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Star Wars The Clone Wars: Darth Maul Returns and he’s Angry. That’s Right, Chopped in half and still not dead September 19, 2012

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Ok – we knew this was coming (and yeah we have the Dark Horse comic waiting to be read too) and sure we’ve been a little behind on the Clone Wars animated series lately too…

but wow.

this new trailer for a special director’s cut of the Return of Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four) sends goosebumps down all Sith spawn loving spines. Maul was the only good thing in the prequels and now he’s back and oh yeah he faces Obi-Wan Kenobi too (the dude that chopped him in two).

Brilliant stuff and yet another reason why we’ll be spending the next few weeks catching up on the great show that is Star Wars The Clone Wars.

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Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Ascension : REVIEW. Vestara is a Bitch November 10, 2011

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The fate of the Jedi series has been up and down so far.

With Ascension we get some of the most kriffing nonesense plot elements ever and also some of the best. This book overall is a mess in terms of having any real credibility in terms of plot and dramatic progression. The again what should we have expected?

The first book in the series, Outcast saw Luke Skywalker exiled from Coruscant. Now in Ascension he’s back…and then he exiles all the Jedi from Coruscant.

The Backlash second book was ok, Allies was also ok,  Vortex was great and Conviction sucked arse.

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How does Abeloth get Gavar Kai to fire on his own homeworld? that made no sense. How did Kai get others to join him? also made no sense. How and why did he end up on that other planet? Also no sense.

Vestara Killing him? Now that was great, so at least we don’t have to hear that whiny bstrd anymore.

But how do we go from the Lost Tribe wandering to having them in control of the Senate? in like what the span of a month or two? That makes no kriffing sense at all. Abeloth voted in as a Senator? well that i could see coming, but the Sith…i dunno.

The population going along with the imprisonment of Leia? I dunno about that either.

Daala magically getting her own fleet? Another pile of nonsense. But the twist where we thought Head of State Fel was dead was kinda neat.

We will say this…the book ended well. We’ve got Abeloth in control of the Senate, Vestara proving that she is a Sith Bitch after all and a showdown setup where the Jedi will come back and kiss arse.

 

 

Star Wars : Fate of the Jedi : Conviction. 1 word review – TERRIBLE! June 28, 2011

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This series started off alright but this is the worst book yet ….

As opposed to the last book – Fate of the Jedi Vortex – which was AWESOME, this book has a few interesting moments but for the most part it just drags on…

and on..

and on…..

and on…

So here’s the spoiler for you…Tahiri is convicted (the conviction on the cover), Chief of State Natasi is overthrown in a coup and then they both get sent to the same prison and both escape. In the meantime Abeloth is cornered and escapes..the Keshiri Sith are cornered and escape too.

and oh yeah Luke is the grandmaster of the Jedi again.

in between that..nothing happens, the plot is boring and pedantic and were it not for the fact that we knew it had to lead somewhere we would have put this book down midway for lack of anything interesting going on.

Yes this book advances the plot, so yes if like us, you’ve become hooked on the Fate of the Jedi, you will read it. But just don’t expect to enjoy it as much as Vortex.

Star Wars The Old Republic – The Sith Return to Korriban June 7, 2011

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Bioware’s trailers for Star Wars The old Republic are better than all three of the prequels…and this year at E3 they kicked it up a notch with The Return.

After 1,000 years the Sith return to Korriban and our fav new Sith Darth Malgus ( from deceived) is front and center.

Star Wars Knight Errant Novel is AWESOME April 22, 2011

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We finally got our hands a copy of John Jackson Miller’s Knight Errant novel.

We loved the comic book so we had some pretty high expectations. How do you translate a comic to a book?

As it turns out, it translates exceptionally well. This is a story that has more story arcs than 20 issues of Dark Horse comics would have provided.

Kerra doesn’t just deal with Damian and Odion but a whole host of Sith baddies..and even uncovers the truth about who controls Sith space.

With twists and turns all over the place, this is one of the best Star Wars books we’ve read in years. Solidly entertaining and engaging on every level.

We highly recommend it.

Star Wars Legacy War #2 Is Cade Skywalker’s Mom Toast? February 11, 2011

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It’s hard to believe that over the course of 51 issues (50 regular series and 1 of War) that Cade Skywalker had NEVER

NEVER

Met Admiral Gar Stazi before. That’s shocking.

