Podcasts in Review

April 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Beyond the Vote: Episode #006 covers a bad week for Trump as he talks abortion, the numbers involved for delegates, and what’s in store for the convention. Riley and Scott take politics and make it interesting. It’s noteworthy when each week one of the podcasts I look forward to most has nothing to do with Star Wars.

Blast Points: Episode 17 continues to raise the bar as Jason interviews Star Wars author J.W. Rinzler. I’ve heard Jason do a handful of interviews, and he always does a top notch job with some excellent questions. In this episode he talks with Rinzler about his first exposure to Star Wars, getting a job at Lucasfilm, making the Making Of books, and tries to get in a question about the Making of The Force Awakens, which unfortunately gets shot down. Good try though. They wrap up with some quick Star Wars favorite questions to finish off a fun interview. Be sure to give this one a listen.

Bombad Radio: Episode 236 features a Rogue One roundtable discussion with Jeremiah, James, Jason, Gabe and author Adam Bray as they give a full breakdown of the trailer with some excellent observations and connections. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Marvel Star Wars Solicitations for July 2016

April 20, 2016 at 6:09 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 July 2016. Here’s the full Star Wars rundown.

Han Solo #2 (of 5)

Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Mark Brooks
Cover Artist: Lee Bermejo

Han Solo has entered the space race of his dreams – the DRAGON VOID! But he’s on an undercover mission – to find a traitor within the Rebellion. Teamed with Wookiee warrior Chewbacca, will they be able to find the mole before trouble finds them?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: July 6, 2016

Poe Dameron #4

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Variant Cover: David Aja

The next stop on Poe’s mission is Grakkus the Hutt…but Grakkus has been in Republic Prison for years. You know what that means—POE DIRECTLY TO JAIL!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: July 6, 2016

Darth Vader #23

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist/Cover Artist: Salvador Larrocca
Variant Cover: John Tyler Christopher (Action Figure cover)

Vader vs. Morit on the shell of the Executor! DO YOU NEED MORE THAN THAT??? Fine: Cylo’s secret revealed!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016

Star Wars #21

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Jorge Molina
Cover Artist: David Aja
Variant Covers: David Aja (B&W cover), John Tyler Christopher (Action Figure cover)

“The Last Flight of the Harbinger” STARTS NOW! Sgt. Kreel is back with an all-new squad of stormtroopers! Go inside the minds of an elite group of Imperial soldiers! Join incoming artist Jorge Molina for a walk on the dark side!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: July 20, 2016

The Force Awakens Adaptation #2 (of 5)

Writer: Chuck Wendig
Artist: Luke Ross
Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

The saga continues! Desert scavenger Rey and ex-stormtrooper Finn are being pursued by the evil First Order! But can they escape Jakku in an old “hunk of junk” YT-1300 freighter? And what new threats will they find in a galaxy far, far away?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

Darth Vader Vol. 3 – The Shu-Torun War TPB

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencillers: Leinil Francis Yu and Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Kaare Andrews

The Dark Lord of the Sith’s unstoppable march continues! The natives of Shu-Torun are revolting, and there’s no way the Empire will stand for that. When Darth Vader is tasked with leading a military assault against the planet, could it be that his rise to glory has begun? But who will follow Vader into war? Would you? Then again, it’s better to fight alongside Vader than against him. That’s a lesson that the ore barons are about to learn. Collecting DARTH VADER #16-19 and ANNUAL #1.

Details: 120 pages, Rated T, $16.99
Release Date: August 10, 2016

Star Wars Vol. 3: Rebel Jail TPB

Writers: Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron
Pencillers: Angel Unzueta, Mike Mayhew and Leinil Francis Yu
Cover Artist: Terry Dodson

What comes next for the rebels after the events of VADER DOWN? Find out as the adventures of Luke Skywalker and friends continue! The rebel crew is en route to a prison base with a very important captive. But unlucky for them, they aren’t the only ones with their eyes on this prize! Plus: Meet a rebel spy at the heart of the Empire, and join him on a mission of life and death! And in another tale from the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi, journey back to the Jedi’s days of exile on Tatooine. Moisture farmer Owen Lars may have taken in young Luke, but he refused to let Ben be part of the boy’s life. Now, prepare to discover the reason why! Collecting STAR WARS (2015) #15-19 and ANNUAL #1.

