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.


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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REVIEW: Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi #1

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This week sees the release of Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi #1. The new series, written by comics legend John Ostrander and set in an ancient era of Star Wars history, sounded like just the type of book that might draw a couple of lapsed fans here at MLD into the Star Wars comics universe for the first time. After poring over the detailed backstory for this series a few weeks ago in the encyclopedic Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi #0, we were anxious to get to the meat of the story. Unfortunately, this series looks to be a no-go for both of us as a lot of the same information from issue #0 is represented again here and issue #1 was unable to pull us in.

Spoilers for Dark Horse’s Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi #1 will follow.

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REVIEW: Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi #0

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This Wednesday saw the debut of the latest series in what seems to be an ever expanding universe of Star Wars comics from Dark Horse. It’s safe to say we both love Star Wars and comic books, but as is the case with a lot of licensed properties, neither of us have actually ever read a Star Wars comic book before. Dawn of the Jedi #0 serves as a primer to a new series beginning February 15th. As you’ll see this particular issue might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it gives a glimpse of an intriguing new series.

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