Around the Web

January 22, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization by Alan Dean Foster is now on the New York Times Best Sellers list at #1 for hardcover fiction.
  • Jedi Bibliothek has a look at another new Star Wars cover from Brazil, this time for Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi. It’s by Two Dots Creative Studio.

  • A new Star Wars cookbook is on the horizon. It’s called The Official Star Wars Cookbook: May the Fork Be With You featuring 128 recipes and published by Media Lab Books. It will be out in September.
  • Kevin Hearne fans can look forward to A Plague of Giants which is one step closer to coming out as he’s finished writing it. No word on a release date yet.
  • Martha Wells is also making progress on her next book, a sequel to The Edge of Worlds.

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Podcasts in Review

January 21, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

The 602 Club: Episode S15 gets off to an odd starts as they criticize The Force Awakens for not having enough world building and they question why the books didn’t come out sooner. They speculate on the delays for Aftermath: Life Debt and Bloodlines, they go on about the importance of ancillary material, and finally they get to the main topic of the show, Greg Rucka’s book Before the Awakening. They cover each of the three stories, what they did and didn’t like, how the stories rank with each other, and overall they each give it a big thumb’s up. With the literary focus in this one, it’s definitely worth a listen for book fans.

Assembly of Geeks: Finding Rey When the Force Awakens episode starts with what they did for New Year’s and their Christmas gifts. They talk Peggy Carter, Guillermo Del Toro and Voltron, adding Rey to Monopoly and other Hasbro missteps, and their thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Good episode.

BNN (Bombad Radio): Episode 1.18.16 covers the news for the week including celebrity deaths, top selling games, Fantastic 4 comics, Bioware and Mass Effect, Rogue One news, potential Han Solo actors, the possibility of a Vader appearance, and KOTOR creeping into canon. Again, good burst of news and a worthwhile podcast for your playlists. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘Star Wars #15’ and ‘Lando TPB’

January 20, 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 #15

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist/Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew
Variant Covers: John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant), Mike Mayhew (sketch variant)

From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Another tale of Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine! Owen Lars took Luke in…but he refused to let Ben be part of his life. Why? What trouble could have been stirred up by Ben protecting Luke?

Details: 32 Pages, Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars: Lando TPB

Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Alex Maleev
Cover Artist: Alex Maleev

You know him, you love him — now, join him for his biggest caper ever as master of charm Lando Calrissian steps into his very own high-stakes adventure! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger and a smile. With the loyal Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship. But has he bitten off more than he can chew? One of the galaxy’s deadliest, most effective trackers is on his tail, and the heist of a lifetime has become a fight to survive! Lando and Lobot took this gig for the easy payday — but if they make it through alive, they’ll never be the same. It’s the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element: trouble! Collecting LANDO #1-5.

Details: 112 pages, Rated T, $16.99

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Databurst From the 501st

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

January 21

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Kansas City, MO for the Kansas City Symphony Pops Concert at Helzberg Hall Kauffman Center from January 21 to 23rd.
  • Central Garrison will be in Dellwood, MN for The Prosperity Dimension: A Small Biz Sci-Fi Adventure Book Launch at Dellwood Country Club.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Naperville, IL for a visit to the Edwards Hospital.

January 22

  • Badlands Garrison will be in Calgary, AB for WorleyParsons Cheer-up.
  • Ohio Garrison will be in Liberty Township, OH for the Out of This World event at Plains Jr. School.
  • Redback Garrison will be at the Wargamers and Roleplayers of Gladstone Inc event.
  • Star Garrison will be in Amarillo, TX for Star Wars Night with the Bulls.

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Marvel Star Wars Solicitations for April 2016

January 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has released their comic solicitations for April 2016. Here’s the Star Wars rundown.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Variant Covers: Phil Noto, John Cassaday, Joe Quinones and John Tyler Christopher

AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES SPINNING OUT OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays’ greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order brought to you by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow)!

Details: 40 pages, Rated T, $4.99

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

Star Wars #18

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist/Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Variant Covers: Leinil Francis Yu and John Tyler Christopher

With the Rebel base completely overtaken, our only hope is…Leia…Sana…and APHRA?!? Can they save the Imperial prisoners? Do they want to?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

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: Kanan Vol. 2 – First Blood TPB

Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks

Continue to explore the early days of Kanan Jarrus, the sensational star of Star Wars Rebels! You’ve seen Kanan’s last adventure as a Padawan, now witness his very first! The boy who was Caleb Dune must find his feet as the Clone Wars rage around him. When the Jedi Temple comes under attack, what can a mere Padawan do to make a difference? Caleb and his new Master, Depa Bilaba, will lead their own Clone troop into the furious Battle of Mygeeto. But lying in wait for them there are a pair of Separatist generals, one of whom is one of the most deadly threats in the entire galaxy! Can Caleb and Bilaba survive Grievous? Collecting KANAN #7-12.

