Around the Web

September 25, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Books News

  • Disney-Lucasfilm Press released three new titles this week that each retell the original trilogy films with a their own vibe: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy by Alexandra BrackenSo You Want to be a Jedi? by Adam Gitwitz and Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger.
  • DK Books posted an update on Star Wars Reads Day. There’s a contest for bookstores, libraries and schools to win a visit from author Michael Kogge, as well as a list of all the events that will be happening. Click here to check it out and plan ahead.
  • Blizzard Entertainment is partnering with Random House and next year we’ll be getting a new StarCraft novel by Timothy Zahn.

Comic Book News

  • Vader Down #1 will be getting a Dave Dorman variant cover. If you’re heading to Heroes Expo this weekend, Dave will have the original art on display.
  • has part two of Phil Noto‘s sketchbook showing off some interior artwork for the upcoming Chewbacca comics.

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Black Series and Elite Series: Kylo Ren

September 24, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Collecting, Reviews, Star Wars, Toys | Leave a comment
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In the aftermath of Force Friday, Kylo Ren has invaded stores everywhere. With a variety of sizes to chose from, I went with the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure, and the impressive Disney Elite Series figure which is measures in at 7-1/2 inches. Below you’ll find my review with tons of pictures and comparisons. Enjoy!

First up, The Black Series. Hasbro went with a soft goods cloak and hood as well as a soft plastic cape draping on his back. It’s an interesting combination that allows for a lot of posing and does not interfere with his legs or arm articulation. Continue Reading Black Series and Elite Series: Kylo Ren…

Podcasts in Review

September 24, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Interview, Marvel, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Lot of great interviews this week.

BNN: Episode 9.14.2015 is something a little different from the folks of Bombad Radio as they try a shorter, news focused podcast that’s actually pretty useful. They bring the news with a touch of humor, touching on not just Star Wars, but other topics like Batman v. Superman, Jurassic World, upcoming movies, home releases, video games, comics, webshows, etc. If you’re wondering what’s coming out now, or what news came out this week, then this is a great way to catch up. Best of all, they pack it all in under 30 minutes. I really like the short format and I think it works great for news. It’s very convenient for sliding the episodes in between your normal podcasts on your playlist, thus allowing you to get the news and not fall behind, but also not get stuck with a one to two hour show. The one drawback I noticed in this episode, however, is that the rundown on new comic releases was really long, big info dump, and that’s kind of hard to get away from as a lot of comics come out every week. They might need to work on that a little (either just highlighting the popular titles or some choice picks), otherwise it’s pretty solid. Keep in mind this is their inaugural episode for BNN.

Collectors Cast: Episode 11 is their Force Friday episode with them giving their thoughts on the new collectibles, LEGO, the packaging, the new Falcon, Black Series, Disney Elite Series, talking figures and masks, BB-8 and some live reporting from the UK. They talk at length with fellow collectors Duncan Jenkins and with Steve Sansweet which rounds out the episode.

Comics With Kenobi: Episode #6 covers Shattered Empire #1, which they loved, and Darth Vader #9, which they didn’t love. Lots of spoilers, so if you haven’t read the issues, be sure to read them first before listening. They have some great discussion covering the artwork as much as the writing. Personally I was of an opposite opinion of the hosts, as I rather liked Darth Vader #9 and thought Shattered Empire #1 fell kind of flat. If you’re into the comics, give these guys a listen. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘Kanan #6’

September 23, 2015 at 12:06 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment

Kanan #6 is out today from Marvel comics.

Kanan #6

Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Jacopo Camagni
Cover Artist: Pepe Larraz

A tale from the time of Rebels! No longer a Padawan, the adult Kanan finds himself back on the planet Kaller…will his past as Caleb Dume return to haunt him?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Star Wars #9’

September 23, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Sana Solo may be on the cover of Star Wars #9, but don’t expect to get any more clues on her secret relationship with Han. Is it really his wife? Will we ever find out? Unfortunately, not in this issue. But there is some fun to be had. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Lando #4’

September 23, 2015 at 12:04 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Lando #4 hits with more a belly flop than a splash as pacing and plotting issues plague there series. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Lady Mechanika #5’

September 23, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Reviews, Steampunk | Leave a comment

Lady Mechanika #5 finishes the first arc of the series on a high note and marks this as a comic everyone should check out. Seriously, this is a good one. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

September 23, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from September 23 to 29th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

September 25

  • Badlands Garrison will be in Edmonton, AB for Edmonton Expo from September 25 to 27th.
  • Star Garrison will be at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program Kick Off.

