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Star Wars Rebellion #10 – The Ahakista Gambit September 20, 2007

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Bravo Dark Horse. Bravo.

Star Wars Rebellion issue #10 is a solid ending to a really neat story line. Vader finally catches up to Wyl Tarson and well Tarson makes an interesting decision.

It’s not one that I would have expected – and the way that the art portrayed the action was just great.

Not only was it a great storyline but of course as great stories do – it has left alot of open questions – is Raze dead? Is Tarson?? and what about the Hub ? Has it been compromised?

The Ahakista Gambit story arc really heated up in issue #9, while of course issue #8 with the great Vader cover was impressive, most impressive – as well.

As i’ve said before in the previous reviews in this arc – yes this is pulp – but its engaging and a fun read.

Only problem now though is that Dark Horse has put the title on hiatus until December – so it’ll months before we see anything new in this line.

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Star Wars: Legacy #16 The Legacy of Obi-Wan? HA! September 16, 2007

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After the MAGIC that was Star Wars Legacy #15, issue #16 is a most impressive followup.

Sure we know now who Darth Krayt really is, but this is where it get even more interesting as the motivation behinds his conversion to Sith becomes known and Cade Skywalker’s friends (and enemies) line up to try and save him.

Then there is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

When i first saw the cover of this issue and its title – Legacy of Obi-Wan – I thought that WOW maybe Obi-wan had kids or descendants or clones..but no

The legacy of obi-wan is something far simpler and relatively

non-interesting…somewhat of a let down actually (though that’s not the right word to use in connection with Legacy since this is the best Star Wars Expanded Universe tale of all time).

What Obi-wan did to Hett is no different than what was done to Hett’s dad by Ki-al Mundi in Outlander.

Of significantly more interest in this issue is the return of Cade’s MAMA who we haven’t seen in Legacy since issue #10 . Her joining up with the rest of Cade’ bounty hunter pals is a stroke of plot genius.

Will Cade fully turn to the dark side? It certainly looks that way…but somehow I suspect that his mama, friends and the Jedi will turn him back from the path of the dark side.

Star Wars Legacy Issue # 14 Cade Skywalker Captured by Sith July 16, 2007

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Star Wars: Legacy #14–Claws of the Dragon pt. 1 is the first issue of a new story arc in which we will finally find out who Darth Krayt really is .

This is yet another awesome issue that is brilliant drawn and written. Cade Skywalker makes his way to Coruscant where he is ultimately captured by the Sith. It is also painfully obvious that Cade is more comfortable with a blaster than with using the force, something that isn’t a suprise I suppose since he did leave his Jedi roots behind for many years.

Though this issue is a stepping to stone to issue 15 – which is likely one of the most highly anticipated Star Wars comic book releases in a generation – it’s still worthy of much merit and praise.

We learn that Darth Krayt is dying and that Cade Skywalker may be his only chance for survival.
The Mynock (Cade’s ship) has got some info on it and thnx to a friendly Hutt, that info is going to fall into friendly hands.

Oh and the art…WOW…we see the first real shots of Coruscant in the Legacy era and of the Legacy era Tie Fighter (which are sort of like Tie Interceptors on steroids).

That said…i can hardly contain my enthusiasm for issue 15. FINALLLY we’ll find out who Darth Krayt is.

I wonder if anyone in the ShowMeSciFi discussion forum is actually right.

Summer of SciFi – A ShowMeSciFi Calendar July 11, 2007

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It’s a hot summer – for SciFi!

For reference here’s a short list of some of Summer 2007’s big SciFi events as we see them here at ShowMeSciFi :

July 31st – Babylon 5 Lost Tales – released

August 7th – Sandworms of Dune released

August 8th – Star Wars Legacy issue #15 released (where Darth Krayt will finally be revealed)

August 10 – Flash Gordon premiere on SciFi Channel (date is currently not 100% confirmed).

August 28 – Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno released (AKA Luke Skywalker goes nuts).

Aug. 30-Sep. 3 – Hugo Awards at the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)

Star Wars Legacy # 12 – Vong are the saviors of the Jedi? May 28, 2007

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I seem to remember the Jedi helping to chase the Vong out of the galaxy..true Jacen Solo (now Darth Caedus) did have a thing for the world brain on Coruscant though..

Now apparently the Vong are the keepers of the Jedi legacy.

In any case Star Wars Legacy issue #12 is yet another awesome issue in a series that just doesn’t disappoint. We learn a bit more about Cade, but alot about the Vong and their interaction with the Jedi in this issue.

The only ‘dumb’ thing is Cade deciding to go to Coruscant at the end of the issue – of course he’s going to get captured by Krayt – what kind of plot setup is that? i mean COME ON. Unless of course Krayt is really Cade’s uncle/ancestor and he’s using some Force trick to call him to Corsucant.

