Comic Review: ‘Rebel Heist #1’

April 30, 2014 at 12:10 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Get ready for something completely different. Rebel Heist #1 is not your typical Star Wars comic. The story won’t go the way you expect it. Heck, even the art is a little different. But sometime different can be good. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Releases: Dark Times Omnibus Volume 2 and Rebel Heist #1

April 30, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Dark Horse Comics has several new Star Wars releases for today including the second Dark Times omnibus and the first issue of Rebel Heist with three different covers.

Star Wars Omnibus: Dark Times Volume 2

Jedi Dass Jennir takes a job that attracts the attention of Lord Vader himself! Meanwhile, Jedi Master K’Kruhk tries to shield a group of Padawans from the Empire’s hunt for Jedi. Culminating in a confrontation between the Jedi and Darth Vader, the galaxy’s dark times continue . . . Collects Dark Times Volume 4—Blue Harvest, Dark Times Volume 5—Out of the Wilderness, Dark Times Volume 6—Fire Carrier, and Dark Times Volume 7—A Spark Remains.

Writer: Randy Stradley
Pencillers: Douglas Wheatley and Gabriel Guzman
Inker: Gabriel Guzman
Colorists: Chris Chuckry, Garry Henderson, Dan Jackson and Dave McCaig
Cover Artist: Douglas Wheatley

Format: FC, 456 pages; TP, 6” x 9”
Price: $24.99

Rebel Heist #1 (of 4)

A young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. But the young man’s hero worship is crushed by the reality of Han Solo. A botched escape, a ship that doesn’t work—could it be that Solo is just a lucky bumbler whose luck has run out?

* Han Solo–the truth behind the myth!

* Covers by Adam Hughes!

Click here for a four page preview.

Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciller: Marco Castiello
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Artists: Adam Hughes (regular cover and ultra variant sketch cover), Matt Kindt (variant cover)

Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.50 Continue Reading New Releases: Dark Times Omnibus Volume 2 and Rebel Heist #1…

Databurst From the 501st

April 30, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from April 30 through May 6th. There’s lots going on this weekend with Free Comic Book Day and May the 4th Be With You. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

April 30

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Leavenworth, KS for Star Wars Day at the VA (Dwight D. Eisenhower VAMC).
  • Mexican Garrison will be in Mexico City for Kermes Casas Hogar en ESCA Santo Tomás.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Westminster, MD for the Special Olympics Spring Games at Westminster High School from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will be in Brighton for LEGO Store May the 4th Week.

May 1

  • German Garrison will be in Oberhausen at the Legoland Discovery Centre.
  • UK Garrison will be in Brighton and Newcastle for LEGO Store May the 4th week events.

Continue Reading Databurst From the 501st…

The Cast

April 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, Star Wars | Leave a comment

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The initial cast for Star Wars Episode VII has been revealed. We all knew Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would be returning to play Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (because George Lucas spilled the beans on that last year) but the the icing on the cake is knowing Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) are all returning for their iconic roles. All that said, there is great deal of interest in the new-to-Star Wars cast members: John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow. So who are these people?

Well John Boyega is a relatively unknown actor, Daisy Ridley even more so. Adam Driver is somewhat known for his role as Adam Sackler in HBO’s tv show Girls. Oscar Isaac has done a few films, and I recognize him best as Prince John in the Russell Crowe Robin Hood movie. Domhnall Gleeson has done a lot of small roles including Bill Weasley, Ron Weasley’s eldest brother in the Harry Potter films. Then there’s Andy Serkis who everyone will know as Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

Last, but not least, is Max von Sydow who has done more films than all the rest combined. He’s played Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told, Father Merrin in The Exorcist, Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon, King Osric in Conan the Barbarian, Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Never Say Never Again, Doctor Kynes in Dune, Sigmund Freud in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and Chief Justice Fargo in Judge Dredd. Not too mention roles in Minority Report, Rush Hour 3, Shutter Island, The Seventh Seal, and also a role in the aforementioned Robin Hood. Plus Skyrim gamers may recognize him as the voice of Esbern, the chronicler of the Blades.

There will certainly be a lot more news in the weeks and months to come, but for now, movie fans have some tantalizing speculation to play with.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

April 29, 2014 at 11:14 am | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

StarWars.com has revealed the cast for Star Wars Episode VII.

