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.
Summer of SciFi – A ShowMeSciFi Calendar July 11, 2007Posted by showmescifi in babylon 5, Dune, Flash Gordon, Hugo awards, sandworms of dune, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, star wars legacy, summer.
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It’s a hot summer – for SciFi!
For reference here’s a short list of some of Summer 2007’s big SciFi events as we see them here at ShowMeSciFi :
July 31st – Babylon 5 Lost Tales – released
August 7th – Sandworms of Dune released
August 8th – Star Wars Legacy issue #15 released (where Darth Krayt will finally be revealed)
August 10 – Flash Gordon premiere on SciFi Channel (date is currently not 100% confirmed).
August 28 – Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno released (AKA Luke Skywalker goes nuts).
Star Wars The Sith War April 30, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, Exar Kun, sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books.
This is the story of Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma..it’s not a simple straight forward ‘comic’ tale but an engaging thoughtful epic story.
Far too often Star Wars stories are rote formula, this book though true to Star Wars has back and forth action, more Jedi than I could count and Sith that are truly evil and outwardly bent on the fall of the republic – no shady subterfuge here just brute force Jedi vs. Sith.
Personally i would have chosen this book to be part of the 30th Anniversary Star Wars Hardcover collection – apparently Dark Horse thought it had better titles..while The Uprising of Freedon Nad is an excellent tale as is Jedi vs Sith both those books pale in comparison to the Sith War.
Exar Kun’s march to the Dark Side and ultimate entombment on Yavin IV would have made for a much MUCH better story than Lucas told in Episodes 1 and 2…too bad this won’t ever be a Lucas produced movie.
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic issue #15 April 18, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, knights of the old republic, KOTOR, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books.
The “Days of Fear” story arc reaches its explosive conclusion in a story of dangerous visions, unheeded warnings, and decisions made too late
UNFORTUNATELY this issue still confirm my belief that KOTOR SUCKS…but at least this issue doesn’t suck as badly as issue #14 did.
Long story short Zayne’s visions come true, the Mandalorians attack (though we never actually see Mandalore except on the cover of this comic) and Zayne gets arrested on a Republic ship that apparently will bring him back to the Jedi. How this marks the end of a story arc, I DON’T KNOW.
I’m glad that this lame, pathetic story arc is over. HOpefully it means the writers can finally get down to some real story telling business.
I don’t know what’s up with the artwork lately either. In this issue Zayne Carrick (the main character after all) is drawn very different than he has been before. I actually had to do a double take and read the text bubbles before i realized that it was Zayne…and that’s just LAME.
Dark Horse is shooting itself in the foot with this series which is incomparably inferior to Star Wars Legacy at this point.
Star Wars : Zam Wesell set to be part of volume 4 of 30th anniversary hardcover series April 10, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Boba Fett, BobaFett, comic books, comics, Jango Fett, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars, Zam Wesell.
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In this graphic novel Zam Wesell teams up with Jango Fett to actually….get this…
SAVE THE REPUBLIC.
Turns out they gave a real nutcase a weapon capable of destroying Coruscant and both Jango and Zam actually do have some kind of conscience.
This is an excellent graphic novel, solid story with decent art.
ShowMeSciFi highly recommends this graphic novel to those interested in seeing another side of this misunderstood bounty hunter.
If you can’t find the original graphic novel – not too worry you’re going to get a second chance real soon.
The original graphic novel is also set to be included in Volume 4 of Dark Horse’s 30th Anniversary Star Wars Series – so if you want to wait to see this in a freakin awesome hardcover edition..it’ll be out in June.
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.
Star Wars Allegiance review April 3, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Mara Jade, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Allegiance, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, Timothy Zahn.
Zahn is undoubtedly one of the greatest Star Wars writers working today, with his milestone Heir To Empire, Hand of Thrawn and Outbound Flight books among his accomplishments.
Unfortunately Allegiance does not rank among Zahn’s great works.
In my estimation it’s actually the worst Star Wars book he has ever written.
While all Star Wars books are written to the same formula, it’s a formula that is very poorly executed by Zahn in Allegiance.
The primary plot line – what would happen if Stormtroopers deserted their post but still remained loyal to the Empire? is a solid thread and the only thing that works.
Mara Jade makes an interesting subplot line as the Emperor’s Hand, but the plot itself is very weak as Jade herself doesn’t really understand who she is chasing or what’s going on – unfortunately neither do the readers.
