Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #5

This review of Darth Vader #5 contains minor spoilers.

Now we know the truth about Mustafar.

The rocky and molten planet is far more than we ever thought it was and could be.

It’s name forever enshrined with not just Anakin Skywalker’s first mission for Darth Sidious, but as the fulcrum that destroyed who Anakin was and turned him, completely, into Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith.

You’ll be reading a lot of hyperbole about this issue — written by Charles Soule, penciled by Giuseppe Camucoli, inked by Cam Smith, colored by David Curiel, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White.

It’s true, all of it, to paraphrase Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

Darth Vader #5 may well go down in Star Wars lore as the most pivotal tale of how Vader forever cast off any trappings of whatever good lay buried deep within him. Read more

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The Lies

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Recently I’ve become something of a big Wonder Woman fan. Earlier this year DC Comics went through a universe reset and all the comic series started new stories. The first arc of the Wonder Woman series, written by Greg Rucka who should be familiar to Star Wars fans, is called “The Lies.” It takes Diana on a journey to uncover the truth of her past that has become nothing but a shroud of mystery. Naturally, this got me thinking about “The Lies” that permeate the Star Wars saga. Truth and lies are common elements that follow through all the films, shows, books, and comics.

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There is a Jar Jar In ALL Of Us!

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

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In Honor of National Bullying Prevention Month

Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” (1)

Awkward in social situations. Body parts on a seemingly ridiculously large-scale. Clumsy at all the wrong times. Shunned by people you thought were your friends, for a reason you don’t really understand.

Sounds like I’m describing Jar Jar Binks to a tee, right?

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From Legends to Canon: Five Characters that Deserve a Shot

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

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“There’s always a bit of truth in legends.” -Ahsoka Tano

Once upon a time, the Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars opened up an outlet for me that helped sate my unyielding desire for all things in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. I consider myself a relative newbie to the now-titled Legends category of knowledge and stories, having only come into it about 10 years ago, but I have nonetheless become an intense follower. I have read – and own – countless novels, and have invested myself emotionally and mentally in its lore. When the announcement came in April of 2014, rendering the EU as basically a defunct sector of the Star Wars timeline, I was absolutely heartbroken. First, the cancellation of the Clone Wars series and now, this?! I didn’t know how much more my fangirl heart and soul could take!

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New Star Wars Rebels Trailer! *UPDATED* With an All-New Clip!

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An all-new trailer for Star Wars Rebels was released at New York Comic-Con today! Check out the video below and prepare for goosebumps!

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Anakin Skywalker: The Enigma of Everyone — A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan, Part 1

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The Force has awakened. The Star Wars era seems to have truly begun. Yet far from the machinations of the past, we must not stray. For where we come from leads to where we are going, and where we are going will bring more nuance to where we have been. Where then, have we been? We have been, through both the prequel and original trilogy, in the story that is the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.

This has, I believe, too often been forgotten. Numerous reasons make this so, ranging from the disdain for the prequels, to the vastness of the Star Wars galaxy, the apparent need to separate the prequels from the original trilogy, and, as of late, the emphasis on the practical effects that are being so greatly promoted as a part of the sequel trilogy.

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Banking in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Council ChamberJust like any other from of entertainment, Star Wars is always taking real world elements and applying them to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.  One thing that is ever present in our world is banking and the financial industry.  Because I happen to work in the financial industry, I thought it would be a great idea to take an in-depth look and see just how Star Wars uses these institutions and applies them.

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Inquisition: The Counter-Reformation of the Sith, Part II

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Be aware: This article is a continuation of Part I, which can be found here

Note: The final paragraph contains some speculation and possible spoilers for season two of Star Wars Rebels.

The inflammatory reputation often associated with the inquisition largely stems from its Spanish iteration, beginning November 1, 1478, under the authority of Pope Sixtus IV, at the behest of Columbus-era’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Having been previously dominated by North African Muslims, at a time in which 200,000 Jews also inhabited the country, the Spanish crown believed their rule, and the unity of their country, required all to be baptized in the name of the Church. There were to be no pretenders nor agnostics, and certainly practitioners of either Judaism or Islam within the purview of the Spanish monarchy. The Pope, Ferdinand, and Isabella agreed that the inquisition could be a valuable tool to uncover those who proclaimed their loyalty to the Church in public, but continued to believe in their hearts, reinforced by observance in secret, Gods and traditions antithetical to Jesus, the Pope, and the divine right of the throne of Spain (Inquisition, 2014).

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Star Wars Introverts Unite… Alone!

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I am an introvert. I have been an introvert my whole life, but until about a year ago I thought I was just weird. I’ve always been called shy, quiet, and backward. But mostly I’ve just never loved small talk, and I’ve always been okay with alone time. That always seemed normal to me, and I feel like my introversion has served me well. Especially since I bury my feelings, and Obi-Wan would be proud! People have very often told me that I needed to come out of my shell and stop being anti-social, especially when I was young. But I’m not anti-social. I’m selectively social: selective with whom and when I like to socialize. And then I need alone time so I can recharge. I know I’m not the only person like this. Some well-known introverts include Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Harrison Ford, David Letterman, Albert Einstein, Moses, Warren Buffet, Charles Darwin, and Rivers Cuomo. Obviously I belong in that group. Recently I’ve wondered who in the Star Wars galaxy is like me.

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Read CWK Co-host Dan Z’s Latest Entry on the Official Star Wars Blog

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Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Zehr has a new installment in his Studying Skywalkers series posted on the official Star Wars Blog. This entry is all about Darth Sidious and the role of dark side mentors in the Star Wars Saga.

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