Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: Poe Dameron 18

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #18 contains minor spoilers.

Writer Charles Soule has never shyed away from incorporating contemporary events into his comics tales. It’s why Poe Dameron #18 has a particular resonance about the importance of information as rallying point and commodity.

The latest issue of Marvel’s third Star Wars monthly series is jarring, illuminating and, above all, mindful, given the precarious nature of a galaxy that’s caught in a standoff by the Resistance and an ever-growing and seemingly morality free First Order.

Written by Soule, illustrated Angel Unzueta, colored by Arif Prianto, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna, the second part of the “War Stories” arc finds Black Squadron divided in duties, with Jess, Kare and Suralinda attempting to expose the ruthlessness of a First Order detachment on a world rich with thorilide deposits.

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Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars 34

This review of Star Wars #34 contains minor spoilers.

There’s a certain satisfaction when you come across a neatly contained one-issue story in comic books. Star Wars #34 is exactly that, given it’s briskly paced, energetically illustrated and rollicking from start to finish.

This issue, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Salvador Larroca, with colors by Edgar Delgado and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, focuses on Lando Calrissian and Capt. Sana Starros.

It is, to be blunt, pure joy to read, from the cover by Mike Mayhew to the final page with the surprising reveal, setting the stage for issue #35.

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Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #11

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11 contains minor spoilers.

Doctor Aphra is overwhelmed, overworked and underpaid. In other words, she’s in her element.

But the ambiguously moral archeologist with an eye for profit must contend with far more than she would have liked in the pages of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11, given her efforts to remain dead to Darth Vader are unraveling and there’s little she can do to stop it.

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Star Wars Comics Reviews: Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO

This review of Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO contains minor spoilers.

Now we know why K-2SO handled that sidearm with such lethality toward the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

We also know a great deal more about the nature of the relationship the ex-Imperial droid shared with Rebel spy Cassian Endor, too. This story is a splendid example of how comics can be used to build up and add to the mythology of Star Wars films.

Written by crime-fiction novelist and comics writer Duane Swiercyznski (check out his work on Dark Circle ComicsThe Black Hood), this one-shot provides a solidly entertaining origin story for Cassian Andor and K-2SO. The cover is by Julian Totino Tedesco with a variant (pictured) by Chris Samnee.

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Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #4

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #4 contains minor spoilers.

In the penultimate issue of the first arc of Charles Soule’s history of the Dark Lord of Sith, readers are treated to something not seen since the waning minutes of Revenge of the Sith: A weakened Vader contending with not just failure, but mortal peril.

The result? Pain, horror and revenge.

Darth Vader — not yet ascendant in his quest to capture and bleed the lightsaber of Jedi Master Kirak Infil’a — falls deeper into the abyss of his own making. Yet, at the same time, readers see how much power he truly has and how callous he will soon become.

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Star Wars Comics Review: Rogue One #5

This review of Star Wars: Rogue One #5 contains minor spoilers.

Marvel stumbled with its comic-book adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016.

With it’s six-issue Rogue One: A Star Wars Story adaptation, the publisher has done more than regained its footing, it’s poised to lap the competition.

The fifth, and penultimate issue of the mini series, released Aug. 2, continues what has been a stellar retelling of the cinematic hit, while offering modest bits of material not seen in the film.

That’s not surprising, given editor Heather Antos has referred to it, and rightly so, as a director’s cut. The film’s director, Gareth Edwards, was consulted ahead of the series’ publication.

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Book Review — Rebel Rising

This review of Star Wars: Rebel Rising contains minor spoilers.

There’s a sense of wonder, and dread, as you make your way through the opening chapters of Beth Revis‘ finely crafted and exquisitely paced story of Jyn Erso that plays out through the pages of Star Wars: Rebel Rising.

The wonder is the amazing facet of seeing how Jyn Erso became the woman that we, as Star Wars fans, experienced on the silver screen amid the kinetic action and brisk storytelling of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The dread is knowing that her fate is sealed and that her life, with so much potential and promise, was cut short. Yet, more importantly, its knowing that Erso as a character is finite. This makes Revis’ prequel-style account of Erso so engaging and, in fact, so dramatic.

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For Fans Jim Mello and Alex Ray, Their ‘A Star Wars Comic’ Promises New Tales, Intrigue and More Every Month

Among the startling delights of Rogue One: Star Wars Story were the new characters, nearly all of whom perished by the film’s end. Of intriguing interest was Edrio and Benthic Two Tubes, the Tognaths who were among the trusted members of Saw Gerrera’s band of Rebels on Jedha.

While their time on screen was short, it was impressive, but the screenplay allowed for scant detail about the egg mates’ origins, thinking and devotion to the Rebellion.

That’s changed, thanks not to just the assorted books, from the official novel adapting the film or the excellent Rogue One: A Visual Guide.

For Jim Mello and Alex Ray, it wasn’t enough. The pair were so intrigued by Benthic Two Tubes that they seized upon the idea of a six-page comic about the Tognath and, in the process, have created a fan-made ode to not just the character, but to Star Wars, too.
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Comics With Kenobi Issue #23 (216)

Is this thing on? Can you hear us? Are we getting through?

YES WE ARE!

After a technical snafu delayed Jeff McGee and Matt Moore, the daring duo have roared back into the Dragon Run to give it another go and what a go it was, what with the latest issues of Star Wars, Star Wars: Poe Dameron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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In a First, Marvel’s Star Wars Comics Slide Out of Top 20 in July

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Marvel achieved a milestone in July: None of its Star Wars comics were among the top 20 books sold in comic shops during the month, the first time since the debut of Star Wars #1 in January 2015.

The sales rankings are compiled by Diamond Comics Distributors Inc.

Author and comics aficianado John Jackson Miller breaks down the sales estimates monthly on his website, Comichron: The Comics Chronicles, to determine how many copies were sold that month of a particular title, while also including the cover price of each particular issue. (Diamond and Miller track only print sales, not digital.)

It’s clear that the slide in rankings, and decline in issues sold for the Star Wars titles, was due, in part to the massive success of DC ComicsRebirth, which has dominated charts, sales and comics conversations since its ramp up in June (The harbinger of the initiative, DC Universe Rebirth #1 was released in May).

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