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Star Wars: Legacy #0 1/2 : Back To The Beginning September 21, 2007

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I remember very well the day i saw Star Wars Legacy issue #0 on the stand.

It was a great day.

That first issue #0 introduced me to a new wildly exciting universe of Star Wars. A universe where the Sith outnumber the Jedi, Jedi serve an Emperor in Exile, A Sith rules on Coruscant and the last Skywalker is a death stick stoking bounty hunter. AMAZING.

Alot has happened in the Star Wars Legacy universe in the last 18 months and Dark Horse has decided to update issue #0 which was an overview handbook of the people, places and ships in the series.

While the original issue #0 was only $0.25, TFAW has the 0 1/2 issue listed on pre-order at $2.39 (which is still a deal).

A year-and-a-half ago, we introduced you to Legacy-the future of Star Wars. The series’ original issue #0 has long been sold-out, and the information contained therein unavailable . . . until now. This greatly expanded and updated edition contains all of the information new readers need and that longtime readers are craving.

Get the lowdown on all your favorite characters, details on the ships and vehicles they pilot, and the latest on who’s related to who! This is a must-have handbook for the future of the Star Wars glaxy!

* Completely reconfigured from the original edition, with lots of new entries and information!

I can hardly wait! Though we all have too – Star Wars Legacy #0 1/2 doesn’t officially come out until December 19, 2007

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Star Wars Rebellion #10 – The Ahakista Gambit September 20, 2007

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Bravo Dark Horse. Bravo.

Star Wars Rebellion issue #10 is a solid ending to a really neat story line. Vader finally catches up to Wyl Tarson and well Tarson makes an interesting decision.

It’s not one that I would have expected – and the way that the art portrayed the action was just great.

Not only was it a great storyline but of course as great stories do – it has left alot of open questions – is Raze dead? Is Tarson?? and what about the Hub ? Has it been compromised?

The Ahakista Gambit story arc really heated up in issue #9, while of course issue #8 with the great Vader cover was impressive, most impressive – as well.

As i’ve said before in the previous reviews in this arc – yes this is pulp – but its engaging and a fun read.

Only problem now though is that Dark Horse has put the title on hiatus until December – so it’ll months before we see anything new in this line.

Star Wars: Legacy #16 The Legacy of Obi-Wan? HA! September 16, 2007

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After the MAGIC that was Star Wars Legacy #15, issue #16 is a most impressive followup.

Sure we know now who Darth Krayt really is, but this is where it get even more interesting as the motivation behinds his conversion to Sith becomes known and Cade Skywalker’s friends (and enemies) line up to try and save him.

Then there is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

When i first saw the cover of this issue and its title – Legacy of Obi-Wan – I thought that WOW maybe Obi-wan had kids or descendants or clones..but no

The legacy of obi-wan is something far simpler and relatively

non-interesting…somewhat of a let down actually (though that’s not the right word to use in connection with Legacy since this is the best Star Wars Expanded Universe tale of all time).

What Obi-wan did to Hett is no different than what was done to Hett’s dad by Ki-al Mundi in Outlander.

Of significantly more interest in this issue is the return of Cade’s MAMA who we haven’t seen in Legacy since issue #10 . Her joining up with the rest of Cade’ bounty hunter pals is a stroke of plot genius.

Will Cade fully turn to the dark side? It certainly looks that way…but somehow I suspect that his mama, friends and the Jedi will turn him back from the path of the dark side.

Battlestar Galactica Season Zero – issue #1 September 12, 2007

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Though there isn’t any new Battlestar Galactica on the tube , there is some great stuff at the comic book store.

I just finished reading Battlestar Galactica Season Zero issue #1 and…WOW great frakking stuff. Solid plot and character stuff..art isn’t fantastic but it’s not bad either.

The 6-issue Season Zero series follows Commander Adama and crew as they take on their first mission on board the Galactica. Though this is issue #1 its not actually the first issue in this series.