But it’s great that they finally have – and oh yeah Darth Krayt should be shaking in his big Sith boots.

Cade is Sith Killing Machine and he’s unstoppable now.

But his mom is stoppable – Is She Dead now? Somehow we don’t think so and it’s now likely that she’ll move full time to helping her son the Galactic Alliance and Roan Fel…

Speaking of Roan Fel – aside from running away from Sith — what’s up with him? He’s the weak link of the bunch. Not the ultra-dude that Cade is, not the General like Gar Stazi and not the maniac that Krayt is now becomming either.

All in all, this issue continues to remind us why Star Wars Legacy is the best comic book title ever produced by Dark Horse.
This post first appeared on our sister site ShowMeSciFiComics.com

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi – Vortex – review: Awesome. This book is the best in the series yet. January 23, 2011

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Vortex (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 6) is one of the best Star Wars books ever written…sure it’s the middle of a series, but the twists and turns in this book put it head and shoulders above the rest.

We’ve been tracking, reading and reviewing the Fate of the Jedi series since 2008, when Lucasfilm first announced the series. The first Fate of the Jedi book: Outcast – was ok, but not great. Book two – Omen – was awesome. Book 3 – Abyss – was weak. Book 4 – Backlash also weak.

Now book 5 – Allies – the book immediately preceding this one was interesting, but unsatisfying.

In contrast to those first five books, we have nothing but praise for Vortex. The writing is amazing and kept us turning page after page. The courtroom stuff with Tahiri which has been dragging on, was exceptional this time around.

the battle inside the Jedi Temple and the demise of Kenth Hamner …WOW…we didn’t see that one coming.
Luke battling Abeloth and the Sith Again? ok..we saw that coming but still cool.
Vestara killing Lord Tallon? no we didn’t see that.

But the best part is the fact that this book stuck to the tried and true Star Wars formula. We had multiple sub-plots that all come together in a big set of concurrent event. Hamner and the Jedi with the launch of the StealthX’s, the return of the Horn’s, Errant Venture’s attack on the Coruscant mirrors and Luke battling it out for his life.
WOW.

Author Troy Denning, knows what Star Wars fan want and he has delivered in spades with Conviction.

Sith Teneb Kel – has the Blood of Empire on his hands in Star Wars The Old Republic #6 January 10, 2011

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The first half of the Star Wars The Old Republic comic book series from Dark Horse was kinda lame.

the second half is AWESOME.

Teneb Kel is an awesome Sith. He is cunning, he is ruthless and he know how to defeat those who are stronger than he is.

This final issue of the Blood of Empire story line brings Kel to the pinnacle of power — but only after he kills his friend — maggot and barely escapes the emperor’s first apprentice.

Astounding story, brilliant art combine for the best Old Republic comic book yet!

This review first appeared on our sister site: showmescificomics.com

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi: Allies – Jedi and Sith join together to destroy Abeloth September 3, 2010

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So far, the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series has been interesting, but each book leaves us feeling a bit cheated – and Allies is no exception.

Yes there are some AWESOME sequence in this book, but there are also sooooooo very many issues that make  no sense whatsoever as well.

Vestara and Ben — seemingly – get closer, Daala continues to take aim against the Jedi and the Sith of the Lost Tribe become allies with Luke Skywalker.

It is the Jedi Sith alliance that makes the least amount of sense. Did the Sith want to destroy Abeloth (the evil being in the Maw making all the Jedi nuts?)? That’s unclear.

The actual end of Abeloth was also unclear and to us – very unsatisfying as well.

This is a middle episode book – and no, not middle episode as in Empire Strikes Back.

The writing is brilliant and we all know and love these characters at this point, the problem is the unfulfilled plot, which leaves us wanting more (a good thing), but with too many loose ends.

Overall though, this is a tremendously enjoying book to read that is literally a non-stop ‘page-turner’ that all Star Wars expanded universe fans will enjoy.

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Backlash – decent read but… August 4, 2010

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We’ve been fans of the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series so far — sure we can’t afford to buy the hardcovers (so we get ’em from the public library–unlike paperbacks which we buy..), but it’s worth the wait in most cases.

This one is mostly about Dathomir and what happens on that planet..yeaah Luke fight the sith again..and sure Ben is starting to like the Sith Chik…all good fun.

