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Archive for August, 2008

Decades after his last confrontation with Celeste Morne, Darth Vader is once again determined to get his hands on the Muur Talisman. When Vader sends a platoon of Stormtroopers down to the planet Celeste is stranded on, they find, unfortunately, Celeste is alive and well. Using of the power of the Talisman, Morne turns the Stormtroopers into mindless Rakghoul minions.

After loosing contact, Vader assumes the worst. Seeing the opportunity of wounding the Rebellion by exposing them to the Rakghoul plaque. Vader tells Wil Tarson, a captive of the Empire, to plant information about an abandoned Imperial superweapon on Celeste’s moon into the Rebellion spy networks. With any luck, the Rebellion will send an army down to the surface, and have them killed by the Rakghouls.

The Rebels jump at the chance of finding an Imperial superweapon, and a commando group lead by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia is launched. Apon arriving at the crash site of the afflicted Stormtrooper’s landing shuttles, the Rebels are attacked by an army of Rakghouls. The troops are either killed or evacuated back out in the Rebel’s landing ship, and in the fray, Luke and Leia are left behind on the moon.

This was a great issue! This is what Rebellion should have been from the beginning. Cool stories, original characters, great art.

Weaver drew this issue in his more inked, cartoony style, comparable to his art in KOTOR 21-24. When I saw some scans of the art on Dustin’s blog prior to the release of the issue, I was a little disappointed he didn’t decide to do the art like his pages in Knights of the Old Republic: Flashpoint, or one of his more realistic-style issues. But after seeing the art colored by Wil Glas, I can’t see him doing it any other way. The art is perfect for this issue. His portrayals of original trilogy characters are spot-on, and he perhaps draws the best Han Solo I’ve ever seen drawn in a Star Wars comic book. This issue proves yet again that Weaver is a highly talented, highly adverse artist who can create a painting-like cover for Legacy and then turn around and pencil and ink a comic book featuring OT characters.

The cover by Travis Cherest is, as always, great, but I wish it had been somthing more relevant to this issue. Karness appears only on the last page of the issue, and Celeste is seen very briefly in the beggining of this issue attacking the Stormtroopers. I would have rather seen some OT characters on the cover.

Great issue. It does make me wonder, and I say this a lot, how will they wrap this up in one more issue? Dark Horse’s writers continue to amaze me. I can’t wait to see what they do.

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While Celeste Morne duels Darth Vader, Captain Heren and the crew of the Uhumele make they’re escape. While Muur Karness’ spirit attempts to convince Darth Vader to use the Talisman, Celeste finds a way control the Muur Talisman’s power. After Celeste the Clone Troopers accompanying Vader into Rakghouls and orders them to attack they’re former commander, Vader flees.

As the Uhumele’s crew approach they’re ship, Crys Taanzer falls under Talisman’s plague and turns into a rakghoul. Heren guns the rakghoul down as they escape aboard the Uhumele, leaving the planet and yet another devastating ordeal behind.

In the aftermath of the dramatic events of Dark Times #12, we are left with a very bored Celeste Morne controlling an army of Rakghouls and a very dead Crys Taanzer. I can’t really see Vader fleeing so easily. The death of Crys was just more un-needed tragedy in an already depressing comic book. In Parallels, we see the possibility of a reunion between Crys and her son, who was with  K’Kruhk during Parallels.

This issue’s art proves one of two things: either Dark Horse wanted to somehow give Dave Ross some pages in Vector, or Doug Wheatly is incapable of finishing comic book art by a deadline.  I really do hate it when the art switches back and forth between artists in a single issue. That aside, both artists do a superb pencilling. Wheatly draws the best Darth Vader I’ve ever seen in the comic books, and Ross’ panel of Vader wielding the Talisman amidst a sea of Rakghouls sent chills through me.

I’d say this was a good issue, and it is. I just wish Dark Times wasn’t so depressing. I guess they don’t call it that for nothing.

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Clone Wars Toy Review

While I unfortunately did not get the opportunity to attend the Midnight Madness toy release for the new Clone Wars toys, yesterday I headed off to Target with hopes of finding the toys and a wallet full of cash. Target has completely re-done the Star Wars section, giving it more shelf space and two end caps full of Clone Wars goodness. The Legacy Collection looks promising, but the only thing I’m collecting this year are the movie figures. Hey, it’s a movie year. We don’t get many of those. And from the figures I saw, the Legacy Collection was a bunch of re-packaged Saga Legends figures.

While I’m sure I’ll end up buying them all, I had limited funds last night, and I was out to pick up some main characters. So Obi-Wan and Anakin were musts. Of course, we can’t not get one of those awesome animated clones. And because I like figures in even numbers, I picked up a Trade Federation battle droid. All these figures are great, my favorite being the Obi Wan with removable helmet. While at first I didn’t like the Jedi’s mix of partial Clone armor and jedi robes, it’s really started to grow on me. The Clone looks great, and the action-feature missile launched actually looks pretty cool on the figure. 

 Hasbro ingeniously made these figures for the adults and the kids at the same time, with the action features being removable accessories. We all remember some of those horrible leg-squeezing action features the Revenge of the Sith figures had. So, hats of to Hasbro for the idea of removable action accessories, which allow for the older audience to have a movie-acurate, fully-articulated figure.

These are some of the coolest figures I’ve seen in a while. It seems a movie year brings out the best in Hasbro.

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