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Review: Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run

Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler's Run

As far back I can remember I have always loved Star Wars. As the original movie came out on the year of my birth. I took it as a sign as me and the universe would forever be entangled. As me and my cousins grew up buying the toys from the franchise and dissecting the original movies more than a hundred times.

We were also part of the generation who grew up frustrated for years without new content onscreen. We would find solace in the books released b the Lucasfilm Story Group. As many of the stories would re-imagine many of our favorite characters in ongoing adventures, even some between the movies.  In Greg Rucka and Ingo Romling’s brilliant Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run, our two favorite scoundrels find themselves go on a secret mission which has more than a few bumps along the way.

We are taken to Yavin 4, where Han and Chewie are loading supplies onto the Millennium Falcon and we find Leia and Han arguing about this mission she is ordering him on. As Han immediately infers that it’s a “suicide mission”, as the must go to Cyrkon to find a rebel spy , Ematt, whose team was murdered and he was the lone survivor and may be the key to the rebellion surviving the war. Of course , they are not the only ones looking for him as Commander Beck  from the Imperial Security Bureau , is looking to finish the job she start when she assassinated his team. As ouCyrkon, r heroes and Beck land on Cyrkon, Han and Chewie run into some bounty hunters hired by Jabba the Hut to get the money owed, but Han uses his cunning to trick Beck into providing him cover fire so he can escape. Once Beck realizes what happens, she forces the bounty hunters to help track down our heroes. Han and Chewie eventually find Ematt but get captured by Beck before they could flee Cyrkon. Thankfully, their friends, Delia and Curtis, come to their rescue, giving them a way out but the Imperial Fleet is nipping at their heels. By the book’s end, our heroes escape, Beck relents at losing them and the Rebellion lives to fight another day.

Overall, Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run is a nice adventure which doesn’t get too swept up in canon, and remembers to have fun. The story by Rucka is exciting. The adaptation by Worley is brilliant. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run is a story that is escapism at its finest.

Story: Greg Rucka Translation: Edward Gauvin Adaptation: Alec Worley Art: Ingo Romling and Amauri Osorio
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Wonder Woman #1 Wonder Woman Day Special Edition

Wonder Woman #1 Wonder Woman Day Special Edition

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Liam Sharp

Celebrate 80 years of the Amazon Warrior with this special edition of the first issue of the acclaimed series by superstars Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp, which kicks off the epic storyline, The Lies. Why has the lasso of truth stopped working? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!

Wonder Woman #1 Wonder Woman Day Special Edition

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run

Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Ingo Romling
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $9.99

All-star writer Greg Rucka (The Old Guard, Wonder Woman) sets the galaxy’s most infamous smugglers on a high-stakes mission that will require all their cunning and courage!

Han Solo and Chewbacca team up for an exciting adventure in this thrilling middle grade graphic novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, follow everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Clues scattered throughout the story foreshadow events to come in Episode VII, The Force Awakens, adding extra depth to the grand Skywalker saga.

Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler's Run

The Old Guard Gets a Sequel Directed by Victoria Mahoney

The hit Netflix film The Old Guard is officially getting a sequel. The movie has long been rumored to get a follow up after a well received debut. Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are all anticipated to return for the sequel to action film.

The movie will be directed by Victoria Mahoney who recently served as the second unit director on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX -The Rise of Skywalker, making her the first woman and first Black woman to direct a Star Wars film.

The screenplay will be written by Greg Rucka, who along with Leandro Fernández, created the comic series the film is based on. Published by Image Comics, the original comic series was launched in early 2017 and has since seen multiple volumes and spin-offs.

According to Netflix, the film was seen by 78 million households in its first four weeks.

The Old Guard

Review: Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills

Head back to Jedha for this prequel story to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Based on the Novel by: Greg Rucka
Adapted by: Jon Tsuei
Art: Subaru

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Exclusive: Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Rucka, Rachel Pollack, Maggie Downs, and Catherynne Valente announced for Literary Tarot

The Literary Tarot

Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the world through storytelling, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Literary Tarot. This is an ambitious and unusual collaboration with some of the greatest authors and cartoonists of our time who have been asked to pair a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana.

The campaign has been a hit with almost 7,000 backers and raising over $400,000.