Over on Coruscant, it’s the usual nonsense and this book does a poorer job than its predecessors at showing that environment.

But overall, an incremental step in building out the bigger fate of the jedi story as the new Sith order becomes btr known. The whole battle btwn Daala and the Jedi on Coruscant in nonsense that we mostly skipped over, but the Jedi/Sith part is fine reading…

We can hardly wait until it’s our turn on the wait list to pick up the next book in this fun series.

Star Wars The Old Republic – The Battle of Alderaan June 14, 2010

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Grand Moff Tarkin wasn’t the first Sith lackey to take aim at Alderaan, though he was the last.

Apparently the Sith fought the Republic for a Battle of Alderaan in the Old Republic era too and now there is an INCREDIBLY AWESOME cinematic trailer out – for the Old Republic MMO – highlighting the Hope of that battle.

In it there is a Jedi – that somehow is able to stop a Sith lightsaber with her bare hands — how I don’t know, but it’s wickedly cool.

Star Wars : Darth Bane Dynasty of Evil – Is Bane Dead? March 1, 2010

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Darth Bane Dynasty of Evil is the third  – and final book in the Darth Bane Trilogy. We’ve previously reviewed Darth Bane Path of Destruction (in 2006) and Darth Bane Rule of Two.  The first two books were among the best Star Wars books ever written.

Dynasty of Evil is a good book – but it’s not as incredible as the first two. This book does tie in all the great elements of the first two books as we get a little flashback of Bane/Des as a gloomwalker and the big deep core battle with Jedi in the second book.

We already know about Bane and his apprentice – what we get in this book is the build up and the final confrontation between master and apprentice Darth Zannah. That’s what the rule of two is all about – one to have the power the other to crave it.

The plot follows a typical Star Wars mold with multiple subplots that all merge at the end for one big climax. The Bane going to get Darth Addendu holocron plotline was the weak link and was a plodding exercise to read.

In contrast the Zannah subplot was a lot more interesting as she finds a potential apprentice.

The final confrontation though is what this book is all about. Zannah vs Bane. Master vs. Apprentice.

Yes it’s an epic battle that every Star Wars fan should read.

But it leaves us with some questions doesn’t it?

Is Bane actually dead? Or did he somehow manage to transfer some part of himself to Zannah?

It’s clear that Zannah triumphed — but we think that Bane is still in there somewhere…

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor – Are you afraid of the Dark? February 12, 2009

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shadowsofmindor Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is a strange book.

Instead of being a simple battle between Sith and Jedi, author Matthew Stover bring in this new concept of The Dark.

what is the Dark? Apparently it’s not the Force but the Force can beat it…it also makes for some really convoluted plot that made this book confusing in its worst parts and downright boring in others.

Aside from the Dark – the basic premise of the book – that being an investigation into Skywalker’s actions – was totally lost except for the first and the last chapter. This is a shame. The plot structure could have been much better with a true investigation ..perhaps a retelling of the story from multiple viewpoints..

instead what do we have? who is the narrative voice? We don’t know..it’s just a confused muddled mess and a disappointing narrative.

Star Wars The Old Republic Video Documentary #1 AWESOME December 13, 2008

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If you weren’t excited when The Old Republic massively multiplayer game was announced …you gotta see this first documentary on its development from Bioware and Lucasarts.

They are out to create the ultimate Star Wars game – and the best MMORPG of all time.

Star Wars The Old Republic MMOG Officially Announced!! October 21, 2008

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 KOTOR III !!! or the next best thing (or maybe better). For years we’ve been speculating on when the next Knights of the Old Republic game would come – and now it’s officially been announced!!

hazaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

Star Wars The Old Republic is a Massively Multiplayer online game – hopefully better than Star Wars Galaxies – produced by none other than BioWare makers ofthe first (and best) KOTOR.

“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game in LucasArts history and a preeminent example of our company’s interactive storytelling heritage,” said Darrell Rodriguez, President of LucasArts in a statement. “For a long time, we’ve wanted to return to the franchise in a grand way, and we felt that the best setting for it was an online world that would allow millions of people to participate in the experience together. We knew that the developer capable of working with us to deliver an engrossing story with a fully-realized online world was BioWare.”

