Podcasts in Review

August 31, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Beltway Banthas: Interview: Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum is, as the title implies, an interview with Vince Houghton who is a curator and historian and the International Spy Museum. The interview is done by John Liang, so it doesn’t feature the usual hosts of Beltway Banthas, but this interview, which is more of a conversation, is pretty good as Vince also does a regular event talking about Star Wars spy craft which becomes the main subject of this episode. Vince talks about the spy museum, spies in Star Wars, flaws in Imperial intelligence operations, geospatial analysis in Star Wars, and also just his general thoughts on Star Wars and Disney. Very fun conversation.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 47 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Blabba the Hutt: 40 Years of Star Wars – Live From Dublin Comic Con 2017 is the audio from their panel. They talk about a variety of topics from what made Star Wars great in the beginning to what will happen to Kylo Ren. They keep the conversation going for most of the episode and toward the end it turns over to a trivia contest for swag with the audience, but there is a lot of good discussion in the panel overall and it’s good audio quality so definitely worth a listen.
Porg Count: 1, Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Blast Points: Episode IG-88 starts off with news as they talk about Michael K. Williams being cut from the Han Solo film, the new warship and walker for The Last Jedi, and the rumored working title for the Kenobi movie. Then they get to the good stuff. The really good stuff. They talk IG-88, the infamous robot bounty hunter who stood silently next to Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and who has continually showed up elsewhere. They talk about his first appearance, his return in the Droids cartoon, his presence in the Shadows of the Empire video game, the IG droids in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Forces of Destiny and his colorful Legends backstory. For IG-88 fans, this one is a must listen.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 53 minutes, Rating: Great episode
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New Releases: ‘Star Wars #35’ and ‘Mace Windu #1’

August 30, 2017 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has two new Star Wars releases today. IDW also has a new release, the Star Wars The Force Awakens graphic novel.

Star Wars #35

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew
Variant Cover Artists: Amy Reeder (40th anniversary cover), John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant)

Two issues featuring tales of the Star Wars underworld! First, Sana and Lando join forces on Coruscant to swindle some credits! Then, Han and Chewie go back to smuggling…for a Hutt?!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #1 (of 5)

Writer: Matt Owens
Artist: Denys Cowan
Cover Artist: Jesus Saiz
Variant Cover Artists: Rahzzah (variant cover), Russell Dauterman (40th anniversary cover), Javier Rodriguez (homage variant cover)

For over a thousand generations, the Jedi have been the peacekeepers of the galaxy…but now, at the dawn of the Clone Wars, they find themselves in a new role: generals in the Army of the Republic. As Mace Windu, one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors, leads a small unit of Jedi into battle shortly after the war begins, the Jedi must make peace with their new role, or be lost to the violence around them!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars The Force Awakens (Graphic Novel)

Writer: Alessandro Ferrari
Artists: Igor Chimisso, Simone Buonfantino, Massimo Rocca, Davide Turotti and Studio Kawaii
Cover Artist: Eric Jones

Prepare for the Holiday 2017 blockbuster film, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, with this comic adaptation of The Force Awakens, published in the U.S. for the first time! Faithfully capturing the galaxy-spanning action of The Force Awakens, join Rey, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren, and all your favorite characters, new and old, on the adventure of a lifetime! Experience Episode VII in a whole new way before catching the new movie in theaters later this year! This beautiful graphic novel combines the awe-inspiring wonder of Star Wars with the streamlined designs of Disney animation, making it a must-read for longtime fans and a great introduction for newcomers!

Details: 80 pages, Ages 10 – 14, $9.99

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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Aphra Annual #1’

August 30, 2017 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Doctor Aphra Annual #1 reveals Black Krrsantan’s backstory and explains a little bit of how Aphra’s auction party came to be. Click here to read our full review.

Comic Review: ‘Cassian & K-2SO #1’

August 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, rogue one, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Cassian & K-2SO #1 one shot is kind of underwhelming. Once again, Marvel throws in some average artwork and an unambitious story for a comic that kind of falls flat. Click here for our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

August 30, 2017 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from August 30 to September 5th which includes the Force Friday midnight events and weekend events. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 30

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in O’Fallon, MO for the Back to School event at Fire Station 5 at 5:00 PM.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Park Ridge, IL for the Advocate Children’s Hospital visit.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Irvine, CA for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
  • UK Garrison will be in Doncaster for the Rossington Village Fete at Memorial Hall from noon to 2:00 PM.

