Podcasts in Review

March 9, 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: Episode 24 starts with current topics and news, then they discuss the Empire and like the bad guys with guests Andrea Letamendi and Tyler Westhause which leads to a very interesting discussion on what it is about the villains that interests us so much. Good episode.

Blast Points: Episode 63 starts with a little The Last Jedi news ala biohexacrypt, and they go over Star Wars Celebration announcements, guests and the UK’s Star Wars Fun Day with Bor Gullet. Then they go into Aftermath: Empire’s End with full spoilers. There’s an interesting take from Gabe on this one as he only read some of Aftermath and none of Life Debt, catching most of the major plot points via online breakdowns. Jason, on the other hand, read all three. They talk about Palpatine’s Plan B, a possible mention of Captain Phasma which I missed on my read through of the book, the Church of the Force interlude, Chewbacca’s interlude, Lando’s interlude, and going back to Jakku. They don’t spoil the entire book as they mostly touch on the interludes and even then, they don’t go into too much detail, so you could listen to this entire episode and still find lots of surprises in the book. They made a good observation about how having the recognizable film characters in such small roles, and the new characters in such large roles, can actually be a negative when the film characters are the more interesting ones. Overall, fantastic episode. Both informative and entertaining.

Brews and Blasters: Episode 110 kicks off with Blue Russians as they talk about Conty’s toy find, Twinkie ice cream, Mandalorian windows, the Auralnauts R2 video, Jedi cologne, Oppo molting, listener feedback, some need’em got’em, and more. Fun as always, but I think the Blue Russians and Oppo’s molting makes this one special. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘Doctor Aphra #5’ and ‘The Old Republic Vol. 2’

March 8, 2017 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Marvel has two new Star Wars releases today.

Doctor Aphra #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Kev Walker
Cover Artist: Kamome Shirahama
Variant Covers: Joe Quinones, and 40th anniversary cover by Marc Laming

Has Aphra actually found a lost ancient Jedi site? And if so, can she make it out with her life? And if so, will she be able to get a good price for it?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Vol. 2 TPB

Writer: John Jackson Miller
Pencillers: Bong Dazo, Dustin Weaver, Scott Hepburn, Alan Robinson and Brian Ching
Cover Artist: Travis Charest

Daze of hate, knights of suffering! Fugitive Zayne Carrick joins forces with the Jedi Masters who killed his fellow Padawan in a bid to save the galaxy from the Mandalorians! But will the megalomaniac Lord Adasca outmaneuver them all? Then, in a story that reverberates across every era of Star Wars, the clandestine Jedi Covenant is rocked by a terrifying vision of the far future — and one of its Shadows, Celeste Morne, faces the monstrous task of recovering an ancient Sith artifact! But will Zayne Carrick achieve vindication at last, clear his name and end his days as a renegade? Plus: the ultimate guide to the state of the galaxy 4,000 years before the rise of the Empire! Collecting STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #19-37 and STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC HANDBOOK.

Details: 480 pages, Rated T, $39.99

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Star Wars #29’

March 8, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

In Star Wars #29, Yoda moves a mountain and then stops it. Whether faith or force, moving mountains goes from proverb to the funny pages as they story ventures into the territory of fables. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

March 8, 2017 at 12:00 am | Posted in Charity, Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from March 8 to 14th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

March 8

  • German Garrison will be in Fürstenfelder for Modellbautage.
  • New England Garrison will be in Springfield, MA for the Radiothon at Baystate Children’s Hospital.
  • Ohio Garrison will be at Three Rivers Elementary for Family Reading Night.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Colton, CA for Read Across America Day.

March 9

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Olathe, KS for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day at Brougham Elementary from 3:45 to 6:00 PM.
  • Ohio Garrison will be at the Cub Scout Pack #434 Blue & Gold Banquet.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Bakersfield, CA for Family Literacy Night at Kendrick Elementary School from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

March 10

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Troy, MO for the Disney Extravaganza at Sacred Heart School from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
  • Georgia Garrison will be in Alpharetta, GA for The Exceptional Special Needs Prom Spectacular.
  • Midsouth Garrison will be in Lexington, KY for Lexington Comic and Toy Convention from March 10 to 12th.
  • Ohio Garrison will be at Lakota East High School for Lakota Pi Day.