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents. We have the exclusive announcement of five new pairings that will be a part of this project.

  • Brian Michael BendisThe War of the Worlds and the King of Ink
  • Greg RuckaThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Knight of Ink
  • Rachel PollackOedipus Rex and the King of Ink
  • Maggie DownsLeaves of Grass and the Eight of Ink
  • Catherynne ValenteCanterbury Tales (Wife of Bath) with the Empress

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents.

Major Arcana card pairings include:

  • Bestselling crime writer Chelsea Cain pairs The Emperor with Agatha Christie’s Poirot Investigates
  • PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist K-Ming Chang (Bestiary) pairs The Magician with Wu Cheng’en’s sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West
  • Amal El-Mohtar (author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning novella This Is How You Lose the Time War) pairs The Star with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Emily of the New Moon
  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) pairs The World with King Arthur
  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft’sThe Outsider
  • Talia Lavin (the author of Cultural Warlords and the host of the Moby Dick Energy podcast) pairs The Devil with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 
  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
  • The bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, pairs The Hanged Man with T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning novelist Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun) pairs Death with Bram Stoker’s Dracula 
  • Quill Award-winning novelist Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy) pairs The Fool with Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote
  • Simon Tolkien (No Man’s Land: A Novel) pairs The Chariot with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • Novelist and comic book writer G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) pairs the Wheel of Fortune with William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

For the Minor Arcana, each suit is renamed to reflect the literary tools that brought them to life (Ink, Quills, Light, and Parchment). Minor Acana Pairings include:

  • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death) pairs the Knight of Light (Cups) with Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones
  • Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) pairs the Queen of Light (Cups) with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
  • Vita Ayala (The Wilds) pairs the King of Light (Cups) with Homer’s The Odyssey
  • Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (Ninth House and Shadow and Bone) pairs the Ace of Parchment (Pentacles) with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden
  • Tarot reader and host of The Word Witch Podcast Charlie Claire Burgess pairs the Eight of Quills (Swords) with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet) pairs the King of Quills (Swords) with Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations
  • Bestselling writer Roxane Gay (The Bad Feminist) pairs the King of Parchment (Pentacles) with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Hugo Award-winning writer of Die, Kieron Gillen, pairs Five of Quills (Swords) with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs the Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story “The Monkey’s Paw”
  • Hart Hanson (creator of the TV series Bones and author of the novel The Driver) pairs the Page of Ink (Wands) with Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain
  • Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) pairs the Two of Parchment (Pentacles) with Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  • The award winning writer of Monstress, Marjorie Liu pairs the Queen of Quills (Swords) with Beowulf
  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy) pairs the Ace of Quills (Swords) with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) pairs the Five of Light (Cups) with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Novelist and biographer Alec Nevala-Lee pairs the Two of Quills (Swords) with Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone
  • Novelist and comic book writer Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) pairs the Seven of Quills (Swords) with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat
  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) pairs the Page of Quills (Swords) with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The artists for Literary Tarot are:

  • Major Arcana: Samantha Dow
  • Light: Shan Bennion 
  • Ink and Box Design: Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe 
  • Quills: Isabel Burke 
  • Parchment: Bradley Clayton 

The campaign ends on June 30, so back it now!

It’s the Image Greg Rucka Sale!

If you’ve never read Greg Rucka‘s comics, you’re missing out. Now’s your chance to get some of it with the Image Greg Rucka Sale.

The sale features 17 releases from The Old Guard, Lazarus, and Black Magick. Save up to 50% off!

The sale runs until Thursday, May 6.

Lazarus Vol. 1

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ComiXology Features Seven New Digital Releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook

There are seven new digital comics available now on comiXology. You can choose new digital releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Carlos Meglia, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #16-22.

Armed with superior fighting skills and her razor-sharp sais, for years the femme fatale Elektra has offered her killing touch to the highest bidder. Now, after being confronted with the choice to change or die, Elektra chooses to amend her murderous ways … but can she really reach out for help and find a life beyond killing and death? High-speed action mixed with ethical explorations makes this a book packed with explosive excitement and incredible depth.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Sean Chen
Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
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Collects Elektra (2001) #23-28.

