Book Review: ‘Doomsday’ by Jack McKinney

May 19, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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There are many sci-fi franchises out there, and Robotech is one of them. Part of that universe is formed by the Robotech novels written by James Luceno and Brian Daley under the pen name Jack McKinney. As foolhardy as it might be, I dove into the series with book six, Doomsday. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Monday Funny: The Best of Arnold

May 18, 2015 at 4:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny | Leave a comment
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On The Late Late Show, James Corden has an act where he gets celebrities to do skits from all their best movies. Well he got Arnold on the show, and they did one of the best ones yet.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot. Yackity yak!

Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

May 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Me and Mad Max go back a long way. I not only watched the films as a child, but pretending to be Max. He was a part of my childhood. Thus the Mad Max character is one that speaks to me. Consequently, it also meant my expectations were super high.

Mad Max: Fury Road is by the same guy who did all the previous films. Visually, it’s perfect. The visual aesthetics of the film are spot on. From the souped up, post-apocalyptic cars to the fantastically strange characters, the film captures the look and feel of the series and cranks it up a notch like never before. It also has a great supporting cast. The character actors do an excellent job in making their roles interesting, fun and immersive with the word. On top of that, Charlize Theron’s character turns out to be a much more important character than I realized going in. She’s like the Ripley of the film, whereas Tom Hardy is almost more of a Hicks. However, that’s one of my complaints about the film. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’…

Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’

May 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

When I first saw the trailer for Ex Machina back in October, I knew it was a film I wanted to go see. For starters, it had two actors that were going to be in the new Star Wars movie. But secondly, it looked like a good flick, something provoking and intelligent. I was not let down.

The movie opens with Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) winning a trip to visit a famous technology mogul named Nathan (Oscar Isaac). It doesn’t waste any time with the premise and quickly jumps to Nathan’s remote retreat. His estate is hidden away in a green valley between glacial mountains. It’s a beautiful setting, and one the film takes time to occasionally come back to. There Caleb meets Nathan and they make their awkward introductions. Nathan shows him around his extremely chic house before breaking him in on the secret of why he’s here: to test an artificial intelligence. This is were Eva (Alicia Vikander) comes into play, the true star of the film. She is incredibly life like yet completely bizarre. You can see through parts of her body which reveal the mechanical workings within. Yet her face and hands are lifelike, as well as her personality and voice. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’…

Around the Web

May 15, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp has debuted at #17 on the New York Times Best Sellers List and #8 on Publishers Weekly bestsellers list. It’s also getting a third printing.
  • There’s a new blurb up for Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.
  • StarWarsTimeline.Net is release a previously unpublished Star Wars novel that was once approved by Lucasfilm and written by Kenneth C. Flint called The Heart of the Jedi. They are releasing it four chapters at a time and the first four chapters are up.
  • Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics posted a rundown on the upcoming short fiction coming from Star Wars Insider.
  • Star Wars Frames is being released as a postcard book. You can check out the listing on Amazon.
  • Jawa James posted a view interview with Ultimate Star Wars author Adam Bray. which reveals he is *probably* working on a second visual guide for Star Wars Rebels.
  • And video of the Ultimate Star Wars book tour featuring authors Tricia Barr and Adam Bray which you can watch here.
  • Cobra by Timothy Zahn is now available via Bean Books’ free library.
  • And with the television premiere of Wayward Pines this week, you can check out Timothy Zahn‘s tie-in novella Tree of Life.
  • Troy Denning‘s Halo novel Last Night received a cover reveal.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Dark Force Rising Brazilian Cover

May 14, 2015 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Art, Books, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Brazil has released yet another new Star Wars cover, this time for Timothy Zahn’s Dark Force Rising.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

 

The Force Awakens Books and More

May 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Books, Comic Books, DK, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Edelweiss has updated their catalog with some new entries revealing some of The Force Awakens kids books as well as some Star Wars Rebels books and Marvel titles. Here’s the rundown.

Star Wars: The Complete Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 3
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Details: 1,136 pages, hardcover, $125

The original Star Wars comic-book saga concludes! Savor an all-action adaptation of Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi, and fi nd out what happens after the Battle of Endor! Luke, Leia and their allies seek to establish a new galactic government – but Imperial Forces still stand in the way. When Darth Vader falls, a Dark Lady will rise! Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca head to Wookiee World! The Ewoks go to war! And tragedy strikes close to C-3PO – could it be that even a droid can cry? Plus: a cornucopia of Star Wars rarities – including exclusive stories only published in the UK!

COLLECTING: STAR WARS 79-107, ANNUAL 3; RETURN OF THE JEDI 1-4; MATERIAL FROM PIZZAZZ 1-16; MATERIAL FROM STAR WARS WEEKLY (UK) 60, 94-99, 104-115; MATERIAL FROM EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (UK) #149, 151, 153-157; MATERIAL FROM STAR WARS (UK) 159

Star Wars Epic Collection: Infinities
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Details: 504 pages, paperback, $39.99 Continue Reading The Force Awakens Books and More…

Podcasts in Review

May 14, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Celebration, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: they go over some of their experiences at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Afterwards they discuss their reactions to the Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice trailer, Peggy Carter renewal news, kid who reaches out to George Lucas about Jedi and marriage, they discuss The Force Awakens trailer, and then they have a guest on to talk and speculate about how BB-8 works. With lots of geeky discussion and a heaping dose of Star Wars, this is a good one to add to your playlist.

Bombad Radio: Star Wars: Battlefront Panel features audio from the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim panel. I haven’t had a chance to watch the livestream video so this was a good way for me to catch up on what happened at the panel. Notably the game will be 1st and 3rd person, Sullust is in the game, heroes and villains will be playable, it will be out November 17 with the battle of Jakku DLC coming out December 8 for free. But aside from all that, there’s some fun stories, especially Doug Chiang’s comments about working on the project.

EndorCast: Episode III recaps their experiences at Star Wars Celebration. It’s interesting because in this case, it’s from the viewpoints of members of the Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. They talk about the events they were able to go to, meeting Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer and Anthony Daniels, the running of the Willrow Hoods, the RebelForce Radio party, the 501st bash, the Willrow Hood ice cream social, and their trooping events. They also have an interview with Felix Silla who talks about The Adam’s Family, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Flash Gordon and Return of the Jedi. I did not know he played Cousin It or that he doubled for Short Round. It’s a cool interview, and if you’re looking for Celebration recaps and stories, they have you covered there too. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘Darth Vader #5′

May 13, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Darth Vader #5 is out today from Marvel.

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Adi Granov

Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…not everyone wants him to find out the truth. Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Kanan – The Last Padawan #2′

May 13, 2015 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Order 66. His master’s last words. Kanan – The Last Padawan #2 puts young Caleb Dume on the run. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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