Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #4 Review

Darth Maul Son of Dathomir 4Improved art and a plot-driven story make Son of Dathomir #4 an exciting ending to the post-Clone Wars story.

This review is spoiler-free.

The art has been growing on me steadily throughout the comic’s run. Color was used to set scenes in previous issues, but seems amped up here. A red and orange sunset to match Darth Maul’s Nightbrothers contrasts with the cool green of Talzin’s alter. In this, as in the writing in #4, the creators trust the reader to keep up. Scenes and colors switch quickly and keep the story moving toward the inevitable ending - an all-out fight between five bad guys.

The art also helps sell the relationship between Darth Maul and Mother Talzin. He follows her blindly, and overall I would have liked more about the source of this loyalty - familial fondness made stronger by Savage’s death, or a feeling that he owes her for saving his life? However, one panel toward the end makes me believe that relationship, no matter what it was built on, and that’s because of the strength of the art.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ashley Eckstein judges cosplay contest

Tumblr user crownofbirds played Catbug.

Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano and founder of girl geek outfitter Her Universe, made a stop in New Jersey on Saturday to host a cosplay contest for the grand opening of a new FYE. I and Johnamarie got to talk to her about The Clone Wars and Her Universe's process - it can take a year to go from acquisition of a license to products coming out for a new franchise.

VictoriaCosplay, with whom I had not been familiar before, also judged the contest.  About 20 people in a variety of costumes, including a Jedi and Dark Helmet, showed off their work in the store.

I remember FYE fondly from my teenage days, and the new store has a welcome change in emphasis from CDs and records to licensed clothing and accessories from brands like We Love Fine.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Talking Mark Hamill and Rebels news on the ForceCast

http://scontent-b-ord.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfa1/t51.2885-15/10616699_1505422106367825_2034334145_n.jpgI was very honored and excited to be part of the ForceCast this Wednesday. The link is below, but first, my other favorite Star Wars interaction this week: Episode VII star John Boyega met the master, Samuel L. Jackson, at an Adidas launch party in London on Aug. 14.

Here's Boyega's Instagram video.

Justin Bolger and I co-hosted this week's ForceCast, and talked about J. J. Abrams' mysterious message, Luke's role in Episode VII and Mark Hamill's new bear friend, and the first seven chapters of the Rebels novel "A New Dawn," which are now available in a free preview from Random House. There are also puns. You can listen to that here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Familiar Faces in Rebels

Bits and pieces of information are beginning to filter in, from official sources like the 7-minute preview of Star Wars: Rebels that aired this Monday on Disney XD, or bloggers like The Star Wars Underworld folks finding spoileriffic information in Rebels source books. For Den of Geek I looked at the previously established characters who might appear in Rebels, including ones we've already seen in the trailer who may or may not get some screen time, as well as some long shots.

I enjoyed the preview of Rebels; the open skies of Lothal harken back to Tatooine sunsets without being dull. The art style, based on Ralph McQuarrie's work, looks better on the landscapes than the characters, in my opinion - but I thought the same of The Clone Wars. While Lothal looks like a painting in greys and yellows, Ezra's blue hair looks plasticky and clashes with the wide variety of other colors in the cast. Maybe I'll get used to it. I'm certainly not one to say a show has too many orange flight suits. And so far, the story doesn't go wrong.