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Review: Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker – The Manga

Star Wars: The Legends Of Luke Skywalker

In a franchise as loved by millions as the Star Wars saga, there are still mysteries to be uncovered about the main characters. The last trilogy of movies made for a passing of the torch for many fans. Every generation in the last 50 years, who have been fans of the franchise has had their own relationship with it. My generation grew up on the original trilogy while other generations got to know the universe the new movies and television shows created.

This is why when we hear that there are new stories culled from this universe about our most beloved characters we are mostly overjoyed. When Ken Liu released his book based on new adventures with Luke Skywalker I was definitely in line to pick it up. As I read the stories contained, it occurred to me just how much he loved this world as well. In VIZ Media’s graphic adaptation, Star Wars: The Legends Of Luke Skywalker, they bring to life the adventures he went on in Liu’s brilliant novel.

In the first story, “The Starship Graveyard”, with art by Akira Fukuya and Takashi Kiskaki, a Star Destroyer pilot crashes near a rebel base and has his own encounter with the infamous Jedi Knight, one which gives him a totally different view.  In “I Droid”, Haruichi illustrates how R2-D2 and C-3PO get sent to a work colony and Luke not only frees them but liberates the whole colony. In “The Tale Lugubrious Mote” Subaru brings to life a tale where an insect in Jabba The Hut’s lair tells from a different perspective Luke Skywalker’s meeting with Jabba in Return Of The Jedi and how Leia was not truly alone in her time there. In the final story, “Big Inside”, Akira Himekawa illustrates a story of a young biology student who gets rescued by Luke, only to go on her own adventure with the intrepid Jedi Knight as he encounters an old friend through the Force.

Overall, an engaging set of stories, though they rethread some familiar territory, it strikes that rich balance of nostalgia and intrigue. The stories by Liu are pure fan service. The art by the different creators is imbued with love and is very striking. Altogether, this book is the reason why so many fans have stayed in love with the franchise.

Story: Ken Liu Art: Akira Himekawa , Haruichi, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki, Subaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Cavan Scott (Author) Ian Flynn (Author) Derek Charm (Artist) Elsa Charretier (Artist, Cover Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Arie Kaplan (Author) Drew Moss (Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Shane McCarthy (Author) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist)
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Join Han, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca in these middle-grade-friendly adventures that take place during the original trilogy! Not ones to rest on their laurels, Han and Luke embark on a mission to secure equipment for the fledgling rebellion in this exciting tale set just after A New Hope! Then, after losing the man she loves to a bounty hunter, Princess Leia embarks on a dangerous mission with R2-D2 and C-3PO in this exciting tale set just after The Empire Strikes Back! And finally, Join Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca aboard the Millennium Falcon for another rollicking mission on behalf of the Rebel Alliance! Collects issues #21-23 of the Star Wars Adventures series.

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #2 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #2 (of 5)

(W) Michael Moreci (A) Arianna Florean (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

This exciting weekly series explores a time of great upheaval in the galaxy-the Clone Wars! While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones, pinned down for the duration, 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 #2 (of 5)

Diamond Select Toys New in Previews: Lobo, Doctor Doom, the Mandalorian and More!

It’s a new month of offerings from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd., and there’s plenty to see! Shipping this winter, we’ll get new DC Gallery dioramas, new DC and Star Wars Legends in 3D busts, a new Marvel statues, new Star Wars busts and statues, and returning Marvel Select action figures! It’s the best of all worlds!

DC Comic Gallery Deluxe Lobo PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Feetal’s Gizz! This Deluxe Gallery Diorama of Lobo on his Spacehog cycle is one of the most deluxe dioramas ever made! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall and 12 inches long, Lobo’s SpazFrag666 is the first vehicle in the Gallery Diorama line, and features the same detailed sculpting and paint applications you’ve come to expect. Cast in high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item # JUL201911, SRP: $99.99)

