Roqoo Depot’s Best of 2013

December 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Movies, Opinion, Reviews, Star Wars, Television | 1 Comment

It’s been a heck of a year for Star Wars fans. The cancelling of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a constant flow of rumors for Star Wars Episode VII, and the impending release for Star Wars Rebels and TCW bonus content. For Star Wars readers, there’s certainly been no shortage of books to choose from. As this year wraps up, we here at Roqoo Depot present our look back at the best of 2013, be it Star Wars books or non-Star Wars books, television or movies. Here’s the best of what saw and read.

Best Star Wars Book of 2013

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Empire and Rebellion: The New Big Three

September 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Books, Opinion, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments
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Del Rey and Lucasbooks is set to recapture the imaginations of fans with their new Star Wars series Empire and Rebellion. Starring the three most famous characters from the franchise—Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia—each book is set during the familiar era of the original movies. With new Star Wars movies on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to tell stories focusing on the classic characters, a theme sure to appeal to new and old readers alike. Yet the series has been placed in the hands of four authors new to Star Wars: Martha Wells, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (aka James S.A. Corey), and Kevin Hearne. The big question is, what can readers expect? Continue Reading Empire and Rebellion: The New Big Three…

Teaser Poster for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

July 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Disney, Entertainment, Movies, News, Opinion, scifi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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iyrhujMarvel has released the first teaser poster for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is said to be more of a sequel to The Avengers itself than Iron Man 3 and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, have been. The Marvel sequel is reportedly introducing The Falcon and Agent 13 into their Cinematic World, and features Captain America and the Black Widow teaming up to confront The Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan in the first Captain America film.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, and Samuel L Jackson. It is due out on April 4th, 2014.

Posted By: Ryan for Roqoo Depot

Why Leia Is Awesome

June 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Movies, Opinion, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Star Wars Blog usually has some pretty good articles, but every now and then they have one that really gets your attention. Today Jennifer Heddle, senior editor for Lucas Books, did a write up called “Why Leia Is Awesome”. It’s an article so good that I’m labeling it a must read. Here’s a taste…

Her strength is apparent in A New Hope, when she is tortured by a Sith Lord to find out the location of the secret Rebel base — and tells him nothing. Vader even acknowledges the surprising depth of her resistance. Then, when she’s brought before Grand Moff Tarkin and threatened with the destruction of her entire planet if she doesn’t give up the location of the secret base once and for all, she stands there, with this merciless man before her and the man who tortured her gripping her shoulder behind her, and lies. She lies. It’s an incredible moment of steel will on her part. Did I mention that she’s only 19 at the time? Take a moment to think about what you accomplished at age 19. For me it was mostly drinking my weight in coffee at college.

Her empathy is on display after our heroes have escaped the Death Star, when Leia takes the time to console Luke — who she just met a few hours ago, remember — about the death of Obi-Wan. That’s right, she takes the time to console a guy she’s just met on the death of a man who that guy just met, when her entire planet has just been disintegrated (and she was recently tortured and about to be put to death. I’m just saying.). She may have a sassy mouth on her, but she also has a big heart.

Her loyalty is shown in The Empire Strikes Back, during the battle of Hoth, when even though Echo Base is falling down around them and Imperial forces are knocking at the door, Leia is still at the command center, coordinating combat efforts while she ducks falling chunks of ice. She’s on the front lines just like everybody else. And even when Han finally manages to drag her off (and I love that he knows that’s where she’ll be), she stops to tell the person working with her to get to the transport, too. She’ll never ask anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself.

Click here to read the full article. It’s worth it.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Return of the Jedi 30th Anniversary: A Personal Reminisce

May 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Events, Movies, Opinion, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi came out 30 years ago today. The third film in an epic series, ROTJ brought the redemption of Vader, the death of Boba Fett, and the unveiling of characters like Jabba the Hutt, Admiral Ackbar and the Emperor. Plus, who can forget the Ewoks? To celebrate the 30th anniversary, Geralyn and I are going to share our memories of seeing the film for the first time, it’s impact on us, and how the film holds up 30 years later.

Skuldren: Sadly, I was not able to see Return of the Jedi when it came out in theaters. ROTJ beat me into this world by about a year. The first time I was able to see it was on a bootleg VHS copy in my parent’s living room. I was very young, probably around four years old, but I loved it. Oddly enough, though, some of my favorite characters were not Han, Luke, Leia or Lando, but Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and the Ewoks. For me, I loved seeing the strange creatures. Here was this strange place filled with weird monsters and at the center of them all is this giant slug like thing bossing them around and seemingly out smarting the good guys. Jabba drew me in and caught my interest. Plus he had the cool looking Boba Fett working for him. Sure Fett was a bad guy and got killed without really doing anything. But Fett looked cool! More importantly, though, ROTJ was a move that hit me emotionally. It’s the first movie that made me cry. When that furry little Ewok got blasted by the Empire, my little heart sobbed in dismay. For older generations, the Ewoks may or may not have worked, but for me, they worked perfectly. I instantly bonded with them, loved them, and couldn’t stand to see one of them killed.