Details: 144 pages, Rated T, $19.99
Release Date: August 17, 2016

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire HC

Writers: Greg Rucka and James Robinson
Pencillers: Marco Checchetto and Tony Harris
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto

For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star — and into the chaos of a Shattered Empire. It’s the explosive lead-in to this winter’s blockbuster big-screen Star Wars revival, and everything you need to know is right here! Plus, follow everyone’s favorite protocol droid as he Journeys to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Details: 144 pages, Rated T+, $24.99, oversized
Release Date: August 31, 2016

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones HC

Writers: Jonathan Hales and Henry Gilroy
Penciller: Jan Duursema
Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

The official adaptation of the crucial second chapter in the Star Wars saga! The Republic is under threat, with thousands of solar systems joining the separatist movement led by the mysterious Count Dooku. The few remaining Jedi Knights struggle to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. As the Galactic Senate considers raising a clone army, Senator Amidala — the former queen of Naboo — comes under attack. Someone must protect her — and Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, take on the fateful mission. As old favorites like Yoda and new ones like Jango Fett play their parts, destiny takes hold — in a tale of forbidden love, a young Jedi finding his true path and an old threat rising from the shadows once again. Collecting STAR WARS: EPISODE II — ATTACK OF THE CLONES #1-4.

Details: 152 pages, Rated T, $24.99, oversized
Release Date: September 7, 2016

 

Star Wars: Heroes For A New Hope HC

Writers: Mark Waid, Charles Soule and Gerry Duggan
Pencillers: Terry Dodson, Alex Maleev and Phil Noto
Cover Artists: Terry Dodson, Alex Maleev and Phil Noto

Three of the most beloved characters in the entire Star Wars saga in their own solo adventures! After Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Leia Organa is a princess without a world! But she still feels a duty to her people. Can she save the remaining Alderaanians from the might of the Galactic Empire? Before master of charm Lando Calrissian joined the Rebellion, or even ran Cloud City, he and faithful ally Lobot got by with the odd swindle and plenty of swagger. But this time, has Lando bitten off more than he can chew? Speaking of things getting Chewy, everybody’s favorite Wookiee warrior also faces some alone time after the battle of Yavin. Stranded on an Imperial-occupied planet, far away from Han Solo, will he make a new best friend? Collecting PRINCESS LEIA #1-5, LANDO #1-5 and CHEWBACCA #1-5.

Details: 344 pages, Rated T, $50.00, oversized
Release Date: November 2, 2016

 

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Obi-Wan & Anakin #4’ and Vader Down TPB

April 20, 2016 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has two new Star Wars releases today: Obi-Wan & Anakin #4 and the Vader Down TPB.

Obi-Wan and Anakin #4 (of 5)

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto

Obi-wan and Anakin are trapped on opposite sides of a war…and if they’re not careful, they’re going to get caught in the crossfire! Plus…why does Anakin want to leave the order?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Vader Down TPB

Two of the biggest titles in comics collide in the first crossover of the new Marvel age of STAR WARS! When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the rebel fleet on his own, he is sent crashing onto a nearby planet. Will the rebels seize this opportunity to put an end to one of their greatest enemies – or will they be made to feel the full power of the dark side? The Sith Lord may be down, but he isn’t out! All your favorites are here, old and new, good and evil: Luke! Vader! Leia! Aphra! Han! Threepio, Artoo, Triple-Zero and BT-1! And in a hair-raising battle of the Wookiees, Chewbacca versus Black Krrsantan! ROOOARRGH UR ROO! Collecting STAR WARS: VADER DOWN, STAR WARS (2015) #13-14 and DARTH VADER #13-15.

Details: 136 pages, Rated T, $19.99

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Comic Review: ‘Darth Vader #19’

April 20, 2016 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Darth Vader #19 brings the Shu-Torun war to a close, but the hunt for Vader isn’t over yet. He still has traitors to deal with, and one last loose end to clean up. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘C-3PO #1’

April 20, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Star Wars: C-3PO #1 is a mixed bag. Buried underneath a mound of terrible artwork, lies a good story. So, is it still worth getting? Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

April 20, 2016 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 April 20 to 26th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

April 20

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Kansas City, MO for Ready UMKC at University Walkway from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • Star Garrison will be at the STAAR Pep Rally and Literacy Night.

April 21

  • Southern California Garrison will be in Palm Springs, CA for the Bobcat Cub Crossover.