The weak subplots of Leia trying to pull together Rebel factions and the other subplot with the various pirate groups (which may or may be traitors to the Empire that Mara Jade is chasing) are both very weak and barely understandable.
In fact, I felt like giving up on this book midway through since it was so poorly written from a plot point of view.
Zahn has left the door open for more books in which his deserter Stormtroopers have adventures. I would hope that when/if Lucas Licensing allows such a work to go forward that that the concurrent plot lines are properly developed with characters and not caricatures.
Allegiance is a book that was disappointing and IS NOT recommended by ShowMeSciFi.
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 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.
Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic #12 January 29, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darkhorse, jedi, knights of the old republic, KOTOR, scifi, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
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This issue is the second (and final) in a mini-story arc that began in Knights of the Old Republic #11. Basically Zayne’s dad gets kidnapped by pair of Hammerheads in the last issue and in this issue Zayne rescues him.
It’s really that simple (and relatively lame).
I suppose it does help for basic character and overall plot development to know that Zayne :
a: Has a father
b: his father is sympathetic to him
c: The Jedi know both a and b.
Beyond that this issue doesn’t offer much, but for regular readers of KOTOR (like myself) it’s all part of the master plan i guess – and like every other issue – a Must Read.
I’m looking forward to issue #13 already though just to see what the next story arc will bring. We haven’t seen the Sith yet, maybe they’ll finally make their intro.
Darth Solo – New Sith Lord’s name is now up for vote January 25, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Books, jedi, sith, star war legacy of the force, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
Regular readers of ShowMeSciFi have (hopefully) read my reviews of Star Wars Legacy of the Force books in which Jacen Solo (son of Han and Leia) is turning to the dark side.
Lucasfilm has been running a contest to help them decide what Jacen’s Sith name will be and they’ve now revealed their short list of names.
The finalist names are:
Darth Acheron (a river in Hell for those who deny justice),
Darth Caedus (a battle of darkness),
Darth Judicar (the final judge),
Darth Paxis (bringer of peace)
and Darth Taral (ancient Sith for “he who protects”).
Personally i’m voting for Darth Taral. Cast your vote at starwars.com
Star Wars Legacy of the Force : Exile – I can hardly wait January 17, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Books, han solo, hansolo, scifi, star war legacy of the force, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
The Star Wars Legacy of the Force series is shaping up to be one of the best (if not THE BEST) Star Wars series ever.
So far there have been three previous Star Wars Legacy of the Force books (Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest), which i’ve enjoyed enormously (and as my blog reviews will attest).
Exile is written by Aaron Allston who is the same author that wrote the first Star Wars Legacy of the Force book, Betrayal. What a wild ride it’s been since that first book.
At the end of Tempest Han and Leia Solo were on the run from ..of all people..their son Jacen Solo who is the second coming of Darth Vader, flying his own Galactic Alliance Star Destroyer named the Anakin Solo (who was a son of Han and Leia but now deceased).
The cover of Star War Legacy of the Force : Exile kinda gives it away, Han and Leia are on the run…the book isn’t out on the shelves (or by pre-order from amazon) until February 28th. I can hardly wait!! (but once i get it and finish it, check back here for my review).
Star Wars : Fall of the Sith Empire January 14, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comics, darkhorse, jedi, sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Fall of the Sith Empire
The Sith Empire has rallied its forces for an all-out battle for control of the galaxy. Its goal: Crush the Republic. And with so many Sith Masters among them, the goal is not unachievable. As Naga Sadow readies his fleet to attack, one lone person threatens to undermine the entire campaign — Jori
This the concluding book to the epic begun in The Golden Age of the Sith. The Fall of the Sith Empire is rapid rate story. Jori makes it back, the Sith follow with an all out attack that ultimately ends in the fall of the Sith Empire. Little (or no) intrigue, plot or character development. It’s just good basic Sith on Jedi fun.
The Sith decide to take on the Republic and fail.
I can’t imagine any Star Wars fan not wanting to own this book, though not brilliant it does describe a critical era in the Expanded Star Wars Universe history.
Star Wars : The Golden Age of the Sith January 9, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Golden Age of the Sith TPB
Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy with an iron fist. He was the Dark Lord of the Sith — the most powerful of the most powerful. But now he is dead. And two innocent hyperspace explorers, Gav and Jori Daragon, may follow suit if they get caught between the factions fighting to fill the Dark Lord void….