As reviewed here on ShowMeSciFi.com there was an issue zero for season zero – it was arguably the most widely read/printed/distributed Battlestar Galactica comic book of all time.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic #19 – now it finally starts to come together September 10, 2007

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After a year and a half of suffering with this title, it’s finally coming together. From a plot point of view Dark Horse’s Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic issue #19 is easily the best issue this year pulling together all the major characters of the series.
We’ve got Mandalaorians
We’ve got the Republic Fleet
We’ve got Jedi (good and bad)
We’ve got the Arcanians (offshoots and purebloods)
Zayne Carrick is coming face to face (or back to back) with his Jedi tormentor

And its’ all coming together..the plot lines and the characters.

The only thing missing is the Sith – then again – Lord Adasca, head of the massive corporation Adascorp – might well be a Sith considering the way he’s manipulated the universe.

The weak link in this issue is the art. It is painfully pathetic at points and very amateurish. As I’ve complained before Zayne Carrick our main ‘hero’ in this series gets yet another treatment – so he look different again. If you compare how Zayne is drawn across say 5 issues you’ll see what looks like 5 different characters.

Still KOTOR #19 is a solid issue continuing from the solid issue #18. It’s a good trend and we can only hope that Dark Horse’s editors wizen up and put some real artists to work on this book.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay August 28, 2007

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
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From time to time, I actually stray from reading core SciFi pulp like Star Wars and Star Trek to more …literary works.

After sitting on my shelf for years a recent flight to Europe gave me enough pause to read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. This is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which usually is an automatic disqualification for me since i’m not a fan of literary works… this is an exception.

Essentially its the tale of two boys becoming adults in the comic book industry. Now of course there is alot of back and side story, WWII being a major plot backdrop.

Chabon’s style is easy and fluid often interspersed with the narrators voice filling in plot elements. Many times things are left unsaid and the scene changes or jumps ahead and only later we find out what happened.

The beginning, middle and ‘almost end’ of the book kept me enthralled as our ‘heroes’ Sammy Clay and Joe Kavalier go through life’s adventures..the end though wasn’t particularly interesting to me and it felt almost like a let down (read it yourself and see if you agree).

That said, this is one of the best books that i’ve read in years and certainly better than the last Chabon book i read (which was actually written latter) – The Yiddish Policeman’s Union.

Star Wars Rebellion #9 – Another Dark Horse Winner! August 14, 2007

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Sure Star Wars Rebellion is Star Wars pulp – but it’s good pulp and

I LIKE IT.

Issue #9 has a great panel flow that really captures the traditional Star Wars flow of multiple things happening that then come together.
What makes this current story arc so engaging is our ‘hero’ Wyl Tarson is a scumbag two timer that is now being two timed double crossed himself.

And since he’s a minor Star Wars universe character he can easily die too which makes the ending of this arc also interesting.

This is the third issue in this story which left off in issue #8 (also awesome). Issue 10 will see all this wrap up.

Will Tarson’s head EXPLODE? Will the Imperial hub EXPLODE?

And whose arm/leg/head will Vader hack off with his angry Sith Lightsaber?

Stephen King Dark Tower Gunslinger Born #7 August 5, 2007

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THE END?

After seven issues Roland finally becomes the Gunslinger.

This issue is all about action cover to cover; glorious art cover to cover and may well be the best issue of the 7 issue set.

Finally Roland’s Ka-tet takes action. Finally they shoot their guns..and as we all knew would happen poor Susan Delgado meets her unfortunate end. This is the issue that we have been waiting for since the series first started. The art in his series has always been spectacular in this issue it gets kicked up a notch.

Though it is Peter David and not Stephen King himself who writes this tale the prose reeks of Kings melancholy; sheer brilliance and a must read for fans of the English language.

This is not the end though…Marvel has decided to continue the prequel in February; so more visual brilliance is yet to come.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic #18 July 27, 2007

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Not bad. Not bad at all.

Continuing on from issue #17 – we finally get a decent issue.

After at least 6 issues that totally sucked, Dark Horse has finally put together really decent issue of Knights of the Old Republic. No it’s not even 1/10th what Legacy is, but hey it’s a start.

In this issue we finally figure out what camper was hiding in his brain – truth is until this issue i couldn’t have cared less about camper. But in one issue we get alot – we find out what he knows and we find out why it’s important.

Even more interesting is the fact that after WAY WAY WAY too many issues we may finally be getting closer to a reunion with Zane and some kind of Jedi confrontation.

