Always Two There Are

Always Two There Are - The Sith

“Always two there are, no more, no less, a master and an apprentice.” Star Wars fans have long known about the “Rule of Two.” At any given time, there can only be two Sith in the galaxy. There is a master that holds power, and an apprentice to crave it. Or, as Darth Sidious put it in the Marvel comic Darth Vader #20, they hid in the shadows for generations amassing their power until they could one day conquer the Jedi, their own nature, and the Republic. It was the work of generations. Their secrecy and work paid off during the Clone Wars, and eventually the Sith defeated the Jedi and the Republic at the conclusion of Revenge of the Sith. It is at that moment that the Jedi became something like the Sith with only two apparent survivors. Read more

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Comics With Kenobi #45

It’s a pair of powerful stories as both Marvel and IDW Publishing’s Star Wars comics deliver potent writing that ties into ongoing events in Star Wars: Rebels and builds a bridge to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Writers Kieron Gillen and Devin Grayson have penned separate yet equally weighted missives on on what it means to lead and be led in the pages of Star Wars #42 and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Forces of Destiny — Ahsoka & Padme Preview

There’s not much Padme in this preview of Wednesday’s Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Ahsoka & Padme, but we’ve read the issue and it’s worth the wait.

So, for now, enjoy these pages from the Beth Revis-written, Valentina Pinto illustrated and Tom B. Long-lettered issue that’s out Jan. 24.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #42

This review of Star Wars #42 contains minor spoilers.

The undercurrent of leadership and sacrifice is rife through the penultimate chapter of the “Ashes of Jedha” arc that is Star Wars #42.

This is storytelling by writer Kieron Gillen that’s quickly approaching legendary status, diving as it does into the concepts of self, group and alliance not just for Luke and Leia, but Han, too, as he grapples with reconciling the notion of being an authority figure with his ingrained identity as rogue and scoundrel.

It’s also a respectful, if not deeply emotional, nod to those who fell in pursuit of lofty goals and ideals, name Rogue One. To have the team mentioned in this issue, by Luke to the Partisans’ Ubin, is a punch to the gut, but also a harbinger of contentment, as we know that team’s sacrifice is not merely the stuff of Rebellion legend, but of Rebellion conscience, too.

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Star Wars: It’s About Family

Star Wars means a great many things to all of us. To the late (and dearly missed) Carrie Fisher, “It’s about family, and that’s what’s so powerful about it.” And I, for one, couldn’t agree more with her sentiment. Read more

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Vice Admiral Holdo: Not What I Expected, Either!

What did you think of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo when you first met her in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? I knew only that Laura Dern would be in the film, but I had no idea whom she would play or what she would look like.

I didn’t even know the character’s first name, didn’t know it until I started research for this blog entry after seeing the film for the second time. I had, once again, avoided as much news as possible about the new Star Wars film as its release drew near. I’m not sure exactly what I expected of Laura Dern’s character, but I am as surprised by Vice Admiral Holdo as Poe Dameron is in the film.

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Trees: The Keepers of Wisdom in Star Wars

A few weeks ago I decided to go for a walk in the woods near my house. It was late afternoon, and the sun had already started to set giving the sky a purplish golden palette. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground, just enough to cover the leaves that had fallen last November. I stopped walking and stood still for a moment to listen. It was dead silent. Not a sound–not even a bird chirping. The coolness of the winter air chilled my already red cheeks. The only living being besides myself were the towering oak trees that ruled these woods.

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Comics With Kenobi #44 — The Delilah S. Dawson Interview

From Phasma to Porgs, writer Delilah S. Dawson is a fan favorite among Star Wars literature fans and, now, thanks to her work on IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Adventures and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, comics, too.

A writer of renown and long-time Star Wars fan, she joined us to talk about her stories in Star Wars Adventures #5 and #6, as well as the upcoming Forces of Destiny — Rose and Paige, along with her career putting pen to paper to create such stirring stories.

So sit back and enjoy this Comics With Kenobi conversation and afterward, be sure to check out Dawson’s web site, Whimsydark, and follow her on Twitter, too.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera

This review of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — Hera contains minor spoilers.

The one thing Star Wars has always lacked is more Selonians. What Star Wars comics have lacked is Hera Syndulla.

Well, no more and for that we owe a debt we can never repay to writer Devin Grayson, artist Eva Widermann, colorist Monica Kubina and letterer Tom B. Long.

It’s a stirring combination and they mesh quite nicely within the pages of IDW Publishing’s third issue in the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series, this one focused on Hera.

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IDW Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars Adventures #6

This review of Star Wars Adventures #6 contains minor spoilers.

Star Wars Adventures #6 is simply grand storytelling on an even grander, yet wholly relatable scale. It only gets better from the first page all the way to the end, with both the main story and backup delivering plenty of memorable adventures, art that pops and a lesson in being true to yourself while allowing what’s best about those with whom you surround yourself to make you a better person in every way.

For fans of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the main feature “Rose Knows” — written by Delilah S. Dawson, illustrated by Derek Charm and lettered by Tom B. Long — is sure to please, focusing as it does on Rose Tico and featuring plenty of Poe Dameron, a dash of Fossil from Cobalt Squadron and, naturally, Paige Tico, too.

What the editorial team promises — and delivers on — is a fast-paced tale with each of the characters, no matter minor or major, coming together to work as a team to help an ailing compadre and, ultimately, to avoid a tragedy.

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