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Paperback Release for ‘Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde’

April 29, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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Michael A. Stackpole’s Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde is out today in paperback. This marks his first entry in the World of Warcraft franchise. Don’t let the panda on the cover fool you, this is a book worth checking out.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Monday Funny: They’re All Legends

April 28, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Star Wars | 1 Comment

With the announcement of the new Star Wars canon, there also came the news that all old Star Wars novels would stay in print under the Star Wars Legends banner. Now all Star Wars readers can celebrate as the best Star Wars book ever returns to print under the well deserved Legends banner.

The Glove of Darth Vader…it was certainly legendary.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot. What’s next? The Crystal Star? YES!

Star Wars Legends

April 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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legends-bannerWe all knew it was coming, and at least now Star Wars readers will have time to prepare ourselves for the change. As Scott Shannon, Del Rey’s Senior Vice President and Publisher, commented “And now we’re excited to finally be able to call our upcoming novels true canon—a single, cohesive Star Wars storyline—all while keeping the amazing backlist of Star Wars Legends content in print.” So while we’ve got a new canon starting in September, the old canon is being rebranded Star Wars Legends. The rebranding includes new “Legends” banners on the Star Wars book covers no longer a part of the official canon. That means any books released prior to John Jackson Miller’s upcoming novel A New Dawn.

Now I’m not a hardcore book collector, but I do have a large Star Wars book collection. Initially I tried to get them all as cheaply as possible which meant lots of paperbacks. In years since, I’ve tried to replace them with hardcovers whenever possible. That means I have a few copies of the same book just in different formats. I’ve also picked up extra copies when the price is too good to pass by. As such, I’ve come across different sized hardcover novels. And of course there are Star Wars books out there with different covers, especially the foreign editions which sometimes have completely different artwork. With the new Star Wars Legends line, this means we’ll be getting ALL of those old Star Wars novels with new covers. The question is: how hardcore of a collector are you? Will you try to get them all? Or, like me, will you instead pick a few discreet titles to add to your collection. One way or another, here’s a look at some of the “Legends” covers that have already been revealed. Continue Reading Star Wars Legends…

Force Lightning, Mofos!

April 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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star-wars-lords-of-the-sith-paul-s-kempAuthor Paul S. Kemp also shared a little on his blog today about his newly revealed Star Wars novel Lords of the Sith.

My next Star Wars novel was announced today (press release here).  This is the cover.  Just.  Look.  At.  It.

Now, I actually wanted to title the novel, “Force Lightning, Mofos!” but that idea was not well received.  :-)

A blurb from Del Rey:

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely solely on each other, the Force, and their awesome martial skills to prevail. Created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group. Coming March 2015. Jacket art by Aaron McBride.

I can say a few things more about the book:  First, as is apparent from thatspectacular cover, the book features Vader and Palpatine.  It also features a character who I’m not allowed to name just yet, but who appeared in The Clone Wars animated series.  In terms of where it fits in the timeline, Lords of the Sith is set after the Revenge of the Sith film and before the forthcoming Rebels television show.

Alas, that’s all I’m allowed to say at this point about the substance of the book.

I’m excited about it, though, and hope you are, too.

Oh, and finally:  BOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

A New Dawn Rises

April 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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star-wars-a-new-dawn-by-john-jackson-millerAuthor John Jackson Miller shared some info on his newly announced Star Wars Rebels book A New Dawn over on his blog as well as his trip to Lucasfilm to film a EU appreciation video along with Timothy Zahn.

The news is out! I can at last share the project I’ve been working on this fall and winter: STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN is my new hardcover adult novel release, set for release this September from Random House/Del Rey!

The novel (my first Star Wars work since Kenobi) is set several years after Star Wars: Episode III — and several years before the upcoming animated television series Star Wars: Rebels. As you can see from the cover, two of the main characters of that series, Kanan and Hera, have major roles in the book. This is the first novel integrating input from the Lucasfilm Story Group, which manages story concepts across all media, and so in addition to working with Random House’s team I both got inspiration and feedback from the series’ executive producers, Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, as well as Pablo Hidalgo, Jennifer Heddle, and Leland Chee. Continue Reading A New Dawn Rises…

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