On a recent trip out to LA to visit my daughter, Erin, I was passing the time on the four-hour flight doing puzzles in the paper and crossword puzzle book I brought along. The flight attendant came by to bring us passengers a snack and beverage. I looked up from what I was doing to take my tea and goodies, and as she passed, I espied a special treat showing on a fellow passenger’s tablet screen. [He was sitting across the aisle and one row up from me.]
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.
These days there is a lot of Star Wars out in the wild. New movies, television shows, full-length novels and numerous other kinds of books, comics, and video games. As fans, we are constantly bombarded with new media and content on almost a daily basis. It can feel overwhelming to try and keep up at times. There are a lot of remedies that can be taken to check out this issue and there isn’t one single answer that applies to everyone.
Hello there! You may have noticed I was M.I.A. for a couple of months. Or, maybe you didn’t. If you didn’t, good. Just don’t tell me that you didn’t. Anywho, I’m back, baby, better than ever, and I’m ready to inundate you with thoughts, feelings, and remembrances. What you are about to read is part 1 in what will be an ongoing series about the Star Wars films. We all love Star Wars, most of us started out with the films, and we keep coming back to them time and time again. We all do this for different reasons, but the one common factor is that they just kind of feel like old friends, don’t they? Or a warm, fuzzy blanket on a chilly afternoon. Or….you know what, I’m gonna stop that right there before I drink a gallon of hot cocoa and fall asleep. My point is this: We love the saga. What I have been pondering is each film as a separate work. What keeps me coming back to each film individually? When I decide that I want to watch one, why do I choose the one that I opt for? I’ve found that the answer is different for each chapter in the saga, and that’s what my next several blogs will be concerned with. I’m going to go through each film one-at-a-time and discover what it is uniquely about THAT film that I am drawn back to. I’m sure I’ll surprise myself with a few of my findings, and hopefully it will give some of you an appreciation for elements of the films you’ve never noticed, or encourage you to consider this topic for yourself and discover your own answer for each film.
Star Wars has many themes, and one of them is family. It’s relatable. It’s honest. And that’s powerful.
Since the very first film, Star Wars introduced us to a new family, the Skywalkers. A family that lives in a galaxy far, far away, but at the same time, that family feels like home. Sometimes, it feels or has felt more like home than home. At one time or another, we were Luke. A dreamer. We were Leia and Padmé. A strong leader. We were Shmi. A nurturer. And yes, even Anakin. Fiercely loyal and yet tried and troubled too. After all, what family is not all these things and more?
Jay’s Galactic Expressions
Warning: Major Spoilers ahead for Spiderman: Homecoming!
Everywhere I look in our society today, I am bombarded by messages of “girl power.” Some are very positive, encouraging and empowering. Others leave me – a grown woman – with the proverbial “very bad feeling” about what my younger female counterparts may eventually be molded into.
With the release of the cartoon shorts Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, there has been a noticeable spike in the conversations regarding female-centered role-models, and how those role-models are being utilized to market not only merchandise but the message of “what it means to be a girl.” I love the series, and I believe it sends positive messages that transcend all human-imposed boundaries. However universally acceptable I feel the series to be, there exist those who oppose and/or challenge that notion, for whatever personal motives or agendas they may have. As Palpatine said: “so be it.” I’m not here to change anyone’s beliefs or opinions, but I do have some things to get off my chest.
You know where, in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda encourages Luke: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”? A lot of Star Wars fans take exception to Yoda’s lesson. They think that Yoda is wrong in making such a statement to Luke, our fledgling Jedi-in-Training. These fans criticize Yoda because they believe he is not validating the significance of the ol’ college try. They argue that trying counts for a lot. I can see their reasoning.
With the recent release of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, I thought it would be interesting and fun to get the initial reactions of two of my sons, one who is nine years old (Scout) and one who is five (Cedar). Scout has a Star Wars knowledge that impresses even me. He can dissect and go in-depth so well that he challenges me with some of his thoughts and questions. He recalls exactly what happened in any of the movies as well as The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Freemaker Adventures. On the other hand, Cedar still has a very rudimentary understanding of Star Wars. He knows many of the characters and will usually sit through most of an episode of Rebels, but he hasn’t made it through an entire movie yet and doesn’t quite understand all of the connections between even the most well-known characters.
San Diego Comic Con 2017 starts the night of Wednesday, July 19th and runs through Sunday, July 23rd. At the time of this writing, the schedule is only complete through Saturday, July 22nd. Here’s the Star Wars content I’m most looking forward to over those first few days.
Gather up your java, tea and more and pull those Star Wars comics out of the bags as we dive into June’s issues from Marvel.
Co-hosts Matt Moore and Jeff McGee have found much to discuss in regard to the conclusion of The Screaming Citadel, the ongoing adventures of Poe Dameron as well as the latest installment of A Star Wars Comics.
There’s also news about Star Wars Adventures at San Diego Comic-Con and some tidbits about this month’s comics, too.
It’s another long one, but, you know, it’s good problem to have, all these Star Wars comics.