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Star Wars #1 : The Force Returns to Marvel, but we Sure Wish it had Stayed at Dark Horse January 19, 2015

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At long last Star Wars has returned to Marvel as we knew it would when Disney bought Dark Horse.
Here at ShowMeSciFi, We’re not particularly thrilled by the move, after all the years we diligently collected Dark Horse and learned its canon. Now that’s all gone.
Instead we have this sh*t.
Characters that don’t quite look right (yet), and simple Han Solo tale where somehow he isn’t shot onsite when landing on an Imperial outpost on a Correlian moon, and Leia still hasn’t (officially) fallen in love with him/ maried him and Jacen, Jania and Anakin etc etc.
So we’re at step 1.

Let’s hope step 2 pick up that pace, improves the artwork and the story too, otherwise Marvel second kick at the Star Wars Universe, won’t be any more successful than the first time around

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: New Look X-Wing Pilot Skim the Water November 28, 2014

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Star Wars the Force Awakens

Star Wars the Force Awakens

Stormtroopers aren’t the only ones that get a new look in Star Wars The Force Awakens.

X-Wing pilots get an updated helmet and flight suit in the new movie.

The actual X-Wing looks mostly the same as the classic model, though now we get to see it fight in-atmosphere too.

Star Wars The Force Awakens X-Wing Pilot

Star Wars The Force Awakens X-Wing Pilot

X-wing water skimming Star Wars The Force Awakens

X-wing water skimming Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars The Force Awakens First Teaser Trailer November 28, 2014

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Star Wars the Force Awakens

Star Wars the Force Awakens

The first teaser trailer for Star Wars the Force Awakens is out and it doesn’t disappoint.

No, we don’t see Luke, Leia or Han.

Yes, we see X-wing, tie-fighters, storm troopers, lightsabers

Only a year to go…

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed. Han, Leah, Luke ALL Return! April 29, 2014

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We have long suspected that the classic Star Wars cast would return for Star Wars Episode VII.

Now know that to be a fact.

Disney today announced that the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be back for Episode VII. They will be joined by  John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” Director J.J. Abrams said in a statement. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Oh and they posted a picture to prove it too:

Star Wars Episode VII Cast

Star Wars Episode VII Cast

Star Wars: Crucible – the Worst Star Wars book of 2013? January 1, 2014

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Troy Denning has written a bunch of really solid Star Wars books in his career, Crucible is not one of them. This book is easily the worst Star Wars book we read all 2013 (finished NYE), with little direction, point, plot or real energy.

The writing is poor and clealry is rushed and uneditted to the point where we were skipping over entire paragraphs of garbarge that felt like they were there just to meet some arbitrary word count. Sure it’s neat to see Vestara Khai again, though her role here is a bit muted and our regular cast of character, Han, Luke, Leia are all now apparently going to take a break of some sort….

Though given that Luke was on hiatus from the Jedi Order and Coruscant for much of the Fate of the Jedi series, he’s ‘away’ more often then not.

Overall, a waste of time.

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi : Into the Void – REVIEW – Good Fun/Suck A$$ ending September 3, 2013

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We’ve been touch/go fans of the Dawn of the Jedi series since it first debuted as a Dark Horse comic book series.

Into the Void is no comic.

The depth of character and setting development here is extra-ordinary and this is a brilliantly craft tale that doesn’t fit the typical Star Wars novel mold. Yes there are concurrent sets of plots as always, but we get the present and then a past flashback that helps to inform what is going on in the present. It’s a good fit.

What isn’t just a good fit is how this sunovabeeeatch ends. AFter engaging us page after page after page, the ending of this book leaves a lot to be desired. The conclusion is no conclusion and is just a – ok he’s dead move along ending.

This is a story about a brother and a sister, one embracing the force one that rejects it – it’s good fun until the final chapter, which leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Star Wars #7 – This is GOOD. VERY GOOD. July 22, 2013

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The new Dark Horse ‘Star Wars’ series is awesome.

It was awesome for it’s first six issues an the seventh just proves this title has legs…

We get a different view of Vader…one who plots his own path from the Emperor (not all that unlike Force Unleashed come to think of it…). One who chooses his own person to lead the construction of the Death Star.