Experience the life of Elektra, the stunning killer-for-hire, from two unique perspectives – through the eyes of the assassin herself, and through the eyes of her latest mark, completing a unique journey ending on a dying man’s last day – if Elektra has her way, that is!

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Will Conrad
Cover by Tom Fleming
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Collects Elektra (2001) #29-34.

The beautiful but deadly assassin is hired to eliminate the leader of a violent guerilla movement in Southeast Asia, but will Elektra’s conscience allow her to fulfill the contract when she learns the insane guerilla leader is just an 8-year-old boy hailed as a prophet by his followers? Plus: What happens when the world’s most lethal woman is felled by… the Flu?!

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mark Buckingham, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #56, 60-66.

As Waid & Wieringo are redefining Doctor Doom in the monthly series, get on board their run from the beginning. Learn the truth behind Mister Fantastic’s decision to turn his friends into the Fantastic Four. See our heroes face off against a sentient mathematical equation driven mad by love, an infestation of insects from another dimension, a cascading wave of molecular instability, and the Thing on a homicidal rampage that only the Human Torch can stop.

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Les Crighton sont une famille anglaise fortunée et réputée, dont les membres sont avocats de génération en génération. Jonathan et David Crighton sont jumeaux. Étant le plus calme des deux, Jonathan vit dans l’ombre de David depuis des années. Son épouse, Jenny, est même sortie avec son frère avant d’être avec lui. Leur idylle a duré jusqu’au jour où David l’a abandonnée alors qu’elle était enceinte. Jonathan lui a alors demandé sa main, comme pour tenter d’essuyer les erreurs de David. Mais voilà que tout bascule : David est victime d’une crise cardiaque et s’effondre lors de leur cinquantième anniversaire. Après avoir découvert que David avait détourné des fonds à l’insu d’un de ses clients, les Crighton sont plongés dans une crise sans précédent. Les querelles familiales anciennes et latentes resurgissent l’une après l’autre, conduisant David à se demander à qui il peut vraiment se fier.

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Chosen As The Sheikh’s Royal Bride

Written by Jennie Lucas
Art by Satoru Nagasawa
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The bride market… It was a competition where Omar, the handsome king of Samarkala, gathered the most talented and beautiful women from other countries to see which one is worthy of becoming his queen. Beth, who took part in the competition in place of her talented older sister, was convinced that she, an ordinary girl, would never be chosen. She only wanted the large sum of money that she could get as an entry fee to fulfill her own important purposes. But when Omar looked at her with a passionate gaze, he made an unexpected confession. “Beth, I need you,” he said. These words were the beginning of a tumultuous romance that would change Beth’s dull life forever!

Chosen As The Sheikh's Royal Bride

Wanted: Lucky Luke

Written by Matthieu Bonhomme
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Riding peacefully along a western trail, Lucky Luke is suddenly ambushed by an unknown assailant. After a quick gunfight, the cowboy loses his mysterious attacker, but happens upon a lone wagon beset by Apache raiders. Another quick fight later, Luke is surprised to find that the occupants of the wagon are three lovely young women! Three sisters on their way to start a new life, and who all find the lonesome cowboy … quite interesting.

Wanted: Lucky Luke

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ComiXology Delivers 7 New Comics For you to get right now

There’s seven new comics available on comiXology right now. You can get comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and AAM-Markosia. Check out the individual issues below!

Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Coven

Written by Peter David
Art by Kyle Hotz, Ivan Reis
Cover by Claudio Castellini
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #7-12.

Karl Coven is a serial killer sentenced to die for his crimes, and Rick Jones the star witness in the prosecution’s case. Claiming to be an alien not subject to our laws, Coven’s argument is dismissed, but he gets the last laugh by promptly returning back to life immediately after his death sentence is executed. When a loophole in the legal system requires Coven to be set free, he comes to the attention of Captain Marvel, who’s intrigued by the mysterious figure not only because of his apparent resurrection and immunity to Genis’ Cosmic Awareness, but by the peculiarities of the judicial system that let the killer go free. Rather than annihilate Coven, he suggests that they become the law: Coven to be prosecution, and Marvel to be judge.

Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Coven

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Crazy Like A Fox

Written by Peter David
Art by Paul Azaceta, Michael Ryan
Cover by Neal Adams
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #13-18.