Details: 136 pages, Rated T, $17.99

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace HC

Writer: Henry Gilroy
Artist: Rodolfo Damaggio
Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

The official comic-book adaptation of the first chapter in the epic saga of STAR WARS! Years before Luke Skywalker would clash with Darth Vader, turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. But when a pair of Jedi Knights — Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi — are dispatched to end the trade conflict that has gripped the galaxy, they make a surprising discovery: the “chosen one” destined to bring balance to the Force — a young boy named Anakin Skywalker! But this new hope may not last long when an ancient enemy returns to threaten the Jedi after centuries in hiding. As the Sith rise again, the small planet of Naboo finds itself in the middle of a power struggle for the ages. Can Queen Padmé Amidala save her people from invasion? Collecting STAR WARS: EPISODE I — THE PHANTOM MENACE #1-4.

Details: 120 pages, Rated T, $24.99

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Book Review: ‘The Force Awakens’ Novelization

January 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Alan Dean Foster has returned to Star Wars, but with such a momentous task as novelizing The Force Awakens, it comes as a sad blow that it falls short of the mark. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

January 15, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, trailers | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Jennifer Heddle announced on Wednesday that Alan Dean Foster‘s novelization of The Force Awakens hit #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

  • However, as of yet, I don’t see it posted on their site so it might be for next week. That said, Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Greg Rucka and Phil Noto is on The New York Times Best Sellers List at #3 for Children’s Middle Grade Hardcover (was #2 last week) and #1 for Children’s Middle Grade E-Book. Also worth noting that Greg Rucka‘s Before the Awakening was #1 for Children’s Middle Grade E-Book at the beginning of the year.

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Podcasts in Review

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

Awards Chatter: Samuel L. Jackson episode features a great interview with the actor covering his early life, the film career, how he met his wife, working with Spike Lee, auditioning for Reservoir Dogs, the N-word, guns, what he looks for in a role, what the ‘L’ stands for, Snakes on a Plane and The Hateful Eight. It offers a lot of insight on the actor and the host of the show does a really good job with the interview. Definitely worth a list.

Awards Chatter: J.J. Abrams episode has an interview with the director of The Force Awakens. They talk about Armageddon, Felicity, Star Trek, Star Wars and sequels. It’s an interesting interview, not as good as the Samuel L. Jackson one, but still interesting.

Bombad Radio: Episode 220 is their second roundtable of TFA discussion. Listening to this episode, I’ve come to realize that there are now two types of The Force Awakens discussions developing, which appears to be forming a gap in Star Wars fandom. On one side, there is the positive discussion of the film, and on the other, there’s the negative discussion of the film. Sadly, Bombad Radio is falling into the negative camp. As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the film, I found this episode very painful to listen to as some of the hosts enthusiastically commenced at tearing the movie apart and reveling in their criticisms of it. If you watched the movie and you had some gripes with it, and you’d like to listen to other people’s gripes, then this is the episode for you. As for me, I’m going to refrain from listening to any more TFA discussion on Bombad Radio as it just isn’t enjoyable for me. The negativity far outweighed any positive commentary. While there are legitimate criticisms, it’s not something I want to wallow in for an hour and a half. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Release: ‘Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon’

January 13, 2016 at 12:04 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Marvel has one new Star Wars release today, the trade paperback collection for Star Wars issues #7 through #12.

Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon TPB

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencillers: Simone Bianchi and Stuart Immonen
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen

Luke continues his quest to learn about the Jedi by heading for the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. But when his lightsaber is stolen, he soon finds himself entrapped and imprisoned! Will his friends come to his aid before he’s forced to enter the Arena of Death? Meanwhile, Han and Leia are confronted by an unexpected foe. The Imperials are closing in on them, and they were set on the rebels’ trail by a mysterious woman from Han’s past — one with a very personal grudge! As Chewbacca is unleashed, Han finds himself dealing with…a ball and chain?! You’ve got to read it to believe it! Plus: Injustice reigns on Tatooine as villainous scum run rampant. Will Ben Kenobi risk revealing himself to do what’s right? It’s a special tale from Obi-Wan’s past! Collecting STAR WARS #7-12.

Details: 136 pages, Rated T, $19.99
Release Date: January 13, 2016

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Comic Review: ‘Obi-Wan & Anakin #1’

January 13, 2016 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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A new series, an old era, and a whole lot of promise. Obi-Wan & Anakin #1 gets off to a great start. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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