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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 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 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
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


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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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.


Stephen King Dark Tower Gunslinger Born issue #3 review April 11, 2007

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I don’t remember my father’s face.

That is, it’s been along time since i picked up a Stephen King Dark Tower book. Thanks to the new Marvel Comics Dark Tower Gunslinger Born series I’ve become a fan (again).

First off Gunslinger Born has what is arguably the best artwork ever seen in a modern comic book. Each page is visually glorious.

It’s always a challenge trying to visualize what Stephen King writes, the comic does a fantastic job of showing one vision of it…Gunslinger Born is not a sequel to Dark Tower but it is a prequel.

The third issue is as good (if not better than the first two) with young Roland meeting his future love and coming face to face with the big coffin hunters.

Beyond the awesome story in the front part of the book, Marvel has also included a text heavy appendix in this issue which explains the world in which Dark Tower occurs. I had always thought of it to be some sort of other universe – but it turns out that the world of Dark Tower is a post-apocalyptic Earth (and thus clearly SciFi material).

This is the best comic book series yet produced by Marvel and proof positive that comics truly are Art.


Stephen King’s Dark Tower coming to the Big Screen February 26, 2007

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First it was the books, now a comic book prequel and sometime soon…..A MOVIE.

Stephen King has confirmed that the Dark Tower movie is a go ahead.

According to a published report on King reportedly announced the news at the new york comic con.

I said no to everybody until recently, because I didn’t think much of the chances of it being a good movie,” King said in a panel discussion launching Marvel Comics’ new Dark Tower comic books at the New York City Comic Con on Feb. 24. “I mean, this is my life’s work, since the time I was 22 years old. It’s very important to me. Usually, with the other [books], I don’t give much of a s–t. My attitude is, ‘Go make a movie, and if it’s good, that’s terrific, and if it’s bad, then it will go to the video stores and back shelves of Blockbuster, and I still get royalties on the book.'”

The task of converting the Dark Tower saga will fall to Lost co-creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. Considering how massive each of the Dark Tower books are and how ridiculously complicated and intertwined the story is i can hardly imagine how Dark Tower can become a single movie.

I can’t even imagine it becoming a three movie trilogy setup like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

So how are they gonna do it?..Here’s my suggestion the prequel comic book series looks to be totally self contained..maybe the movie could be the prequel?