We don’t quite yet understand what role Birra Seah is set to play in this whole opera..but she’s an interesting Vader lackey isn’t she?

Also totally amazing to see Luke return to Tatooine to visit the Skywalker homestead…in a return home that is very different then when his father returned….

Disney Destoying LucasArts – hundreds unemployed, games cancelled #fudisney April 3, 2013

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Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 8.35.13 PM Disney really doesn’t like parts of the Star Wars Universe.

First they destroyed the Clone Wars, ending the series before its time.

Now Disney is closing down LucasArts. That’s right the main production house behind some of the best games ever made is being shutdown by the house the mouse built.

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—The Prisoner of Bogan #3 – interesting but slow.. March 27, 2013

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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi is a series with a whole lot of promise..but has been slow moving.

Xesh is an awesome character though and the cover image – really is the highlight of this issue – Xesh – the ‘bad guy’ fighting a pure blood Sith (aka the J’eedai good guy).

 

Still interesting for us to see light sabers as being a novel/new idea and not common place.

Star Wars Agent of the Empire Hard Targets #5 – Lame Ending to otherwise great series March 27, 2013

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Agent of the Empire has been one of our favorite new Star Wars comic storylines ever since the first issue.

Here we get Jahan Cross

-the Agent of the Empire

and his Dad

oh and Boba Fett

and Serenno (Count Dooku!)

what more could you ask for?

Well the finale of this story didn’t quite make sense – though the overall plot was great fun.

How Cross was able to double-cross Boba Fett and get him to kill what should have been the new count of serenno didn’t quite make sense to us. The story just kinda wheezed out in the end in a climax that wasn’t terribly exciting.

Star Wars Dark Times Fire Carrier #2 – Where are the Refugees? March 27, 2013

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Dark Times has always been a ‘dark’ comic.

how could we ever forget that very first story arc back in 2007 – that was so…’unappetizing’

Fire Carrier continues that tradition –

Refugees ferried to a safe location…

only to…. be …

well…

..it’s not pretty.

Dark Times..

indeed…

Dark Horse Star Wars #3 – one word review – AWESOME March 26, 2013

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The new Star Wars series – (just Star Wars) has been great to read and enjoy since the first issue. The third issue is no exception to that trend.

This is Classic era at its finest – in that time just after Episode IV (A New Hope) when we didn’t know that Leia was Luke’s sister yet.

In this issue we get a little ‘distraction’  or is it jealousy? with a new Rebel pilot that is getting quite friendly with Luke.

Also cool to see Han in his early days as a Rebel agent – on Coruscant no less.

 

Enjoyable engaging story – thoughtful and flowing art throughout  – an overall joy to read.

 

Star Wars Legacy Volume 2 Issue #1 – is Terrible – Why did you Screw up Legacy Dark Horse??? Why???! March 26, 2013

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Star Wars Legacy is our favorite Star Wars storyline of the expanded universe. In a real sense, it’s the title that got us back into comics after a 20 year absence.

That was for the first Star Wars Legacy – the one about Cade Skywalker. The one written by the awesome John Ostrander with art by incomparable Jane Duursema.

The new Legacy is an insult to that first series.

Sure it takes place in the same time period – actually just after the Legacy War series ended. But this is not the same Legacy.

For one, the artwork is terrible.

Yeaah i know the cover is sweet — the interior art however is the worst we’ve seen in a Dark Horse title in years.

The story is slow and our new Solo heroine – isn’t the same kind of engaging character like Cade was – in fact she’s boring (so far).

In contrast that first Legacy series so totally blew our socks off – so perhaps we just have extremely high expectations – but that’s Dark Horse’s fault. They created the greatest Star Wars comic of all time with the first Star Wars Legacy – the new Legacy so far doesn’t live up to that legacy.

 

 

Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation – AKA the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – REVIEW March 17, 2013

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wow.

just wow.

Some Star Wars books are good.

Some Star Wars books are great

and then there is Annihilation, which redefines the word: Awesome.

From beginning to end, author Drew Karpyshyn, weaves a tale of intrigue and amazing action that just kept us turning page after page.

This book really could have simply been called the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – instead of Annihilation, cause that’s what it’s all about. Well that, and the final reunion of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan, her baby’s daddy and Theron Shan.