Geralyn: I distinctly remember seeing Return of the Jedi in the theater when it premiered in ’83. Of course, like thousands of parents, I had my son with me, but it’s a toss up as to which of us was the bigger Star Wars fan.  It’s a good thing I brought him though because he remembers where we saw ROTJ.  While where we saw Star Wars (A New Hope to you latecomers and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) and ESB (The Egyptian) are firmly planted in my mind, the details on the where of ROTJ are a bit fuzzy.  In all fairness, I’d just finished up college and was in the process of moving from Los Angeles to Boston.  It turns out we saw it in Kansas City which was a bit prophetic since that’s where we both now live.  We both arrived here by different life routes and independent of each other.  It certainly seems like the Force is at work here, although the Force is a little vague on the purpose of why we need to be here.  Possibly it’s to ensure that we see ALL the Star Wars movies together, which we have.  Incidentally, thanks to the re-release in ’97, my second son and I have also seen all the Star Wars movies together in a theater.  But there’s something very special about that time with my oldest son when we saw the movies in their original release. Continue Reading Return of the Jedi 30th Anniversary: A Personal Reminisce…

One Retcon to Rule Them All

May 9, 2013 at 8:03 am | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Disney, Lucasfilm, Movies, Opinion, Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

When you look at the massive franchise that is Star Wars, there are really two sides to it: the films and the Expanded Universe (EU). Most Star Wars fans only know about the films, even though they may know that there are books and comics. For that smaller number of Star Wars fans, the Expanded Universe is their outlet to fandom. They continue their joy of the films by diving into books and comics as the adventures of their favorite characters journey off to new worlds and against new threats. We’re all looking forward to what’s being dubbed the sequel trilogy, Episodes VII, VIII and IX. For EU fans, though, we’re all wondering what’s going to happen to the books and comics. Continue Reading One Retcon to Rule Them All…

Conspiracy Report: What Will Disney Cancel Next?

March 25, 2013 at 9:09 am | Posted in Conspiracy Report, Disney, Entertainment, Episode VII, Humor, Movies, Opinion, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Television, The Clone Wars, Video Games | 4 Comments

We live in interesting times. Star Wars Episode VII is on the distant horizon with a pile of Star Wars films behind it. And then there’s this mouse going around throwing away all our toys while we’re distracted. The 3D re-releases, Star Wars 1313, Detours, The Clone Wars…it’s enough to drive a distraught Hutt swan-diving into the nearest sarlacc.

As any good conspiracist, we’re focusing all our immense wealth and resources (two refurbished mouse droids and a for-hire Gamorrean private eye who works for food) on what the mouse plans to target next. So, we called up our inside source Pluto to find out what Disney will cancel next. You won’t believe what we found out.

According to good old Pluto, the house of mouse has a list of items they’re crossing off one by one. While we’ve already seen quite a few projects marked off already, there are still five high priorities left for the trash bin. Continue Reading Conspiracy Report: What Will Disney Cancel Next?…

Ewok Fantasies: Star Wars Short Story Anthologies

March 14, 2013 at 6:44 am | Posted in Books, Ewok Fantasies, Opinion, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

There are a lot of ideas for new Star Wars books, but one thing Star Wars readers have been asking for is more short story anthologies. With the success of John Jackson Miller’s Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, the continuing output of short stories in Star Wars Insider, and Del Rey’s suggestion of doing more eBook stories, it makes sense to bring back the format. Short stories are a great way to introduce new readers by giving them a variety of exposure to what the Star Wars Expanded Universe has to offer. But that does leave one question: what anthologies would fans want to see?

Running with that idea, we take a look at the Star Wars Expanded Universe and the short story anthologies we’d love—in our wildest Ewok fantasies—to see. Continue Reading Ewok Fantasies: Star Wars Short Story Anthologies…

One Look at the New Direction of Lucasfilm

March 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Opinion, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | 1 Comment

StarWars.com broke some big news yesterday. At the time, we decided to just report the news when it broke, but today I’m going to take a deeper look. Breaking down the announcement piece-by-piece, I’ll provide my opinion on what I think it really means for the future of Star Wars. Continue Reading One Look at the New Direction of Lucasfilm…

Conspiracy Report: Star Destroyer Owners’ Workshop Manual

November 15, 2012 at 11:26 am | Posted in Opinion, Speculation, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars artist Chris Trevas recently revealed on Facebook that he and fellow Star Wars artist Chris Reiff have begun work on two new Star Wars projects. Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff working on two new, mysterious projects…it’s time to fire up the conspiracy wheels.

First, let us begin with the hard evidence.

“Chris Reiff and I are starting work on our next TWO Star Wars book collaborations! The books haven’t been announced yet so we can’t discuss them, but they will be fully illustrated by just the two of us…We won’t wrap up these books until 2013…One book is part of a series we’ve been doing, the other is completely new.” –Chris Trevas

Continue Reading Conspiracy Report: Star Destroyer Owners’ Workshop Manual…

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