Grab your bookmarks, it’s time to Take Cover as we focus on the writings of the Star Wars galaxy. This month we say goodbye to Brian and along with Matt and Mark he discusses the latest comics, books and magazine news and catches up with Doctor Aphra and soon-to-be Star Wars writer Kieron Gillen.
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.
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.
Dan Z is joined by the daily content manager of Jedi News, program director of the Jedi News Network, and the co-host of Radio 1138, & Take Cover, Mark Newbold, and the host of The Cantina Cast, Mike Rondeau. They start the show debating the pros and cons of skipping pre-The Last Jedi marketing. Tom has news, and in the Coffee Chat, they ponder what has happened to Rogue One in current Star Wars conversation. This the podcast you’re looking for!
The penultimate New Jedi Order episode!! With only two more sections of the NJO left, Luke and Randy take on The Force Heretic Trilogy, written by Sean Williams and Shane Dix. They also bring discussion of Truce at Bakura and Rogue Planet into the mix as it relates to this trilogy.
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.
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 Comics‘ The 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.
Dan Z is joined by the brand director of Jedi News, the host of Collector’s Cast & the co-host of Radio 1138, James Burns and technical analyst for the Walt Disney company & lover of all things Star Wars, Ryan Kidd. Tom has news, and in the Coffee Chat, they discuss the most essential thing about Star Wars. They close out the show with email. This the podcast you’re looking for!
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.