Retro Reviews: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster

August 25, 2020 at 5:25 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Force Awakens is the novelization to the blockbuster of the same name from December of 2015. The original screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and the novelization was written by Alan Dean Foster.

First off, this is going to be a controversial review. I personally loved The Force Awakens movie when I first saw it, and I still love it. It’s one of my favorite Star Wars movies. However, I did not like the novelization of the film at all. I believe that this is a textbook case of how not to write a novelization. But I will blunt my criticism off the bat by saying that there are some great things in the novelization, well worth your read.

I’ll start with the positives. There are some great, short insights about Leia and her work with the Resistance and her search for Luke that are really good. It adds to the film for me and makes me appreciate Leia. I also love how Foster included several of the deleted scenes/dialogue for Leia and Han’s scenes, some of which actually was repurposed for The Rise of Skywalker, which I didn’t realize until this reread. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster…

Podcasts in Review

August 20, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Podcast Stardust Episode 138
  2. Star Wars 7×7 Episode 2236
  3. Star Wars 7×7 Episode 2235
  4. Blast Points Podcast Battle Beyond the Stars
  5. The Nerd Byword Episode 011

Honorable Mentions

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New Releases: ‘Bounty Hunters #4’ and ‘The Rebellion’ Vol 4

August 19, 2020 at 9:35 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has two new Star Wars releases today.

Bounty Hunters #4

Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Cover Artist: Lee Bermejo

THE SINS THAT CAN’T BE ABSOLVED! With a blaster aimed at this back, cyborg bounty hunter VALANCE closes in on NAKANO LASH, the mentor who abandoned him many years ago. But what is the secret that Lash has been hiding ever since that fateful, doomed mission – one that led her to betray her entire crew? Those answers may die with her if a vengeful BOBA FETT gets to her first.

Details: Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol 4

Writers: Rob Williams & more
Artist/Cover Artist: Brandon Badeaux

The war against the Empire continues! Months after the Death Star’s destruction, the Rebel Alliance has begun the fight to dismantle the Empire piece by piece. Rebel strategist Jorin Sol has been rescued from the enemy’s clutches – but is he now friend or foe? And Luke Skywalker’s childhood pal Imperial Lieutenant Janek “Tank” Sunber claims he wants to join the Rebellion – but Princess Leia thinks it’s a trap. Can Luke still trust his old friend? Plus: The cross-time “Vector” saga continues! Bounty hunter Boba Fett takes on a series of deadly assignments! Lando Calrissian moves to Cloud City! And more! Collecting STAR WARS: REBELLION #1-16, STAR WARS: BOBA FETT – OVERKILL and STAR WARS: BOBA FETT #1/2 – and material from STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC/REBELLION #0 and STAR WARS TALES #3, #15, #17 and #21.

Details: Rated T, $44.99

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Cover Reveal: ‘Victory’s Price’ by Alexander Freed

August 14, 2020 at 10:50 am | Posted in Art, Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The third book in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy now has a cover.

Victory’s Price will be out March 2, 2021.

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Around the Web

August 14, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Events, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys & Collectibles, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

Event News

  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend registration for next year is now open. Events run from April 16 to April 18 for those who are interested.

Fandom News

  • Here’s This Week in Star Wars

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Podcasts in Review

August 13, 2020 at 12:20 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. For the Nerd The Back to the Future Trilogy
  2. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 147
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 230
  4. The Steve Austin Show Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura Pt. 1 | SAS Classic
  5. TechnoRetro Dads Conspiracies R Us

Honorable Mentions

  • The Living Force Episode 69 features an interview with the author of Poe Dameron: Free Fall

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New Releases: ‘Star Wars Action Figure Variant Covers #1’, ‘Darth Vader #4’ & More

August 12, 2020 at 9:07 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has three new releases today.

Star Wars Action Figure Variant Covers #1

Artist/Cover Artist: John Tyler Christopher

Get the ultimate Star Wars action figure collection – in one single, giant-sized comic book! As a child, John Tyler Christopher spent his days playing with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and his beloved Boba Fett. As an adult, Christopher has spent the last five years drawing the greatest heroes and villains of the galaxy far, far away in a stellar series of Action Figure Variant Covers to Marvel’s Star Wars titles – which have become as sought-after among fans as the original toys! Now, almost 100 of Christopher’s covers – featuring everyone from Ackbar to Zuckuss – are assembled, in all their full-size glory, in this instant collector’s item issue. And you don’t even have to agonize over taking them out of the box!

Details: Rated T, $9.99

Darth Vader #4 (2020)

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Raffaele Ienco
Cover Artist: In-Hyuk Lee

WHO HUNTS THE HUNTER? DARTH VADER continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him. But on NABOO, the DARK LORD OF THE SITH faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from LUKE to PADMÉ, the wife of the man Vader used to be. And what secrets lie in the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA?

Details: Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith HC Vol 02

Writers: Charles Soule, and Chuck Wendig
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Leonard Kirk
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato

Darth Vader’s imperious rise continues! As the Empire’s grip on the galaxy tightens, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs – but bringing Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. As Vader, Tarkin and their Inquisitors hunt their targets, the seas will weep! Meanwhile, Vader discovers a theft – and when the thief faces the consequences, Emperor Palpatine rewards his disciple with a chilling gift! Seeking the path to destiny, Vader returns to the place of his greatest defeat. Darkness rises above Mustafar as Vader’s brutal design begins to take shape – but will the planet’s inhabitants stand for this desecration? And what can they do against the Dark Lord? Collecting DARTH VADER (2017) #13-25 and DARTH VADER ANNUAL #2.

Details: Rated T, $34.99

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Retro Reviews: ‘Twilight Company’ by Alexander Freed

August 11, 2020 at 5:42 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Battlefront: Twilight Company is an adult novel written by Alexander Freed. It was released in November of 2015.

Depending on who you ask, this can either be considered a fantastic story, or a rough and terrible story. I happen to think it’s somewhere in the middle. I personally love the plot of the book, and Alexander Freed does a good job writing his main character, Namir. However, for being an ensemble book, it does have difficulty fleshing out the other major characters.

That being said, Gadren is one of my favorite characters in the book, despite his few pages of “screentime”. He takes the place of the tough, big guy who’s really a softy at heart. I think that there are ample opportunities to use him more, whether it be comics, novels, or short stories. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Twilight Company’ by Alexander Freed…

Around the Web

August 7, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Marvel, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

Fandom News

  • Star Wars By the Numbers released a video for every ship in the sequel trilogy.

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Podcasts in Review

August 6, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. The Last Missions (Doing Talking\Friends of the Force): Lauren Mary Kim Interview
  2. The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 442
  3. What The Force?: Interview with Sarah Kuhn
  4. The GALactic Podcast: GAL Chat with Chris from Star Wars Friends Podcast
  5. Blast Points Podcast: Episode 229

Honorable Mentions

  • Tarkin’s Top Shelf Episode 108 features their review of Doctor Aphra.
  • Tarkin’s Top Shelf Episode 109 features their review of Free Fall.

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