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Darth Maul Comic Variant Covers, Interview

January 5, 2017

star wars.com 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.

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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!

“Obi-Wan & Anakin” TPB A Hit

September 8, 2016

Star Wars:  The Prequel Trilogy found Marvel’s trade paperback “Obi-Wan & Anakin” #2 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic books.

Congratulations to Marvel, the writer, and artists!

PT Graphic Novel Coming In April

August 29, 2016

It’s not apparent from this Amazon listing for a prequel trilogy graphic novel pre-order, due out in April 2017, whether this is the comics adaptations of Eps I-III collected in a single volume or if this is something totally new.  One clue that it could be the latter is that the publisher isn’t Marvel Comics, but Disney Lucasfilm Press.  Of course that could be totally wrong.  We’ll just have to see.

Guest Post: Review of Marvel’s TPM Hardcover

June 7, 2016

Text and photos by LadyJediScientist

Just arrived today is Marvel’s hardback edition of The Phantom Menace graphic novel. This volume includes all four issues of The Phantom Menace comic as published by Dark Horse in 1999. Also included in this edition are all four of the art covers, along with the manga adaption cover art, the four photo variants, the cover art for the paperback edition and the omnibus cover as published by Dark Horse. The sketch work for the Marvel cover is included as well.

This edition is very well bound and the content of the novel has not been altered, as far as I can tell, from the 1999 printing. The book is 120 pages long, which is 8 pages longer than the Return of the Jedi volume. I only have two major complaints about this edition. First, an introduction was not included. For the Marvel editions of episodes 4-6, an introduction by one of the cast members from the films was included in each volume. Given Ewan McGregor’s enthusiasm for the prequels, I doubt there would have been an issue with him writing a brief intro to this book. If not him, then why not Samuel L. Jackson or Dave Filoni? Additionally, the paper the novel is printed on is a bit thin. This compliant has also been voiced in regards to the original trilogy adaptations. Hopefully, Marvel will correct this problem for future publications.

Overall, The Phantom Menace Hardcover is a lovely edition and in my opinion, is worth the purchase price. I look forward to seeing what Marvel does with the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith adaptations.

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“Obi-Wan & Anakin” Finale Out Today

May 25, 2016

The fifth and final installment of Marvel’s “Obi-Wan & Anakin” miniseries is out right now at your friendly neighborhood comic book store.  I’m going to miss it!

Also available today is Marvel’s reissue of the TPM comics adaptation.

Quick Catch-Up Stuff

April 21, 2016

Some short tidbits from over the past day or two:

*”Obi-Wan & Anakin” #4 came out on Wednesday.  Head over to your friendly local comic book store to get your copy.

*T.V. has dropped some prequel references lately.  On Tuesday’s episode of “The Flash” there was mention of Vader/Anakin and midichlorians and on last Friday’s episode of “Dr. Ken,” there was mention of “padawans.”  I applaud Hollywood finally hiring prequel fans.

*The George Shot First shop has gone live:  show your support for Papa George with these tees.  Apparel of all kinds celebrating his films, including the prequels, are forthcoming.

 

Marvel To Reissue AOTC & ROTS Comics This Fall

March 29, 2016

Marvel is going to re-release TPM’s comics adaptation in May.  Coming this fall will be AOTC and ROTS.  Here’s the preview of new cover art by Mike Mayhew:

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“Obi-Wan & Anakin” Awesome Sales

February 8, 2016

Cédric passed along this link featuring the top-selling comics of January 2016.  “Obi-Wan & Anakin” was the 7th best selling comic for the month with an estimated 102,861 copies. The last two issues of the so-called Vader Down crossover were the only Star Wars comics that sold better last month.

Boom!