Star Wars: Legacy #16 The Legacy of Obi-Wan? HA! September 16, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Cade Skywalker, comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darktower, jedi, satrun, Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, SCIFIPEDIA, spacey, star trek tng, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, star wars comics, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, star wars legacy, starwars, zarek.
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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
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.
The Force Powers Wind Power – Ever wonder what makes those turbines run? September 11, 2007Posted by showmescifi in awards, ben kenobi, Canada, copenhagen, fathers day, jedi, kenobi, obi wan kenobi, Roan Fel, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, spaceys, star trek tng, Star Wars, star wars legacy, starwars, terminator, Toronto, vestas, weird al, wind power.
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Wind Power has been hailed as the ecological saviour for the planet…now while many may think it’s the Wind that actually powers the wind turbines, we here at ShowMeSciFi.com know better.
On a recent trip through Copenhagen International Airport (CPH) we came across a wind power display from turbine vendor Vestas.
There was something a bit odd about it though and on a closer examination it become more obvious.
Check out the pic below of the (lego) worker in the model that runs the Turbine..
That’s right! Obi-wan Kenobi and The Force!
With only 18 days to go..Yoda is winning in the poll at USPSjedimaster.com..over Darth Vader! This is the contest that’s been running for the last six weeks or so.
Hard to believe..but it’s not over yet..you can vote up to once a day and it’ll be interesting to see who ultimately wins. Not that it really matters though does it?
The US Postal Service will print both Yoda and Vader stamps in the end…but it’s all good fun nonetheless.
What if George W. Bush Was a Jedi? April 9, 2007Posted by showmescifi in George Bush, jedi, Robot Chicken, Star Wars, starwars, The Force, YouTube.
What if George W. Bush Was a Jedi? Or at least had some Force abilities?
The dudes at Robot Chicken have a hilarious bit that tackles that issue. Clinton, Laura Bush and Abe Lincoln Beware! heheh Tacos Rule!
As mentioned recently ShowMeSci is luckly enough to have a copy of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising Hard Cover.
Beyond just admiring the brilliant construction of this book (hardcover, paper stock, color) we finally got around to actually reading the comic.
In this period there are no ‘real’ Sith – but there are those who hoping that the Sith will return and are trying to bring them back. We’re still several thousand years before the rise of Palpatine.
The art is o.k, the plot solid though not extra-ordinary. No crazy plot twists occur but it’s still a fun read that is very enjoyable and a must have for any true Star Wars fan.
Without this hardcover edition, this story has been out of print for nearly a decade. Dark Horse has done a marvelous thing by making it available in such an awesome format.
The ancient Republic and their struggles with the Sith are a really exciting time period in the Star Wars Universe – For better of for worse it is with rare exception a time period that is only explored in the Dark Horse Comics (KOTOR the game and Darth Bane : Path of Destruction being the two obvious exceptions).
By choosing this era as the place to start their 30th anniversary series of Star Wars, Dark Horse is clearly reminding us all of the important role that their comics have played in the creation of the Expanded Star Wars Universe.
From a galaxy far, far away…to your mailbox and just like we’ve been talking about on ShowMeSciFi for weeks.
For only the second time in its 256-year-history, the U.S. Postal Service is letting Americans vote for your favorite stamp. The winning stamp will become its own stamp sheet. The choice is from one of 15 iconic images: Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywaker, Princess Leia and others
So far Vader is in the lead !
Star Wars fans everywhere will delight in the issuance of these exciting new postage stamps,” said David Failor, executive director of Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service, who hosted the stamp preview. “Because of the movies’ popularity, we believe these stamps have the potential of reaching the blockbuster status of the Elvis stamp, a milestone only the Force could attempt to surpass. The Star Wars films have timeless qualities that cross generations, just like the United States Postal Service,” said Failor, who made the announcement of the new Star Wars stamps along with R2-D2, Darth Vader and Howard Roffman, president Lucas Licensing.
Voting for the most popular Star Wars stamp will take place online at www.uspsjedimaster.com beginning today, March 28, through May 23. The winning stamp will be announced at the first-day-of-issue ceremony on May 25.
Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising from Dark Horse Begins March 28, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comics, Dark Horse, jedi, midtown comics, scifi, sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
Usually at ShowMeSciFi we don’t focus that much on the actual physical construction of a comic, this is an exception.
This is a GORGEOUS looking graphic novel.
