Archive for the ‘comics’ Category

A Note Re Comics Coverage

September 14, 2017

I have been reading Star Wars comics since 1978, at first when they were published by Marvel, then for 20 years with Dark Horse, and back again with Marvel when it regained the license a few years ago.  Last week I picked up IDW’s young readers comic.

Today Marvel’s Star Wars editor and a Marvel creator I’d never heard of blocked me on Twitter.  I have never interacted with these people.  I’ve never criticized them; in fact the only thing I’ve ever criticized about Marvel’s run on Twitter is Dr. Aphra and that’s not a topic I dwell upon very much.  So it’s not because of anything I’ve done to them or anyone else at Marvel.  The only reason I can figure out is that I follow a reviewer who has been very critical of the publisher and a lot of the people who work for it.  I only know this because everyone else who follows this guy, including people who disagree with him, were blocked at the same time.

One can do whatever she wants with her account, but it was really insulting to be blocked purely because of who I’m following; whose business is it anyway?  If Marvel’s Star Wars editor thinks that little of me after 39 years of loyalty to Star Wars comics–longer than this young lady has been alive by the way–then I’m just going to have to cut the cord.  I’m not buying Marvel comics anymore and I will not review or promote anything they do.  (But I’ll be happy to keep buying IDW’s series.)  Dark Horse’s people were always kind, respectful, enthusiastic, and great with the fans.  Marvel has a serious siege mentality that is alienating comics readers and sales are falling throughout the industry.

I’m not posting this to flounce but to let you know what kind of people they are and about the kind of disturbing dynamics that are happening on social media if you “step out of line” or associate with the “wrong” people.


Because I’m Too Tired…

July 21, 2017

The irony of being at a con is that you have less time to report on what’s happening at the con than the people who are 2500 miles away at home or at work.

I didn’t go to the Star Wars publishing panel, but Naboo News nicely summarized some upcoming prequel releases from Star’s announcements.  Keep an eye out for the upcoming Mace Windu comics series from Marvel (Mace Windu:  Jedi of the Republic), “Tales of Hope & Courage” from the Forces of Destiny line, some kids-related stuff in the “Journey to The Last Jedi” line, and “Star Wars:  Creatures and Aliens” from Abrams.

By the way, if you’re keeping up with the Star Wars Little Golden Books, the new wave (stuff like “I Am A Pilot” and “I Am A Princess”) features prequel stuff galore.

Hasbro also unveiled some new products in the pipeline, including the Padmé doll from the Forces of Destiny line and a 6″ Black Series Captain Rex:



Darth Vader #1 Out Today

June 7, 2017

Marvel’s new Darth Vader miniseries has kicked off with today’s release of the first issue.

If you’re looking for the variant cover with Padmé and a bunch of dead clone troopers, I was told it’s 1/50. So unless your store ordered over 50 copies of it or it somehow lucked out into getting one, you’re going to have to hit the secondary market. On eBay it’s $70.

Marvel Interview With Mace Windu Writer

May 27, 2017 has an interview with the writer of the upcoming Mace Windu comics series, Matt Owens:

I see him foremost as a teacher and a leader. He is incredibly strong and wise and tries his best to lead others down the right path. Sometimes that does mean having to fight. There’s an interesting conflict in a man revered for his fighting skills who would rather not use them. Being a great warrior does not mean you have a love of combat, a lust for bloodshed. His lightsaber is the last weapon Mace would want to pick up. Similarly, he is a fiercely intelligent orator, yet despises politics. He is a man thrust into positions and situations he may not enjoy, but he does them because he just wants to do what is right.

Mace Windu Comic Coming In August

May 18, 2017


Lucasfilm announced this morning a new five-part series from Marvel, “Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu.” Written by Matt Owens and with art by Denys Cowan, the comic takes place shortly after AOTC.

Preview Pages of New Vader Comic Released

May 10, 2017

Coming next month is Darth Vader #1 (again!) from Marvel. But don’t worry, it looks like there is plenty of PT-era feels to go around:




Pics from Star Wars The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page.


New Darth Vader Comic Coming

March 10, 2017

Why would we care?  Because it takes place right after ROTS.  So that’s basically the tail end of the prequel era and it covers such important events as Darth Vader making his first ever Sith saber.

Written by Charles Soule and with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, the first issue debuts in June.

Fates Of Characters & “Canon”: A Really Short Commentary

February 28, 2017

The most recent novel in Del Rey’s post-2014 continuity reveals the fate of a particular prequel character. You can go look it up if you want. I haven’t read the book and don’t intend to. In any case, I suppose it is funny that it’s “canon” this particular character survived as long as he did, past the OT era, though I’ve noticed some complaints as to where this character ended up. All my humble opinion is that if it’s in a book, it just doesn’t matter. For now the movies can’t contradict this storyline but you have to remember, a company owns Star Wars now and what’s canon today outside of Lucas’s six movies may not be “canon” tomorrow. Since 1977, Lucasfilm has deep-sixed at least two tracks of outside-the-movies canon. The whole Marvel run from 1977 to 1986 was declared apocrypha. “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” is apocrypha. The Brian Daley Han Solo books are apocrypha. So are the L. Neil What’s His Name Lando Calrissian books. I don’t even think “The Star Wars Holiday Special” was ever “canon.” Those crazy kids’ books with Trioculus, Han’s floating house and the Space Pirate Boogie, Mount Yoda, and Ken The Fresh Jedi Prince of Bel Air? Not canon either, even if they started after the second wave of “canon” that arrived with “Heir To The Empire” and “Dark Empire.” Dark Horse’s stuff superceded Marvel’s stuff, while Marvel has chosen to reboot the entire comic world timeline when it got the ball back in 2015. Bantam’s stuff overrode the paperbacks of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The second wave was based on West End Games’s roleplaying game, which isn’t canon anymore either. The prequels actually made a lot of the stuff produced post 1990 inaccurate or obsolete. Various episodes of the Clone Wars freely contradicted various books and comics, much to EU fans’ annoyance. Then it was reboot time again in 2014.

All it takes is another company purchase, corporate merger, or changing of the guards within the company to open the possibility again of “rebooting” the books and comics. Someone decides the way things are going are not to that person’s liking and poof, everything changes. If book sales were to slump, the suits are going to demand changes to bring sales back up again. It’s just how it is.

So when you read these things, read them for your own enjoyment and don’t get too invested in them.

Darth Maul Comic Variant Covers, Interview

January 5, 2017

star posted an interview with the writer of the upcoming “Darth Maul” comic Cullen Bunn and introduced several variant covers:

This series takes place shortly before the events of The Phantom Menace. We’re following Darth Maul at a point when his anxiousness, his impatience, and his thirst for vengeance against the Jedi is at an all-time high.

He’s growing frustrated. He’s been taught to hate the Jedi. He’s been trained to kill them. But his master, Darth Sidious, has told him to bide his time, to keep himself hidden. This is driving Maul crazy, so we see him venting his anger by testing his skills against some of the nastiest creatures and cutthroats in the galaxy. During one of his missions, though, he learns something of interest. A powerful crime lord has captured a Jedi Padawan, and only a few people know about it.

Maul sees this as an opportunity to test his mettle against those he hates, so he sets out to find this Jedi. He has to operate in secret, though, because his master would not approve.

#1 hits February 1.

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.