New Releases: ‘Darth Vader #24’ and ‘Darth Vader Vol 3’

August 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has two new Star Wars releases today.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #24 (of 25)

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

Vader is lost in his inner mindscape, lost in visions of the Force! Is he truly more machine now than man? Or can he fight his way back from the brink?

Details: 32 pages, Rate T, $3.99

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

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

August 10, 2016 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 August 10 to 16th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 10

  • Central Garrison will be in Lincoln, NE for the Weird Al concert.
  • UK Garrison will be in Leeds for the Royal Armouries Sci-Fi Week from August 10 to 11th.

August 11

  • Empire City Garrison will be in Long Island, NY for EveryCon at the Bayville Public Library from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

August 12

  • Garrison Carida will be in Lewisberry, PA for The Force Awakens screening at Roundtop Mountain Resort from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Great Lakes, IL for the CSCSU Picnic.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Woodland Park, CO for Movie Above the Clouds at Outdoor Pavilion from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Monroeville, PA for Steel city Con from August 12 to 14th, in Baltimore, MD for Otakon at the Baltimore Convention Center from August 12 to 14th, and in Hagerstown, MD for Star Wars Night with the Hagerstown Suns at Municipal Stadium from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
  • Star Garrison will be in Richardson, TX for the Corporate Challenge Opening Ceremony.

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Movie Review: ‘Suicide Squad’

August 6, 2016 at 8:25 am | Posted in DC Entertainment, Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

There’s been a lot of hype for Suicide Squad as the competition between DC and Marvel has heated up. When it comes to the big screen, Marvel reigns supreme, and DC is looking to take the crown. While the Suicide Squad isn’t a complete miss, it does fail to threaten Marvel’s box office supremacy. It’s a great idea with some great moments, however it falls short of what it could have been.

In a way, Suicide Squad is the antithesis of The Avengers. Whereas the Avengers movies are clean, polished powerhouses of good guy team-ups, the Suicide Squad is a dirty, chaotic mess of the bad guys. Because of that overall feel and theme, the film can afford to get away with some of that messiness, even though it still hurts the film overall. The editing and flow of the movie is a little clunky as backstories are hamfistedly shoved in at the beginning as some of the characters are introduced. Other flashbacks are awkwardly dropped later in the movie. That flashbacks in of themselves aren’t bad, and they do give audiences a taste of who these people are, but the way the director put them into the film lacks a bit of finesse. They’re just kind of shoved in there with some blunt narration. There’s no subtlety, and not much style to the way they tried to integrate most of the backstories and flashbacks into the movie. On top of that, there’s some issues with the overall direction of the film. As long as you don’t look to deeply into anything, it’s fine, but when you start examining things are trying to put things together, the story and elements start to fall apart. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Suicide Squad’…

Around the Web

August 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

Convention & Event News

  • ArmadilloCon is July 29 to 31 in Austin, TX. Star Wars guests include author Martha Wells.
  • MidAmeriCon II is August 17 to 21 in Kansas City, MO. Star Wars guests include authors Kevin J. Anderson, William Dietz, Rebecca MoestaMartha Wells and Walter Jon Williams.
  • Dodeca Con is September 16 to 18 in Columbia, MO. Star Wars guests include author John Jackson Miller.
  • New York Comic Con is October 6 to 9 in New York City, NY. Star Wars guests include author Chuck Wendig, actress Carrie Fisher, artists Mark Brooks, Katie Cook, Adi Granov, Alex Maleev and comic writer Charles Soule.
  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando is April 13 to 16, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

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Podcasts in Review

August 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 022 covers Star Wars video games as they talk about their favorites and least favorites, from Super Star Wars to The Force Unleashed II.

Blast Points: Episode 31 features guest Ryan Porter. They start off talking a little about Aftermath by Chuck Wendig, then work their way to Life Debt. Lot of good observations and some fun discussion, but it’s only a half hour long. I could have definitely listened to them for a full hour. Great show regardless.

Blast Points: Episode 32 features Dunc from Club Jade. They talk about the early days of online fandom, Dunc talks about how she got into the books, fanfic and zines, and they talk about Star Wars fandom in general. It’s a fun episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Review: ‘Black Science #23’

August 3, 2016 at 12:04 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Black Science #23 is out today from Image Comics, and if you’re looking for a new series to get into, this one may be worth checking out. Click here to read our full, non-spoiler review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘The Force Awakens #2’

August 3, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Force Awakens #2 adaptation doesn’t offer much for fans. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

August 3, 2016 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 August 3rd to 9th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 3

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Chesterfield, MO for the DARE Conference Car Show at St. Louis Premium Outlet Mall from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • New England Garrison will be in Gloucester, MA for the HarborWalk Summer Cinema.
  • Northern Darkness Garrison will be in Fort Wayne, IN for Free Wednesday Summer Movie Night at Foellinger Theater from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Westminster, MD for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Hero/Sci-Fi Week from 1:00 to 1:00 PM.

August 4

  • Central Garrison will be in St. Paul, MN for the MN Hands & Voices Annual Family Picnic at Como Park Pavilion.
  • Japanese Garrison will be in Niigata Prefecture for the Shibata Garrison Summer Festival.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Schaumburg, IL for Feed My Starving Children Food Packing event.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Frederick, MD for the Starlight Family Film Festival: Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Urbana Regional Library from 6:30 to 10:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Los Angeles, CA for the Ronald McDonald Off to Camp event.

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Book Review: ‘Life Debt’ by Chuck Wendig

August 2, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Sometimes it pays off to have an open mind. Going into Life Debt, I put behind me all my thoughts on Aftermath, and went in hoping this time Chuck Wendig could ensnare me with a fun story. Thankfully, he did just that. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Monday Funny: First Order Questions

August 1, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Sometimes the obvious goes right by us without noticing it.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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