Dark Horse has done an awesome job on printing this the cover is slick and elegant and the paper is just top notch. Even better is the price -they’re charging the same for this hardcover as I would have expected to pay for a regular soft-cover trade paperback.
The hardcover series is part of a 30th Anniversary thing from Dark Horse where they’re re-printed some popular stuff. Next up is Jedi vs. Sith which ShowMeSciFi has already reviewed (in the regular soft paperback edition).
Full review of the The Freedon Nadd Uprising will follow in the coming weeks.
Star Wars Legacy of the Force Exile – Review March 15, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Books, exile, han solo, hansolo, jacen solo, jedi, legacy of the force, scifi, sith, skywalker, star war legacy of the force, Star Wars, star wars legacy of the force, starwars.
Another awesome chapter in the Star Wars saga but then again what else should any of us expect?
At this point these books are written to a formula:
• escape from crisis,
• move to next crisis from multiple points
• escape from final crisis while leaving breadcrumbs for the next crisis to open the next book.
The best part of this book for me was likely, Exile’s first escape from crisis which occurs as Han, Leia, Corrran , Wedge and family escape from Correlia as Wedge resigns from the Correlian military.
Overall this installment in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force moreso than any other yet is all about plot progression as opposed to any sort of deeper character development. Not that there is anything wrong with that. This book is all about action and plenty of it.
With Correlia and its allies in an all out war against the Alliance one could hardly expect the book to just be about a bunch of diplomats talking.
Only in the final pages of the final chapter do we see some deeper character development in Jacen as he continues his decent into the dark side. Lumiya tells him that he must choose his Sith name and his sacrifice. Not coincidentally Sacrifice is the name of the next installment in this series. The Darth Who contest should also be wrapped up then so we’ll definitely know Jacen’s Sith name too and I’d expect Lucas to go all out on promotions.
Star Wars Legacy of the Force Exile is a raucous page turning, swashbuckling adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend. If you haven’t yet indulged in the Legacy of the Force Series you should, the previous books (Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest) are all great …and the next one is likely to be even better. I can’t wait to see ‘Darth Solo’ in action!
Jedi Mail from the US Postal Service March 9, 2007Posted by showmescifi in jedi, scifi, sith, Star Wars, starwars.
The US Postal Service is getting into the spirit this 30th anniversary year of Star Wars. Looks like they’ve even got a website planned : uspsjedimaster.com that is not yet active.
I wonder if that means they’ll also have Sith Stamps?
More details at TheForce
Weird Al Yoda – LIVE March 4, 2007Posted by showmescifi in jedi, scifi, skywalker, Star Wars, starwars, weird al, weirdal, Yoda, YouTube.
Just came across this vid (on YouTube of course).
Who needs ‘Lola’ when you can see Weird Al singing ‘Yoda’ live. Great song but at least half the fun with this vid is the audience reactions – fanboy central!!
Star Wars Rebellion TPB (review) March 2, 2007Posted by showmescifi in jedi, rebellion, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, star wars rebellion, starwars.
THANK GOODNESS FOR TRADE PAPERBACKS.
Star Wars: Rebellion Volume 1–My Brother, My Enemy collects issues 1-5 of this difficult to collect series. It takes place in the period between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back and introduces another link from Luke Skywalker’s past.
It’s not brilliant stuff but it is very readable and good to look at. I certainly enjoyed this comic though i’m not sure that i’m going to go out of my way to try and find upcoming new issues when and if they ever do come out.
Star Wars Legacy of the Force Exile- OUT TODAY!!! February 27, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Books, han solo, hansolo, jedi, legacy of the force, scifi, sith, skywalker, star war legacy of the force, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, star wars legacy of the force, starwars legacy.
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Today is the day. Star Wars Legacy of the Force Exile hits the shelves TODAY.
I’ve written about this book before, it’s one i’ve been waiting for…It’s the fourth book in the series (So far there have been three previous Star Wars Legacy of the Force books (Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest). At the end of Tempest the Solos (Han and Leia) were on the run, now we’ll find out how far they went.
We won’t however likely find out Jacen Solo’s Sith name. The contest for that was not wrapped up prior to publication so i don’t see anyway how Jacen could take his Sith name in this book.
It might happen in the next one though which is titled, “Sacrifice” which is expected to be released in June of this year.
I’ll start reading this tonight and will post a full review in a week or so when i’m done.
