bookstore or however you like to get your read on.

-Derek1138

 

Kanan: The Last Padawan Review!

The first issue of Marvel’s new series, Star Wars: Kanan – The Last Padawan, came out a couple weeks ago. Since I like making posts telling you what I think about stuff, I figured I would do that for this too.

If you aren’t familiar with Kanan, he is from the TV show Star Wars: Rebels. As an ex-Jedi he is in hiding from the Empire and helping to lead a group of rag tag rebels in heists and strikes against their oppressive regime.

The first issue starts during the Clone Wars while Kanan (then known by his real name Caleb Dume) is training under Jedi Master Depa Billaba. I’m not going to give anything away but know that it begins mere moments before the Emperor’s execution of Order 66.

The art is very good and the setup that begins here is quite interesting. It ends on a cliff hanger and I’m very excited for issue #2 to come out on May 6th.

-Derek1138

Heir to the Jedi Book Review!

I just finished Kevin Hearne’s contribution to the new canon, Star wars: Heir to the Jedi. So now ya’ll get to hear what I think of it. This book is the 3rd novel since the Star Wars EU rebooted. A New Dawn was 1st and you can read my review for it here. Tarkin was 2nd, but I didn’t finish it yet, so no review on that one.

This book is a bit of an oddity for 2 reasons. One, it is the only book (including Legends canon) to ever be written in Luke’s first person perspective, and it was actually going to be a Legends book (and the last part of the Empire and Rebellion series) but due to it’s release date and other factors it was co-opted into the new canon.

Anyway, on to the story. It starts soon after the destruction of the first Death Star at Luke’s hands. Young Skywalker is struggling to improve his use of the Force without a teacher, while also helping the Rebellion as much as possible. He has become renowned as the pilot who blew up the Death Star and deals with the notoriety that accompanies that.

The flow of this book is a little awkward as it is really about Luke learning about himself and the Force more than about a particular adventure. This is a departure from normal Star Wars fare that has characters involved in one winding action packed story but with a single overall arch fighting an evil villain. At first it was a little strange, but once I mentally adjusted I found the story to be quite enjoyable.

Princess Leia is the only other established character you see in this story, and only briefly. The other characters are all new and are well rounded and fleshed out personas. Several alien races are seen, one new one is created, and the Givin make their first appearance in the new canon (it makes me very happy to see things brought over from the Legends universe).

In summary, this is an atypical read for a Star Wars book, but it is definitely worth your time for it’s  insight into the growth of one of pop cultures  most iconic characters.

As a side note, Lords of the Sith will be out on Tuesday so check it out, or wait for my review and see what I think of it.

-Derek1138

Book Review of Star Wars: A New Dawn!

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A while back I finished the audiobook version of John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars: A New Dawn and I’ve been meaning to write this review to share my thoughts and opinions on it with all of you.

First, allow me to give you a summary. This book features two of the main characters from the Star Wars Rebels show: Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla. The story details how the duo crossed paths and became rebels together. For those unfamiliar with the show, Kanan is a former Jedi Padawan whose master was slain during Order 66 when the Clone Troopers turned on the Jedi Order. Hera is a smart, brave Twi’lek female who is trying to organize a rebellion against the Empire.

The book also features several characters and places new to the Star Wars universe. As always diversity in personality and alien races makes the setting feel truly intergalactic and Miller does a good job of making the characters feel alive. The Empire is fully embodied by the antagonists: Count Vidian, a human cyborg abomination of a man who prizes efficiency over lives; and Captain Sloane, an Imperial commander who follows orders and turns a blind eye to the suffering that she causes in the hopes of gaining more power within the Empire.

The story was just a little slow in the beginning but once setting and characters are established it becomes rather engrossing. Plenty of epic, over the top, science fiction action is to be found within the book; and a multitude of details and foreshadowing leaving some questions in the readers mind till the very end.

I found the book to be enjoyable once it started moving. There are no big twists or surprises but the story is definitely an adventure. My favorite thing about this book is discovering more about Kanan and Hera’s characters. Kanan’s life as a Jedi youngling and padawan is briefly visited and it definitely whet my appetite for Marvel’s Star Wars: Kanan comic series (just read that and I’ll make another post on it). Mostly I appreciated a more in depth look at Hera. In the Rebels show the Twi’lek is the mother figure of the ragtag group, but I don’t feel like her character or history was explored nearly enough.

In summary it’s a good adventure and a deeper look into some of the Rebels characters, and being the first book of the new canon it sets a good tone of action and adventure going forward.

A final comment. The paperback version of this book is a new strange size that is taller than normal and is 9.99 instead of the typical 6.99 to 7.99 price range. I don’t know if this will be the same for all PB’s in the new canon, but I hope it isn’t. I already buy them in E-book when they first come out and buy paperbacks for my shelf later. I don’t want to have to pay more for them.

-Derek1138