Archive for September, 2016

Guest Post: AOTC Hardcover Edition

September 29, 2016

by Kathryn S.

Released this month is Marvel’s hardback edition of the Attack of the Clones graphic novel. I received my copy about two weeks ago and I spent most of that time drooling over this new edition. I will preface this review with the following statement: Attack of the Clones is my favorite of George’s six film saga and I really love Dark Horse’s adaptation of the film. If I seem to gush more in the course of this review then I did during the Phantom Menace review, see the above statement as to why. On with the review!

The Marvel edition of Attack of the Clones includes all four issues of the comic adaption as published by Dark Horse in 2002. All four art covers are included in this volume, along with the photo variant covers, the cover art for Dark Horse’s paperback edition of the novel, and the “pinup” for Star Wars #12 by Tsueno Sanda. The sketch art for the Marvel cover is also included along with some of the photo art which used was to promote Attack of the Clones during the spring and summer of 2002.

This edition is just as well bound as The Phantom Menace hardcover and the content of the graphic novel is identical to the 2002 printing, with the exception of adding an opening crawl to the beginning of the novel. Marvel has been consistently adding an opening crawl to most, if not all, of their Star Wars comics- both single issues and bound volumes. It is a format choice used to link the comics with the films, but with this novel, the format choice causes redundancy because the exact same text appears on both the crawl page and the first page of the novel.

Attack of the Clones is the longest of Marvel’s Star Wars film adaptation to date, consisting of 152 pages. It appears as though greater care was taken with this volume, or least more of the artwork from the film’s original release was included, which was not the case with The Phantom Menace edition. The comic art is just as stunning as when it was first published by Dark Horse. The lack of an introduction still persists and I still maintain that the prequel editions should have cast introductions in keeping with the format of the original trilogy editions.

I was very pleased with this volume. Well-bound, no alternation to the content of the novel and more artwork was included in this edition than the last one. This edition is definitely worth adding to your library, particularly if you loved the film and the original graphic novel. If you have never read the Attack of the Clones graphic novel or any Marvel’s Star Wars adaptations, this edition will provide a wonderful introduction to both. One final comment, I would love to see a completed painting based on the first sketch that Mike Mayhew did for the cover.

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Chosen One Series On Cantina Cast

September 27, 2016

Earlier this year, Cantina Cast posted a series of essays about Anakin’s arc through the prequel trilogy that are definitely worth reading.

The Chosen One: The Boy

The Chosen One: The Padawan

The Chosen One: The Fallen Knight

Fan DIY Stuff

September 25, 2016

ladyjediscientist posted on her Tumblr page a DIY project for a bomber jacket and for bags using patches, pins, keychains, and stuff you can buy on Etsy and Society 6.

A Bunch of Stuff To Read

September 22, 2016

Becca Benjamin at Coffee With Kenobi posted Star Wars: Return of the Prequels:

But getting back to my point, the prequels are returning to Star Wars. For the simple fact that in order for them, the story group, to tell the story, they must start at the beginning. Even if that means taking a step back and going back in time, back to where it all began. In other words, “Everything starts from here” and if you saw the new Japanese poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, those words are captioned directly below Jyn’s image – along with, “Another Star Wars.” Again, just like poetry, the storytelling rhymes.

It talks a great deal about “The Prequels Strike Back” and how the films work with each other.

As for some oldies that I missed, here is The Geek Nerdom’s 8 Prequel Moments That Lucas Planned In 1977 from back in June and from early August, Comic Books Galaxy’s 8 Reasons Why Star Wars Prequels Should Be Given A Chance.  Now, I have to say I disagree with the way the latter frames the OT (i.e. you don’t have to be against one to be for the other) but it is interesting to see the perspective of a younger fan whose Star Wars experience started with the PT and doesn’t see the OT as some mythical thing of perfection.

And last but not least a very thoughtful piece on what it means to be a Star Wars fan:

Obviously, I’m being very general, because hardly every Star Wars-related webpage has content of that nature, but so many do. If this was what you had to do to call yourself a Star Wars fan, then I didn’t want to be one anymore. Why? Because I passionately love the prequel trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III) and consider them to be highly underrated films. I also have no problem at all with the special editions of the originals, although admittedly I don’t have the proper background to take sides on this debate. I have actually never seen the unaltered cuts of the originals (Episodes IV, V, and VI), but I do know the bulk of the changes that have been made in the special editions. From my perspective, these changes have no effect on any of the elements that made Star Wars what it was to begin with, and it seems a little irrational to me that so many fans are complaining that the unaltered cuts are no longer available, because the cuts that are available tell the same story with the same characters.

Darth Maul’s Greatest Moments According To Star Wars.com

September 20, 2016

Star Wars.com only had five greatest moments to pick from but I would’ve put his appearance in Robot Chicken in an ambulance chaser “ad” just behind his big entrance at the beginning of the lightsaber fight in TPM.

It’s Time For Another Ask SWPAS!

September 19, 2016

I haven’t done one in a long time so I guess it’s long overdue.  Ask away in the comments and I’ll give you my spit take!

(I’m busy writing stuff for another site as well as content for this site…)

Marvel’s Upcoming Yoda Arc

September 16, 2016

Star Wars #26 will kick off an arc telling a pre-TPM tale starring Yoda.

StarWars.com: I’m guessing it’s pre-Phantom Menace. So is it a young Yoda of 600 years old? [Laughs] How far back are we going?

Jason Aaron: [Laughs] I don’t know if we’ve put a pin in exactly when it takes place. It does take place before Phantom Menace. We do get a brief appearance by Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan, so that’ll probably help date it.

This sounds really interesting. I can’t wait to read it!

“The Prequels Strike Back” Online Today

September 14, 2016

“The Prequels Strike Back” now available on Amazon, VHX, and YouTube.

George Shot First is running a promo where if you purchase the film digitally and submit proof, you’ll get a 15% off discount on your next order!

Who Is The Second Most Powerful Man In The Empire?

September 14, 2016

According to this interesting post on MakingStarWars.net, it’s not who you think it is.

To introduce this idea we are going to focus on a character that appears harmless at first glance but actually holds the power to manipulate not only the people around him but events on a galactic scale. This character is Mas Amedda, Palpatine’s right hand man during the prequel films. When I tell people that he is the second most powerful person in the galaxy I’m met with one of two reactions. Either “Who is Mas Amedda?” or “You’re clearly a crazy person.”

Essay From A PT Generation Fan

September 14, 2016

Eleven Thirty Eight.com has an essay I think many of you here will enjoy.  The author is a fan who got into Star Wars through the prequels and here he is expressing what the films mean to him:

It was the most transformative cinema experience of my life. I was pulled through the screen and into a galaxy that was bigger and richer and open to more possibilities than I could have imagined. From the renaissance beauty of Naboo to the towers and skyscrapers of Coruscant, it was true cinematic magic.

It also fulfilled my desire to know more. There was the Republic and the Senate that I had heard of, and the Sith – a name I had read but had never seen defined. Most of all, there were the Jedi at the height of their powers. The speed, athleticism and ferocity of the duel between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul took my breath away, and it still does so today. It fired my imagination, and I spent many hours daydreaming about being a part of that world. The gloomy foreshadowing of Anakin’s eventual fall to the dark side assured me that this was just the beginning of a spectacular journey.