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I find out about this after someone made a stock option for Star Wars Action News, a popular podcast who’s forums I post regulary at. I checked out the website, named Thotmarket, and I instantly got hooked!

It’s all fake money, of course. When you sign up, you get $100 to start of your fake stock trading career. You can buy stock in websites, ideas and movies. The rest works like the stock market. The value goes up, you can sell. If it doesn’t, you try to bail out before you loose too much money.

I bought stock in a bunch of Star Wars related websites. I have 120 shares in The Jedi Blogger (it’s at a low price right now, jump in before the price skyrockets!). Also, I have 100 shares of each Rebelscum and Wookieepedia, as well as 30 shares each for Theforce.net and SWAN.

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My Brother, My Enemy begins after the explosive events of Empire’s last arc, The Wrong Side of the War, in which Luke discovers his childhood friend Janek Sunber is enlisted in the Imperial armed forces patrolling a prison colony on Kalist v1. In My Brother, My Enemy, Luke receives a message from Janek claiming that he wants to desert the Imperials and join the Rebellion.

When the Rebel team makes it back to the fleet after a narrow escape from Kalist V1 with Rebel tactician Jorin Sol, they discover that the Imperials have brainwashed Sol into a saboteur after he breaks out of his bacta tube and trys to murder Deena Shan. After Sol returns to his former self, the rebels deem him cure of his brainwashing and let him return to duty.

Against the orders of Princess Leah, Luke and Deena Shan go to the cordinates provided anf find themselves in a ship junkyard. They dock with Tank’s ship and find him strapped to a torture device. While in the process of leaving, Luke, Deena and Tank are ambushed by a shuttle full of Imperial stormtroopers. After an intense firefight, the three escape using the Rebellion’s limpet ship and receive a mixed welcome on their return to the Rebel fleet.

After being investigated and interrogated, Sunber is allowed to join the Rebellion under the careful eye of Tung Li. Shortly afterwards, the Rebel Fleet is ambushed by an Imperial battle group. After the Rebel’s flag ship is pounded by the Imperials, Tank reveals himself to be an Imperial agent,  stopping the Rebels from jumping to hyperspace. After a fist-fight with Luke, tank saves the incapacitated Leah from falling down into the burning hull of the rebel flagship, sacrificing his life for her’s.

Jorin sol, still under the influence of his Imperial brainwashing, manages to pilot the flagship into a hyperspace jump, saving everyone onboard. In the hours afterward, the Imperials find an escape pod floating in the wreckage that is rumoured to be Tank’s.

Though some aspects of this arc’s story were un-logical and confusing, what really made this arc for me was the amazing art by Brandon Badeaux. While his exaggerated muscle structure on was annoying at times, the overall design of  My Brother, My Enemy’s characters and locations was amazing. My favorite piece of art in this entire series would have to be the Tatooine sunset on the first page of the first issue.  Small gripes would include the really, really long stormtrooper neck behind Tank in Issue #1 (believe me, you’ll see it) and some other minor proportional issues.

Storywise, I would have really enjoyed seeing Han Solo in this arc. While I’m sure there is some explanation for his absence that I’ve forgotten about from the Empire comics, there seemed to be a lack of character development for anyone but Tank and Deena Shan. There wasn’t really anyone we could relate to in the story.

Overly-buff Luke and absence of character development aside, this was an enjoyable read that can speak to expanded universe fans as well as people getting into Star Wars comics.

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Story: ****
Moral:***
Overall:**

As always, my reviews are full of spoilers. There is no real way I could express my opinion without talking about events going on in this book. Feel free to come back once you have read the book. I will be adding it to the Review Directory, which can be found on the Menu, located in the sidebar.

The fourth book in the Legacy of the Force nine-part series, Exile, was written by Aaron Allston. While I enjoyed this book, and the story, plot and characters are all interesting, there did not seem to be a big event happening in this book. It sort of felt like the book in the middle of a series, with not beginning and no end.

The basic plot of this book was about the summit at which all the leaders of the Correlian Confederacy would meet and elect their Supreme Commander. As that story played out, Ben is sent on a mission to retrieve a dark side amulet from the sith planet of Ziost, Jacen is trying to figure out who he should sacrifice to become a Sith, and Jag Fell, along with the Jedi duo of Jainia Solo and Zekk, are hunting the fallen Jedi Alema Ra.