DC Comic Gallery Superman Ascendant PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Look, up in the sky! Superman rises above the clouds in this all-new installment in the DC Gallery line of dioramas! Measuring approximately 10” high, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and sculpted by Alterton. (Item # JUL201912, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Animation Batman TAS Harley Quinn 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time to rev up your Harley! The Legends in 3D line of half-scale busts continues with the next in a sequence based on Batman: The Animated Series – Harley Quinn! The Maiden of Mirth measures approximately 10 inches tall atop her circus pedestal, is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item # JUL201913, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Animated-Style Doctor Doom Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! Doctor Doom returns! Based on the variant cover artwork of Marvel Comics, this statue of the Latverian monarch depicts him in a pensive pose, perhaps debating which of his adorable attacks to unleash on an unsuspecting foe. Measuring approximately 5” tall, this statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding. (Item: # JUL201915, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Old Man Logan Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Wolverine gets older and better in this new Premier Collection statue of the Canadian X-Man! With one set of claws popped, Logan sizes up his opponent as an approximately 9” tall statue, featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item # JUL201914, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Select Thanos Infinity Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the galaxy celebrate the return of the mad Titan Thanos, seeker of the Infinity Gems and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet! Inspired by his modern comic book appearance, as seen in 2013’s Infinity limited series, this figure measures approximately 7.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation and includes an interchangeable unhelmeted head. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. Formerly a Disney Store exclusive. (Item # JUL201916, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Select Planet Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the games begin! This action figure of the Hulk depicts him in his gladiator armor from the character-redefining “Planet Hulk” storyline in The Incredible Hulk comics. The figure stands approximately 10 inches tall (11.5 inches with his feather crest) and features 16 points of articulation, allowing him to strike a wide variety of combat-ready poses. Accessories include an 8-inch-long battle axe and a 5-inch tall spiked shield. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean. Formerly a Disney Store exclusive. (Item # JUL201917, SRP: $29.99)

Star Wars Rebels Sabine Wren 1/6 Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! The Ghost’s resident Mandalorian and the inspirational tagger of Star Wars: Rebels, Sabine Wren is the next animated character to join Gentle Giant Ltd.’s 1/6 scale bust line! Sculpted in a realistic style, with detailed sculpting and paint applications, it includes helmeted and unhelmeted heads, as well as four interchangeable arms. Limited to only 1,500 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild orders open 6/19, general 6/20. (Item # JUL201908, SRP: $120.00)

Star Wars Premier Collection The Mandalorian MK3 1/7 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. 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. Premier Guild orders open 6/19, general 6/20. (Item # JUL201909, SRP: $175.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Darth Maul 1/2 Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! The Star Wars icon gets the Legends in 3D treatment with this legendary half-scale bust! Measuring approximately 10” tall atop its lightsaber-hilt pedestal, and limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Premier Guild orders open 6/19, general 6/20. (Item # FEB209258, SRP: $175.00)

Super-Articulate: Emerging from Quarantine, Oh Wait, We’re Not Edition

I suppose we could also call this the “best-laid plans” edition. A few months back, I had plans for a particular series of articles under the Super-Articulate banner. And then . . . well . . . you know: things got weird. I was working from home, and that was busy. My wife and teenage sons were in the house, and that was busier. I landed a really big freelance gig (more when I can tell you) and had other freelance stuff happening. And stuff slid.

On the other hand, we’re entering a really big period of new product either the actual shelves are being set up for pre-order. In that bit of a lull, I’m going to look at a new item that started arriving from pre-orders in the past couple of weeks, and a slightly older item that’s still making its way around. They’re both from the Star Wars Black Series. Up first . . .

THE CHILD: The amazing character find of 2019 is . . . tiny. Like, really tiny. Yes, he’s to scale, but holy crap, he’s tiny. It’s kind of insane that the figure is as detailed as it is because, well, did I mention that he’s tiny? The little creature is a shocking 1.1” tall. And yet, the craftsmanship here is crazy. How did they sculpt this? A 2-up would still be less than 2.5”. Was it a 4-up? Regardless, look at the tiny wrinkles on his clothes.

And yet, even with the small size, there’s still some poseability of the head and arms. To be fair, we don’t see the little guy move much beyond that in the show, anyway. Still, I’m struck by how good the Child looks standing next to the Mandalorian. It would have been cool to get the floating pram, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see that made in the future.

Packing in a slide-open plastic case for the three accessories is a genius idea, but it would be insanely easy to lose these. Frankly, I opted to keep them in the case for exactly that reason. The accessories include the ball/control knob from the Razor Crest, the famous bowl from which to sip, and the frog-like creature, suitable for eating.

