Star Wars Legends: Dark Force Rising Review

Carrying on from the look at “Heir to the Empire” a few months ago I continued onwards to Dark Force Rising (and finished it just in time for the new High Republic book to come out!) The middle story in the Thrawn Trilogy does what all good middle chapters do and moves the story on enough to keep things interesting but any kind of resolution to any of the introduced characters is left for the finale. Want to know more? Read on!

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Star Wars: The High Republic – There is No Fear / Heart of the Drengir Review

After enjoying the two High Republic books so much and with a subscription to Marvel Unlimited I’ve been reading each issue as they’ve appeared on the digital service. The first two story arcs make up the first eight issues and form a very satisfying whole that fills in a gap in between the first two books as well as showing us what some of the more higher profile Jedi from Book 1 were doing during Book 2. So… let’s take a look!

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Star Wars Legends: Heir to the Empire Review

I remember when I was still in school and one of my friends had the “Thrawn Trilogy” of Star Wars books and him telling me “what happened after the films”, at that point referring to just the three, possibly with Episode 1 on the horizon. I was interested, they sounded good, but at that age I’m afraid to say reading a book just wasn’t something that interested me. Fast forward a few decades and I thought to myself “I’m enjoying these High Republic books, maybe I should go back and experience the original sequel trilogy now we have an actual one” … So here we are! My first dip into the “Legends Timeline” on this blog, and my first time reading Heir to the Empire. What was it like? Very good, funnily enough…

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Star Wars: Visions Review

I love it when two completely separate parts of my entertainment life come together like this! Visions is a series of nine anime shorts based on Star Wars, with the creators (and we’re talking major studios and people in the anime industry) given free rein to do whatever they wanted, no need to stick to any canon or anything… and boy did they ever not! What’s it like? Given it’s a bunch of shorts how good is the hit rate? Let’s find out!

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Star Wars: Darth Vader – Into The Fire Review

The next little mini-story for the Darth Vader comics is once again an important bit of storytelling, though this time rather than reaching back to the prequels to shed a little bit of light on why Vader was beginning to soften, “Into The Fire” reaches forwards into the sequels and sheds some light of why Vader was so convinced it was too late for him to overcome the Emperor. The actual TPB is issues 6 – 11 but I’ll include 12, as while it’s advertised as a “War of the Bounty Hunters prelude” it’s really 90% an “Into the Fire” epilogue…

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1 Review

The Bad Batch came out of nowhere when it was announced last year, taking the team of enhanced clones introduced in the final Clone Wars season and giving them the spotlight. That being said the true highlight of the series to me at least is the setting: immediately after Episode III so we see just how quick and frankly short-sighted the formation of the Empire was in the wake of Order 66. Throw in some classic Dave Filoni call-backs and great character moments and you have a hit! Let’s take a look…

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Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm Review

The High Republic era continues (or continued at this point given how late this review is, but whatever…) as the next major novel arrives in “The Rising Storm”. It shifts focus away from the Beacon and some of the characters featured in “Light of the Jedi” and instead shows us a whole new crisis and focuses on some of the side characters from the previous novel alongside entirely new ones, overall expanding and fleshing out the cast as the story moves forward. Plus plenty more Nihil, which is always fun! So let’s take a closer look…

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Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Heart of the Sith Review

While I plan on looking at Star Wars comics old and new in the future, when I’m not doing Doctor Who and Street Fighters ones is the plan, I couldn’t resist reading this latest (complete) story in the second Darth Vader comic line. Set in between Empire and Return of the Jedi it shows Vader coming to terms with his son’s existence and searching for those responsible for keeping this information away from him. Let’s take a look!

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Star Wars: The High Republic – Light of the Jedi Review

I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time now, the idea of the “High Republic Era” was fascinating to me. No Sith or Empire thanks to this being set 200 years before Phantom Menace, and therefore 800 years into the “it’s been 1,000 years since a Jedi has seen a Sith” line in the aforementioned film. Due to the complete lack of the Dark Side of the Force clouding any judgment the Jedi here are on a whole other level, but the villains of the piece shine as well, being quite unlike anything seen the long-running series before. Want to know more? Read on!

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The Mandalorian – Season 2 Review

The Mandalorian’s second season had a LOT to live up to, thanks to its top class first season, and somehow it managed to meet it. The stakes were raised, characters from all over Star Wars appeared and most of all our lead duo both got some character development, never getting lost in the flood of new content. So let’s spend several paragraphs gushing over it, shall we?

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