Star Wars

  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Rising Malevolence / Shadow of Malevolence / Destroy Malevolence
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Malevolence

The first multi-episode arc of the series centers around General Grievous‘ (Matthew Wood) ship The Malevolence and its massive ion canon which the Separatist commander has been using to cripple Republic patrols and outposts. “Rising Malevolence” focuses on Jedi Master Plo Koon (James Arnold Taylor) and clone troopers Boost, Sinker, and Wolfe discovering the truth about the new weapon while holding out for survival in the wreckage after its attack in the Abregado system. “Shadow of Malevolence” follows Anakin (Matt Lanter), Shadow Squadron, and a fleet of new Y-Wing bombers of Clone Troopers taking a shortcut through the the Kaliida Nebula in order to sneak up on Grievous and destroy the ship which is preemptively stopped in “Destroy Malevolence” when Palpatine (Tim Curry) leads Senator Amidala (Catherine Taber) into a trap allowing Grievous to temporarily halt the attack.

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  • Title: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
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  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Rookies
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rookies

On a small listening post located on Rishi Moon a group of inexperience Clone Troopers see their first action when General Grievous (Matthew Wood) sends a squad of Droid Commandos to take the base in an attempt to hide the Separatist fleet’s plans to attack the Clone bases on Kamino. Forced out of the base the three survivors along with Clone Captain Rex and Commander Cody, who arrive for a routine inspection, work together to retake the base and warn the Republic of the coming attack. Not all five will survive the attempt, but the heroic death of one member of the team will alert the fleet and save the Clones’ home planet from invasion.

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  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Ambush
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Ambush

The first episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars builds on the setting introduced in the feature film set between the events of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Rather than center around Anakin (Matt Lanter) and his young padawan, “Ambush” is a separate Yoda (Tom Kane) adventure as the Jedi Master travels to the system of Toydaria in hopes of forming an alliance. Beaten there by Count Dooku‘s (Corey Burton) emissary Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman) and an entire Droid Army, Yoda finds himself in a contest against the Separatists to win the support of King Katuunko (Brian George).

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – The Siege of Lothal
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Star Wars Rebels - The Siege of Lothal

Season Two of Star Wars Rebels opens with a large space battle. Since we’ve seen them last the crew of the Ghost has joined the struggling Rebellion, a decision which doesn’t sit well with all members of the crew. Tricked into returning to Lothal to rescue Minister Tua (Kath Soucie) who offers them valuable intelligence for their assistance, the crew is lured into the first of two traps by Darth Vader (James Earl Jones).

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Star Wars #6

by Alan Rapp on June 11, 2015

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Star Wars #6The latest issue of Marvel’s main Star Wars offers some surprises along with the first big “Fuck You” to the previously existing Expanded Universe continuity.

In the main storyline a blinded Luke, searching for Obi-Wan‘s journal on Tatooine, faces off against Boba Fett whose been sent by Darth Vader to bring back the pilot responsible for the destruction of the Death Star (whose name the Dark Lord of the Sith finally learns at least bringing an end to that “mystery”). Offering plenty of action while foreshadowing the Jedi that Luke will become, Skywalker survives mainly through dumb luck and trust in the Force.

The issue’s B-story has wide consequences as Han and Leia run into Han Solo’s ex-wife while running from an Imperial patrol in the Outer Rim. Just what exactly Sana Solo‘s role will be going forward is unclear but her introduction begins a likely wide divergence between the decades of Star Wars comics and novels of the past 25 years. Worth a look.

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Princess Leia #3

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2015

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Princess Leia #3Princess Leia‘s mission to unite the survivors of Alderaan leads Leia and Evaan (who spends the issue wearing Luke’s jacket from the celebration at the end of Star Wars) to Sullust where the pair are met with a good deal of distrust and animosity by the group’s leader Lord Junn.

Despite the arrival of Imperials, which Juun first blames Leia for, the princess does manage to make inroads with the survivors. With only two issues to go from here the storyline doesn’t appear to have much room to develop much past this point, especially with the Empire now tracking Leia down.

Although I still have mixed feelings about the inking of several panels, Terry Dodson’s art continues to be one of the highlights of the five-issue mini-series which, at least to this point, seems to have bitten off more than it can chew in such a short run. The only real question now is will Evaan survive the final two issues and pop-up somewhere else in Marvel’s current Star Wars run? For fans.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Season Two
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This year’s Star Wars Celebration gave fans both a trailer and poster for the upcoming second season of Star Wars Rebels.

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Darth Vader #4

by Alan Rapp on April 19, 2015

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Darth Vader #4Aphra begins her work for Darth Vader by leading the Dark Lord of the Sith back to Geonosis to find Vader the droid army he needs to rebuild the power base lost to him after the destruction of the Death Star. The mission is a little more dangerous than the pair expect finding the remaining queen of the exterminated Geonosians has turned to robotics to rebuild her lost race.

While showcasing the deadly abilities of Aphra’s two droids (who do quite well against the queen’s creations and torturing useful information out of a bounty hunter in the darker moments of the issue) Darth Vader #4 foreshadows what the scientist might be able to create given the resources Vader can provide.

The comic also foreshadows the end of the pair’s relationship which the scientist realizes can only end in her death while pushing the pair towards Vader learning more about who currently has the Emperor‘s favor and setting forth to learn how his new army might change the score. Worth a look.

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Darth Vader #3

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

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Darth Vader #3Facing the wrath of the Emperor who lays the recent defeats, including the destruction of the Death Star, at his feet, Darth Vader begins to put together his own private force to ensure his plans (including learning the identity of that meddlesome farm boy with his old lightsaber who despite being the biggest hero the Rebellion has ever known or celebrated the vast Imperial network has yet to learn so much as his name).

Despite the fact that the storyline for this opening arc boils down to basically the Dark Lord of the Sith being grounded by his dad and sneaking off to do whatever he wants in a fit of teenage rebellion, Darth Vader #3 does entertain thanks in large part to the introduction of Aphra, a new character providing the kind of mechanical expertise Vader needs to quietly rebuild his forces without alerting the Emperor to what he is doing.

Unless the series is going to be Darth Vader cutting a huge swath through the galaxy leaving dead bodies in his wake (don’t get me wrong, that could work), the series needs characters like Aphra to ping conversation and ideas off of. I’m intrigued to see where the comic goes from here. Worth a look.

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