To me, it seemed as if Jag, Zekk and Jaina’s hunt for Alema Ra was a filler. Almost the story consisted of Jag and Zekk being jealous of each other, both being in formerly romantic relationships with Jaina. Then, with about fifty pages left in the book, they finally find her, only for Alema to escape, again.

I did really enjoy the story with Ben, with him traveling alone across the galaxy trying to find this mysterious Amulate that Jacen said to retrieve at all costs. His search leads him to the Sith world of Ziost, where all sort of crazy things happen. Parts of that were actually pretty creepy, with Sith ghosts seducing Ben to use dark powers to survive on his trek across the tundra.

Jacen played a very minor roll in this book, an odd choice by Allston due to the fact that this series is primarily about Jacen becoming a Sith. I was delighted to see Allston bring back characters such as Corran Horn, Mirax Terrick and Iella Antilles, all who he writes fantastically well.

All in all, I think this book (as I beleive I’ve said for all of them) contains vital info for readers of Legacy. I eispecially enjoy Aaron Allston’s writing, and this is also a must for fans of his work in the X-Wing series.

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He was in the corridor that would take him to the station’s repulser control chamber. By his calculation, it was just a few hundred meters away. But moving stealthily along every centimeter of that distance would take hours.
And all because the enemy knew they were facing Jedi.

Story: ***
Moral: **
Overall: ****
As always with my book reviews, this one is full of spoilers. If you haven’t read the Legacy series yet, I suggest you turn away now! Ye are warned.
Betrayal, the first book in the Legacy of the Force series, opened up an entirely new era of Star Wars. Aaron Allstron did a fantastic job writing it, with his trademark mix of seriousness and humour intertwining to make a great book.
As always, Allstron did a stellar job depicting battles. He captured all our main characters, old and new, very well, unlike some other authers that I’ve done reviews on. The story was very fast-passed, with lots of surprise appearences of some older characters.
One thing that I knew going in but was a little sad about is the fact that our main characters are getting old. Wedge Antilles is turning sixty, Han is in his late 60’s and Luke is turning forty. I know that we will eventually have to say goodbye to our old core characters, but some of the newer characters the story seems to focus more on are just lacking.
One thing that keeped making me made in this book is a few stupid attempts at humour, mostly by Zekk and Kolir Hu’lya, a bothan Jedi Knight. The book itself seemed to be two diffrent compltely diffrent books stuck together; with the sabatuage of Centerpoint Station and the investigation into the Sith artifact found by Wedge. This seemed a little bit odd, after the adrenaline rush that the Centerpoint story was, but it was still an intersing story.
The biggest problem for me in this book is Jacen’s quick betrayal of Nelani and joining of the Dark Side. It seemed as if he, Jacen Solo, possibley the most talented Jedi in the galaxy, gave in way too easily.
My verdict: A great book, a must for Legacy of the Force readers.

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If you’ve been following Dark Horse’s Legacy comic series, you know that in three short days we will discover the identity of Darth Krayt. In this post I will go over all the theories and facts surrounding this huge event in the Star Wars galaxy.

What we know: Darth Krayt was said to be born in the galaxy during the Yuuzhan Vong War, making him pretty old. He wears Yuuzhan Vong crab armour, which is slowly eating away at his body.

The biggest question now is: who is he? It has been said that he is a character we already know ( so it’s not some made-up guy we’ve never heard of before). His name, Krayt, leads many to beleive he has somthing to do with Tatooine. Two big canidates are a Kenobi relative (judging from the cover of Claws of the Dragon #3 and A’Shrad Hett, a Tusken Raider jedi master from the clone wars.

More people beleive that he could either be Ben or Jacen. Well, we now know it’s not Jacen, because his Sith name (Darth Cadeous) was revealed in Sacrifice. I really don’t think it could be Ben, because we need someone to farther the Skywalker line down to Kol and Cade.

Though unlikly (because many times Krayt has been said to be male), I beleive many people have forgotten about the possibility of Krayt being a female. If that were so, Tahiri Vale (a human raised by Tusken Raiders on Tatooine) could be a canidate. Also, though it hasn’t been brought up much, there is a possibility that Krayt could be related to Jainia Solo.

Possibley the most unlikely of theories is Luke Skywalker. We all know it’s not him, since he shows up in as a Force ghost multible times to Cade. But, havig that Tatooine connection, there is a slight possiblitly.

I’ll make sure to have the answer in the next Book News post, where I’l have my review of Legacy #15 and Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. Stay Tuned!

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