Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 5 Comic Review

After being sent to deal with the Hutts, Vader returns to The Executor empty handed whilst Ochi has brought Sly Moore aboard in chains. As Vader is given an army to eradicate Crimson Dawn, Ochi goes to enlist members of the Assassins League and reveals his true allegiance. As the Hutt fleet get hold ofContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 5 Comic Review”

Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 4 Comic Review

Bringing this arc back in line with the rest of the series, the focus rests on the dogfight between Luke and Vader and Droids and Ochi vs. Sly Moore is a confused mush-mash of events. Vader attempts to get Luke to land on Jekara but Luke toluene tail, luring Vader into the skies. Unfortunately forContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 4 Comic Review”

Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 3 Comic Review

The third part of this run doesn’t follow on from last issue, instead we jump back in time again to the planet Arkanis and tell the story so far from Ochi’s point of view. Vader sends Ochi into a bar where the assassin obtains a Crimson Dawn invitation. The two then meet with Bokka andContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 3 Comic Review”

Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 2 Review

The second part of the ‘Darth Vader’ run of ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ is quite possibly my favourite of the whole run so far. Set before and after Issue 13, the focus here is on Sly Moore rather than Vader himself. The former adviser to Palpating is cast aside after her failure to wipeContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 2 Review”

Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1 Review

After successfully thwarting Booka’s attempt to kill him, Vader uses the Hutt to gain access to Hutt Space and a Droid Gang’s base to find the lost Carbonite clad Han Solo, only to come up against IG-88 and Bokka’s own weapons. A return to form for the ‘Darth Vader’ series. Vader kicks some serious DroidContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1 Review”

Star Wars: Dangerous Lessons Comic Review

Luke still has much to learn when the Holocron version of Yoda teaches how using the Force to see the future is a dangerous path to take, essentially using the same lesson he taught Luke in ‘Empire Strikes Back’. After composing himself Luke uses the Holocron again, this time getting a new lesson that directsContinue reading “Star Wars: Dangerous Lessons Comic Review”

Star Wars: Dangerous Turn Comic Review

With the Rebel Fleet getting stronger and the leadership reunited, survival is no longer the priority but Luke’s focus is drawn away towards his destiny and a need to train harder toward becoming a Jedi. As Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar make strategies for locating the missing Rebels and (finally) setting up a rescue missionContinue reading “Star Wars: Dangerous Turn Comic Review”

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 5 Review

The final part of the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ arc in the main Star Wars run hits hard, ticks some boxes and gives a satisfying ending to the main heroes story. Taking place after the events of the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ mini-series, Leia and Chewie are depressed at the loss of Han,Continue reading “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 5 Review”

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 4 Review

As Luke battles Vader ship-to-ship, he manages to trick his father into crashing on the planet Jakara. Given the opportunity, Luke attempts to help his friends but Vader manages to get his TIE Advanced into somewhat usable order and resumes the air conflict. Meanwhile, Leia grows increasingly anxious that Han is soon to be inContinue reading “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 4 Review”

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 3 Review

As Luke makes his way to Jekara, he replays his duel with Vader in his mind, trying to understand Vader’s fighting style and strategise a way to survive another encounter. His reflection soon ends when he arrives at the planet and comes face-to-face with The Executor which launches a squadron of TIE Fighters. Luke drawsContinue reading “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 3 Review”

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 2 Review

Charles Soule pulls double duty, penning the main ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ storyline as well as the concurrent issues in the main ‘Star Wars’ run. Detailing what happens when Luke is away from the group, he joins Starlight Squadron on a reconnaissance mission that soon becomes a rescue mission when Starlight locates the remnantsContinue reading “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 2 Review”

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1

After getting the location of Han Solo, now in the possession of Crimson Dawn, Leia, Chewie, Lando, Lobot and C-3PO head to the meeting, with Lando taking the opportunity to do some dealings of his own. Soule kicks off the main titles ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ storyline and it’s already go intrigue, shady dealings,Continue reading “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1”

The High Republic: Jedi’s End Part 3 Comic Review

O.K. So that happened… It’s a full on Jedi assault on the Nihil base of ‘No Space’ with Master Avar Kriss leading the charge. And she’s brought friends, Sskeer is back on as good a form as he can be, lightsaber in hand and Keeve, sent by Sskeer to keep an eye on Avar asContinue reading “The High Republic: Jedi’s End Part 3 Comic Review”

