Mercurial Swift And Narrative Layers in Aftermath

Mercurial Swift And Narrative Layers in Aftermath

Please note, the following contains minor spoilers for Aftermath, Aftermath: Life Debt, and Aftermath: Empire’s End.

When Aftermath first came out, it was met with mixed reviews.  The narrative structure, the density of the story, and the style employed by Chuck Wendig did not always sit well with everyone.  There was also a feeling that it just was not impactful enough, considering that we have so little post-Return of the Jedi knowledge in the canon at the moment.  Little did we know what seeds were being planted in this novel that would unfold throughout the series.  Meet Mercurial Swift, who will serve as our example of narrative layers in this trilogy. Read more

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Star Wars Canon You May Have Missed

a.k.a. Star Wars Canon for Kids

Spoiler Warning: This articles contains spoilers for Servants of the Empire, Adventures in Wild Space, Finn’s Story, Rey’s Story, Leia and the Great Island Escape, and Luke and the Lost Jedi Temple.

If you follow the release of Star Wars canon media, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Marvel comic series, the major novels (i.e. Aftermath, Catalyst, etc.), and the more popular young adult books (i.e. Lost Stars, Ahoska), but there is a “class” of material you may be less familiar with.  I always find myself, being somewhat of a canon completionist, wondering if books for “children” are worth investing in, and for the many of the releases, they tend to retell iconic scenes from the films, prepping the younger readers to be absorbed into the larger Star Wars universe.  However, here are a few of the stories that have deep ties into the canon that you don’t want to miss! Read more

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: January 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
January 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the recent and upcoming releases in Star Wars storytelling.


Recent Releases (December 16 – January 15)

 “Voices of the Empire”
Merle Lafferty
Short Story in Star Wars Insider #170
December 20, 2016

Time Frame: Between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Canon Influence: This short story shows us some of the ways people inside the Empire communicated secret information to the opposing side.  We see the discovery of the kyber crystals on Jedha.

Companion Stories: This story ties in to the narrative of both Catalyst and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Book Review: Narrative Equality in Star Wars Galactic Maps

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Narrative Equality in Star Wars Galactic Maps

Please note, the following article has mild spoilers for several Star Wars canon books and comics, including but not limited to Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, Lords of the Sith, Lost Stars, and Shattered Empire.

The excitement around new Star Wars narratives seems in direct proportion to the narrative weight that we as fans give those stories. A new Star Wars film is typically seen as the pinnacle of storytelling, with the animated television shows coming behind, also with a lot of excitement and media coverage. New novels are a milestone in their own right while comics fizzle in and out. Short stories often find themselves lacking coverage and reference books rarely make a dent. But… entertain me for a minute, as we explore how a particular reference book, Star Wars Galactic Maps by Emil Fortune and Tim McDonagh, a brand new “Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe,” brings to light elements from all these mediums in one single printed history of the galaxy, providing some narrative equality across all storytelling vehicles.

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: December 2016

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
December 2016

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the recent and upcoming releases in Star Wars storytelling.


Recent Releases (November 15 – December 15)

Catalyst: A Rogue One Story
James Luceno
Novel by Del Rey
November 15, 2016

Time Frame: Covering a span of time between Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode IV: A New Hope.  To be more specific, the story spans the time about a year after the beginning of the clone war and ends just prior to the novel Tarken.

Canon Influence: This novel serves as a foundation for the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  While the movie itself focuses on Jyn Erso, this Catalyst focuses on her father and his relationship with Orson Krennic. Read more

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: November 2016

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
November 2016

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the recent and upcoming releases in Star Wars storytelling.

Recent Releases (October 16 – November 15)

Rebels 7“Ocean Rescue” – Rebels Magazine, No. 7
Martin Fisher, writer / Bob Molesworth, artist

Time Frame: Between Episodes III: Revenge of the Sith and IV: A New Hope, during the era of Star Wars Rebels, likely between Seasons 1 and 2.

Canon Influence: We got to see a bit of Sabine’s history come through in this story, a brief glimpse at what happened to her when she was in the Imperial Academy.  The stories in this comic strip are becoming more relevant as the issues go on, which is very exciting to see.

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