My overall verdict is that I think it’s great. Yes, I was shocked at the smallness, but it’s scale-appropriate and it’s very well-rendered. It’s also half the cost of a regular Black Series figure, which feels about right. Good on Hasbro to put so much thought into what’s already a hit figure.

General Grievous: Speaking of putting in some thought . . . damn. Grievous is awesome. The entire body and head has to be proprietary tooling, because no one else in the Star Wars Galaxy has body parts like this. The four arms are impressively articulated, given their thinness, and the hands hold the four enclosed lightsabers with ease. I also found the face detail to be well-done and accurate.

Possibly the best part about the Grievous figure is its versatility. The four arms and multiple points of articulation allow for a number of poses. It’s hard to pick one that doesn’t make this guy look good on a shelf. I also find that the cloth cape enhances the look of the figure, as it falls in interesting ways depending on how the arms are posed.

I’ve heard some complaints that the figure is hard to stand, but I had good luck with that. I find that favoring a hunch, as the character generally appears, makes it an easier proposition. I think it’s appropriate that this is a deluxe figure in a larger package and slightly higher price point, given the work that had to go into the unique parts. I also like that it came out just ahead of the new run of prequel figures, particularly that Obi-Wan Kenobi. I think this one’s really solid overall.

That’s all for the moment, everyone. I plan to be back soon to catch up on some Marvel Legends, including the Retro Gray Beast, Rage, Mach-1, and a deep look at the most recent FF assortment (which I only just got myself). Thanks for reading; glad to have you back.

The Mandalorian and the Child Get a 10″ Chrome Pop!

Show your love of the Mandalorian with the Child in this 10″ Chrome Pop! from Funko. The Funko Pop! retails for $29.99 and will be available later this year. It’s available for pre-order now.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Chrome 10-Inch Pop! Vinyl Figure

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SDCC 2020: The Mandalorian Gets an Upgrade

Comic Con International in San Diego has gone digital-only this year, but the exclusives are as real as ever! Now offered through gentlegiantltd.com, this 1/6 scale, approximately 7-inch bust of the Mandalorian features him in his updated MK3 Beskar armor, holding his disruptor rifle at the ready. 

Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it will be offered to the Premier Guild beginning on June 12, at gentlegiantltd.com!

  • Day 1, Friday, 6/12 – 9AM EST – All Premier Guild Members
  • Day 2, Saturday, 6/13 – 11AM EST – General Public

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Cavan Scott (Author) Francesco Francavilla (Artist) Megan Levens (Artist) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist) Kelley Jones (Artist) Charles Paul Wilson III (Artist) Derek Charm (Cover Artist)

Return to Vader’s Castle for a spooky spin on your favorite villains from a galaxy far, far away….

This exciting graphic novel explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features a wretched hive of scum and villainy including Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, Asaji Ventress–all under the shadow of Darth Vader!

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle

Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars The Black Series Packaging and New Figures

Star Wars: The Black Series

The new Star Wars: The Black Series packaging welcomes a new era for collectors and fans, featuring several new details and colorways. Each colorway represents a Star Wars entertainment property and helps fans to collect figures based on their favorite Star Wars movies and series. The side of the new Star Wars: The Black Series packaging also highlights new character art for each figure. The combination of the colorways and character art allows fans to create amazing montage-style displays of their favorite Star Wars characters.

Check out newly revealed figures sporting the new packaging.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS DELUXE Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS DELUXE Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure also comes with a GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS-inspired accessory that makes a great addition to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

 STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER) Figure, inspired by STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. This figure comes with 2 LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER)-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH KANAN JARRUS Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH KANAN JARRUS Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 KANAN JARRUS-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CHOPPER (C1-10P) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CHOPPER (C1-10P) Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 CHOPPER (C1-10P)-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SABINE WREN Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SABINE WREN Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 3 SABINE WREN-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH HERA SYNDULLA Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH HERA SYNDULLA Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with a HERA SYNDULLA-inspired accessory that makes a great addition to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH EZRA BRIDGER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH EZRA BRIDGER Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 EZRA BRIDGER-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH AHSOKA TANO Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH AHSOKA TANO Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 AHSOKA TANO-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER Figure

