Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

CBF Quick Picks #141 : The Dark Horse Dilemma?

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Star Wars

We all knew it was coming. Disney is giving Marvel the keys to the Star Wars comic book kingdom in 2015. The question to ask though is if this is a serious enough affair to threaten Dark Horse’s business.

Hit the Play button and we’ll see if Dark Horse’s catalog is still enticing enough to make it a key player.

CBF Quick Picks #133 : Thor – God of Thunder #4

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

It was a matter of inches for the top pick this week.

Star Wars #1 from Brian Wood finally unveiled itself to the masses. Even amongst the concerns of Dark Horse’s holding of the Star Wars comic license, Wood still managed to get a great book out. And you’d think we’ve seen it all with this series set in the original trilogy’s timeline, but Wood somehow makes it all seem fresh.

When it comes down to it though, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic can do no wrong with Thor: God of Thunder #4. It’s beyond words how exciting this book has become as it explores one nasty villain making an impact on Thor’s entire lifeline. It speaks to Aaron’s diversity in writing and Ribic’s Conan-esque drawings that grabs the reader from the get-go. I look forward to how they’re going to wrap this up and future arcs.

BREAKING NEWS : Disney Acquiring Lucasfilm With New Star Wars Movie In the Works

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

A little over 3 years ago, Disney set the pop culture world on fire with its $4 billion purchase of Marvel Comics. Fast forward to today and looks like Disney wants to light it up one more time with a shocking deal.

According to a Disney press release, it’s about to purchase Lucasfilm, Lucasarts, ILM, and Skywalker Sound for a reported $4.05 billion dollars. Much like with Marvel, Disney seems to want to take advantage of the vast history the Star Wars franchise has explored and build upon it amidst its under franchises under its belt.

What’s more shocking is that right off the bat, Disney reportedly has plans to get a “Star Wars 7” movie in the works. George Lucas would still be around as a creative consultant.

Speaking of the man who made sci-fi blockbusters possible, he had this to say in the press release:

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

I have to be honest – I’m conflicted. It’s definitely big news and Disney knows how to market and merchandise. That being said, this is also the same company that almost damaged Pixar’s creative vision before coming to terms and purchasing them. I’m sure people are ready for a change after Lucas’ prequel trilogy left bad tastes in their mouths along with Lucas himself of late saying he is tired of the fanboyism (although to be fair – some of that is justified).

Now you have to ask – what does all of this have to do with comics? Look no further than Dark Horse. Other than Hellboy and B.P.R.D., Dark Horse relies heavily on their licensed properties to compete in the direct market – Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Conan and yes – Star Wars too. Marvel was originally the go-to publisher back at the peak of Star Wars’ popularity in the early 1980’s. Disney now owns Marvel. You get where I’m going with this?

Obviously, this all just happened now, so we know nothing more about Disney’s plans with the companies. But you got to feel for Dark Horse and an uncertain future that’s been brought upon them.

CBF Interview : John Ostrander On Star Wars : Agent Of The Empire

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
John Ostrander is no stranger to the Star Wars lore. Having spent close to a decade in the universe writing the past with Star Wars : Republic and the future with Star Wars : Legacy, Ostrander knows how to get the best out of the galaxy far, far away.

Now he returns with a new mini-series called Agent of the Empire, taking a James Bond approach to the war between the Empire and the Rebellion. We discuss the title, his past work, what’s to come, and general opinions about where the industry is heading next.

Special guest star : John’s phone 🙂

Music provided by ARCTIC – Through the Spaces

Review : Star Wars – Darth Vader And The Lost Command

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t talk about it enough on this site, but I am a die-hard Star Wars fan. The movies are typically the first start for anybody who becomes a fan of the franchise and of science fiction in general. Count the endless amounts of novels, video games, TV shows, and, of course, the comics and you see how its influence has affected generations.

Having not dipped into the Star Wars pool for a while, I decided to check out the latest offering in this hardcover edition delving into more of Darth Vader’s past during the days post-prequel trilogy. Vader is tasked with locating Admiral Tarkin’s son and his forces in the Ghost Nebula. One would think this would be an easy task for a Dark Lord of the Sith, but he encounters the presence of the planet’s religious leader in Lady Saro, who bargains for complete control of the sector in exchange for helping Vader find Tarkin’s son. One betrayal leads to another, which allows the artist to show off the full might of Vader’s power. I don’t usually get this excited for art in a Star Wars book, as it tends not to do anything too special, but the pencils show a bit of a Sean Murphy vibe that I appreciated.

The standout from this series was a look into a future that will never come to be for Vader. During restoration sessions, Vader imagines a world where he was still Anakin, Padme was still alive, and they had their son. It’s not a lot of panels, but it conveys a great ‘What If?’ scenario that plays into how Vader handles his situation as he embarks on a plan to kill Tarkin’s son to push Tarkin himself to become more loyal to the Emperor’s cause. The prequel trilogy may have weakened Vader’s stature as a tough and powerful figure, but give credit to the novel and comics writers for trying to make the most of the situation and trying to build it back up.

Haden Blackman and Rick Leonardi gave us what you would come to expect from a Star Wars story – the continuing battle of good versus evil, space dogfights, great characterization, and great art. I only hope whenever the next movies come out (you know they’ll bring it) that this story be used as a template of how to do Star Wars right.

Happy 4th of July, Comic Readers!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Independence Day weekend has arrived! Which means you’ll be basking in more barbeques, more beach parties, and possibly blowing your hands up with fireworks. I wouldn’t put it past you if you did.

I’ll be taking a bit of a break as well. The Quick Picks show that normally goes live on Sunday nights will be posted either Monday night or Tuesday morning. Keep an eye out next week post-holiday for more great content – I’ve got a couple of interviews lined up that should be great listens.

One thing I definitely like to do during these breaks is catch up on comics beyond the weekly single issues. There will be two that will be heavily focused upon this weekend:

Superman : Earth One

It has a love/hate relationship right now – you either loved the alternate modern take on the character or you hated the “emo” vibe behind it. Should be interesting to see where I fall in that relationship.

Superman : Last Days of Krypton

Ever since I read Superman Birthright from Mark Waid, I’ve wanted to learn more of the Kryptonian mythology. We know well of what destroyed Krypton, but what life was like before it all went downhill intrigued me. I wanted something like Caprica that explained how we got to Battlestar Galactica (without network executives canning it a season and a half in). This book may do just that. I’m not sure what to expect, but it’s written by Kevin Anderson and he hasn’t failed me yet with his extensive and positive history with the Star Wars extended universe books.

Enjoy your 4th!!