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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.

Star Wars : Legacy issue #7 (review) January 28, 2007

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Lightsaber crashes against lightsaber in a battle between Jedi and Sith that marks a crucial turning point in the fate of the galaxy! The life of a central figure hangs in the balance, triggering Cade Skywalker to make a shocking choice that will challenge everything he’s fought so hard to protect, and start him down a path from which he can never return. The stakes are higher than ever before in the Star Wars universe-be there as the future of this epic saga is revealed!

I’ve been a loyal reader of Legacy since issue O. By far and away this is the best issue of Legacy yet – and that is saying alot.

Action, plot, fantastic art – this issue has got it all.

As the end of the first major story arc in Star Wars Legacy it is a fitting conclusion and a natural end. Cade makes his choice and as the cover of the issue implies he follows his destiny. I’m a little surprised he left his pirate buddies behind on Bastion but no doubt Ostrander will find a way in his brilliant script to reconnect them and i suspect that the next time they’ll be an opposing end of a blaster and/or lightsaber.

Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic #11 January 19, 2007

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #11


A new two-part story begins as fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and the crew of the Last Resort devise a plan to nab some much needed cash. On the banking world of Telerath they set their plot into motion unaware the bounty on their heads is about to catch up to them. Yet there’s more going on than the schemers or their hunters realize, and when it all blows sky-high an unexpected reunion will throw Zayne’s life on the run into question.

SPOILER ALERT BELOW:

Alright the first story arcs were pretty cool and now we’re setup for 2 issue story arc which is coool since it’s not too stretch out.

Wanna take a guess at what the ‘unexpected’ reunion is? Come on..take a guess….

Alright i’ll just come out and tell ya. It’s Zayne’s dad, but we don’t get to that until the last page.

A bit of a waste but hey it kind of does leave you wanting for more…I for one can hardly wait to read issue #12!

Star Wars : Fall of the Sith Empire January 14, 2007

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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Fall of the Sith Empire


The Sith Empire has rallied its forces for an all-out battle for control of the galaxy. Its goal: Crush the Republic. And with so many Sith Masters among them, the goal is not unachievable. As Naga Sadow readies his fleet to attack, one lone person threatens to undermine the entire campaign — Jori

This the concluding book to the epic begun in The Golden Age of the Sith. The Fall of the Sith Empire is rapid rate story. Jori makes it back, the Sith follow with an all out attack that ultimately ends in the fall of the Sith Empire. Little (or no) intrigue, plot or character development. It’s just good basic Sith on Jedi fun.

The Sith decide to take on the Republic and fail.

I can’t imagine any Star Wars fan not wanting to own this book, though not brilliant it does describe a critical era in the Expanded Star Wars Universe history.

Star Wars : The Golden Age of the Sith January 9, 2007

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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Golden Age of the Sith TPB

Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy with an iron fist. He was the Dark Lord of the Sith — the most powerful of the most powerful. But now he is dead. And two innocent hyperspace explorers, Gav and Jori Daragon, may follow suit if they get caught between the factions fighting to fill the Dark Lord void….

Ever since i first heard the word ‘Sith’ i’ve been curious about the what these great enemies of the Jedi are all about. Sure i’ve seen all six movies a gazillion times and sure i’ve read every paperback and hardcover in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. But my knowledge of the Star Wars Expanded Universe in Comic Books has lagged.

That’s why i picked up The Golden Age of the Sith. It’s a story that takes place in the ancient history of the Star Wars Universe and it’s a must read for anyone that claims to be a Star Wars fan.

No it’s not brilliant literature

No it’s not the most awesome artwork I’ve ever seen either.

But damn yes it’s pure Star Wars magic. The Golden Age of the Sith has got all the ingredients of swashbuckling tale worthy of praise from George Lucas.

Star Wars Comics : Crimson Empire – Council of Blood January 4, 2007

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Star Wars: Crimson Empire – Council of Blood TPB


Following the death of Imperial Guard turncoat Carnor Jax at the hand of the last Guard, Kir Kanos, the Galactic Empire suddenly finds itself devoid of a leader, and an Interim Council is assembled to rule the Empire until a new Emperor can be selected.

Crimson Empire II fills in an interesting gap in the Star Wars cannon following the destruction of the second Death Star orbiting above the forest moon of Endor.

Crimson Empire II is a riveting read, I enjoyed ever page of plot development and story. The artwork isn’t the best I’ve ever seen in a Star Wars comic but it’s not terrible either.

The cheesy ending where Kir Kanos continues to pledge his loyalty to an Empire that no longer really exist is a bit lame but i suppose it leaves the door open to Crimson Empire III if such a book will ever occur.

I totally recommend this book and I suggest that anyone that has interest in the early days of the New Republic will as well.

Star Wars Comics : Tag & Bink Were Here TPB January 4, 2007

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Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here TPB|

The infamous exploits of this hapless Rebel pair are now collected in one single, attractive, and highly portable volume! Officers Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna were minding their own business aboard a familiar, princess-harboring freighter when they suddenly found themselves under siege.

When i picked this book up i was half expected a Star Wars take on the Shakespeare knockoff, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and that’s mostly what I got.

Though to be fair, Tag & Bink are dimwits and their adventures just don’t seem to have the same resonance as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. Tag & Bink die at a few different point and then somehow are re-written back into the story, it’s a bit lame.

All is all the trade paperback is a ‘fun’ if not simple read. Don’t expect great literature or a major new piece of the Star Wars canon with this one. Do expect some satire, some cutesyness and laissez faire romp through the Star Wars movies with the dimwits, Tag and Bink.

Star Wars : Legacy December 12, 2006

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Star Wars: Legacy Volume 1–Broken

The future of Star Wars is here in an all-new adventure set more than a century after Return of the Jedi and the New Jedi Order! The Jedi Temple is attacked, an Emperor is betrayed, and the Sith are born anew! A lot can happen in a hundred years, but that’s just the beginning of the story!

I don’t know where to begin on this I’ve read about 5 Legacy issues so far and it is so unlike any Star Wars series i’ve ever encountered it’s totally unreal (in a good way). I’ll be sure to blog about it more as issues come out. If you’re behind just click on the image and get a copy for yourself

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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic – Trade Paperback of the comic book sensation. December 11, 2006

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Vol. 1–Commencement Trade paperback

Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker would destroy the Death Star in that fateful battle above Yavin 4, one lone Padawan would become a fugitive hunted by his own Masters, charged with murdering every one of his fellow Jedi-in-training!

This is the trade paperback compiliation of this groundbreaking downright awesome comic book series. I’ve rushed every month to my local comic book seller to get a copy of each issue and it’s always a sellout. So now instead of having to wait – you can just go and get the first 6 issues in one volume (just click the image if you want to get your own).

If this isn’t the comic book of the year i don’t know what is.

Welcome to Show Me Sci Fi blog August 25, 2006

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I read and watch alot of Sci Fi stuff. Mostly just on a whim and almost never from a review. I haven’t actually found good review sources that ‘work’ for me.

That’s where this blog comes in.

It’s my take on what’s good, what’s bad, what sucks and what’s aweseome.

Hopefully it’ll help someone else out to figure out what they want to watch or read.