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    Juan Esteban Rodriguez’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ Poster Completes the Trilogy

      We here at Popoptiq love a good poster, and if you do too you’ve probably been following artist Juan Esteban Rodriguez‘s gorgeous series of posters for the original Star Wars trilogy. Rodruiguez’s Star Wars posters are stunning, finely detailed without assaulting the viewer with information, and make fantastic and striking use of limited color palettes. If you’ve been […] More

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    Watch ‘Kara’, The Impressive New Star Wars Fan-Film

    As far back (and even further) as 1997’s Troops, fan-films and projects have been a huge part of the Star Wars fandom. Dedicated Star Wars fans (who really need a good group noun, by the way) have been steadily producing interesting content for years now, including shorts, comics, stories and more. One of the more polished looking […] More

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    Get to Know Maz Kanata in New ‘Force Awakens’ Effects Featurette

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced viewers to a dearth of new characters fresh to the Star Wars universe. Too much of a dearth, some would say. An over-dearth, even! But thankfully they weren’t all as under-developed as additions like Gwendolyn Christie’s Captain Phasma.  Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata, the force-wielding, Chewbacca-admiring alien bar owner, made for a solid […] More

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    The Force Unconscious: When Life Day Broke SWTOR!

    So every year in SWTOR around the festive season, Life Day comes around in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and usually it is jammed packed with lots of fun: new decorations, raving revelers, overheating gift droids, snow ball fights, tinsel bombs, while everything else runs smoothly. Well this year, Life Day broke everything! Okay maybe […] More

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    Vader and Son Experience Setbacks in ‘Star Wars’ #14

    Like most of the “Vader Down” crossover, Star Wars #14 is filled with plenty of epic moments, like BT taking out a squad of stormtroopers with a flamethrower, every time Darth Vader gets a line, or the fact that R2D2 has some kind of poison antidote needle in his chassis. And Jason Aaron makes these moments cohere into some kind of a whole with the shared Obi Wan Force Ghost voice for Luke and Vader. (For all of its fun, the Han and Chewbacca vs. Krrsantan plot is just filler in the larger scheme of things.) Add slightly improved art from Deodato and Martin, and the “Vader Down” finale can’t come soon enough. (It comes out today as well and will be quite the family affair.) More

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    ‘Obi Wan and Anakin’ #1 is brilliant and awkward

    Obi Wan and Anakin #1 boasts some beautiful setting work and planet designs from Marco Checchetto although his faces are inconsistent, especially with Anakin and another padawan, who looks like a more cartoonish version of Mace Windu. Charles Soule gives his lead character distinct voices and a tense kind of camaraderie as they leap and explore this supposed abandoned planet. However, his plot runs out of steam in the last third of the book, which seems like the first few minutes of an away mission in Star Trek. So despite its interesting conversations about ethics and politics, Obi Wan and Anakin #1 ends being a bit of a mixed bag as far as plot and art and definitely has room for improvement. More

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    Star Wars background characters: unsung heroes of the galaxy

    Oh, you all look cool. Most you get about 4 seconds of screen time though. Naming classic Star Wars characters them brings forth warm, comforting feelings of experiencing classic adventures in a galaxy far, far away. Luke Skywalker, Leia, Han Solo, R2-D2, Bib Fortuna, Malakili, IG-88, Max Rebo, FLO, Notluwiski Papanoida, etc. Wait, what? Who […] More

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    ‘Darth Vader’ #14 Widens the Story, But Barely Moves It Forward

    Continuing the “Vader Down” crossover, Darth Vader #14 continues the incremental pacing, but does manage to widen the scope of the story as the end draws near. Picking up where the previous highly entertaining chapter left off, with Luke rescued from Vader’s associates by Han, Chewbacca and Artoo while Leia finds herself face-to-face, alone, with Darth Vader, this issue manages to resolve the Leia cliffhanger in a mostly satisfying way, using that widening of the narrative to both resolve the immediate cliffhanger and provide an interesting look at Leia’s character. More

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    Five Reasons ‘Darth Vader’ is the Best Star Wars Comic of the Year

    Marvel’s Star Wars comic, featuring the continuing adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, etc. in the time following A New Hope and before The Empire Strikes Back, is clearly positioned as the flagship series of the company’s line of Star Wars ongoing, limited and one shot series. Yet for all the top-notch artists that have worked on the series and exciting moments that have unfolded in its pages, it has consistently played second fiddle in terms of pure quality to its sister series, Darth Vader. Comic books starring super-villains are routinely difficult to pull off, but in the fourteen issues released in 2015, Darth Vader has stood head and shoulders above the rest of the line. Here, then, are five reasons it is the best of Marvel’s Star Wars books. More

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