Hello again, fellow comic readers!
The pick this week sees a Star Wars fan-favorite killed on the first page - Dark Horse Comics’ “Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1".
The rest of the book answers the question “Who would want to kill Boba Fett?” Pretty much everyone, it turns out. As the preeminent bounty hunter of the Star Wars universe, Fett's list of enemies is about as long as a Hoth winter. But there’s another mystery at the core of the book: Who would want to kill the men who killed Boba Fett?
Boba Fett first showed up as an animated short in the notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special” and quickly became a beloved character. He’s the enigmatic bounty hunter shrewd enough to outfox Han Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back,” then responsible for transporting Solo after he was frozen in carbonite.
Friend of Geek Out and all-around comic guy Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, put it best when he said his favorite comics are the ones where a character who isn’t the focus of the story still drives the story.
“Sometimes the best place to begin is with an ending,” Dean said. “Boba Fett's dead; now what?”
We got a chance to talk to Tom Taylor, who wrote the script for “Boba Fett is Dead” #1.
He’s a husband, father of two, screenwriter, playwright, creator of the all-ages graphic novel “The Deep: Here Be Dragons” and writer of the “Star Wars: Invasion” series, “Star Wars: Blood Ties”, “Star Wars Adventures” and the upcoming “Darth Maul: Death Sentence.” FULL POST
Dark Horse Comics and writer John Ostrander are teaming up again for “Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #1.” While the recently released MMO “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is set long before the events in the “Star Wars” films, “Dawn of the Jedi #1” is set earlier still (long, long ago, if you will), dealing with the very foundation of the Jedi order and the events that helped shape their philosophies.
You can easily see a direct line between this story and story of Luke eventually finding Obi-Wan Kenobi in the deserts of the planet Tatooine. Our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, has high hopes for the book.
“My store sees a lot of ‘Star Wars’ fans. It seems like every week, I have five new ‘Star Wars’ comics come out and I have customers who not only buy them all, but who would also buy more. My love of ‘Star War’s isn't quite as oceanic, but the waters do run deep.”
I'm a fan of new releases like comics, novels and video games that take thematic elements from the original “Star Wars” story but divorce them from the so-called “Expanded Universe” that acts as a sort of official timeline.
It allows developers and writers to tell an engaging, multidimensional story using elements so familiar that even people who haven't seen "Star Wars" will recognize them - but without the audience feeling like they have to track down random other bits of “Star Wars” lore to understand and enjoy it.
“I had a teacher who liked to say the reason ‘Star Wars’ was such a hit was because it was about good and evil, and everybody can appreciate good and evil," Dean said. "I don't think that's true. I think if you go back to that first movie, “Episode IV A New Hope,” it is an individual's capacity for good or evil, and the fact that they aren't mutually exclusive, which makes the characters and trappings really stick with people.”
“Dawn of the Jedi” takes readers back to a time when adherents to the Jedi order learned this lesson the hard way. It shows how early events shaped the views, and future actions, of the order.
This book offers a lot of good lore, a couple of “Expanded Universe” nods, an ominous antagonist and a big bad-guy throw-down.
And of course we get John Ostrander, who has been writing “Star Wars” titles for Dark Horse for more than a decade. So, yeah, I think those five-a-week "Star Wars" customers might have just added a sixth book.
So, until next week, go forth and read, my people. And the reading will be good!
Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!
Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on February 15, 2012. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.
The first major signs of trouble in the relationship between George Lucas and legions of ardent adult “Star Wars” geeks can be traced directly to May 19, 1999.
“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” opened at midnight, and theaters practically sank under the weight of audience expectations. The movie certainly made a huge impact in the "Star Wars" community, but not in the way the filmmaker or fans could have predicted.
“The Phantom Menace,” which returns to the big screen in 3-D on Friday, occupies a unique and controversial place in the "Star Wars" universe for a generation of adults who grew up on the trilogy of the ’70s and ’80s. For one, it ushered in the era of the harshly criticized "Star Wars" prequels, which some of the geek faithful saw, fairly or not, as a betrayal.
It was also the beginning of a standoff between Lucas and vocal fans who were displeased not only by the new movies, but also the filmmaker’s decisions to tinker with key scenes in the original "Star Wars" films. There’s a reason for all those “Han Shot First” T-shirts on the Internet.
The emotional reaction to “The Phantom Menace” and what it represents speaks volumes about the fierce sense of ownership that hardcore nerds have about the things they love. FULL POST
Dear Mr. Lucas:
After reading about your decision to retire from making blockbuster films - your last being the new movie, “Red Tails” - I wanted to reach out and say thank you.
Thank you for many things, but most of all, for creating one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy universes, ever, in “Star Wars.” Your universe allowed an 8-year-old boy to believe that heroes still win, and being the good guy is not only OK, but cool.
The original three "Star Wars" movies are three of the, in my mind, greatest movies ever made. No matter what changes were eventually made to them, the films provided me with years of entertainment. They continue to do so. To this day, “The Empire Strikes Back” is still my go-to movie when I am sick, or just need a good pick-me-up.
It is true that your fans have not always been kind to you for the way you manage the "Star Wars" universe. I, for one, have been very vocal in my thoughts on the changes and tweaks you made to your movies.
You said in this week's New York Times interview, “Why would I make any more (‘Star Wars’ movies) when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” I can understand how much it hurts to hear people tell you that you are screwing something up that you put so much time and soul into.
But I ask you to look at it this way: If we, the fans of “Star Wars,” did not love the movies you created so much - the ones that we loved when they came out and still watch today - if we the fanboys did not love what you created, then why would we get mad that it was changed?
I am sure you won’t take it this way, and I wouldn’t either in your shoes, but please take it as a compliment that we do get mad. These movies had such a big impact on our lives. We don’t want to see them ever change, even though we are all smart enough to know that everything in this world must change on some level.
Again, Mr. Lucas, I want to say thank you. You and your vision are truly a gift to fans like me. Without my parents and the likes of you, Tolkien, Gygax and Miller to name a few, I would not have grown up to be the person I am today. And I believe that person is a better person because of what you all created.
Thank you, sir.
Your fan and your critic,
P.S. I see you left the door open to come out of retirement and make an "Indiana Jones 5". Thank you for thinking of us that way, but it is OK if you don’t do that. Really, it’s OK.
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