War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 5 by Charles Soule

WARNING!!! Spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett: Chapter 2 – The Tribes of Tatooine. O.K. Right. Deep breath. Let’s begin… After a literal tug-of-war for the Imperial Shuttle carrying Solo to The Empire Bokka sends The Hutts to war with The Executor at the request of Qi’Ra to serve as a distraction for Leia,Continue reading “War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 5 by Charles Soule”

War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 4 by Charles Soule

So, at the beginning of the script for this issue, I can imagine a little hand written note at the top saying, “Hi, I’m Charles Soule and I’m about to teach you how to cram so much story into twenty-five pages and do it without ruining the issue.” With Vader about to bisect Han, LukeContinue reading “War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 4 by Charles Soule”

War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 3 by Charles Soule

When Darth Vader crashes the party and claims Solo as his own, he not only angers the Hutt Cartel, but insults Sly Moore who is at the auction as a representative of The Empire. He also manages to kill a number of gangsters and battles Qi’Ra who is bested by the Sith Lord. As LukeContinue reading “War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 3 by Charles Soule”

War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 2 by Charles Soule

Boba Fett finds his way into the Crimson Dawn party after encountering an old friend. Once disguised and inside, he tasks a new ally with a job and attempts to sabotage the party as the auction draws to an end, leading him into a chance encounter with Leia, Lando and Chewie as Darth Vader makesContinue reading “War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 2 by Charles Soule”

War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 1 by Charles Soule

What the #%$¥ just happened? I got the first part of Charles Soule’s central story to the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ crossover event, expecting something pretty cool, enjoyable and action packed like the Prelude. What I got was a complete and utter masterclass in Star Wars comics storytelling that will be hard to topContinue reading “War of the Bounty Hunters Issue 1 by Charles Soule”

The High Republic: Jedi’s End Part 2 Comic Review

The second part of the arc slows the actions down and focus’ on the drama as the series starts to head towards is conclusion. Back on Starlight Beacon, Avar and Keeve are frustrated by the lack of action the Council wants to take against The Nihil. Kriss, who is taking the decision incredibly personally wantsContinue reading “The High Republic: Jedi’s End Part 2 Comic Review”

The High Republic: Jedi’s End Part 1 Comic Review

Damn! What an issue! With Keeve, Terec and Ceret incapacitated by the effects of The Leveller, Avar Kriss and Sskeer leave The Ataraxia and head down to help the undercover Jedi. Sskeer is hell-bent on saving Keeve, despite Avar reminding him that connections are forbidden, as well as not to kill anyone whilst piloting hisContinue reading “The High Republic: Jedi’s End Part 1 Comic Review”

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott Book Review (SPOILER FREE)

To celebrate the release of ‘The Rising Storm’ in paperback, here is my rereleased review for the hardback release from the end of June 2021. There are very few books in the world (that I have read) that, when I finished them I closed the book and just sat for a moment wondering “What willContinue reading “Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott Book Review (SPOILER FREE)”

The High Republic: The Shadow of the Nihil Part 2 Comic Review

Things are heating up for Keeve and Terec as their cover is blown by the captive Hutt and the arrival of the supposedly dead Lourna Dee brings a whole new set of problems when she unleashed the weapon that killed Loden Greatstorm. Did anyone really think Keeve and Terec were going to get through thisContinue reading “The High Republic: The Shadow of the Nihil Part 2 Comic Review”

The High Republic: The Shadow of the Nihil Part 1 Comic Review

We’re starting a new storyline hot off the heels of the defeat of The Drengir. This time, the Jedi of Starlight Beacon are taking the fight to The Nihil in the aftermath of The Republic Fair on Valo. Speculation was rife when the Marvel solicits revealed the cover, showing Keeve Trennis dress’s in Nihil armour.Continue reading “The High Republic: The Shadow of the Nihil Part 1 Comic Review”

Dark Horsing Around

When it was announced in September that Disney/Lucasfilm had withdrawn the Star Wars licence from IDW it came as a bit of a shock. IDW had been publishing the popular “all ages” title ‘Star Wars Adventures’ which featured stories from across all eras of the saga and written by some pretty big names in StarContinue reading “Dark Horsing Around”

The Edge of Balance Volume One by Shima Shinya and Justina Ireland

‘The High Republic’ branches out into an new genre for its first Manga, written by Justina Ireland and Shima Shinya that tells a new story with a cast of new characters and some familiar villains. Set on the planet Banchi and following the adventures of Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi in the aftermath of the eventsContinue reading “The Edge of Balance Volume One by Shima Shinya and Justina Ireland”

