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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For Fans Jim Mello and Alex Ray, Their ‘A Star Wars Comic’ Promises New Tales, Intrigue and More Every Month

Among the startling delights of Rogue One: Star Wars Story were the new characters, nearly all of whom perished by the film’s end. Of intriguing interest was Edrio and Benthic Two Tubes, the Tognaths who were among the trusted members of Saw Gerrera’s band of Rebels on Jedha.

While their time on screen was short, it was impressive, but the screenplay allowed for scant detail about the egg mates’ origins, thinking and devotion to the Rebellion.

That’s changed, thanks not to just the assorted books, from the official novel adapting the film or the excellent Rogue One: A Visual Guide.

For Jim Mello and Alex Ray, it wasn’t enough. The pair were so intrigued by Benthic Two Tubes that they seized upon the idea of a six-page comic about the Tognath and, in the process, have created a fan-made ode to not just the character, but to Star Wars, too.
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Comics With Kenobi Issue #23 (216)

Is this thing on? Can you hear us? Are we getting through?


After a technical snafu delayed Jeff McGee and Matt Moore, the daring duo have roared back into the Dragon Run to give it another go and what a go it was, what with the latest issues of Star Wars, Star Wars: Poe Dameron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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In a First, Marvel’s Star Wars Comics Slide Out of Top 20 in July

Star Wars #21

Marvel achieved a milestone in July: None of its Star Wars comics were among the top 20 books sold in comic shops during the month, the first time since the debut of Star Wars #1 in January 2015.

The sales rankings are compiled by Diamond Comics Distributors Inc.

Author and comics aficianado John Jackson Miller breaks down the sales estimates monthly on his website, Comichron: The Comics Chronicles, to determine how many copies were sold that month of a particular title, while also including the cover price of each particular issue. (Diamond and Miller track only print sales, not digital.)

It’s clear that the slide in rankings, and decline in issues sold for the Star Wars titles, was due, in part to the massive success of DC ComicsRebirth, which has dominated charts, sales and comics conversations since its ramp up in June (The harbinger of the initiative, DC Universe Rebirth #1 was released in May).

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Princess Leia, an R2-D2 Adventure, But No Replacement for Darth Vader When November’s Marvel Star Wars Comics Are Released

Star Wars Annual #2

Plenty of Princess Leia, more adventures with Poe Dameron, SCAR Troopers vs. the Rebel Alliance and Rey faces down Kylo Ren as November’s Star Wars comics feature a bounty of new tales and continuing adventures, along with a brand new R2-D2 tale by Chris Eliopoulos.

The only thing missing? No replacement, yet, for the about to conclude Star Wars: Darth Vader as fans await — with eagerness and a hint of impatience — word on a third ongoing monthly series, not to mention a mini-series to replace the adaptation of The Force Awakens.

We know something’s coming down the space lanes, thanks to Marvel assistant editor Heather Antos, who tweeted Aug. 18 that she was “Starting a pretty awesome new Star Wars project tomorrow. I’m really excited for this one!”

So, too, are comics fans. Until then, there’s plenty of Star Wars tales to be told and read.
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Action, Intrigue in Marvel’s Han Solo #3

HanSolo3If the sneak peaks are anything to go by, the unfolding story in Star Wars: Han Solo isn’t going to slow down during issue three.

Looking at images released by Marvel to Comic Book Resources, it’s clear that the intrigue surrounding the Dragon Void Race is palpable and that the Empire is poised to strike.
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Marvel Goes All Out for the Now Delayed-by-a-Week Last Issue of Darth Vader, Debuts Several Variant Covers

Adi Granov Variant

It’s no secret that Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader series has been among its consistently top-selling titles, finding a home in the monthly top 10 titles since it began nearly two years ago.

Now, as August gets underway, the series last two issues — Nos. 24 and 25 — will debut, bringing to a conclusion the story of Darth Vader’s attempts at redemption in the aftermath of the devastating loss of the Death Star in A New Hope.

To mark the event, Marvel unveiled a host of variant covers for the final, oversized 56-page issue, which has been delayed to Oct. 5 from Aug. 31. It’ll sell for $5.99.

To see more covers, click below.
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Marvel’s October Comics Feature Han Solo’s End, Poe vs. Terex, Sgt. Kreel and SCAR vs. Luke & Co.; Missing, Still, is a Third Monthly Series

STWARS2015024_COL STWTFA2016005_MAINStar Wars comics in October see Han Solo’s end (literally), but not the star, while Sgt. Kreel and his SCAR team face off vs. Luke Skywalker, Leia and company aboard the Harbinger and Finn, Han and Chewbacca set off to save Rey from the First Order.

Poe Dameron, the Resistance’s best pilot continues his ongoing rivalry with First Order agent superior Terex, too.

Missing from the October line up? A third monthly series to replace Star Wars: Darth Vader, which ends in August.
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Star Wars Celebration Europe: The Comics Cavalcade

Star Wars Celebration Europe brought a lot of news about the upcoming films Rogue One and Episode VIII, along with the stellar news that Grand Admiral Thrawn is leaping from Legends to Saga in the third series of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars comics? Not much was revealed nor was it livestreamed.

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Marvel’s September Star Wars Comics Feature More From Poe, Han and a Stolen Star Destroyer

STWARS2015023_COLA stolen Star Destroyer, Agent Terex vs. Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata’s castle and a traitor to the Rebellion aboard the Millennium Falcon. Marvel’s September Star Wars comics feature an inordinate amount of action, intrigue and danger, along with a mystery or two.

A bigger mystery? What’s going to replace Star Wars: Darth Vader? There’s no listing, as of yet, for the September solicits, but it’s likely a reveal of a new ongoing may come as the final issue is released in August. Stay tuned!
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