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set roughly 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic, a timeframe that is completely unexplored in the lore. So no Zayne Carrick – but certainly there are some Sith and likely more than few Mandalories about.   Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force.

No official word on actual release date – though we’d expect sometime in the next 90-120 days as it looks like the game is already well developed at this point.

ARe you excited!!!?? We sure are. Though Star Wars Galaxies sucks – that game was developed by Sony. Bioware is a different animal and we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Check out the BioWare site for some awesome screenshots.

Star Wars Legacy #25 Cade and the Princess June 26, 2008

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Last time Cade saw the Princess Fel he was saving her from the Sith.

Now what — a year later he finally sees her again and there is no emotion at all. Seemed a bit odd.

Cade coming to the hidden Jedi Temple however is very cool great to see the Jedi still have an organized home of some sort and that maybe they’ll send out a hit squad to Kill Darth Krayt.

The issue with the Jedi that ‘killed’ Cade’s pal’s dad is going to be interesting to see how it plays out…

but the big thing of course is the coming three way alliance between Jedi, Imperial Knights and the Galactic Alliance against the Sith.

This series never disappoints and i’m wonderng how the big alliance will be impacted by Vector and the Muir Talisman when it hits them later this year.

Star Wars Darth Bane The Rule of Two (Review) February 10, 2008

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 Darth Bane the Rule of Two is easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read all year (mind you we’re only 5 weeks into 2008 at this point).

Drew Karpyshyn continues the tale he began in Darth Bane Path of Destruction . Whereas the first book had some basis in well known Star Wars canon and Dark Horse comic books – this book really carves out some very new and unkown territory.

 Karpyshyn is a gifted writer and his prose is smooth – leading to an incredibly satisfying page turning experience.  Bane is still the dark brooding Sith lord as always, but now we get insight into his apprentice Darth Zannah.

As opposed to most other Star Wars tales where the Jedi are the heroes — here the Sith are the ‘heroes’. The Jedi are seen as weak. Their lightsaber skills inferior. Their command of the Force – incomplete.

The final confrontation in the end of this book (without giving away too much) is AWESOME. But also dissapointing in some ways too. At some points in the story we get the story told from the Jedi point of view. But when it comes to the final battle – it’s very one sided — in more ways than one.

The first book Darth Bane Path of Destruction is still a superior book to this one – the plot in that book is richer, the Sith more complete and Darth Bane’s transformation is among the best Star Wars tales ever told…as such this book Rule of Two had a tough act to follow.

That said..Rule of Two is a MUST READ for all Star Wars fans. It expands the expanded universe in a critical era and most importantly…it’s a great read.

Cade Skywalker Hooks Up With The Sith – Star Wars Legacy #17 November 12, 2007

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Star Wars Legacy #17 continues the string of unbroken AWESOME stories in this series.

Cade Skywalker now hooks up with the Sith – literally and figuratively. I never thought of the Sith as sexual creatures but there it is…certainly a first in Star Wars comics as far as I know.

The T’willek’s lekku (those long things coming from their heads) being used as a tool for seduction is also something i’ve never ‘seen’ in a comic book. Has Cade actually turned to the Dark side? well….sure there is darkness in him..but somehow I think that the battle between light and dark is one that Cade will face his entire life (as did Quinlan Vos whom Cade’s exploits mimic in alot of ways).

The depth, complexity and richness of this series continues to grow and like most other fans..i can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue!

Star Wars Omnibus : Tales Of The Jedi Volume 1 October 26, 2007

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For years, I’ve struggled to collect a complete set of the early stories of the Jedi – I’ve got Golden Age of the Sith, Fall of the Sith, Freedon Naad Uprising…but was still missing issues in between.

Now Dark Horse has made it easy and put it all together in one massive ominbus – i just got it and it’s AWESOME.

There has never been such a compilation that captures all of the early Jedi Tales – now we’ve got it – and it’s a must have addition to any collector’s collection – and/or a great complete starter for someone that wants to jump into Star Wars comics feet first.

Five thousand years before Luke Skywalker’s successful assault on the Death Star, the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy. That is, until his death ignited a battle for ascension that would spell the end for his empire–and nearly the entire galaxy! It would be another thousand years before two young Jedi novices Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider would rise for the cause of justice, first in the case of a Jedi-killing Hutt, and then against a dark Jedi spirit threatening to engulf an entire planet!