 (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER Figure, inspired by The Mandalorian series on Disney Plus and featuring quality detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CLONE TROOPER (KAMINO) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CLONE TROOPER (KAMINO) Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS series and featuring quality detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ADMIRAL ACKBAR Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ADMIRAL ACKBAR Figure, designed to look like the character from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI and featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring movie-inspired deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH THE MANDALORIAN Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH THE MANDALORIAN Figure is carefully detailed to look like the character from THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus. Featuring premium deco and multiple points of articulation, STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TEEBO (EWOK) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TEEBO (EWOK) Figure, which is detailed to look like the character from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Featuring premium deco and multiple points of articulation, STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH DARTH VADER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH DARTH VADER Figure, which is detailed to look like the character from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Featuring premium deco and multiple points of articulation, STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.


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Review: Star Wars Doctor Aphra #1

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

The new volume of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (Which received a surprise digital release on Star Wars Day) combines the worlds of space adventure and academia into one entertaining package. The elevator pitch for Doctor Aphra is that she is Indiana Jones in space, but a queer woman of color. She also has a more dubious moral compass than Dr. Jones and is one of the best additions to the Star Wars canon since Marvel took over their comics license.

Alyssa Wong, Marika Cresta, and Rachelle Rosenberg do right by Aphra and focus on the archaeological side of her character as she teams up with a pair of female archaeologists to find the Rings of Vaale, which have great power, are cursed, and may not even exist. There’s an also an undercurrent of the conflict between intellectual curiosity and unbridled wealth in the comic’s antagonist, Tagge, a spoiled rich kid that thinks he can buy anything or anyone even an ex-tenured archaeology professor. But Doctor Aphra #1 isn’t all serious stuff. There’s also a healthy dose of gun play and intrigue to make the comic an even more enjoyable experience.

I haven’t read a Doctor Aphra comic since Kieron Gillen, her co-creator, left her solo title, but an action-packed cold open drew me into the story before the title page. Seeing Aphra in a snowtrooper disguise pulling double-crosses at Echo Base during the conclusion of the Battle of Hoth is pure fun and grounds the narrative in a time where the Empire thinks it has the Rebel Alliance on the ropes. Visually, Cresta and Rosenberg contribute smooth artwork to go with Wong’s quips, and it’s easy to follow every blaster bolt or sniper shot as well as surprise AT-AT’s. (It’s Hoth, what do you expect.)

In a bigger storytelling picture, Alyssa Wong and Marika Cresta resist the temptation to decompress and pad out scenes in Doctor Aphra #1. They provide the “great hits” of an action sequence, focusing on the coolest or most impactful moment like spending a single panel on Aphra and her crew’s flight from Hoth (Complete with speed lines.) after they spot the aforementioned AT-AT’s.

This economy of narrative extends to the quieter scenes too with Aphra, her former colleague Eustacia Okka, and bright-eyed and bushy-tailed grad student/fangirl Detta Yao laying out their character motivations and agreeing to team up to go after the Rings of Vaale in a single page. Aphra wants money, Eustacia wants her faculty position back, and Detta wants to write her dissertation and also has a kind of true believer connection to the Rings. Marika Cresta’s art is really what sells this pivotal page as she portrays Aphra as a pragmatist and poker player maneuvering to the side while she draws Detta with more open body language.

Alyssa Wong has done an excellent job crafting a core for these characters to build on throughout the series. This goes along with their distinct quirks like Aphra’s flexible approach to morality, Detta’s idealistic approach to the field of archaeology and academia in general, and Eustacia having a “TA” droid, which is this comic’s best joke. They are characters that I can really root for to accomplish their career goals and find the Rings, which will make their inevitable betrayal or moral compromise that much more painful. (This is usually the end result of running with Aphra; that or bumping into a certain Sith apprentice.)

Doctor Aphra #1 has all the hallmarks of a good Star Wars Expanded Universe story as it uses this rich world to tell an adventure story bursting with fun art from Marika Cresta and Rachelle Rosenberg and characters that are easy to connect to. Alyssa Wong also touches on deeper themes like faith and doubt and the connection between money and the academy. Fingers crossed that we see what an Outer Rim university tenure board review is like.

Story: Alyssa Wong Art: Marika Cresta
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Letters: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.2 Art: 7.8 Overall: 8.0  Recommendation: Buy


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