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Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #3

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #3

(W) Daniel Jose Older (A/CA) Harvey Tolibao
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In the glory days of the Republic, the Jedi stand as guardians of galactic peace-until a powerful new adversary called the Nihil arrives. Zeen accompanies the Jedi to the Starlight Beacon, a glowing symbol of the Jedi and Republic. where she learns what it means to be a Padawan. Meanwhile, Krix and the Nihil fight their way through a Republic blockade to safety, and Krix begins to wonder who this strange man who helped him really is.

Writer Daniel José Older, bestselling author of Star Wars: Last Shot, and artist Harvey Tolibao bring IDW into The High Republic, a massive publishing crossover spanning comics and prose!

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #3

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Cast Revealed

Production for Obi-Wan Kenobi begins soon and Star Wars and Disney has revealed the cast for the series.

Ewan McGregor returns in the title role and will be joined by Hayden Christensen who will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Joining them are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Joel Edgerton will likely be returning for his role as Owen Lars which he played in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He’ll be joined by Bonnie Piesse who played Beru in both those films as well.

Obi-Wan Kenobi will air on Disney+.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Diamond Select Toys On Sale This Week: Hulk, Muppets, and The Mandalorian!

This week, everyone was wearing green, including the Hulk! The newest Marvel Select action figure of the jade giant, shipped to comic shops on Wednesday, along with Disney D-Formz, a Captain America Gallery Diorama, Best of Muppets action figures Series 2, and The Mandalorian in his Beskar armor! Read on for details, then find them in your local comic shop!

Disney D-Formz PVC Figurine Counter Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for Disney to D-Form! The D-Formz line of super-cute PVC figurines expands into the Disney Universe with this all-new assortment. Featuring stylized sculpts of Tron, Jack Sparrow, VINCENT, Kermit, the Mad Hatter and the Rocketeer, each approximately 3-inch figure comes packaged in a full-color blind box. With 12 figures in every counter display, you’re guaranteed to get two of each figure! Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #SEP201917, SRP: $7.99/ea.)

Disney D-Formz PVC Figurine Counter Display

Marvel Movie Gallery Team Suit Captain America PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Whatever it takes! Captain America suits up to avenge his fallen comrades in the newest Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama from Diamond Select Toys! Based on his appearance in Avengers: Endgame, Cap strides towards the viewer in his white Quantum Realm suit in this approximately 9-inch sculpture featuring the likeness of Chris Evans. Crafted of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with fifth-panel door. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #SEP201926, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Movie Gallery Team Suit Captain America PVC Diorama

Marvel Select Immortal Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the Hulk of a lifetime! For years, fans have asked Diamond Select Toys to make a classic-style Hulk action figure, and now they have! Measuring approximately 9.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation, this iconic character will become a centerpiece in any Marvel figure collection. Includes one set of alternate fists and an alternate Cosmic Hulk head. It comes packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging with side-panel artwork for shelf display. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #SEP201919, SRP: $29.99)

Muppets Action Figures Best Of Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to light the lights! The Best of the Muppets action figure line continues, making classic characters available once again! Best of Muppets Series 2 features Statler with Waldorf, Bunsen with Beaker, and the Swedish Chef with his kitchen supplies! Each set features accessories, and each figure features multiple points of articulation. All are in scale to 7-inch human action figures, with heights ranging from 3 to 5 inches. (Item #AUG202105, SRP: $24.99/each)

Star Wars Premier Collection The Mandalorian Beskar Armor 1/7 Scale Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Everyone’s crazy for a sharp-dressed Mandalorian, so the Disney+ star has donned his MK 3 Beskar armor in this 1/7 scale statue. Wielding a blaster and drawing down on his enemy, the Mandalorian measures approximately 10 inches tall, features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. (Item # JUL201909, SRP: $175.00)

Gina Carano is Booted From Star Wars

Gina Carano Cara Dune

After months of petitions to get her booted, Lucasfilm has stated that Gina Carano is no longer part of Star Wars. Carano had played Cara Dune on The Mandalorian.

#FireGinaCarano was the latest movement to get the actress removed from the show/universe after she shared anti-Semitic posts on her Instagram.