September 26

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Eureka, MO for the Eureka Elementary Wildcat Dash 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at Route 66 State Park Dogwood Shelter from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.
  • Badlands Garrison will be in Saskatchewan for the Community Culture Day in the Park.
  • Capital City Garrison will be in Ottawa, ON for the GO21 Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness from 10:00 AM to noon.
  • Central California Garrison will be in Fresno, CA for Walk Like MADD from 10:00 AM to noon at CSU Fresno.
  • Central Garrison will be in Minneapolis, MN for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Target Field.
  • Dutch Garrison will be in Gent, Belgium for F.A.C.T.S.
  • Garrison Carida will be in Breiningsville, PA for the Lehigh Valley Buddy Walk at the Velodrome from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
  • Garrison Excelsior will be in Bingham, NY for RoberCon Roberson Scifi Convention from September 26 to 27th.
  • Garrison Tyranus will be in Roanoke, VA for the Virginia Science Festival, and in Virginia Beach, VA for the Neptune Festival Parade.
  • German Garrison will be Speyer for Fiction Meets Reality at the Technik Museum.
  • Great Lakes Garrison will be in Troy, MI for Step Up for Down Syndrome Charity Walk.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Joliet, IL for the Legends Convention Hero’s Comic Book and Fantasy Art Expo from September 26 to 27th.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Colorado Springs, CO for the Star Wars Benefit for Benjamin at Johnny Martin’s Car Central from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and in Durango, CO for the Southern Colorado Meet and Greet at Applebee’s from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Northeast Remnant Garrison will be in Caldwell, NJ for Star Wars Day at the East Caldwell Public Library from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and in Long Branch, NJ for the Autism Walk at The Great Lawn at the Boardwalk from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • Ohio Garrison will be in City of Jackson, OH for the Jackson County Apple Festival and in Springfield, OH for Champion City Comic Con.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Ellicott City, MD for the Main Street Music Festival.
  • Rancor Raiders Garrison will be in Olive Branch, MS for Jane’s Gym Spinathon.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Corona, CA for Star Wars Day at the Corona Public Library from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, in Santa Barbara, CA for the Metro Entertainment 25th anniversary from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, and in Rosamond, CA for the Armed Forces Parade & Festival from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Star Garrison will be in Austin, TX for the Hemophilia Walk.
  • UK Garrison will be in Belper for Air Ambulance Paint It Yellow Week from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, in Shoreham-by-Sea for Conquest Convention Charity Collection from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Cwmbran for Cwmbran Shopping Fundraiser from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Greenhithe for M&S Macmillan Coffee Morning 2015 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Glasgow for MCM Comic Con from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, in Gosport for Michaelmas Fayre from noon to 4:00 PM, in Northampton for FimFair Comic Con from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and in Abingdon for Splash of Pink from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Book Review: ‘Smuggler’s Run’ by Greg Rucka

September 22, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Disney, Lucasfilm, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Amidst the half dozen new Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens novels is Greg Rucka’s Smuggler’s Run. Compared to Aftermath, or Lost Stars for that matter, it’s a slim book at just 183 pages. It’s also being marketed at 8 to 12 year olds. But don’t let the age range or the page count fool you, this is a book worth checking out. Greg Rucka writes this story in a voice that’s on par with any adult Star Wars novel, and while it’s a quick read, it’s fun. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘Aftermath’ by Chuck Wendig

September 22, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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There has been much to say about Chuck Wendig’s all important Aftermath. This is not only his first Star Wars novel, the first adult Star Wars novel to use present tense, and our first literary look of what it’s like on Jakku, but it’s also the first post-Return of the Jedi novel since the books became canon. What Timothy Zahn once did for the EU, Chuck Wendig is now doing for canon. What did the Rebellion do following the attack on Endor? What was the Empire’s reaction to the death of their top leadership? What comes next? These are the subjects being tackled. This is the groundwork being laid for which all future canon novels in the post-ROTJ era will be based. The question is, does Aftermath pull it off? Click here to read our full—and rather lengthy—review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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