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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Book Review: Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills

With the release of Rogue One came a bevy of new characters in the Star Wars universe. Two of the breakout stars of the popular film, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, are featured in Greg Rucka’s Star Wars Guardians of the Whills , and are more fully formed as dynamic characters in the new book. Rucka beautifully shifts the third person narrative from each main character’s perspective and provides important motivation for a richer understanding of their crusade against the Empire. The Star Wars universe has a rich history of ambiguity, regarding many of their characters’ backgrounds, and with Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills , an intriguing piece of the proverbial puzzle is provided.

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Comics With Kenobi #30

April proved a pivotal month for Star Wars comics.

From the first issue of Marvel’s Rogue One adaptation, which provided some context and details not seen in the film, to the conclusion of  story arcs in Star Wars 30 and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra 6along with the passing of a beloved member of the Resistance’s Black Squadron in Star Wars: Poe Dameron 13, there was plenty of pathos and high adventure to be had.

Co-hosts Matt Moore and Jeff McGee were suitably impressed with Star Wars: Darth Maul 3, which continued to build nuanced layer after nuanced layer on a Zabrak who began life seemingly as a throwaway character, but has grown to become one of the Star Wars Saga’s most enduring and utterly complex characters.

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In Your Ears

A few weeks ago I put out a question on Twitter not really expecting an answer, to be honest. It was asking what piece of Star Wars music do you most relate to as a person. There are plenty of things about the Star Wars saga that people resonate with. Everything from the characters on both sides to the life lessons of love, pain, and redemption. One thing that seems to not get brought up as often, if ever at all, is how the music can be just as important in that conversation.

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Melinda’s Brew: R2-D2 – A Labor of Love

Melinda's Brew

There’s something to be said for building something with your own two hands. Usually, there are trials and tribulations that crop up along the way, but that’s neither here nor there. When that last nail is pounded into place, when that last screw experiences its final turn, when that last dab of paint is applied, you can breathe a sigh of relief, step back to admire your work, and even go as far as to pat yourself on the back for a job well done [even if you’ve had to start over a time or two 😉 ]. That can describe Greenfield, Wisconsin’s Steve Schmidt. Well, sort of.

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Cassian Andor and Sinjir Rath Velus – Good Guys Doing Bad Things

Cassian Andor

With Chuck Wendig’s Empire’s End arriving this month, I decided to review Aftermath and Aftermath: Life Debt. After my first read, I found these post-Return of the Jedi stories entertaining and engaging. For one, getting some details on how the galaxy evolved after the death of the Emperor and Darth Vader was fascinating. The new canon provides little description of this era. Therefore, I was trying to read these stories just a little closer this time around. One of the things I paid extra attention to was the character of Sinjir Rath Velus, the former Imperial loyalty officer. One aspect of Sinjir’s character struck me: he was willing to do bad for the greater good. This reminded me of Cassian Andor, who confessed to Jyn Erso that he had done terrible things on behalf of the Rebellion. This raises the question, where does the Rebellion draw the line?

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #64: The Anti Hero in Star Wars, featuring Stephen Stanton (249)

In today’s show, we have breaking news about the future of Coffee With Kenobi. In our discussion segment, Stephen Stanton returns for our topic on Show # 64, the role of the anti hero in Star Wars. We also talk about the latest Celebration Orlando announcements, our current Celebration itinerary, and Cory continues to taunt Dan about Pacific Rim is. Returning contributor Nick DiCo is back to discuss Star Wars video games and Jason Brame brings us an update on the Star Wars canon.

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Coffee Chat: Jason Hall (248)

On our winter coffee chat for 2017, we welcome Jason Hall. Jason is a long time Star Wars fan, as well as a father and supporter of Coffee With Kenobi. Jason has been a longtime Patreon supporter of our show and is an important reason this is the podcast you’re looking for. He is the fourth winner of our biannual Coffee With Kenobi Patreon Coffee Chat

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Mickey’s Jedi Blend: This Is Not The Filler You’re Looking For

Yes, I’m back! I know it has been a while since I have blogged, but between life wanting to turn everything upside down, hosting Rebels Reactions and my regular 9 to 5, the time has eluded me no matter how hard I have tried. Now after all these months I can’t let things slide anymore.

This month’s topic is something I hit on during a recent episode of Rebels Reactions. It is something I have been guilty of in the past, and that is classifying the significance of each episode as it pertains to the saga overall. Some episodes have a profound impact and are praised highly on podcasts and social media alike. Others, where the value isn’t immediately evident, get dismissed as “filler” episodes.

Since I have started hosting Rebels Reactions and analyzing each episode as they come out, plus after seeing Rogue One, I reached a conclusion: there is no such thing as a “filler” episode in Star Wars.

I will go ahead and advise you that if you haven’t seen Rogue One, don’t read any further unless you want spoilers.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #63: Rogue One’s Impact on the Mythology of Star Wars, featuring tha Mike Pilot (244)

 

In today’s show, Tha Mike Pilot returns to discuss our topic for Show # 63, Rogue One’s impact on the mythology of Star Wars. We also look at the announcement of the new title for Episode VIII, Han Solo casting announcements, Celebration news, including Star Wars Galactic Nights, Nick DiCo discusses Star Wars video games, and Jason Brame updates us on the Star Wars canon. 

In Collector News, we look at the Galen Erso action figure announcement and discuss Star Wars Bluetooth speakers and the Geek Fuel subscription box. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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