Comics With Kenobi #36.1: Young Padawans Edition

It’s another episode of our youngling — and not so youngling — focused Young Padawans Edition.

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Force and Faith: Forgiving Anakin, Giving Thanks with Luke

Dear readers, I am preparing for quite a funk this coming holiday season.  My life is turned upside down.  Things are changing, and this is inevitable.  Changes have been coming for a while, but we all know that the holiday season can be taxing in such a situation.  And I want you to know that I am trying to remain thankful and hopeful.  Trying.  Will I succeed?  I’ll let you know in January.  Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season, and I intend to maintain and meditate on the hope that is imbued in the reason for the civic holiday.  I have blogged about hope many times.  I firmly believe everything that I have written for this grand community.  And the opposite of hope is despair.  This is a paradigm that has been central to my life for its entirety.  Let’s look at each in turn and see where that gets us.  Read more

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #8

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #8 contains minor spoilers.

Never besmirch the good books amid the presence of a librarian fighting for outright survival.

To tally with such tomes with contempt and disrespect can invite nothing good. Rather it would invite troublesome toil and vexation the likes of which could dispel even the most inquisitive among us in a grand fashion.

In short? Jocasta Nu is the arguably the most lethal Jedi the order ever produced and we wonder what the galaxy would have been like had she been on the front lines of preserving peace and order in the now-fallen Republic.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #14

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14 contains minor spoilers.

After the enormity of the previous story arc, issue 14 begins the cycle anew with Si Spurrier joining Kieron Gillen on the monthly title as co-writer.

If the first chapter of “Remastered” is any indication, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

This issue is the first since Aphra’s debut where we see her truly grapple with her past decisions and how they color her future outlook.

It’s a story that sees the return of familiar faces and potential partners in the persona of Imperial now-Lt. Magna Tolva, as well as something that’s been seen only fleetingly in prior adventures: a conscience. Add to that the realization that Aphra’s seemingly thoughtless actions have had consequences on those she’s interacted with — see Tolva — and it’s a remarkable piece of character study.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Rebel Assault” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Rebel Assault.”

One thing that Star Wars has always done exceedingly well is subvert expectations. “Rebel Assault,” this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels follows that tradition with a story that shatters assumptions from the outset. With this first half of the season seemingly building toward an epic clash against the Empire, “Rebel Assault” instead takes the narrative on a downward trajectory much faster than many probably expected.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #38

This review of Star Wars #38 contains minor spoilers.

There’s more to Jedha than we thought we knew.

It’s clear that the planet featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is far more than just a checkmark on planets the Empire has reduced to rubble.

Writer Kieron Gillen, who takes over Marvel’s flagship monthly, marks his debut with a wildly engaging romp that bridges not just Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels, but the endpoint of the original trilogy, too.

In short, Luke, Leia, Han and Sana — but not Chewbacca — find themselves seeking out the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s partisans, whom we last saw furiously fleeing the rolling devastation of earth, concussive force and and dust of the Empire’s “statement.”

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Veterans Day Honors

This is an updated version of a blog I wrote in 2014. 

I really enjoy learning about history and especially World War II history. With today being Veterans Day I wish I could somehow respectfully relate Star Wars to all that our veterans have done for us and all that our current military men and women still do for us today. Yes, the Empire and First Order can be compared to Nazi Germany and Emperor Palpatine to Adolf Hitler, both being bent on complete domination and destruction of their enemies. The Rebel Alliance can be compared to the Allied forces, because both were fighting for something greater than themselves. But our veterans do and have done so much more that is never talked about or known. So the best way for me to incorporate Star Wars is to say that without these veterans we would not have the freedoms and opportunities that make it possible to enjoy our favorite saga.

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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens – Point/Counterpoint

In which two fans — or possibly two sides of my own brain — debate which of the new crop of movies is better: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Kindred” and “Crawler Commandeers” Reviews

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episodes “Kindred” and Crawler Commandeers.”

Star Wars Rebels returns this week with another pair of episodes that continue with what looks to be a season-long arc focusing on our heroes’ return to Lothal and an impending massive clash with the Empire. The first episode, “Kindred,” at first feels to be a simple continuation of last week’s “Flight of the Defender” with Ezra returning to the site of the TIE Defender crash to find the downed ship’s hyperdrive, but it soon escalates into something much more dire.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #7.

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 contains minor spoilers.

Knowledge is power.

And if there’s power to be had, there’s a Sith Lord gunning for it and that who holds it.

Such is the story in the Charles Soule-penned issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 that sees Jedi Knight and Master Librarian Jocasta Nu become the focus of efforts by Vader and the Inquisitorius to finish the purge begun by Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith.

But Jedi are hard to kill, particularly when they’re experienced, on the run and not clustered in the Jedi Temple as padawan younglings.

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