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Movie Review: ‘Logan’

March 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Simply put, Logan is a fantastic film. From beginning to end, this is a movie that’s well done and, in my opinion, the best film they’ver ever done with Wolverine in it. In fact I’d go one higher and put this one on par with the best the Batman or Marvel franchises have done. The character work is refreshing, touching and emotional. The story is engaging and pulls you in. There’s action, and yes, it lives up to it’s R rating with violence, language and some brief nudity. It’s a Wolverine movie for adults, and as such, it delivers.

First, let’s start with the driving force of the film, the characters. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is at the heart of the story as an aging mutant whose powers don’t work as well as they used to. He’s lived a hard life and it’s caught up to him. And while he’s given up on the world, he still has a few people he’s looking out for, most significantly, Charles Xavier. Through this movie, you see a gruff, violent Wolverine who can be a person of few words, one who does show love or kindness. But there are moments when the shell breaks and you catch a glimpse beneath the jaded exterior and you see what lies beneath. The film very carefully does this to full effect, making those moments touching and heartbreaking. You begin to realize why he is what he is. And as gruff as he may be, he’s still a good person when it counts. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Logan’…

Around the Web

March 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Marvel, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • USA Today has an excerpt from Timothy Zahn‘s upcoming novel Thrawn.
  • You can read Delilah S. Dawson‘s short story Scorched online for free on StarWars.com. It’s a tie-in to Star Wars: Bloodline.
  • Dey Rey revealed what stories will be in the 2017 sampler.

  • Edelweiss now has an entry for the Star Wars Stormtroopers guide which we knew Adam Bray was working on, but now we also know that Ryder Windham is involved.

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Podcasts in Review

March 2, 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 61 starts with a little news on The Last Jedi, the newly announced Star Wars spoof film, and then they go into the Star Wars read along books for the original trilogy. Great episode as always as they continual explore interesting areas of the Star Wars franchise with lots of fun commentary and analysis.

Blast Points: Episode 62 starts with the news, then they talk about the original auditions for A New Hope and the audition tapes. They go over who tried out for what parts, comment on their auditions from the tapes, and they play audio clips so you can hear Harrison Ford reading for Han Solo with various other actors playing Luke or Leia, or you can hear some of the actors who read for Han including Kurt Russell. Very cool episode.

Bombad Radio: Episode 271 debuts a new co-host, Kaela, and they interview voice actors Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt. They talk Ben 10, Young Justice and voicing Rogue One. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘Star Wars #29’

March 1, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Marvel has one new Star Wars release today.

Star Wars #29

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen
Variant Covers: John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant), Kevin Wada (40th anniversary cover)

A problem, Yoda has. A big problem. Strong with the stonepower, this problem is. But judge it not by its size, will he.

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

March 1, 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 March 1st to 7th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

March 1

  • Georgia Garrison will be in Norcross, GA for the 2nd Grade Read Across America Star Wars reading promotion at Rockbridge Elementary School from 10:45 AM to 12:45 PM.
  • Outer Rim Garrison will be in Vancouver, BC for the Children’s Wish Month Kickoff at the corner of Granville St. and Georgia St. from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

March 2

  • Northeast Remnant Garrison will be in Harrison, NJ for an event at the Harrison Public Library from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Rowland Heights, CA for Read Across America Day at Rowland Elementary School from 9:00 AM to noon, and in Bakersfield, CA for the Special Olympics of SoCal “Tip A Cop.”
  • Star Garrison will be in Royse City, TX for the Harry Herndon School Book Fair.

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Book Review: ‘Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig

February 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig wraps up the Aftermath trilogy with a whole lot to enjoy. It all comes down to what happens to the Empire after Return of the Jedi, and the battle of Jakku. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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