If you’ve spent much time on social media, you may have seen some funny Star Wars photoshops inserting Constable Zuvio into interesting places. Heath Williams is a self-described history nerd, baseball and pizza fan, Rebel Legion cosplayer, and co-host of the Rogue Podron podcast. I caught up with Heath recently to find out more about his ideas and his love of perpetual pegwarmer Constable Zuvio.
Journey To A New Planet With STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1!
A new adventure for Luke and Leia begins this December
New York, NY—September 15, 2017—Marvel’s STAR WARS comics have pulled back the curtain on fan favorite Captain Phasma, introduced the world to rogue archeologist Doctor Aphra, and crafted stories that have enthralled fans across the galaxy. This December, even more secrets will be revealed when Marvel releases STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1. Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Star Wars: Join The Resistance) with art by Mike Mayhew (Star Wars, The Star Wars), the new mini-series gives fans a look behind the curtain at one very special planet in the galaxy: the mineral planet Crait.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it becomes a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order, but that wasn’t the first time Crait became a place where heroes and villains clashed in their fight for the galaxy. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa once took up arms on Crait and led the rebellion as they as they searched for a new home – and a new base for the Rebel Alliance. Tying in to the eagerly anticipated December film, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT promises to be a new and exciting adventure for all Star Wars fans – and a story that will change the galaxy as we know it.
If you subscribe to Empire magazine, you’re about to get a very cool surprise delivered to your mailbox. The October issue features a holograph-like cover dedicated to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Rey’s hand passing a lightsaber to Luke’s robotic hand.
Check it out the full image of the exclusive subscriber cover below:
Hasbro has updated the online availability of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. Originally slated for August 14 on HasbroToyShop.com, the three convention exclusives will now be available at some point in September.
These include the Black Series 6-inch Grand Admiral Thrawn figure, the Black Series 6-inch Luke Skywalker with X-34 Landspeeder, and the Black Series 6-inch Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) and Rey (Jedi Training) 2-pack.
It’s hard to believe, but Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope turns forty this year. It seems like only yesterday that I was tromping around my backyard pretending to be Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Actually, I was doing that yesterday, but I mean as an 8-year old kid back in 1977.
A New Hope is a period piece and other than Luke and Han’s hairstyles it’s easy to forget that this film was released in the late 1970’s. While it’s never a bad time to be a Star Wars fan nothing compares to how good it is today. Every time I hear someone complain about Legends versus canon, or points out some imperfection from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I want to turn to that person and say you have no idea just how amazing the Star Wars landscape is right now.
Whether it’s the films, novels, television, costumes, or toys all of it is so much more incredible that what we had back in my day.
Star Wars Moves Forward by Looking Back
–by Dan Roth
As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted during an Olympics broadcast, and naturally it set the Internet buzzing. It’s a decent first look, showing us a chunk of Felicity Jones’s work as Jyn Erso without revealing too much about plot specifics or character relations. But while it ultimately amounted to a fairly generic spattering of Star Wars imagery and dramatic one-liners, the trailer hit one heck of a crescendo at the end. Darth Vader reappeared, getting in half a breath (all ho-, no -bur) before the scene cut out.
So what do you do when your Star Wars fandom is in a lull?
Let me start by saying I will always, always be a huge Star Wars fan. Always. Nothing will ever change that. Embracing my love for this saga changed my life. Literally. No need to rehash how, but I’m talking EPIC change. That’s not an exaggeration. But I’m feeling kind of – blah – right now about the GFFA, and I keep thinking that, with the current Star Wars media bombardment, I can’t possibly be alone…
BEN: That boy is our last hope.
YODA: No. There is another.
Many fans, writers, and podcasts have debated the ethics of Obi-Wan and Yoda’s choice not to tell Luke the complete truth about his family history. Luke certainly is not happy about Obi-Wan’s “certain point of view.” In one of the iconic training scenes on Dagobah in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Luke has a vision of Han and Leia in danger. When he asks Yoda about it, the diminutive Jedi Master tells him that he has seen the future. This, of course, leads to Luke ultimately making the decision to rush to his friends’ aid on Bespin and postpone his Jedi training indefinitely.
“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia
“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”
This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.
“Feel, don’t think. Trust your instincts.”– Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Throughout Star Wars, there are many instances of Jedi instructing their apprentices in how to perceive the Force. We are introduced to this aboard the Millennium Falcon, when Obi-Wan first trains Luke in lightsaber defense. “Stretch out with your feelings,” he says, and “your eyes can deceive you – don’t trust them.” How about us? Can we find a way to trust in the Force?