This of course, continues on the Lost Suns storyline from the Dark Horse comics series that premiered in 2011.

Instead of the typical three concurrent storylines merging into one approach of most Star Wars books, this mostly a one or two storyline book, making the action easier to follow and the chronology very fluid. We have Theron’s plotline – and then we get bit of what is going on in the Sith Empire. Yeaah we’re maybe a little shortchanged on the Sith bits, but it makes for a better story this way.

The amazing Theron and how he gets into and out of trouble with his brains and (non-Jedi) skills along is something to behold.

Easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read so far in 2013.

Lucasfilm/Disney Bringing Star Wars Clone Wars to an End March 11, 2013

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Looks like Season five of clone wars is the last for the amazing animated series on Cartoon Network.

We will see some more episode – likely on Disney XD – but whatever constitutes season six will be the end for Clone Wars.

What will  become of Ashoka?

J J Abrams to Direct Star Wars Episode VII? DONT MAKE US BARF!!!! January 24, 2013

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News today is that J J Abrams – the dude behind the moronic Star Trek reboot – but also the same guy behind great TV like Fringe – has been tapped to direct the first Disney Star Wars movie.

THIS IS JUST PLAIN WRONG.

Star Wars and Star Trek should not crossover and the infection of Abrams will be revolting to those with high midichlorian counts.

Then again – George Lucas is hardly a great director either – Episodes 1-3 are proof of that…and so long as J J doesn’t bring back Jar Jar (strange how J J and Jar Jar have the same initials) – we can’t be too peeved right?

President Obama Decides NOT to Build the Death Star – Republicans still debating the issue. January 13, 2013

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On Nov 14 of 2012 a petition was submitted to the U.S. Government with over 34,000 signatures requesting that a Death Star be constructed

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense..

Obama’s administration has responded, and the TL;dr version is that the Democratic President will NOT build a Death Star.

but it’s not just a simple no – Obama’s people took the time to craft one of the most loving Star Wars thing to ever emerge from a Government (if not THE MOST).

 

Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

Star Wars Riptide – REVIEW – this isn’t a full story and it sucks. December 21, 2012

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We finally got the chance to catch up on some reading recently and completed Paul Kemp’s Riptide.

 

the Tl;dr version is don’t bother – this book sucks.

We were really looking forward to this book, especially after the first one in this story arc : Crosscurrent which we reviewed back in May of 2010.

This book plods along as we kinda see what happens to Jedi Jaden and the escaped clones…we get a very brief glimpse of the One Sith too.

But overall the book lacks content and true drama. The final chapter makes little sense and leaves us hanging. We kept reading, hoping this book would get better but it never does.

Star Wars Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist – Is this the next great Star Wars comic series? December 5, 2012

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Star Wars Purge: Tyrant's Fist #1 Star Wars Purge: Tyrant’s Fist #1 Looks like a lot of fun. It’s  a series that since that beginning has been about Darth Vader being..

BAD.

Yeaah it’s not about redemption, It’s about Purging Jedi scum from the new Imperial Order.

The first Star Wars Purge came out two and half years ago as a one shot issue and it was awesome – because Vader failed.

It was a ‘human’ failing for a dude that at this point is more evil than anything else.

While the cover art and the story for this new series looks cool, the interior pages remind us of the crap that we used to see from Dark Horse and not the more modern glorious artwork that we crave.

Star Wars Agent of the Empire Hard Targets – PURE AWESOMENESS November 29, 2012

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Star Wars Agent of the Empire Hard Targets #2

Star Wars Agent of the Empire Hard Targets #2

We really enjoyed the first Agent of the Empire series – Iron Eclipse. What was not to like?

A new super agent that has awesome skills like a James Bond, he’s ‘friends’ with Han Solo and he is loyal to the Empire kinda/sorta…

Now Jahan Cross is back and this time he starts off by killing the Count of Serreno (yeaah the same place Count Dooku is from). Then he goes to help those poor SOBS find a new count…great Imperial duplicity.

AND oh yeah.

We meet Jahan’s dad too – who apparently is a legitimate good guy.

So far we’re two issues into this story and it has been one of the most enjoyable Star Wars titles we’ve read all year.