August 31

  • Central Garrison will be in Bismarck, ND for Force Friday at Walmart.
  • Central California Garrison will be in Reno, NV for Force Friday II midnight opening at Toys R Us from 11:00 PM on Thursday to 1:00 AM on Friday.
  • Fortresse Imperiale Garrison will be in Toronto, ON for FanExpo Canada a the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
  • Garrison Excelsior will be in Toronto, ON for FanExpo Canada a the Metro Toronto Convention Center from August 31 to September 3rd.
  • Garrison Tyranus will be in Arlington, VA for Open Tabletop Gaming Con from August 31 to September 3 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
  • Georgia Garrison will be in Alpharetta, GA for Force Friday at Toys R Us on Thursday from 11:00 PM to Friday at 2:00 AM.
  • New England Garrison will be in Williston, VT for Force Friday at Toys R Us.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Redlands, CA for Force Friday II at Target from Thursday at 11:00 PM to Friday at 1:00 AM.
  • Southern Cross Garrison will be in Sydney, New South Wales for Force Friday at Westfield Sydney Shopping Mall.
  • Spanish Garrison will be in Madrid, Spain for Force Friday at El Corte Ingles.
  • Star Garrison will be in Woodlands, TX for Force Friday at Toys R Us, in Mansfield, TX for Force Friday, in Plano, TX for Force Friday at Target, and in Pasadena, TX for Force Friday.
  • UK Garrison will be in Warrington, Oldbury, Chatham, and Cardiff for Force Friday at Toys R Us from 11:00 PM Thursday to 1:00 AM Friday, in London for Force Friday at Smyths Toys from 11:00 PM Thursday to 1:00 AM Friday and in Leeds for Force Friday at Smyths Toys from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

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New Release: ‘Halo: Retribution’ by Troy Denning

August 29, 2017 at 4:55 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Halo: Retribution by Troy Denning is out today. Click here to check out the official production page.

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times bestselling video game series!

December 2553. Less than a year after the end of the Covenant War, a string of violent incidents continues to threaten the tenuous peace in human-held space, culminating in the assassination of UNSC fleet admiral Graselyn Tuwa and the abduction of her family. It is a provocation so outrageous that the Office of Naval Intelligence must retaliate swiftly and ferociously—but only after its operatives identify her killer and rescue the hostages.

This mission will be the first for homicide-detective-turned-ONI-operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, and some­thing feels wrong from the start. The obvious suspect is an infamous Brute dokab who leads the Keepers of the One Freedom, a Covenant splinter group in fierce opposition to the UNSC. But Lopis and her team soon realize that the truth is much more insidious than they could ever have imagined, and along with Fred-104, Kelly-087, and Linda-058 of Blue Team for combat support, must stop a plan hatched in the bowels of the secret research station Argent Moon—a plan so sinister it could destroy all those still reeling from thirty years of inter­galactic conflict….

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Around the Web

August 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, IDW, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars, 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

  • You can check out an except from Delilah S. Dawson’s upcoming novel Phasma on the official Star Wars website.
  • Edelweiss has a couple new entries. First up, Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force by Pablo Hidalgo.

Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
Pablo Hidalgo
FRONTLIST | March 13, 2018
9780760355404, 0760355401
Hardcover
$19.99
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
Ages 8 And Up, Grades 3 to 17
68 pages
8 in Wdth | 11.1 in Lgth

Explore lightsabers from the inside out through history, detailed stats, and epic photos with this treasury of the galaxy’s most famous lightsabers and their masters.
Not as clumsy as a blaster; an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age—lightsabers are the agents of the Force, the chosen weapon of both the Jedi and the Sith. This new and updated version of Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force explores these powerful weapons from tip to hilt, diving into the stories that surround them and showcasing some of the most fascinating examples.

Study the galaxy’s most notable lightsabers and the masters who wielded them, from Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Rey and Kylo Ren. Every featured lightsaber includes a close-up of its one-of-a-kind hilt, a photo of the Jedi or Sith master in action. Each page is filled with detailed statistics, fascinating insights, and little-known facts.

Along with stories and details, this updated version of Star Wars Lightsabers features key foldout pages that let you get even closer and comes with a mini replica lightsaber. From the most famous lightsabers to the most notable lightsabers duels in galactic history, this otherworldly volume captures it all.

  • And there’s Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles by DK Books.

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
DK
FRONTLIST | On Sale Date: April 3, 2018
9781465466655, 1465466657
Hardcover
$16.99
Juvenile Nonfiction / Media Tie-In
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
208 pages
9.2 in H | 7.2 in W | 1.3 lb Wt

  • Halo: Retribution by Troy Denning will be out soon and Troy has posted a second excerpt.

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IDW Star Wars Solicitations November 2017

August 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, IDW, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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IDW has posted their comic solicitations for November 2017. Here is the Star Wars rundown.

Star Wars Adventures #4

Writers: Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
Artist/Cover Artist: Eric Jones
Variant Cover: Nathan Greno

A young Mattis Banz dreams of one day being like his heroes, Luke and Leia. Little does he know that in days past, the famous siblings once made a royal mess of an important mission with the easy-to-provoke Sarkans!

Details: 32 pages, $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 2

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artists: Al Williamson and Alfredo Alcala
Cover Artist: Al Williamson

Reprints for the first time the classic Star Wars newspaper strip in its complete format. No other edition includes each Sunday page title header and “bonus” panels in their meticulously restored original color. The epic seven-days-a-week sagas begin with “Han Solo at Stars’ End,” based on the novel by Brian Daley, adapted by Archie Goodwin and Alfredo Alcala, followed by seven complete adventures by the storied team of Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson. The pair had previously worked together on Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat comics magazines, the Flash Gordon comic book, and 13 years on the Secret Agent Corrigan newspaper strip. They seamlessly shifted gears to take over, at George Lucas’s request, the Star Wars newspaper strip. Included are all strips from October 6, 1980 to February 8, 1981.