Will Zane save them all? I’d guess so. But hey after being ready to give up on this series now once again I’m interested enough to keep reading and see what will happen next.

Dark Tower Gunslinger Born #6 – ONE MORE… July 19, 2007

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If this were a Stephen King novel i’d certainly have raced through this issue to reach the end. IN comic book format we don’t get that luxury – we have to wait a month.

This is a decent issue but doesn’t really have any really extraordinary revelations or artwook. Sure it’s good but…issue 6 in a 7 issue series is just a stepping stone to the grand finale.

I know..we said that about issue #5 

Will issue 7 be a let down? of course it will. Dark Tower fans already know what the first book has so it’s just a question of filling in the gaps.

Zuda comics – So you want to be a comic book writer? July 9, 2007

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Actually getting paid by a big publisher like DC Comics to write comic books for many is just a pipe dream.

But now DC Comics through its new Zuda Comics affiliate is about to change the game.

When you submit your Web Comics to Zuda, you could be chosen immediately for a publishing contract or be entered into a competition where the rest of the Zuda Community will pick a Web Comic to win a publishing contract.

Full specs haven’t been published just yet and the full launch isn’t until October..but it looks like one of the most open approaches to getting published by a big house.

“There is an explosion of creativity in web comics,” said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher in a statement. “We want to build a great stage for this new generation of creators to perform on, a solid system for their work to reach audiences online and in print, and for the creators to share in the profits their creations can generate. In this time of rapid technological and cultural change, DC wants to be a good publisher for the evolving and growing community of online comic creators, so that we can be their partner for showcasing new kinds of works to entertain future generations.”

Sounds like a great deal to me. (ShowMeSciFi the comic book series here we come!)

Graham Cracker Comics Chicago – no bag and board..BUT OPEN June 20, 2007

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This week I found myself in Chicago for business ..and it’s Wednesday so i had to seek out a comic book store. I came across Graham Cracker comics on a google search..their website claims they’re only open till six. Considering i was working until 5:30 i figured it might be tight.

I got there about 6:10 and figured i’d be screwed but they were still open! (went to the store on East Madison downtown). So #1 KUDOS for staying open on new comics Wednesday.

On the negative side – no bag and board (just like the MidTown Comics in NYC or Silver Snail in Toronto) and overall a much smaller store than either Midtown Comic or Silver Snail.

Nice enough though and hey they had many of (though not all like Midtown) of the new books i was looking for.

Stephen King Dark Tower Born Gunslinger #5 June 19, 2007

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Now this is starting to drag a bit. Basic plot stuff moves along in this issue with Roland revealing himself to his lover and big coffin hunters figuruing out a bit more about who he is.

Beyond that not a particularly good issue. The artwork is o.k, but not as stunning as issue #4 or earlier.

With two issues to go I really hope they pick up the pace. Otherwise this series that started out so well will not end so well

Battlestar Galactica Cylon APOCALYPSE #4 Out with a whimper June 15, 2007

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I had high hope for this series when i first picked it up. This last issue was a bit of a downer though.

Starbuck gets stuck on the Cylon world..goes about his biz..then the fleet comes back to get him once he can send out his signal.

Nothing too exciting just a very average story and a week cliched ending.

Would have been neat if the Cylon’s turned into humans (as the result of the bio weapon)….. then again maybe not.

Silver Snail Comics in Toronto – NO bag and board – but it’s cheaper than the US June 13, 2007

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I ended up in Toronto today for a conference and it’s wednesday so you know i had to find a comic book store (new issue of Star Wars Legacy out today!! – i’ll review it tomorrow after i read).

Anyways..turns out Silver Snail – which is the biggest comic book store in downtown Toronto – does not do the board and bag thing – much like Midtown Comics which i blogged about a while back.

I guess BIG comic books stores figure they don’t have to do that…on the positive side though they charged US cover price for the comics – which means that it is actually 5 or 10 percent cheaper to buy comics in Toronto at Silver Snail than it is to buy the exact same comic book at Midtown Comics in NYC. Go figure.

