Archive for the ‘Expanded Universe’ Category

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 Dark Horse’s stuff superceded Marvel’s stuff, while Marvel has chosen to reboot the entire comic world timeline when it got the ball back in 2015.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.

Second Site Calls For More Padmé Fiction

May 5, 2016

This time, it’s Catrina Dennis on Blastr:

From dedicated comic book runs to feature-length novels, characters throughout the Star Wars universe are seeing their stories expand in countless ways. But, despite being thrown to the wayside and sometimes discarded as weak, Padme possesses a history as a defiant freedom fighter who was wise beyond her years. So, why should her story be limited to being told in scattered episodes of The Clone Wars, or through the eyes of other characters, such as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Much as she was in the journal that started it all for me, Padme deserves to be given her own voice to tell her story, expand upon the intrigue of her political career, and detail the relationships of the characters who stood alongside her throughout her life.


Big Changes To Expanded Universe: Open Thread

April 25, 2014

Lucasfilm and Del Rey dropped a big bomb today on the world of apocryphal books, comics, and games known as the expanded universe, then announced four new books.

Are you thrilled? Sad? Don’t care either way? Share your thoughts!

Personally I’ve long since regarded the expanded universe as paid fan fiction and this move was inevitable since the new films were announced. Oh well.

ICYMI Interviews

October 29, 2012

British site SciFiNow interviews Dave Filoni on all things Clone Wars.

Fangirl blog has an interview with Darth Plagueis author James Luceno.

Look Who’s Reading Darth Plagueis

October 26, 2012

In case you missed it on Facebook, here’s a bit about Ian McDiarmid being presented with a copy of “Darth Plagueis” at Fandays in Dallas last weekend. He’d asked for it at Celebration. Hope he enjoys it as much as I did!

Post ROTS Obi-Wan Novel Announced

October 12, 2012

The Star Wars books panel at New York Comic Con announced several new projects, including an upcoming novel by John Jackson Miller with the working title of “Kenobi.” There’s no release date yet but the book takes place after the events of ROTS. You can see the sweet new concept artwork here.

Book Review: “The Wrath Of Darth Maul”

February 18, 2012

Here’s the non-Clone Wars spoiler re “The Wrath Of Darth Maul.”

Right off the top, if you don’t want to know how Maul survives to appear in Clone Wars, DON’T read this book until those episodes end. It’s all at the very beginning and at the very end of the story. My reaction to reading all of it was along the lines of, “They’re going to have to sell sand in the desert to get folks to buy this improbable story,” but we’ll see.

What a year it’s been for Darth Maul. He’s been partying down like it’s 1999 all over again, with his mug plastered on Star Wars goodies, TPM back in theaters, and his triumphant return to the GFFA on Clone Wars this spring. There’s a new short story about him in the re-issued TPM novelization and there’s this book aimed at pre-teens. Windham has written similar books about other characters like Luke, Obi-Wan, and Vader/Anakin. (Please tell me why they never write about female characters?)

Most of the book looks back at Darth Maul’s life, combining elements introduced recently with Jude Watson’s Darth Maul book from 2000. In a way, it’s a companion to “Darth Plagueis,” filling in details on what exactly Sidious was doing with Maul, what was Maul told, and whether he was a Sith. As with Watson’s earlier book, one can’t help but feel a little sorry for young Maulsy. The kid was abused physically and psychologically from the get-go. He was like a pit bull mistreated and beaten as he was trained at the same time to be a killer.

But just when you think you’re going soft on the fellow, there’s a breaking point in the book where there’s no turning back. When Maul reaches 7 or 8 years old, he is taken from his hideaway on Mustafar and brought to a military academy to hone his skills. There he befriends—sort of—a female cadet. After several years, Maul has an encounter with Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters. They attempt to bring him “home.” Sidious figures out that a Mandalorian instructor at the academy snitched and to ensure nobody else ever discovers Maul’s true identity (and thereby protecting Sidious as well), Sidious orders Maul to kill everyone at the school. It’s very similar to what happens to Anakin in ROTS, only Maul shows zero remorse even when he is faced with killing his friends.

The last part of the book is basically “TPM According To Darth Maul,” and it throws in a long side adventure with him battling some pirates. It seems kind of pointless until the incident causes an injury that explains why Maul couldn’t defeat Qui-Gon the first time.

“The Wrath of Darth Maul” is quite violent and very entertaining to read. If you enjoyed “Darth Plagueis,” you’ll enjoy reading this too even though it’s not quite as epic in scale.

Darth Plagueis Roundtable

February 14, 2012 is doing a special roundtable with Kyle Newman and Random House/Del Rey’s Erich Schoenweiss on “Darth Plagueis.” Listen live right now (and if you miss it, you can listen later).

James Luceno Chat Recap

January 25, 2012

Missed James Luceno’s Q&A on Facebook today? TFN has a recap that’s easier to read than the actual chat.

Darth Maul Young Adult Book

January 24, 2012

Ryder Windham’s “Star Wars: The Wrath Of Darth Maul” is out (it was released earlier this month). It’s an all-new biography of Maulsy with all-new secrets! I’ll try to pick this one up soon and have a review for you!