Ever since i first heard the word ‘Sith’ i’ve been curious about the what these great enemies of the Jedi are all about. Sure i’ve seen all six movies a gazillion times and sure i’ve read every paperback and hardcover in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. But my knowledge of the Star Wars Expanded Universe in Comic Books has lagged.
That’s why i picked up The Golden Age of the Sith. It’s a story that takes place in the ancient history of the Star Wars Universe and it’s a must read for anyone that claims to be a Star Wars fan.
No it’s not brilliant literature
No it’s not the most awesome artwork I’ve ever seen either.
But damn yes it’s pure Star Wars magic. The Golden Age of the Sith has got all the ingredients of swashbuckling tale worthy of praise from George Lucas.
Star Wars Comics : Crimson Empire – Council of Blood January 4, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
Star Wars: Crimson Empire – Council of Blood TPB
Following the death of Imperial Guard turncoat Carnor Jax at the hand of the last Guard, Kir Kanos, the Galactic Empire suddenly finds itself devoid of a leader, and an Interim Council is assembled to rule the Empire until a new Emperor can be selected.
Crimson Empire II fills in an interesting gap in the Star Wars cannon following the destruction of the second Death Star orbiting above the forest moon of Endor.
Crimson Empire II is a riveting read, I enjoyed ever page of plot development and story. The artwork isn’t the best I’ve ever seen in a Star Wars comic but it’s not terrible either.
The cheesy ending where Kir Kanos continues to pledge his loyalty to an Empire that no longer really exist is a bit lame but i suppose it leaves the door open to Crimson Empire III if such a book will ever occur.
I totally recommend this book and I suggest that anyone that has interest in the early days of the New Republic will as well.
Star Wars Comics : Tag & Bink Were Here TPB January 4, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
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The infamous exploits of this hapless Rebel pair are now collected in one single, attractive, and highly portable volume! Officers Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna were minding their own business aboard a familiar, princess-harboring freighter when they suddenly found themselves under siege.
When i picked this book up i was half expected a Star Wars take on the Shakespeare knockoff, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and that’s mostly what I got.
Though to be fair, Tag & Bink are dimwits and their adventures just don’t seem to have the same resonance as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. Tag & Bink die at a few different point and then somehow are re-written back into the story, it’s a bit lame.
All is all the trade paperback is a ‘fun’ if not simple read. Don’t expect great literature or a major new piece of the Star Wars canon with this one. Do expect some satire, some cutesyness and laissez faire romp through the Star Wars movies with the dimwits, Tag and Bink.
Star Wars Legacy of the Force : Tempest December 24, 2006Posted by showmescifi in star war legacy of the force, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, star wars legacy, starwars.
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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, along comes Star Wars Legacy of the Force :Tempest. This is the third in the series and to say the least, the plot has thickened…alot. Jacen Solo is real bad ass in this one and there is no mistaking his walk on the dark side now. Cover to cover this book was an awesome read full of twists and plot complications that commanded me (no Jedi mind trick required) to keep turning the page.
Star Wars: Darth Bane : Path of Destruction October 29, 2006Posted by showmescifi in sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
I’ve always wondered about he ancient Sith. How did the Jedi defeat them a thousand years before ANH anyways? Finally there is a book (not a comic book or a video game) that details the last great era of Sith vs Jedi before the Star Wars movies begin.
The book is a riveting tale of Darth Bane the Sith who decides on the rule of two, Master and Apprentice. Much like Anakin Skywalker, Bane is the chosen one (in this case the Sith’ari). He’s supposed to be the ultimate Sith and he is. The plot is crisp the writing style excellent. Two thumbs way up!! This is a real winner and perhaps the finest novel ever written about the Dark Side of the Force and the Sith.
Bloodlines :Star Wars: Legacy of the Force October 20, 2006Posted by showmescifi in BobaFett, star war legacy of the force, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, starwars.
Holy crap is this awesome! Boba Fett is back and this time he’s got a family. His family gets messed up with the Solo family and well let’s just say that there’s some killing.
Jacen Solo’s decent into the dark side continues as he literally walks the same path as his grandfather Anakin Skywalker.
I can hardly wait for the next installment in this great series that makes friends foes and old foes allies.