Star Wars Rebellion Issue #6 – Is this title back or is Dark Horse frakking with us? May 29, 2007

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Dark Horse has done a MAJOR dis-service to its readers by crippling the Dark Times and the Rebellion series with inconsistent releases and titles that just seems to come out without any schedule.

Dark Times is back on schedule now and apparently so is Rebellion.

Issue # 6 is the first to come out in MONTHS and is a new story arc following the events of the Trade Paperback.

Yes it’s a cool story, but I’m hesitant to invest any emotional capital into this series until I see issues come out every month in a consistent fashion.

Perhaps the saddest part of Rebellion for the fools that run this title at Dark Horse is because this title has come out so irregularly they had to send out preview copies to a few ‘select’ individual in order to solicit them for letters to the editor.

Dark Horse is doing an excellent job with Legacy, beyond that in this 30th anniversary year of Star Wars the comic book publisher is shaming the franchise with inconsistent titles and with at least one MAJOR FLOP (Knights of The Old Republic).

Hopefully this new issue of Rebellion is the start of a comeback for Dark Horse, and if not I hope that Lucas Licensing is out there watching and considering moving Star Wars comics to another more reliable publisher.

Star Wars Legacy # 12 – Vong are the saviors of the Jedi? May 28, 2007

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I seem to remember the Jedi helping to chase the Vong out of the galaxy..true Jacen Solo (now Darth Caedus) did have a thing for the world brain on Coruscant though..

Now apparently the Vong are the keepers of the Jedi legacy.

In any case Star Wars Legacy issue #12 is yet another awesome issue in a series that just doesn’t disappoint. We learn a bit more about Cade, but alot about the Vong and their interaction with the Jedi in this issue.

The only ‘dumb’ thing is Cade deciding to go to Coruscant at the end of the issue – of course he’s going to get captured by Krayt – what kind of plot setup is that? i mean COME ON. Unless of course Krayt is really Cade’s uncle/ancestor and he’s using some Force trick to call him to Corsucant.

In any case a great issue – and i’m looking forward to issue #13.

*OHHH and before i forget. R2D2?! REally? After all these years R2D2 IS BACK!! (wonder when we’ll see C3PO?)

Star Wars Dark Times Issue #3 The Path To Nowhere May 18, 2007

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FINALLY.

I was beginning to think that Dark Horse’s Dark Times was on the path to nowhere..but apparently it’s now back.

There was a huge gap time wise between the release of issue number one and two – reviewed here.and there was another long gap of several months between issue two and this issue.

Long gaps aren’t good for readership Dark Horse!

Excellent art in this book..basic kind of story that’s just barely shaping up …if they can get this out on a regular basis this could turn into something really great. Right now the only real interesting part is Vader’s reluctance with Palpatine’s wishes..this book occurs in the early years after Episode III and before Episode IV so it’s an interesting period to explore to say the least.

Stephen King Dark Tower Gunslinger Born #4 May 16, 2007

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Young Roland Deschain seems willing to put his friends in deadly danger by staying in Hambry when his relationship with the beautiful Susan Delgado deepens. Meanwhile, the evil Marten Broadcloak’s agents-a.k.a. the Big Coffin Hunters-are zeroing in for the kill on Roland and his ka-tet

Though still visually glorious this issue is the weakest of the set so far. That shouldn’t be too surprising though since issue #3 was so awesome.
It’s difficult to put your finger on what makes a series like this work or not other than to say that certain issues just ‘grab’ you more than others. This issue was basic plot developments nothing too crazy and no overly dramatic scenes that really stick out.
Sure it’s still a fine read..but hey across a seven issue set we can’t expect every issue to be spectacular can we?

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Apocalpyse #3 May 14, 2007

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All-Out War as the Galactica and her Viper’s do battle with the Cylons and their Raiders as Adama has ordered the virus released against the Cylon Empire! But, all doesn’t go as planned for Starbuck as he finds himself left behind on the Cylon world!

Another solid issue in a real solid storyline.

Starbuck getting stuck behind isn’t anything particularly inventive but he was just about to propose to Cassie so that kinda adds a twist to the whole thing. Only one issue to go and then this series is done.
Will all the cylons turn into reptiles and Will Galactica make it to Earth?

Just a few more weeks and then we’ll all find out.