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Star Wars Legacy Issue # 10 : Who’s Your Mama? April 5, 2007

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WOW.

Star Wars Legacy is a series that just doesn’t quit. Cade Skywalker is still on the run and doesn’t make an appearance in this issue.

You might think that would be a problem – but that’s not the case at all.

Writer John Ostrander throws loyal readers are real curve with a startling revelation in this issue..

**NOT A SPOILER ALERT SINCE THE ISSUE IS ALREADY OUT BUT STILL THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING**

The female bounty hunter from Issue #9 that is also in this issue, Morrigan Corde – has a very special relationship with the person she is hunting – Cade Skywalker.

She’s he’s mother!!!

WOW.

It’s not anything that anyone could have seen coming and is proof positive that Star Wars Legacy remains the best Star Wars comic book series ever created.

The only ‘draw back’ (pun intended) in this issue is that Jan Duursema is still absent as the artist – so though the art is good – it’s not ridiculously fantastic.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising from Dark Horse Begins March 28, 2007

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Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising Hard Cover is now out and I’ve got a copy.

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 Legacy # 9 review March 16, 2007

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This series does not disappoint.

In this issue – in which Cade Skywalker doesn’t have a line – the story is still awesome filling in the wider picture of what’s going on in the galaxy. With the Sith on Coruscant, the Galactic Alliance remnant floating about, and the true Emperor sitting at Bastion it’s alot going on.

Now the Galactic Alliance remnant may forge an alliance with the true emperor – than again they might not. Guess we’ll see what happens in issue #10.

Star Wars Legacy is Star Wars storytelling at its finest. The only small disappointment is the art in this one..but it’s another one (like issue #8) where Jan Duursema is absent and in comparison to her everyone else is second rate in my book.

Star Wars : Legacy # 8 – The Sith Reclaim the Empire February 18, 2007

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Just when I thought that Star Wars Legacy couldn’t get any better along comes this issue. It’s a flashback issue occurring before the events of the first issue – way before . We finally get to see how the Sith ended up in control of the Empire after the defeat of the Galactic Alliance, we also see that the rightful Emperor Roan Fel was not at fault for the massacre of the Jedi on Ossus.

The story is just awesome. If you’ve never read Legacy – this is an excellent issue to get started with.

The art ..well it’s not up to the same level as the first seven issues. There is a good reason for that..the art is not done by Jan Duursema. The Sith (particularly Darth Krayt) look kinda lame and overall it’s not the jaw dropping magnificence that the Duursema provides.

Apparently Jan Duursema is working ahead on the next story arc – so we the fans have to settle with second rate artists until her return…considering how awesome the story is…and with the expectation that Duursema is returning I suppose it’s a fair trade off.

The first issue of Legacy revealed the facts of the attack on the Jedi Academy on Ossus and of the betrayal of Emperor Roan Fel by Darth Krayt and the Sith. Now it is time to learn of the machinations and of the secret alliances behind those actions.

Grand Moff Nyna Calixte supervises intelligence gathering for the Empire. Darth Maladi does the same for the Sith. Together they could form an unbeatable team, able to sway the course of a galaxy. That is, if they don’t destroy one another first!

From the ambush of the Galactic Alliance’s fleet to Roan Fel’s narrow escape from assassination, the true story of the Sith overthrow of the Empire can at last be told!

Star Wars Outlander TPB – review February 17, 2007

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My own personal hunt for Aurra Sing has led me to Star Wars Outsider.

Aurra Sing isn’t the major player in this trade paperback but she is still quite central – it’s more about another lost Jedi the ‘Outlander’ who unites the Tusken raiders of Tatooine.

A solid work with great art and a pretty decent story to boot.

Ki-Adi-Mundi’s first assignment after joining the Jedi Council will take him back to the fearsome desert wastelands of Tatooine. The Jedi Council has tracked a long wayward and powerful Jedi, Sharad Hett of the Sand People, to the backwater world, and it’s up to Ki to find him and convince him to return. Only two things stand in his way: the vicious krayt dragon of Tatooine and the Jedi-slaying bounty hunter Aurra Sing! Ki has little choice but to ask for help from the slimiest crime lord of them all, Jabba the Hutt — and Jabba’s aid always comes with a price! Outlander is full-throttle, white-knuckle Episode I-era adventure!

Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith February 10, 2007

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It wasn’t all that long ago that I reviewed Darth Bane : Path of Destruction . Little did I know at the time that the book was little more than a novelization of this comic.

Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith is the graphic novel (or trade paperback) that collects the six issue Dark Horse comic book series. The art is manga’ish and blocky but it is engaging.

The story well – it’s fantastic.

Jedi vs. Sith tells the same story that fills the back half of Darth Bane : Path of Destruction – A thousand years ago the Sith were many and they battled endlessly with the Jedi Army of Light. Lord Kaan ruled the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness and sought the destruction of Lord Hoth and his Jedi followers.

Darth Bane emerges as THE SITH and the Jedi walk away thinking they’ve ended the Sith forever.

In comparison to the book – which i read first even though the comic book predates it by some 5 years – the comic book is quick and fast paced. The book is a different type of engagement, looking deeper into Darth Bane the man, the sith and the motivations behind things. The comic is…well it’s a comic. You just can’t get the same sort of introspection and development (not typically at least).

I am glad i’ve read both though as the experience of reading a comic is very very different than reading a novel. It’s not quite like taking two viewpoints of the same history, more like looking at two versions of the same painting. The biggest addition in the comic book are the kids – only one whom (Rain) even makes an appearance in the novel.

Apparently Dark Horse Comics (the publisher) also thinks that this is a landmark graphic novel and they are re-issuing it as a hardcover as part of the their 30th anniversary

celebrations for Star Wars. It’s expect to be available April 4th of 2007. Personally I don’t have a problem with the softcover (and it’s cheaper). You can click on the first cover image to see if Dark Horse still has any (of the cheaper version) avail.

Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic issue # 13 February 9, 2007

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Issue 13 kicks of a new story arc that may have some real legs to it. The last story arc concluded in issue 12 . Basically what happens is Zayne Carrick sticks with Gryph the con artist while the others leave on the Last Resort.

Zayne and Gryph ultimately end up with a ship that takes them right back into the thick of things with the Republic Fleet.

Not a bad story but not the best yet either. Another incremental tale that gets things going without being overly dramatic itself.

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh…the story does end with an assasin droid (as seen on the cover) revealing itself to the crew of the Last Resort…oohhh I wonder if they’ survive…guess we’ve got to wait till the next issue to find out.

AND I suppose the funkly lightsaber repelling arm braces that Zayne ends up are kinda cool too. If Luke had a pair of those he probably wouldn’t have lost his arm.

Dark Horse Comics : No Longer a ‘Dark Horse’ January 31, 2007

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Dark Horse Rising: It’s No Longer Just A DC And Marvel Universe

The Golden Age of comics was dominated by DC Comics, home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The Silver Age belonged to Marvel with Spiderman, the Hulk, Fantastic 4 and Captain America.

Does the third age of comics belong to Dark Horse?

Regular readers of ShowMeSciFi know all about Dark Horse Comics. They are after all the publisher of all Star Wars Comics including of course the ‘new stuff’ like Legacy, KOTOR and Dark Times.

Recently TwitchGuru.com took a look inside the world of Star Wars Comics. This week they take a look inside Dark Horse Comics itself.

Read the full article here.

Star Wars: Dark Times issues 1 and 2 (review) January 29, 2007

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“For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.”
–Ben Kenobi

I just picked up both issues #1 and 2 of Star Wars : Dark Times.

Apparently issue #2 was DELAYED. Issue #1 came out in early november while Issue #2 came out late last week (Jan 24). Starting a new series with such a gap is hardly a way to start a series.

But for me it’s not too bad since i got both issues a the same time and didn’t have to wait two months for an issue.

Now on to the good stuff and make no mistake about it, Dark Times is good stuff.

Plot is a bit predictable given the time period – which sometime close after the end of Episode III with jedi on the run and vader trying to figure out wtf is going on and what he’s supposed to be doing.

The artwork is spectacular with a photorealistic airbrush kind of approach that give this title a very sleek and somewhat unique look in the modern Star Wars pantheon of KOTOR and Legacy.

I am looking forward to issue #3 but i’m putting Dark Horse on notice – if it’s two months late I’m not likely to buy it.

Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic #12 January 29, 2007

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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.