Chad Vader – if you haven’t seen it you should February 23, 2007Posted by showmescifi in chad vader, chadvader, jedi, scifi, sith, Star Wars, starwars, YouTube.
Just watched the latest episode of Chad Vader (episode 6) and it doesn’t dissapoint. Vader is sort of like odd job jack in this episode working as a telemarketer, a copier repairman and a taxi cab driver.
Nice classic Vader lines laced throughout the vid and some real professional camerawork make Chad Vader my favorite ongoing YouTube series. Why ask a Ninja when you can watch a Sith?
Don’t believe me? Check out the episode right here.
SCIFIPEDIA vs. Wikipedia February 23, 2007Posted by showmescifi in jedi, klingon, scifi, SCIFIPEDIA, sith, Star Trek, Star Wars, stargate, stargate atlantis, stargate sg1, startrek, starwars, wikipedia.
SciFi.com is now actively promoting its own SciFi wiki called SciFipedia. It’s an effort to build out a complete ‘encyclopedia’ of SciFi shows, characters, games and other such trivia.
SciFi.com is expecting/hoping that people will freely give up their time and knowledge to help build out the content. Not a bad idea and one that Wikipedia has proven works.
There is a big glaring monstrous problem with it though.
USE OF SCIFIPEDIA CONTENT
Wikipedia is totally different in that the GNU Free Documentation license and Creative Commons licenses are all about letting information be free. Part of the incentive of contribution is knowing that you’re setting information free for any/all to benefit from.
Speaking of contributions, at Wikipedia anyone can contribute at any time. There is no need to register if you don’t want too. I’ve contributed many hundreds of entries to wikipedia and have never once registered.
With Scifipedia you have to register or you can’t contribute.
The policy for SCIFIPEDIA is that only registered members will be allowed to contribute entries. The registration will be handled though the SCIFI.COM main website, and registered SCIFI.COM members need only log in. A name and email address will be required, and you’ll need to follow an authentication procedure to become a registered member.
So what am I saying?
I’m saying if you’re going to give of your own free time and will to help enrich and educate why not do so in the most free, most collaborative and most used media the world has ever known. Forget about scifipedia – contribute to Wikipedia.
Two Jedi Get Into a Fight at a Kegger February 22, 2007Posted by showmescifi in jedi, scifi, Star Wars, starwars, YouTube.
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Kevin Rubio’s Troops is perhaps the greatest star wars fan film ever made (with a nod to Hardware Wars of course).
But what Troops didn’t have is the hard edge..the real life pandemonium and vulgarity that for better or for worse we expect in 2007.
Then along comes this vid, titled ‘Stabbing at Leia’s 22nd Birthday’. It’s a 2007, harsher, cruder version of troops.
**WARNING** this YouTube vid contains language that is not suitable for minors or those with sensitive ears **
Star Wars : Legacy # 8 – The Sith Reclaim the Empire February 18, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darkhorse, jedi, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, star wars legacy, starwars, starwars legacy.
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Just when I thought that Star Wars Legacy couldn’t get any better along comes this issue. It’s a flashback issue occurring before the events of the first issue – way before . We finally get to see how the Sith ended up in control of the Empire after the defeat of the Galactic Alliance, we also see that the rightful Emperor Roan Fel was not at fault for the massacre of the Jedi on Ossus.
The story is just awesome. If you’ve never read Legacy – this is an excellent issue to get started with.
The art ..well it’s not up to the same level as the first seven issues. There is a good reason for that..the art is not done by Jan Duursema. The Sith (particularly Darth Krayt) look kinda lame and overall it’s not the jaw dropping magnificence that the Duursema provides.
Apparently Jan Duursema is working ahead on the next story arc – so we the fans have to settle with second rate artists until her return…considering how awesome the story is…and with the expectation that Duursema is returning I suppose it’s a fair trade off.
The first issue of Legacy revealed the facts of the attack on the Jedi Academy on Ossus and of the betrayal of Emperor Roan Fel by Darth Krayt and the Sith. Now it is time to learn of the machinations and of the secret alliances behind those actions.
Grand Moff Nyna Calixte supervises intelligence gathering for the Empire. Darth Maladi does the same for the Sith. Together they could form an unbeatable team, able to sway the course of a galaxy. That is, if they don’t destroy one another first!
From the ambush of the Galactic Alliance’s fleet to Roan Fel’s narrow escape from assassination, the true story of the Sith overthrow of the Empire can at last be told!
