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    Two Force Awakens-Era Books Highlight April’s Star Wars Comics

    Reuniting the creative team of DC Comics’ acclaimed Starman series for the first time in decades, and sold with the promise of revealing the story behind Threepio’s one red arm in The Force Awakens, this issue was delayed numerous times (it was originally intended to be published shortly before the film’s release, not months after) due to a long script approval process from LucasFilm (according to Harris, he and Robinson didn’t receive final approval until about a week before the issue’s first solicited release date). As a result, expectations for this issue grew to possible unreasonable proportions: no story could possibly live up to the hype generated just by virtue of its constant rescheduling. More

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    Watch the Bond/Star Wars Mashup You Never Knew You Wanted

    One of the internet’s core strengths as far as I’m concerned is taking two things that shouldn’t really work together and mashing them together to make something awesome. There’s that Monster Squad/Suicide Squad mashup trailer from a while ago, and the odd trend of drawing Disney Princesses as everything other than Disney Princesses is certainly interesting to […] More

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    Fear is the Path of the Dark Side in Vader #19

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #19 Written by Kieron Gillen Art by Salvador Larroca Colors by Edgar Delgodo Letters by Joe Caramagna Published by Marvel Comics WARNING: SPOILERS “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” -Yoda, The Phantom Menace A major plot point in the previous issue of Kieron Gillen’s […] More

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    March’s Star Wars Titles Feature the First Cancellation of the Line…Sort of

    The oft-tumultuous publication history of this series ends with this issue, the series’ final. Originally announced as six issue miniseries, it was promoted to ongoing before the first issue went on sale. Then, when issue #12 was solicited last December, it became the first casualty of Marvel’s new Star Wars line (sort of, because again, it technically was conceived as finite series to begin with). At any rate, it’s not really a surprise; despite strong sales relative to many other mainstream Marvel and DC series, the back half of the series were some of the lowest-selling issues of any of Star Wars books, and quality-wise, the book always seemed to land thoroughly in the middle of the pack, rarely awful but just as rarely never excellent, either. More

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    A Rebel Jail and An Imperial War Highlight February 2016’s Star Wars Comics

    Like Darth Vader #16, this issue picks up on threads left over from “Vader Down”, helping make that crossover feel more like a part of the overall narrative and not just a one-off stunt. It also features Sana Starros, the character introduced as Han’s wife in the series’ second story arc, which also helps add to the impression that these issues are part of a larger whole, and not just a series of self-contained stories. More

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    ‘Force Awakens’ Featurette: John Williams and the Iconic Sound of Star Wars

      It’s hard to imagine Star Wars without John Williams. Even from the first film, Williams’ score, now the definition of iconic, defined Star Wars by setting it apart from its contemporaries. In a time when disco dominated the charts, Williams’ score felt at once like a throwback and a bold new step, bringing back musical styles like […] More

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    A New Rebellion Rises in Darth Vader #16

    Darth Vader #16 Written by Kieron Gillen Art by Salvador Larocca Colors by Edgar Delgado Letters by Joe Caramanga Published by Marvel Comics Like the annuals of yesteryears, Darth Vader Annual #1 was seemingly a one-off story, self-contained and never to be revisited again. But it stood as arguably the best issue of the series’ first years, so the fact […] More

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    The 10 Best Moments From Year One of Marvel’s Star Wars Comics

    January 2016 marked the one year anniversary of Marvel’s new Star Wars line, launched in the wake of Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and the transfer of the comic book license to Disney’s in-house comic book company. In that year, Marvel has churned out comics on a level that is somehow both restrained and filled with gusto, in that, they released a ton of Star Wars comics in that first year, but at the same time, it would have surprised nobody if they’d released a whole lot more. The quality level of those comics, in three ongoing series (Star Wars, Darth Vader and Kanan: The Last Padawan) and five limited series (Princess Leia, Lando, Shattered Empire, Chewbacca, and one issue of Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker) has remained remarkably consistent, maintaining a level of above average quality alongside some top notch issues and a (surprisingly) few out-and-out stinkers. Looking back over that first year, here are the ten best moments from across the line, the moments that made reading Star Wars comics this last year worthwhile. More

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    Obi-Wan & Anakin #2 pits Jedi vs. Sith in spiritual battle for Anakin’s soul

    Obi-Wan and Anakin #2 Written by Charles Soule Art by Marco Checchetto Colors by Andres Mossa Letters by Joe Caramanga Published by marvel Comics The arbitrary binary is a common trope in science-fiction. Two peoples have hated one another for so long that they have forgotten what caused their discord in the first place. All that remains are arbitrary distinctions, usually […] More

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