A Lucasfilm spokesperson stated:

Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.

For months, Carano has been a lightning rod for complaints. She regularly mocked covid mask mandates, spread election conspiracies, made Transphobic statements, and liked posts that were anti-Black Lives Matter.

Even with that, the actress played her role in the second season of The Mandalorian with Disney not responding. It’s only after the second season was done has Lucasfilm and Disney done anything. When the show was going in another direction anyway. We award them no credit for their actions.

A lot of tie-ins have been released for the character including toys from Hasbro and LEGO. It’s unknown if future release plans may change for those items.

Carano’s Dune was expected to play a future role in upcoming Star Wars television shows, and while that was speculation, we’ll see if she’s indeed done or those “no plans” might change.

(via iO9)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

(W) Ronda Pattison (A/CA) Jodie Nishijima
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Jennika is caught between two parents fighting to determine whether a child belongs in with them in the Mutant Zone. When one of the parents is revealed to have ties to the criminal underworld, and Jennika’s own dark past, the newest Ninja Turtle must decide how much she has left to atone for. Can a life of violence ever be escaped?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

Explore Wakanda in a new Disney+ Series as Ryan Coogler Goes Exclusive with Disney Television Deal

Ryan Coogler will expand his vision for Black Panther and the World of Wakanda taking it from big screen to television screen. The Black Panther director and co-writer has signed a five-year exclusive television deal between his Proximity Media and Disney. Coogler runs Proximity Media with principals Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis, and Peter Nicks. Coogler is in the process of working on the sequel to Black Panther and is developing his first series which will spin out of the film series. The television series will be a drama based in the Kingdom of Wakanda for Disney+.

In the announcement, Coogler said:

It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share,” stated Ryan Coogler on behalf of Proximity Media.

Coogler first came on the radar with Fruitvale Station which he then reunited with that film’s star Michael B Jordan on Creed. Creed, spun out of Rocky, has spun out its own franchise. Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion globally and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Star Chadwick Boseman died last year, and Coogler and Disney are moving forward with a sequel Coogler has written that will not recast that role.

(via Deadline)

Review: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

As somewhat disputed as the Clone Wars movie was, the television show is a whole different discussion. The Dave Filoni helmed epic was more than a television show, it was a love letter to the original trilogy. It comprised of some of our favorite characters while giving us what happened between the 2nd and 3rd movies. It did so much more, and even more so than any of the nine movies that comprise the primary canon.

As it uncovered who the storm troopers were, that they were not only clones. It gave each of the characters within the show, their own personalities, all very unique. They all became even more relatable which makes the end, so heartbreaking. In Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales, we get some new adventures that give a few new memories of these fan favorites.

We are taken to the Planet Hisseen, where a Republic squadron is taking fire from Battle Droids, and where Obi-Wan and Anakin swoop in to save them. Rex tells a story of when Anakin kept his troops safe from a goo monster on the planet Benglor. In another story, the Wolfpack is sent on a dangerous mission, to rescue a hostage from an impermeable fortress. In one tale, Padme learns of some Intel of a hidden base holding unsanctioned prisoners, leading to a prison break. In another tale, we get our version of “Dirty Dozen in space”, adding to the legend. In the last story, we get a story of Obi-Wan helping the inhabitants of Caliban free themselves of General Grievous.

Overall, Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales is a fun collection of stories that imbues the spirit of the series. The stories by Moreci are encapsulating. The art by the creative team is awe-inspiring. Altogether, a nice visit with some very familiar characters.

Story: Michael Moreci
Art: Derek Charm, Arianna Florean, Megan Levens, Mario Del Pennino, Luis Antonio Delgado Valentina Taddeo, Charlie Kirchoff, Thomas  Dear, Rebecca Nalty, and Valentina Pinto
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.2 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales

(W) Michael Moreci (A) Arianna Florean, Megan Levens, Valentina Pinto (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $14.99

Return to a time of great upheaval in the galaxy, the final years of the Republic, in this anthology based on the beloved animated series!

While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, two Republic squadrons must hold their position against an encroaching droid army of the Separatists. Pinned down for the duration, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales
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