Details: Hardcover, B&@, $49.99, 296 pages, 11” x 8.5”, ISBN: 978-1-68405-053-6

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Marvel Star Wars Solicitations November 2017

August 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Marvel has released their comic solicitations for November 2017. Here is the Star Wars rundown.

Star Wars #38

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: David Marquez
Variant Covers: Michael Walsh, Terry Dodson, Pepe Larraz (homage variant cover), Kris Anka (40th anniversary cover), John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant)

THE ASHES OF JEDHA! KIERON GILLEN’S FIRST ISSUE ON STAR WARS! The Rebel Alliance turns its attention to the shattered planet of Jedha! Once the site of great significance to the Jedi, Jedha was left in ruins when the Death Star annihilated the Holy City there. Now, new series writer Kieron Gillen joins artist Salvador Larroca to bring Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest to the remains of the tragic victim of the Empire’s fury!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 8, 2017

Star Wars #39

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: David Marquez
Variant Cover: John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant)

THE ASHES OF JEDHA! KIERON GILLEN’S FIRST ISSUE ON STAR WARS! The Rebel Alliance turns its attention to the shattered planet of Jedha! Once the site of great significance to the Jedi, Jedha was left in ruins when the Death Star annihilated the Holy City there. Now, new series writer Kieron Gillen joins artist Salvador Larroca to bring Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest to the remains of the tragic victim of the Empire’s fury!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 22, 2017

Darth Vader #7

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina

LEGACY’S END BEGINS! As Vader takes his place in command of the Emperor’s secret Inquisitorius Program, he sets his sights on one of the most dangerous Jedi remaining alive…and it’s not who you’d expect.

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 1, 2017

Darth Vader #8

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina

As Vader takes his place in command of the Emperor’s secret Inquisitorius Program, he sets his sights on one of the most dangerous Jedi remaining alive…and it’s not who you’d expect.

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #4 (of 5)

Writer: Matthew Owens
Artist: Denys Cowan
Cover Artist: Jesus Saiz
Variant Covers: Declan Shalvey, Will Sliney

Mace’s faith in the Jedi path is tested when he is challenged – by one of his own!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 29, 2017

Poe Dameron #21

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Variant Cover: Ashley Witter

Black Squadron is on a mission…Impossible? Not for Poe Dameron’s crew! It’s prison break time!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 29, 2017

Doctor Aphra #14

Writers: Kieron Gillen and Simon Spurrier
Artist: Emillio Laiso
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter
Variant Cover: Mark Brooks (40th anniversary)

Doctor Aphra’s antics are causing mayhem once again…But is she really the one calling the shots?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. 3 TPB

Writers: Michael Stackpole and Jan Strnad
Pencillers: Gary Erskine, John Nadeau, Steve Crespo, Jim Hall and Drew Johnson
Cover Artist: Kevin Ryan

Wedge Antilles leads the Rogue Squadron into action and adventure! It begins with what should be a straightforward mission — but will a simple search and rescue end with a requiem for a Rogue? Then, meet the Empire’s answer to Wedge and his elite band of X-wing pilots: Baron Fel, Imperial flying ace! And his wingmen are more than a match for anyone! Will Fel be Rogue Squadron’s downfall — or could he be much more? Our heroes will face pirates, the vindictive Iceheart and an Imperial Star Destroyer! But their deadliest mission of all awaits: If the New Republic is to take hold of Imperial Center and turn the tide of war, Rogue Squadron must rescue former would-be Emperor Sate Pestage — the only trouble is, he’s wanted by the Empire for high treason! Collecting STAR WARS: X-WING ROGUE SQUADRON #17-35.

Details: 472 pages, Rated T, $39.99
Release Date: December 6, 2017

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Podcasts in Review

August 24, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points: Episode 87 starts off with the Kenobi news and ponders whether we could be looking at a dramatic Obi-Wan film with no central villain given the director that’s being considered. They also get into The Last Jedi stuff, George Lucas, and then their main discussion which is the Star Wars Tales comics. They talk about the artists and writers, how the stories played loose with canon, and their favorite stories.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute, Rating: Fun episode

Bombad Radio: Episode 285 features guest Jake Sloan as they tackle two subjects. First off, Disney pulling out of Netflix to start their own streaming services and what that might entail. Secondly, the 501st Legion. Jake talks about being Vader, the different suit variations, trying to keep cool, and other 501st approved costumes. Lot of great info and insight on the 501st, Vader and costuming.
Porg Count: 1, Runtime: 1 hour 14 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Brews and Blasters: Episode 131 covers a new case assortment featuring Fenn Rau, their plans to see John Williams, M.A.S.K., Force Friday and a rundown on all the figures and which ones they’re after. From Rathtars to vehicles and multipacks, the discussion helps give listeners an idea of what will be out there. The cap it off with some listener emails and Oppo awards.
Porg Count: 8, Runtime: 1 hour 14 minutes, Rating: Good episode
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