The High Republic: Heart of the Drengir Part 3 Review

BOOM! The explosive final part of ‘Heart of the Drengir’ has landed (a couple of months ago) and boy did it not disappoint! The battle between the Jedi/Hutt Alliance and The Drengir reaches its peak just as Keeve and Orla arrive on Mulita. Avar Kriss has gone on alone to fight the lead Drengir andContinue reading “The High Republic: Heart of the Drengir Part 3 Review”

The High Republic: Heart of the Drengir Part 2 Review

Keeve Trennis is stuck inside the shared consciousness of The Drengir’s Root-Mind, lost and having visions of those she has met previously she encounters a Sith Lord who attacks her in the presence of four statues (which I’m 100% sure are the ones from ‘Into the Dark’). She wakes up from her vision and triesContinue reading “The High Republic: Heart of the Drengir Part 2 Review”

Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 2

After getting into the grand Crimson Dawn party, Aphra and Sana work to keep a low profile but after getting recognised by a disguised Clone Soldier and a failed attempt at jewellery theft, Aphra is blindsided by the arrival of Darth Vader. The bar is raised in this slow paced but equally tense issue asContinue reading “Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 2”

Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1

Aphra and Sana’s search for Ebann Drake comes to an unexpected end when they find the crew and clientele of The Opal Empress dead. Their search leads them to a swarm of vicious bugs and the terrifying Bounty Hunter, Durge. The first issue in Aphra’s story within ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ doesn’t wow. InContinue reading “Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1”

The High Republic: Heart of the Drengir Part 1

Holy s&@£! After breaking our hearts with Issue 5 and then in ‘The Rising Storm’, Cavan Scott starts to heal one of those brutally inflicted wounds. Set in the time period around Scott’s recent novel ‘The Rising Storm’ following the oft mentioned battle against the monstrous Drengir led by Avar Kriss and Myarga the Hutt.Continue reading “The High Republic: Heart of the Drengir Part 1”

The High Republic – Where’s the Merch?

In 1996, Lucasfilm tried something that was pretty ballsy at the time, so ballsy in fact that it has left an impression on fans the world over. They released a movie… without the movie. ‘Shadows of the Empire’ was a phenomenon, a cross-media event that told the story between ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘ReturnContinue reading “The High Republic – Where’s the Merch?”

Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older SPOILER FREE Audiobook Review

Jedi Padawan, Ram Jomaram is much more at home in the garage tinkering with machines than meditating and his craftiness with electronics is required when, in the run up to ‘The Republic Fair’ on his homeworld of Valo when a long range communications array at Crashpoint Tower is damage by Nihil raiders, leading Ram onContinue reading “Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older SPOILER FREE Audiobook Review”

The High Republic Adventures Issue 5 Review

The junk Moon, Quantxi, becomes a battlefield between the few Jedi and the Nihil as Zeen and Krix finally come face-to-face for the first time since they separated on Trymant. Daniel José Older brings the first arc of his ‘High Republic Adventures’ to an exciting end as ‘The High Republic’ prepares to enter its secondContinue reading “The High Republic Adventures Issue 5 Review”

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott Book Review (SPOILER FREE)

There are very few books in the world (that I have read) that, when I finished them I closed the book and just sat for a moment wondering “What will I do now?” The last time it happened what back in early 2017 when I finished Stephen King’s ‘It’. That’s how rare it is forContinue reading “Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott Book Review (SPOILER FREE)”

Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1 Review

After successfully thwarting Booka’s attempt to kill him, Vader uses the Hutt to gain access to Hutt Space and a Droid Gang’s base to find the lost Carbonite clad Han Solo, only to come up against IG-88 and Bokka’s own weapons. A return to form for the ‘Darth Vader’ series. Vader kicks some serious DroidContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1 Review”

The High Republic Adventures Issue 4 Review

Jedi and Nihil forces clash as Marchion Ro uses Krix to contact Zeen, who takes a Jedi ship and goes to meet her friend, Lula, Farzala and Qort take one last Jedi Vector and follow their new companion. With another stellar issue of ‘High Republic Adventures’, Daniel José Older continues to bring us an amazingContinue reading “The High Republic Adventures Issue 4 Review”

Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude Review

Aphra and Sana do what they can to thwart Vukorah’s hostage plot and fulfil their promise to Domina Tagge whilst Lucky and Ariole discover a plot against The Sixth Kin. Doctor Aphra’s entry into the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ is more of a fizzle than a bang in, much like the Darth Vader: WarContinue reading “Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude Review”

Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude

After learning of his Master’s plans on Exogol, Vader undergoes severe repairs and prepares to enter the War of the Bounty Hunters. Returning to the medical centre where Vader was originally put into the suit, Palpatine orders the workers to repair the damaged Vader who chooses to undergo the procedure without pain relief, allowing himContinue reading “Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude”

Star Wars Issue 13: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude Review

The ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ arrives is the flagship title as Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and the Droids travel to Nar Shaddaa and meet a familiar face whilst trying to locate Boba Fett and Han Solo. With the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ crossover event ramping up, the ‘Prelude’ issues from the main titles areContinue reading “Star Wars Issue 13: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude Review”

My Top Star Wars Moments 11

For me, 2016 was the year of the bad-ass Vader. He throws down against Ahsoka in ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’, the season finale of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Season 2, lost half his mask and walked away from the destruction of the Sith Temple on Malachor. Not to mention the amazing moment where we hear bothContinue reading “My Top Star Wars Moments 11”

Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 4

After last issues ridiculous cliffhanger and a very misleading cover for this issue, this is probably my least favourite issue of this series. After their obvious survival, Aphra and Sana return to the bar to find everyone dead. They decide that their best course of action is to go to Midarr and get the hyperdriveContinue reading “Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 4”

The High Republic: There is No Fear Part 5 Review

Just when I didn’t think last month’s issue could be topped, Cavan Scott and his team absolutely smash it it with this issue. With the Drengir attacking The Starlight Beacon and The Hutt Cartel attacking the Jedi on Sedri Minor, it all looks a bit hopeless for the Jedi. But when the Drengir attack theContinue reading “The High Republic: There is No Fear Part 5 Review”

The High Republic Adventures Issue 3 Review

In a change of pace from the previous issues, Older gives us a look at the aftermath of the attack on Bralanak City as Zeen and Krix start on their new paths. We learn that Zeen and Krix have been communicating with each other using the Com-Links that Yoda gave them in the previous issue.Continue reading “The High Republic Adventures Issue 3 Review”

Darth Vader: Into the Fire Part 6

After finally reaching Exogol, Palpatine tests Vader once again to determine whether he is still worthy of being a Sith Apprentice as Vader learns of his Master’s secret plans. Questions get answered in this issue, we learn more about Palpatine’s master plan on Exogol than any of the material published around ‘The Rise of Skywalker’Continue reading “Darth Vader: Into the Fire Part 6”

War of the Bounty Hunters: Alpha

Marvel’s big Star Wars Crossover Event has arrived folks, and with a Charles Soule sized bang that means only one thing. It’s f@&#%*g amazing. Boba Fett is bringing the Carbon-Frozen Han Solo to Jabba’s the Hutt but something is going wrong with the Crime Lords soon-to-be favourite decoration, leading Boba to Nar Shaddaa to visitContinue reading “War of the Bounty Hunters: Alpha”

Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 3

On their search for a Nihil Hyperdrive Engine, Aphra and Sana come across a whole bunch of old Nihil ships, and of course, trouble. I’m not going to lie to you folks, but I’ve been really looking forward to this issue but had to wait to get it but was it worth the wait? Absolutely.Continue reading “Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 3”

Bad Batching: A Life Debt Podcast Episode 1 – Aftermath

The Life Debt Podcast has returned for a fourth series folks, and this one is all about the latest animated series, ‘The Bad Batch’ The first episode is out NOW, where I share my thoughts on the first episode of the series. You can find the episode on most major Podcatchers, or find it overContinue reading “Bad Batching: A Life Debt Podcast Episode 1 – Aftermath”

The High Republic: There is No Fear Part 4

Possessed by the Drengir, Sskeer has Avar, Ceret, Keeve and the boy called Bartol captured in the vines created by the plant-like creatures. Remembering her time as a Padawan, Keeve reminisces about a lesson that Sskeer taught her, as she attempted to use the Force to aid her to reach the opposite side of aContinue reading “The High Republic: There is No Fear Part 4”

Star Wars: Operation Starlight Part 4

With the Rebel Fleet still in tatters, Leia and Kes share a moment of quiet to swap stories about their respective partners. Soule slows the action down for a rare quiet moment which, after the past three issues is a needed chance to pause and have some character beats that don’t revolve around the action.Continue reading “Star Wars: Operation Starlight Part 4”