April 22

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Independence, MO for Family Involvement Literacy Night at Little Blue Elementary.
  • Carolina Garrison will be in Myrtle Beach, SC for Star Wars Night with the Pelicans.
  • Central Garrison will be in Minot, ND for iMagicon 2016 at Holiday Inn from April 22 to 24th.
  • Michigan Garrison will be in Rochester Hills, MI for North Hill School Carnival.
  • Northeast Remnant Garrison will be in North Plainfield, NJ for the East End Elementary School Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Orange, CA for the CHOC Outpatient Troop.

Continue Reading Databurst From the 501st…

Around the Web

April 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Toys | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Brecker & Meyer is doing a special four book Star Wars set of The Jedi Path, Book of Sith, The Bounty Hunter Code and Imperial Handbook. No word yet on a release date, but definitely a nice way to get them all if you haven’t picked them up yet.
  • As we countdown to the next Star Wars novel, Bloodline, Star Wars Insider will be prepping readers with a short tie-in story called “Scorched.” Written by Delilah S. Dawson, “Scorched” will be appearing in Star Wars Insider #165 (due out on April 27). It stars Greer Sonnel, “a rising star preparing to take part in The Gauntlet, a challenging and dangerous starfighter race. Greer Sonnel is a key character – and close ally of Senator Leia Organa – who will be featured in Claudia Gray’s upcoming STAR WARS: BLOODLINE. SCORCHED takes place before the events of the novel and provides insight into Greer’s background and character.” The short story will also include artwork by Joe Corroney.
  • Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from Chuck Wendig‘s next Star Wars novel Aftermath: Life Debt.
  • Plus Del Rey now has even more ways to win a free copy of Bloodline or a free Bloodline poster.
  • RebelScum is reporting that Star Wars actor Felix Silla has a book out called The World of Felix Silla. It’s an 88 page softcover and available directly from him via his Facebook page.
  • There’s a new Kickstarter out there for a mech anthology novel called MECH: Age of Steel Anthology which includes stories by Kevin J. Anderson and Martha Wells.
  • And edelweiss has updated their book catalogs with a bunch of new Star Wars titles.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Podcasts in Review

April 14, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode #19 is their Star Wars Rebels season two finale roundtable episode. Jamie and Kate are joined by friends Gary, Matt and Rod as they discuss the episode. With four Irish guys and just one girl, it’s not the most diverse roundtable, but it’s okay. I think the regular episodes have a lot better dynamic between just Jamie and Kate. The roundtable isn’t a bad idea, but it might benefit from a different selection of guests.

Blast Points: Episode 12 covers some Episode VIII rumor/leaks/news like Luke being in a casino, they talk about Donnie Yen’s Instagram account, Rogue One speculation, Star Wars Rebels “Mystery at Chopper Base” thoughts, Gary Whitta writing more Star Wars Rebels episodes, who’s Rey, her role/destiny and the importance of Kenobi, and a deep dive into Rey’s vision as they analyze the audio with a complete breakdown of both left, center, front right, etc audio channels. Very interesting as you can pick up a lot of stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily catch.

Blast Points: Episode 15 is a special mini-episode devoted to the Rogue One trailer as they talk about Mon Mothma, the droid character, the lack of Mads, the tone and more as they go through it scene-by-scene. Funny episode with some good observations. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Releases: ‘Darth Vader #19’ and ‘C-3PO #1’

April 13, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Shu-Torun War comes to an end in Darth Vader #19 and the C-3PO one shot is finally out!

Darth Vader #19

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks

The SHU-TORUN WAR concludes! Will Vader bring the Ore Barons in line? Or will Cylo and his warriors show the Dark Lord how it’s done?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Tony Harris
Variant Cover: John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant)

Follow everyone’s favorite protocol droid as he Journeys to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in this special one-shot leading up to his appearance in the film! Just how did Threepio get a red arm, anyway? Find out here as the blockbuster creative team of James Robinson and Tony Harris of DC’s Starman reunite for the first time in nearly two decades! You may be fluent in over six million forms of communication…but this book is a must have in any language!

Details: 40 pages, One-Shot, Rated T+, $4.99

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Comic Review: ‘Poe Dameron #1’

April 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Poe Dameron #1 kicks off a new ongoing series with two fan favorites from The Force Awakens. While Poe and BB-8 can certainly sell a comic, the question is whether Charles Soule and Phil Noto can do their part to make them into an interesting story. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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