Larger storylines are put on hold for a Zeb (Steve Blum) episode that helps explain a little more about the Lasat and his people. Other being the show’s muscle, and having a prickly personality, Star Wars Rebels hasn’t taken much effort to delve all that deep into the character’s makeup until now. Based on a tip from Hondo (Jim Cummings), the crew of the Ghost is able to rescue a pair of Lesat. Despite dismissing the pair’s quest as foolhardy, eventually Zeb comes around to help Chava and Gron find the Lasats’ new homeworld of Liresan foretold in legend.
After Hera (Vanessa Marshall) is injured while acting on Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) plan to negotiate with Mandalorians whose planet could offer the Rebellion an alternate hyperspace route to Lothal, Sabine stows away on Kanan’s follow-up mission. While the Jedi attempts once again to appeal to the Mandalorian leader Fenn Rau, Sabine provides an explosive back-up plan for when things inevitably go wrong.
Princess Leia (Julie Dolan) becomes the latest core character from the original Star Wars trilogy to make an appearance on Star Wars Rebels when she arrives on Lothal as part of a diplomatic mission of delivering relief supplies to the planet. Of course what she’s really attempting to do is hand over three freighters to the Rebellion but the unexpected safeguards Lieutenant Lyste (Liam O’Brien) chooses to put in place makes things more difficult for the Ghost‘s crew and their new friend. The arrest of Ryder (Clancy Brown) only further complicates matters as the new allies will have to work together to get the job done.
Star Wars Rebels returns with new episodes beginning January 20th and from the looks of this trailer it may indeed be a dark time for the Rebellion with Ezra (Taylor Gray) being tempted by the Dark Side and Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) learning just what really happened to her fallen master. It looks like we’ll also get appearances from more familiar faces including a certain Alderaan princess and pint-sized Jedi Master.
Set between the events of Episode I and Episode II, Marvel’s new five-issue mini-series Obi-Wan & Anakin offers a glimpse at an adventure featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker. Called to a remote planet by an unknown source, Obi-Wan and Anakin crash land in the harsh environment of Carnelion IV with no clue as to who has summoned the Jedi to what the galaxy had assumed was a completely dead world.
The number of years between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones certainly open the door for a number of stories featuring not just these characters but others as well. One fifth of the way through this particular adventure, however, there’s not a lot to grab me. Teasing us with flashbacks to Anakin’s training, and Palpatine‘s interest in the young man, the adventure itself doesn’t really get started until it’s final page.
For its first annual Marvel’s Darth Vader series sends Darth Vader to the planet Shu-torun where the grip of the Empire is loosening following the Rebellion’s destruction of the first Death Star. Sent to make it clear to the planet’s king that their continued loyalty is required, the Dark Lord of the Sith is betrayed as the King prepares to sacrifice his own daughter to free his planet from the control of the Empire.
Darth Vader Annual #1 gives us a Vader at his most intimidating. Despite the King’s attempts to have the Sith Lord killed, Vader is able to overcome each obstacle. The issue also brings in Aphra‘s killer robots (who we’ve seen in Marvel’s ongoing Darth Vader comic) to help Vader fulfill his mission. And if that’s not enough, our protaganist underlines his point by not only crippling the King’s daughter but also leaving her a damning reminder of what happens to those that dare defy the Emperor.
The “Vader Down” crossover continues with both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader stranded on the desolate planet of Vrogas Vas with others searching for them both. While Luke falls victim to Aphra and her droids, leaving Han and Chewbacca to ride to the rescue, the Dark Lord of the Sith fights his way through every obstacle the Rebellion throws his way letting nothing deter him from finding young Skywalker.
Star Wars #13 not only reminds us of a classic Han Solo quote from the original Star Wars about why one should never upset a Wookiee but it also provides some nice back-and-forth between Aphra and Han until Luke regains consciousness.
It is a dark time for the Rebellion (even if they aren’t called the Rebellion anymore). The rise of a military force known as the First Order, built on the wreckage of the old Empire, is making the galaxy a very dangerous place for everyone’s favorite galactic heroes in a galaxy far, far away.
After waiting 32 years to see Luke Skywalker‘s (Mark Hamill) name appear in a Star Wars crawl the wait is finally over. Since 1983 we’ve gotten several different Star Wars cartoons, three (much maligned) prequels, an endless steam of merchandise, countless comic books and novels, and the sell of the franchise by George Lucas to Disney. The Force Awakens marks the first big project not overseen by Lucas with a storyline that diverges largely from the Star Wars Expanded Universe while playing on similar themes longtime fans are sure to recognize. Returning to what made the original trilogy so successful, director J.J. Abrams offers us a practical lived-in galaxy strewn with the wreckage of the Empire’s epic battles with the Rebellion.