The complications continue to pile up for Captain Marvel as the return of his long-thought-dead mother and the arrival of a new female Captain Marvel force Genis to re-evaluate his life and role in the universe.

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Crazy Like A Fox

Captain Marvel Vol. 4: Odyssey

Written by Peter David
Art by Keith Giffen, Aaron Lopresti
Cover by Tony Harris
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #19-25.

It’s the long-awaited return of Rick Jones’ wife, Marlo. But her arrival may not be the upbeat event Rick had been hoping for…especially when the first thing she attempts to do is annihilate the new Captain Marvel! In trying to head off the horrible fate awaiting Marlo, Marv begins an odyssey into the future – where he immediately discovers he’s the only being in the universe capable of saving the Earth from a conquering, power-hungry alliance of the Kree, Skrull and Shi’ar!

Captain Marvel Vol. 4: Odyssey

Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Greg Horn, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #10-15.

Acclaimed crime novelist Greg Rucka takes on Elektra! Who has set out to destroy the assassin’s career – and why? Elektra is determined to discover the truth – that is, if she doesn’t go mad first!

Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect

Küsse, berauschend wie Champagner

Written by Kat Cantrell
Art by Nami Akimoto
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Ein geheimes Wochenende in Las Vegas, wild und verrückt, wie aus ihren verruchtesten Fantasien. Danach hat Meredith den unwiderstehlich attraktiven Geschäftsmann Jason Lynhurst nie wiedergesehen. Bis sie schockiert feststellen muss, dass ihre im Rausch geschlossene Ehe tatsächlich rechtsgültig ist. Obwohl sie Jason gegen ihren Willen immer noch heiß begehrt, muss sie sich auf der Stelle von ihm scheiden lassen – sonst ist ihre Karriere im konservativen Familienunternehmen ein für alle Mal ruiniert! Doch wider Erwarten sagt Jason Nein zu ihrem Plan …

Küsse, berauschend wie Champagner

L’enfant Née de L’amour Secret du Milliardaire Italien

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Masami Shinohara
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Un été, la jeune Charlotte rencontre Riccardo et tombe amoureuse. Elle découvrit alors qu’il est le fils d’une famille noble d’Italie, ne faisait que profiter de ses amours d’été. La dévotion de son cœur et de son corps se terminèrent en tragédie. Quelques années plus tard, les regards méchants de Riccardo la hantent encore et la font souffrir. Aujourd’hui agent immobilier, Charlotte est choquée lorsqu’elle découvre que son prochain client n’est autre que l’inoubliable Riccardo !

L'enfant Née de L'amour Secret du Milliardaire Italien

Monument #3

Written by Richard Perry
Art by RH Stewart
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As Nicole and DCI Venn learn that they have a common enemy, it becomes apparent that Nicole has encountered this new gang over 350 years previously. DCI Venn and Nicole understand that the only way to solve the recent murders in East London is to work together.

Monument #3

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Greg Rucka, Robert Mackenzie, Dave Walker, and Justin Greenwood Guide Your Next Journey in Compass

In collaboration with bestselling writer/creator Greg Rucka, writers Robert Mackenzie and Dave Walker team up with artist Justin Greenwood to take readers on a breathless journey in the forthcoming Compass. This all-new, five-issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics in June.

Mackenzie in the announcement said:

Compass was born out of our desire to tell a story of discovery without colonialism, of adventure without exploitation—something with the verve and energy of the pulps, but with a perspective that hadn’t been seen much in that genre. Getting there was its own process of discovery, and it’s been a joy to work with co-creators who have the talent to truly unearth Shahidah‘s quest. I’m so pleased to be able to share Compass with the world.

In Compass, readers meet Shahidah El-Amin, a main character who is many things: scholar, cartographer, astronomer, mathematician, scientist, explorer, adventurer, and—when need be—two-fisted fighter. Setting out from Baghdad’s legendary House of Wisdom during the Islamic Golden Age, Shahi’s quest brings her to 13th-century Britain…where the Welsh are whispered to possess the secret of eternal life. But Shahi’s not the only one after it…

Compass #1 (Diamond Code APR210113) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16.

Compass #1
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