Posts Tagged ‘comics’

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 Dark Horse’s stuff superceded Marvel’s stuff, while Marvel has chosen to reboot the entire comic world timeline when it got the ball back in 2015.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

Maul’s Coming To Marvel

November 14, 2016

Darth Maul will star in an all-new mini comics series from Marvel beginning in February!

The news got dropped today.  Here are the basics:

Cullen Bunn is the writer and Luke Ross is the artist.

It’s going to run five issues.

It takes place prior to TPM and will feature his training under Darth Sidious.

He will meet a new OC who will have a big effect on his life.

Story is basically about Maul’s permanent descent to the dark side and how he was almost tempted out of it.

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.




Marvel’s Upcoming Yoda Arc

September 16, 2016

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




“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.