Star Wars Outlander TPB – review February 17, 2007Posted by showmescifi in aurra sing, aurrasing, comics, Dark Horse, darkhorse, jedi, scifi, sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, starwars.
My own personal hunt for Aurra Sing has led me to Star Wars Outsider.
Aurra Sing isn’t the major player in this trade paperback but she is still quite central – it’s more about another lost Jedi the ‘Outlander’ who unites the Tusken raiders of Tatooine.
A solid work with great art and a pretty decent story to boot.
Ki-Adi-Mundi’s first assignment after joining the Jedi Council will take him back to the fearsome desert wastelands of Tatooine. The Jedi Council has tracked a long wayward and powerful Jedi, Sharad Hett of the Sand People, to the backwater world, and it’s up to Ki to find him and convince him to return. Only two things stand in his way: the vicious krayt dragon of Tatooine and the Jedi-slaying bounty hunter Aurra Sing! Ki has little choice but to ask for help from the slimiest crime lord of them all, Jabba the Hutt — and Jabba’s aid always comes with a price! Outlander is full-throttle, white-knuckle Episode I-era adventure!
Star Wars : The Hunt for Aurra Sing February 16, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, jedi, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, starwars.
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The Hunt for Aurra Sing
The first time I ever heard the name Aurra Sing was in the recent Star Wars Legacy of the Force Tempest novel in which Aurra is hired to kill Tenel Ka.
I then went on a hunt of my own a Hunt for Aurra Sing.
What a graphic novel phew. Great writing, great art and fantastic pacing.
She’s not a sith, but not exactly a Dark Jedi either (or is she?) But she is all business in the comic. I’m going to go on another hunt now and track down other Aurra Sing materials to flesh out my collection.
Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith February 10, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darkhorse, jedi, scifi, sith, Star Wars, starwars.
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It wasn’t all that long ago that I reviewed Darth Bane : Path of Destruction . Little did I know at the time that the book was little more than a novelization of this comic.
Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith is the graphic novel (or trade paperback) that collects the six issue Dark Horse comic book series. The art is manga’ish and blocky but it is engaging.
The story well – it’s fantastic.
Jedi vs. Sith tells the same story that fills the back half of Darth Bane : Path of Destruction – A thousand years ago the Sith were many and they battled endlessly with the Jedi Army of Light. Lord Kaan ruled the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness and sought the destruction of Lord Hoth and his Jedi followers.
Darth Bane emerges as THE SITH and the Jedi walk away thinking they’ve ended the Sith forever.
In comparison to the book – which i read first even though the comic book predates it by some 5 years – the comic book is quick and fast paced. The book is a different type of engagement, looking deeper into Darth Bane the man, the sith and the motivations behind things. The comic is…well it’s a comic. You just can’t get the same sort of introspection and development (not typically at least).
I am glad i’ve read both though as the experience of reading a comic is very very different than reading a novel. It’s not quite like taking two viewpoints of the same history, more like looking at two versions of the same painting. The biggest addition in the comic book are the kids – only one whom (Rain) even makes an appearance in the novel.
Apparently Dark Horse Comics (the publisher) also thinks that this is a landmark graphic novel and they are re-issuing it as a hardcover as part of the their 30th anniversary
celebrations for Star Wars. It’s expect to be available April 4th of 2007. Personally I don’t have a problem with the softcover (and it’s cheaper). You can click on the first cover image to see if Dark Horse still has any (of the cheaper version) avail.
Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic issue # 13 February 9, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darkhorse, jedi, knights of the old republic, KOTOR, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, starwars.
Issue 13 kicks of a new story arc that may have some real legs to it. The last story arc concluded in issue 12 . Basically what happens is Zayne Carrick sticks with Gryph the con artist while the others leave on the Last Resort.
Zayne and Gryph ultimately end up with a ship that takes them right back into the thick of things with the Republic Fleet.
Not a bad story but not the best yet either. Another incremental tale that gets things going without being overly dramatic itself.
Maybe I’m being a bit harsh…the story does end with an assasin droid (as seen on the cover) revealing itself to the crew of the Last Resort…oohhh I wonder if they’ survive…guess we’ve got to wait till the next issue to find out.
AND I suppose the funkly lightsaber repelling arm braces that Zayne ends up are kinda cool too. If Luke had a pair of those he probably wouldn’t have lost his arm.