In any case a great issue – and i’m looking forward to issue #13.

*OHHH and before i forget. R2D2?! REally? After all these years R2D2 IS BACK!! (wonder when we’ll see C3PO?)

Star Wars Legacy #11 Return To Ossus – AWESOME. May 13, 2007

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FINALLY.

Cade Skywalker returns and with him one of the best Legacy stories in a while (not that the issue 10 wasn’t great..but this one was over the top). Oh and the incomparable art of Jan Duursema returns too…

VADER.

Mara Jade.

THE FREAKIN VONG!!!

They all make an appearance in this issue that finally sees Cade return to the Jedi, to Ossus and to his destiny. His former bounty hunter pals get captured by Krayt’s empire too so the threads of this story are rapidly converging..as Cade seeks his Jedi heritage and the rest of universe is out looking for Cade.

What’s the deal with the Vong?

Will they side with the Jedi and/or Emperor Fel to overturn the Sith? Are they out to destroy the Jedi? the Imperial Remnant on Bastion?? Who knows?!? All I know is that it adds another dimension to an already wickedly cool comic book storyline.

Awesome story..AWESOME ART that is beyond compare. Legacy continues to impress and exceed all expectations.

AND only 4 more issues until the truth is revealed about who Darth Krayt really is.

Knights of the Old Republic issue # 16 May 11, 2007

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Alrighty finally a brand new story arc..maybe this one won’t totally SUCK.
(or maybe it will).

The cover would make you think that this issue at LONG FREAKING LAST is about Zayne and that original incident with the deaths of his fellow padawans. no such luck though..we get a few measly pages of a dream sequence and that’s it.

The rest of this issue is about Jarael and her quest to figure out what’s wrong with Camper.
What’s wrong with Camper is that he’s a lame character!

This issue also has a low page count and a tonne of ads. Dark Horse should be paying readers to take this from their comic book retailers and not the other way around.

Star Wars Legacy : Darth Krayt Revealed in 6 issue story arc May 10, 2007

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We all want to know who Darth Krayt is right?

WE’ve been actively debating it here on ShowMeSciFi…and Dark Horse has indicated that in issue #15 the truth will be revealed.

Looks like it’s going to be REAL GOOD.

Star Wars Legacy issues #14-19 will in fact be a six issue story arc simply titled, ‘Claws of the Dragon’ all about Darth Krayt.

From its inception LEGACY has not disappointed and has only gotten better with each issue. With the return of Jan Duursema, for the Krayt story arc and the final truth being revealed about who Darth Krayt actually is, this series is going totally ballistic.

Thank you John Ostrander for penning the finest Star Wars comic book series of all time..someone should name a planet after you.

Star Wars The Sith War April 30, 2007

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Star Wars The Sith War is quite possibly THE BEST tales of Jedi graphic novel of the Old Republic ever published.

This is the story of Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma..it’s not a simple straight forward ‘comic’ tale but an engaging thoughtful epic story.

Far too often Star Wars stories are rote formula, this book though true to Star Wars has back and forth action, more Jedi than I could count and Sith that are truly evil and outwardly bent on the fall of the republic – no shady subterfuge here just brute force Jedi vs. Sith.

Personally i would have chosen this book to be part of the 30th Anniversary Star Wars Hardcover collection – apparently Dark Horse thought it had better titles..while The Uprising of Freedon Nad is an excellent tale as is Jedi vs Sith both those books pale in comparison to the Sith War.

Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire are both solid titles as well, but I’d still take The Sith War as my number one fav.

Exar Kun’s march to the Dark Side and ultimate entombment on Yavin IV would have made for a much MUCH better story than Lucas told in Episodes 1 and 2…too bad this won’t ever be a Lucas produced movie.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic issue #15 April 18, 2007

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The “Days of Fear” story arc reaches its explosive conclusion in a story of dangerous visions, unheeded warnings, and decisions made too late

UNFORTUNATELY this issue still confirm my belief that KOTOR SUCKS…but at least this issue doesn’t suck as badly as issue #14 did.

Long story short Zayne’s visions come true, the Mandalorians attack (though we never actually see Mandalore except on the cover of this comic) and Zayne gets arrested on a Republic ship that apparently will bring him back to the Jedi. How this marks the end of a story arc, I DON’T KNOW.

I’m glad that this lame, pathetic story arc is over. HOpefully it means the writers can finally get down to some real story telling business.

I don’t know what’s up with the artwork lately either. In this issue Zayne Carrick (the main character after all) is drawn very different than he has been before. I actually had to do a double take and read the text bubbles before i realized that it was Zayne…and that’s just LAME.

Dark Horse is shooting itself in the foot with this series which is incomparably inferior to Star Wars Legacy at this point.