The High Republic Adventures Issue 2 Review

The Nihil attack on Bralanak City escalates as the Jedi face overwhelming odds and the disdain of the locals. Daniel José Older’s inaugural contribution to ‘The High Republic’ initiative continues with an action filled issue. Lula, Farzala, Qort and their new companion Zeen must fight off the Nihil who are in league with the ForceContinue reading “The High Republic Adventures Issue 2 Review”

The High Republic: There is No Fear Part 3

As Keeve Trennis investigates a sink hole with a local boy, Marshal Avar Kriss must deal with Terec, who is acting strangely and Master Sskeer who’s recent odd behaviour has been noticed by Kriss and other Jedi. Cavan Scott and the crew have brought us another great issue of ‘The High Republic’ ongoing series. TheContinue reading “The High Republic: There is No Fear Part 3”

Darth Vader: Into the Fire Part 5

As Vader and Ochi are chased by Sly Moore into the Red Nebula on their way to Exogol, they experience visions of death before finally arriving at the long lost Planet of the Sith. We really get to see again how great a pilot Vader is, as he avoids destruction from the giant Space CthulhuContinue reading “Darth Vader: Into the Fire Part 5”

Star Wars: Operation Starlight Part 3

Lobot’s life hangs in the balance whilst Starlight Squadron faces off against Zahra’s Star Destroyer and take on a daring mission into the heart of Zahra’s ship. Lando and Kes’ showdown comes to a head whilst C-3PO is up to something. He manages to download the needed language into his own memory and turns offContinue reading “Star Wars: Operation Starlight Part 3”

The High Republic Adventures Issue 1 – Collision Course

WARNING!!! SPOILERS!!! This is the first issue of any of the IDW Star Wars comics and if this is any indication of the quality of the main series then I’ve got a lot of reading to do because it’s good! The highly anticipated first issue of Older’s series does not disappoint (except for the lackContinue reading “The High Republic Adventures Issue 1 – Collision Course”

Star Wars: The High Republic Issue 2 – There is No Fear Part 2

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Sskeer, Keeve and the twins, Ceret and Terec have been sent to investigate a distress beacon. When they arrive they sense a single survivor on the inactive ship. On board they realise the ship was attacked by The Nihil. The group splits up, Sskeer and Terec explore the ship looking for survivorsContinue reading “Star Wars: The High Republic Issue 2 – There is No Fear Part 2”

Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 2

I love this series. There. I said it. Out of the three ongoing series I read (and not including’The High Republic as we are only one issue in) it has been consistently fantastic and this issue is no different. Aphra finds Sana Starros on Corellia and spends the majority of the issue trying to convinceContinue reading “Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 2”

Darth Vader: Into the Fire Part 4 Review

On the run from Ochi’s Droid Assassins, most of the issue is taken up with action as Vader destroys the Droids. Once they are vanquished, he threatens Ochi’s life, forcing the assassin to help him hook up the Wayfinder to the Jedi Interceptor used by Anakin Skywalker to reach Mustafaar in ‘Revenge of the Sith’.Continue reading “Darth Vader: Into the Fire Part 4 Review”

Star Wars: Operation Starlight Part 2 Review

As C-3PO and R2 work on fixing the ‘Talky’ Droid, it reactivates and goes haywire until Lobot steps in and uses his cybernetic link to calm the Droid allowing it to communicate. C-3PO requests that the Droid assist them in translating the Thwark language. Talky initially denies the request and Lando steps in to makeContinue reading “Star Wars: Operation Starlight Part 2 Review”

Darth Vader: Into The Fire Part 3

Continuing his punishment by Palpatine, Vader encounters The Eye of the Webbish Bog and finds the key to learning The Emperor’s grand plan. Cut off from Ochi, Vader travels through treacherous terrain, guided by a mysterious voice as he battle creatures and visions until he encounters The Eye where he acquires the Wayfinder that KyloContinue reading “Darth Vader: Into The Fire Part 3”

Star Wars: The High Republic Issue 1

It’s here! It’s finally here! Having read ‘Light of the Jedi’ last month (Spoiler Free Review Here), I have been waiting desperately for new content from ‘The High Republic’ and after finding out that ‘A Test of Courage’ will be released in February in the UK it’s al down to the Marvel run of ‘TheContinue reading “Star Wars: The High Republic Issue 1”