Since Star Wars is on everyone’s mind, including mine, I thought I’d take a moment here on the Kirkus Blog to look at Star Wars comics, and specifically, some of my favorites. There’s a vast span of time after Return of the Jedi in 1983, and the publication of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in 1991. A lot of people like to call this ‘the wasteland’ as far as Star Wars is concerned. During that time period, you basically had some (good, some bad) arcade games, a pair of family-friendly Ewok Movies (Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor), and the Marvel line of comics, which ended in 1986, to sate your Star Wars cravings.
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We have an audio excerpt from James Luceno’s new novel Tarkin, taken from the audiobook version of the novel.
Here’s what the story’s about:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Best-selling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.
He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly….and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.
Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel – by intimidation…or annihilation.
Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin – whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy…and its enemies’ extinction.
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In this Lego mash-up, Peter Quill, Han Solo, and Malcolm Reynolds discuss the age-old question of “Who shot first?”
From the outside, it may appear as if the Death Star is a mighty military force. But a closer look inside reveals that things are not all that rosy…particularly for a leader like Grand Moff Tarkin, who has quite a lot to deal with as you can see in this vide titled Star Wars: Grand Moff Mix-Up.
Rebooting Star Wars
In comics, television and movies, ‘reboots’ are fairly common place. But what about in books? Can you think of a beloved book or series of books that was rebooted either by the original author or a new author? And was it successful?
Of course, this is leading into a discussion of the Star Wars reboot within books to bring it inline with the new movies. Have we ever seen a mass dumping of books the way the folks behind Star Wars are dumping the expanded universe?
VIDEO: How Tony DiTerlizzi Incorporated Ralph McQuarrie’s art into STAR WARS THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER, JEDI KNIGHT
This October, Disney Lucasfilm Press is publishing Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi, a 64-page picture book based on the awesome concept art of Ralph McQuarrie. The book covers the original trilogy of three Star Wars films.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this book.
Here’s a look at what Star Wars might have looked like as an 80’s-style anime…
Here’s the Star Wars Cantina…imagined by kids. As you might expect. Adorable!
VIDEO: Star Wars Cantina Band Auditions (with Weird Al Yankovic, Rick Springfield, Ben Folds and More)
Happy Star Wars Day!
The funny folks at CollegeHumor got Disney and Lucasfilm to let them on the Star Wars cantina set for this video, which features guest appearances from Chris Daughtry, Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, Weird Al Yankovic, Lisa Loeb and MC Chris…
The good folks at How It Should Have Ended tackle an easy target, this time out…Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Everybody and their mother can do Star Wars impressions. But how many people have the innovation to bypass the usual suspects like Darth Vader and Yoda in favor of the lesser-known beings from the Star Wars universe, Bill Hader, that’s who…as he proves in this segment from Conan.
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Finally an answer to question: What if Star Wars was a 1980’s anime?