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Star Wars Rebels returns tonight

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If you’re looking for more Star Wars after seeing Rogue One, tonight’s episode of Rebels is worth checking out. I’m a fan of the show, but have to admit it’s at its best when connected to the larger Star Wars universe and characters. Judging by the Rebels mid-season trailer below, there’s no lack of connections going into the second half of Season Three and that begins with the two-part Ghosts of Geonosis tonight.

Rebels uses its setting between the two original Star Wars trilogies to bring in some of the most appealing elements from each. It’s great to see the series capitalize on Rogue One sharing that same time period. Without spoiling anything, I can say that tonight’s episodes provide much more than a brief cameo or reference to the movie and make for a great return for the show.

Of course, the story I’m most looking forward to will come sometime later in the season. I’m in for anything with Ben Kenobi and the show is doing a tremendous job building to his appearance. The trailer is packed with exciting peeks at what’s coming next and I highly recommend tuning in to seeing it all unfold.

Star Wars Rebels returns on Saturday, January 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.

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My Latest Pull List – January 13th, 2016

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Secret Wars 9Spotlight on Secret Wars #9: And so it comes to an end. I went into the final issue of Marvel’s universe-shattering event with hope for something satisfying to close things out, but it was a slim hope. I should have known to trust Jonathan Hickman to put a strong finish together not just for the Secret Wars event, but his entire tenure at Marvel, and the Marvel Universe itself.

I’d rather not spoil the story here and this is not a review per se, but in the broadest terms terms Secret Wars #9 succeeds in delivering the end of every thing. Anyone following Marvel Comics in general or this story specifically knew that it was going to require an epic story to cap things off. Hickman managed to boil it all down to where his Marvel work began: Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom. I’m not a huge fan of either character, but I found myself buying in completely.

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My Latest Pull List – January 6th, 2016

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Uncanny X-Men #1 2016 Lashley variantSpotlight on Uncanny X-Men #1: As disappointed as I am with All-New All-Different Marvel generally, and the newest crop of X-titles specifically, there’s no way I’d pass up the debut of another volume of Uncanny X-Men.

The hook for this latest relaunch is that the team is populated primarily by villains and antagonists like Sabretooth, Mystique, and their leader Magneto. While I’m unclear on what’s motivating these characters to stand together as heroes, there’s potential given writer Cullen Bunn’s success with his recent Magneto solo series. Bunn has a reputation for doing good things with the bad guys and he has a lot of badness to work with here.

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Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men #600 – A Standard Deviations Special Edition

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Uncanny_X-Men_600_AMarvel’s Uncanny X-Men #600 arrives in comic shops today and its release is enough to bring me out of self-imposed exile. In addition to bearing a landmark issue number, the book is also the long awaited finalé to Brian Bendis’ three year run on both Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men, and sports no less than twelve different covers. That merits an evaluation here on MLD as both a Marvel Milestone issue and as part of our ongoing Standard Deviations series looking at variant covers.

Read on for a discussion of the covers, the numbers, and more.

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My Latest Pull List – January 14th, 2015

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Lazarus14_CoverSpotlight on Lazarus #14: I look forward to this book every month. The world building, characters, action, and political intrigue are exactly what I didn’t even realize I was looking for. As a long time Marvel reader, it’s often a challenge to explore new worlds. Rucka and Lark have made that a joy in this book and it’s probably among my top three ongoing titles right now. It’s plausible science fiction in a world based on an extrapolation of our own. That’s exactly the kind of stuff I’m into, but I could have easily missed this if I hadn’t taken a chance on it. Highly recommended for fans of the dark, dark future our society is doomed to face.

The current Conclave story has been a blast as we see each of the families represented for the first time and the drama continues to build in this issue. Forever’s relationships are changing on every level and it’s a huge setup for the conclusion to this arc and a lot that’s coming down the road.

– Greg Rucka, Mike Lark, and Santi Arcas’ Lazarus is published monthly by Image Comics.

My Latest Pull List for 1/14/2015:

  • AMAZING X-MEN #15
  • AVENGERS #40
  • BATMAN ETERNAL #41
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #11
  • CYCLOPS #9
  • LAZARUS #14
  • STAR WARS #1
  • X-FORCE #14

Weekly comic books are a big part of my life and I regularly post what I’ll be picking up each Wednesday here and on Reddit’s /r/comicbooks.

Check back every week to see what’s on My Latest Pull List and share your thoughts what you’re reading this week.