Star Wars

Darth Vader #17

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2018

in Comics

Darth Vader #17 comic reviewWhat does it mean to be a Jedi? Darth Vader #17 finally brings the Jedi Barr and Darth Vader face-to-face. While Vader is serving his own murderous impulses and the interests of the Emperor and Barr is pushing a Rebellion on Mon Cala that definitely isn’t in the population’s best short-term interests, the comic shows that neither is actually serving the Force.

Darth Vader #17 also features the hard line that Grand Moff Tarkin chooses to take on the rebelling planet, in an attempt to teach a lesson to any who would rebel in the future, even after their leader agrees to stand down and end the Rebellion. Barr and Tarkin bring equal amounts of destruction to Mon Cala as each plays a small role in a much larger game.

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The Last Jedi — Forcing Change

by Alan Rapp on June 1, 2018

in Essays 

Lessons from the Screenplay examines the character arcs of Finn and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

by Alan Rapp on May 24, 2018

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Solo: A Star Wars Story movie reviewIn many ways Solo: A Star Wars Story is the antithesis of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. Solo plays things ultra-conservative, continually dumbs down the plot for the audience, and relies heavily on nostalgia. The result is a fun, if flawed and unambitious, film that offers fans the Cliff’s Notes version of Han Solo‘s (Alden Ehrenreich) past.

Star Wars fans will know the planet Corellia. Aside from being the homeworld of Han Solo, the planet played a major role in various storylines of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars film to give fans a glimpse of the world… and it’s about and underwhelming as possible. It doesn’t help that the only scenes we get involve a young Han, saddled with a Dickensian backstory which turns him into Oliver Twist, working along with other local younglings as a thief.

If the film has a major flaw its the first 30-45 minutes which struggles mightily to set-up the story and at times is borderline bad. Thankfully, once Han makes some new friends and the heist plot is introduced, things begin to pick up.

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Poe Dameron #27

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2018

in Comics

Poe Dameron #27 comic reviewSet after the events of The Last Jedi, the latest arc of Poe Dameron picks up with the remnants of the Resistance aboard the Millennium Falcon sharing stories to help fill in gaps here and there during the events of The Force Awakens.

While the last issue focused on explaining how Poe Dameron made it off of Jakku, Poe Dameron #27 offers the return of a familiar Falcon co-pilot, Rey and Poe getting to know each other a little more, and another tale from the events of the first film involving the pilot Temmin Wexley and Black Squadron‘s reconnaissance of Starkiller Base prior to the Resistance’s attack.

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Darth Vader #16

by Alan Rapp on May 15, 2018

in Comics

Darth Vader #16 comic reviewThe battle for Mon Cala continues in Darth Vader #16 as the Dark Lord of the Sith and his inquisitors search for the Jedi Barr and his followers. Meanwhile, despite grinding out victories over the locals, Tarkin grows weary at the cost the Mon Cala resistance is having on the Empire and enlists Vader to help which will leave the troopers and Inquisitors at the mercy of Barr who still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

The issue features a few flashbacks to Barr enlisting followers to his side from those personally hurt by the Empire. While none of these are that detailed we do see a certain cold (almost Sith-like) logic to bending followers and their angry and hurt to his will.

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