Star Wars : Zam Wesell set to be part of volume 4 of 30th anniversary hardcover series April 10, 2007

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Zam Wesell has a very brief role to play in Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones.
As such, it’s easy enough just to write this sentient off as a bounty hunter scum associate of Jango Fett right?

WRONG.

In this graphic novel Zam Wesell teams up with Jango Fett to actually….get this…

SAVE THE REPUBLIC.

Turns out they gave a real nutcase a weapon capable of destroying Coruscant and both Jango and Zam actually do have some kind of conscience.
This is an excellent graphic novel, solid story with decent art.

ShowMeSciFi highly recommends this graphic novel to those interested in seeing another side of this misunderstood bounty hunter.

If you can’t find the original graphic novel – not too worry you’re going to get a second chance real soon.

The original graphic novel is also set to be included in Volume 4 of Dark Horse’s 30th Anniversary Star Wars Series – so if you want to wait to see this in a freakin awesome hardcover edition..it’ll be out in June.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising (review) April 9, 2007

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As mentioned recently ShowMeSci is luckly enough to have a copy of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising Hard Cover.

Beyond just admiring the brilliant construction of this book (hardcover, paper stock, color) we finally got around to actually reading the comic.

The Feedon Nadd Uprising is a pretty good comic – it’s not the best – . It fills in an interesting time gap after Fall of the Sith Empire and well before Jedi vs. Sith.

In this period there are no ‘real’ Sith – but there are those who hoping that the Sith will return and are trying to bring them back. We’re still several thousand years before the rise of Palpatine.

The art is o.k, the plot solid though not extra-ordinary. No crazy plot twists occur but it’s still a fun read that is very enjoyable and a must have for any true Star Wars fan.

Without this hardcover edition, this story has been out of print for nearly a decade. Dark Horse has done a marvelous thing by making it available in such an awesome format.

The ancient Republic and their struggles with the Sith are a really exciting time period in the Star Wars Universe – For better of for worse it is with rare exception a time period that is only explored in the Dark Horse Comics (KOTOR the game and Darth Bane : Path of Destruction being the two obvious exceptions).

By choosing this era as the place to start their 30th anniversary series of Star Wars, Dark Horse is clearly reminding us all of the important role that their comics have played in the creation of the Expanded Star Wars Universe.

Star Wars Legacy Issue # 10 : Who’s Your Mama? April 5, 2007

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WOW.

Star Wars Legacy is a series that just doesn’t quit. Cade Skywalker is still on the run and doesn’t make an appearance in this issue.

You might think that would be a problem – but that’s not the case at all.

Writer John Ostrander throws loyal readers are real curve with a startling revelation in this issue..

**NOT A SPOILER ALERT SINCE THE ISSUE IS ALREADY OUT BUT STILL THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING**

The female bounty hunter from Issue #9 that is also in this issue, Morrigan Corde – has a very special relationship with the person she is hunting – Cade Skywalker.

She’s he’s mother!!!

WOW.

It’s not anything that anyone could have seen coming and is proof positive that Star Wars Legacy remains the best Star Wars comic book series ever created.

The only ‘draw back’ (pun intended) in this issue is that Jan Duursema is still absent as the artist – so though the art is good – it’s not ridiculously fantastic.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising from Dark Horse Begins March 28, 2007

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Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising Hard Cover is now out and I’ve got a copy.

Usually at ShowMeSciFi we don’t focus that much on the actual physical construction of a comic, this is an exception.

This is a GORGEOUS looking graphic novel.

Dark Horse has done an awesome job on printing this the cover is slick and elegant and the paper is just top notch. Even better is the price -they’re charging the same for this hardcover as I would have expected to pay for a regular soft-cover trade paperback.

The hardcover series is part of a 30th Anniversary thing from Dark Horse where they’re re-printed some popular stuff. Next up is Jedi vs. Sith which ShowMeSciFi has already reviewed (in the regular soft paperback edition).

Full review of the The Freedon Nadd Uprising will follow in the coming weeks.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic issue # 14 March 14, 2007

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This series is really starting to suck quite badly.

While Knights of the Old Republic started out as an awesome new series it has steadily declined in quality over the past few months. This most recent issue was totally pointless, poorly written and has artwork that is totally mundane and lackluster.

This issue is the second issue an story arc that began in issue #13 . I had high hopes at the time that this might finally kick it up a notch. I am sorely disappointed.

Zayne should be hunted down by all sides, there should be sith, jedi and mandalorians at ever corner. Instead there is a boring, plodding and altogether predicable slow plot that just keeps meanering along.

