Force and Faith: Luke’s Lonely Exile and Hopeful Return

Some very fun and creative parody accounts are on Twitter, spoofing Kylo Ren’s maudlin behavior, or the loneliness that Luke must be feeling.  Whichever comic geniuses were behind them, they had me laughing many times.  (And I make no endorsement of any blue material I may be overlooking).  They took these iconic characters and looked into their psyches for incredible comedic results.  But the online world of Twitter, Facebook and the like can actually lead us to feeling isolated, which is very similar to the loneliness that Luke must have felt on the heights of Ahch-To.  Luke was a man who grew up in a family, surrounded by friends, and joined the vast rebellion with its camaraderie.  In his exile, he must have experienced a profound loneliness that affected him. Read more

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Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.

So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.

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IDW Star Wars Comics January Solicits

Rose and Paige! Ahsoka and Padme! Rey! Leia! Forces of Destiny makes its debut in January, with a host of authors from Delilah S. Dawson to Beth Revis and so many more.

Read on to find out more about January’s IDW Star Wars comics, including creative teams and more.
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Porg Psychology 101

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

Whether you love them or hate them, porgs have become a very popular – albeit peculiar – new character in the Star Wars saga. We were introduced to these little penguin-puffin-birdlike creatures in the behind-the-scenes footage reel for The Last Jedi, revealed at the D23 Expo in July of 2017. Avid fans of the saga have had porgs on the brain since this initial introduction, but the debut of the official trailer for The Last Jedi, which aired during halftime of Monday Night Football on October 9, caused the general public to catch porg fever in a big way! Instantly, the Internet was packed with porgs, including this Photoshop challenge, posted by gizmodo.com.

But, why are these little feather bags such a draw for fans, myself included? I’m not usually one to fall prey to overwhelming feelings of “gotta have that,” but these porgs have certainly won me over! So, I decided to take a look at the psychology of porgs – what underlying reasons could there be for this fanatic attraction? What is the possible connection between avian mythology, bird/human personality traits, and the design choices of the porg character itself?

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Heroes of Mandalore” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Heroes of Mandalore.”

The fourth season of Star Wars Rebels opens with an episode that packs a punch–albeit one a bit weaker than it might have. At its core, “The Heroes of Mandalore” is about legacy–what one leaves behind–and for Sabine, it’s about the sins of the past infecting the present. Fortunately for the Ghost’s (erstwhile?) demolitions expert, the cost of her bygone indiscretions are somewhat mollified.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics January Solicits

 

January’s Star Wars comics offer a peek into the life of Star Wars: The Last Jedi character DJ, the mystery man played by Benicio Del Toro.

There’s a conclusion, too, in the showdown between Darth Vader and Jocasta Nu.

While in not one, but two, issues of Star Wars, the ashes of Jedha are stoked as the fire burns within Luke Skywalker.

Doctor Aphra finds herself neck deep in trouble, again, as a familiar face may lend a helping hand or, perhaps, a swift kick.

While in the pages of Poe Dameron, Gen. Leia Organa and Black Squadron find themselves stymied in their crucial search for Lor San Tekka on a covert and dangerous mission to Cato Neimoidia.

Read on to find out more about January’s six Marvel Star Wars comics, including creative teams and more.

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Star Wars Rebels Talking Points: “Heroes of Mandalore” Parts 1 and 2

Star Wars Rebels returns for the fourth and final season today; this is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, audiences will be able to experience all new episodes of this beautiful addition to the Star Wars mythos. Conversely, knowing that this will be the final season can’t help but bring about a twinge of melancholy. Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Zeb Orrelios, and Chopper are forever ensconced into the lore, and the Star Wars universe is better because of them. This is precisely why we deserve a proper ending to their story. The first two episodes begin that journey in spectacular fashion. Here are a few talking points to add to the conversation.

Mild spoilers to follow: be sure to watch the Season Premiere before continuing below.

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: October 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
October 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the monthly releases in Star Wars storytelling.  Real life has gotten in the way of a fully fleshed out update, but I wanted to make sure we have a brief look at the new canon stories this month.

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Melinda’s Brew: Star Wars-Inspired Pop-Up Goes Permanent

Melinda's Brew

I was standing on the southeast corner of Los Angeles’ Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevards – teeming with pedestrians and traffic – one bright October evening. As I waited patiently for the light to change so I could cross the street, I glanced across the heavily trafficked Hollywood Blvd. to see if I could figure out which of the nearby storefronts was my destination. Nondescript and set between two gargantuan [by comparison] storefronts I espied that which I sought – the home of LA’s new establishment: the Scum & Villainy Cantina. The walk sign illuminated, and I hurried across the street. Read more

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #13

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #13 contains minor spoilers.

There’s something oddly satisfying about a good ending.

Doctor Aphra #13 is all of those: Odd, satisfying and good.

So it should be, given the final episode in the five-part arc “The Enormous Profit.”

The book ends on a high note for Dr. Chelli Aphra, a decidedly low point for Yonak, a vengeful mark for Black Krrsantan, a vastly superior arrangement for Triple 0 and BT-1 and an ominous one for Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

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