I’m at the point where I can no longer recommend this series to the casual reader – I’ll keep buying it myself so i can review it on ShowMeSciFi – so if anything does happen and Dark Horse turns this around – this blog will be the first toast and cheer for its return to glory.

Star Wars Rebellion TPB (review) March 2, 2007

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Star Wars Rebellion has been a tough series for me to get into for a simple reason.
The issues don’t seem to come out regularly (ie. monthly) so i haven’t been able to get them and keep track.

THANK GOODNESS FOR TRADE PAPERBACKS.

Star Wars: Rebellion Volume 1–My Brother, My Enemy collects issues 1-5 of this difficult to collect series. It takes place in the period between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back and introduces another link from Luke Skywalker’s past.

It’s not brilliant stuff but it is very readable and good to look at. I certainly enjoyed this comic though i’m not sure that i’m going to go out of my way to try and find upcoming new issues when and if they ever do come out.

Star Wars : Legacy # 8 – The Sith Reclaim the Empire February 18, 2007

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Just when I thought that Star Wars Legacy couldn’t get any better along comes this issue. It’s a flashback issue occurring before the events of the first issue – way before . We finally get to see how the Sith ended up in control of the Empire after the defeat of the Galactic Alliance, we also see that the rightful Emperor Roan Fel was not at fault for the massacre of the Jedi on Ossus.

The story is just awesome. If you’ve never read Legacy – this is an excellent issue to get started with.

The art ..well it’s not up to the same level as the first seven issues. There is a good reason for that..the art is not done by Jan Duursema. The Sith (particularly Darth Krayt) look kinda lame and overall it’s not the jaw dropping magnificence that the Duursema provides.

Apparently Jan Duursema is working ahead on the next story arc – so we the fans have to settle with second rate artists until her return…considering how awesome the story is…and with the expectation that Duursema is returning I suppose it’s a fair trade off.

The first issue of Legacy revealed the facts of the attack on the Jedi Academy on Ossus and of the betrayal of Emperor Roan Fel by Darth Krayt and the Sith. Now it is time to learn of the machinations and of the secret alliances behind those actions.

Grand Moff Nyna Calixte supervises intelligence gathering for the Empire. Darth Maladi does the same for the Sith. Together they could form an unbeatable team, able to sway the course of a galaxy. That is, if they don’t destroy one another first!

From the ambush of the Galactic Alliance’s fleet to Roan Fel’s narrow escape from assassination, the true story of the Sith overthrow of the Empire can at last be told!

Star Wars Outlander TPB – review February 17, 2007

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My own personal hunt for Aurra Sing has led me to Star Wars Outsider.

Aurra Sing isn’t the major player in this trade paperback but she is still quite central – it’s more about another lost Jedi the ‘Outlander’ who unites the Tusken raiders of Tatooine.

A solid work with great art and a pretty decent story to boot.

Ki-Adi-Mundi’s first assignment after joining the Jedi Council will take him back to the fearsome desert wastelands of Tatooine. The Jedi Council has tracked a long wayward and powerful Jedi, Sharad Hett of the Sand People, to the backwater world, and it’s up to Ki to find him and convince him to return. Only two things stand in his way: the vicious krayt dragon of Tatooine and the Jedi-slaying bounty hunter Aurra Sing! Ki has little choice but to ask for help from the slimiest crime lord of them all, Jabba the Hutt — and Jabba’s aid always comes with a price! Outlander is full-throttle, white-knuckle Episode I-era adventure!

Star Wars : The Hunt for Aurra Sing February 16, 2007

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The Hunt for Aurra Sing

The first time I ever heard the name Aurra Sing was in the recent Star Wars Legacy of the Force Tempest novel  in which Aurra is hired to kill Tenel Ka.

I then went on a hunt of my own a Hunt for Aurra Sing.

What a graphic novel phew. Great writing, great art and fantastic pacing.

She’s not a sith, but not exactly a Dark Jedi either (or is she?) But she is all business in the comic. I’m going to go on another hunt now and track down other Aurra Sing materials to flesh out my collection.

Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic issue # 13 February 9, 2007

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Issue 13 kicks of a new story arc that may have some real legs to it. The last story arc concluded in issue 12 . Basically what happens is Zayne Carrick sticks with Gryph the con artist while the others leave on the Last Resort.

Zayne and Gryph ultimately end up with a ship that takes them right back into the thick of things with the Republic Fleet.

Not a bad story but not the best yet either. Another incremental tale that gets things going without being overly dramatic itself.

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh…the story does end with an assasin droid (as seen on the cover) revealing itself to the crew of the Last Resort…oohhh I wonder if they’ survive…guess we’ve got to wait till the next issue to find out.

AND I suppose the funkly lightsaber repelling arm braces that Zayne ends up are kinda cool too. If Luke had a pair of those he probably wouldn’t have lost his arm.

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