Category: Star Wars News


That’s right!  I just finished my weekly post covering the EU Releases This Week over at EUCantina.net when what did I discover on the back of this weeks kick off of Blood Ties?

Well I’m not one to hold back, so here it goes.  Randy Stradley, Editor at Dark Horse, in his Written in Blood letter in the back of issue #1 mentions that the writer, artist  enjoyed the project so much they decided to continue the Blood Ties series with a second miniseries!

As if getting the Fetts wasn’t good enough we’ll get to see other blood related characters featuring in the next miniseries!  With the change to arc driven series don’t be too surprised if Blood Ties becomes a reoccurring comic line in Dark Horses arsenal.

This has a lot of potential when you think about it.  Dark Horse Comics has one of the largest runs of Star Wars comics to draw from already, and the Expanded Universe has plenty of families who have made lasting impacts on the galaxy far, far away.

What is going on with Fandom these days?  I swear it’s like watching Team Jacob and Team what’s-his-butt duke it out over fan superiority.  You see the words “True Fan” being spouted off by kids who are probably too young to even get what the term once was.

I mean one minute we had 3 movies, then 6, then 9, then some tv shows.  And along the way Star Wars- both Expanded Universe and George’s “Vision” – have been evolving.

Some self described “True Fans” would say the titles for those who only liked the Original Trilogy, or only Georges “vision”  Call them the “Visionaries” or the “Movie Purest”  and even though not every fan fits into one of these lame new “LABELS” it continues.  You have your “EU fanatics” Your “Obsessed Fanboys” those who would rather George get his hands out of the box – these ones get the “Hater” label a LOT I notice.

You have the “Mando’ade” and the “Clone Wars elite”.  Who are at war over the “real story” behind the Mandalorians.

I mean in a Galaxy that should have room for everything it’s as at war as it’s title amongst fans.  Fandom is almost at a civil war!

Ok so a CIVIL WAR in Fandom is highly unlikely since most fans can’t agree about anything.  Oh sure we can agree about plenty, but at the core- each fan has their own outlook on what it should have been.

Take Jar Jar.

No Seriously TAKE HIM!!

I am one of those fans who would love to see Jar Jar get deleted from the saga.  And yet others love him.  From an author stand point Karen Traviss’s Star Wars works are a lot like Jar Jar- you either LOVE them, HATE them, or like them only so far.

Which is funny- since Karen is the one who’s recent contributions have made the fandom divides more etched out.  Then there is the recent “True Fans” statements about the Mandalorians, which would be safer to say a “True EU Fan” since the Mandalorians have factored as a MAJOR element only in the EU, the movies and tv shows have left the Mandalorians a small thing.

Is it not loving Star Wars in ANY form that makes you a True Fan?  Heck I’d say a TRUE FAN is a person not afraid to admit their love for a fictional universe in public, or were Star Wars t-shirts almost daily, or have a Star Wars Book in their hand everyday.

I mean what are we using as the basis here?  Are my kids Frakked from being “True Fans” because of when they were born?

“Sorry kid, you were born after the tv shows” or “Aren’t you a little young to remember drive ins??”

I mean we have enough things going on here- you’ve got different ends of a timeline where all sorts of events range depending on the era one lived, beyond that you have the whole vision thing- whose vision of Star Wars do you enjoy most?  What characters do you most enjoy?

I say lets focus on the things that are cool.  Oh wait can’t do that either cause we ALL can’t agree.  Can we?

Quick show of hands: Who liked Darth Maul?  Who hated him?

See even there- someone hates him.

So lets just keep the label simple- do you like Star Wars or don’t you?
No more drawing lines, you either take the good with the bad for better or worse or you don’t.

I’m sick of division in Fandom, I read Star Wars to escape political bs not to walk into more labels.  I thought Uber-Geek was the last title I’d have beyond Jedi.

I mean call yourself a ‘True Fan’ all day long, that’s fine, just don’t say someone else isn’t one because their outlook on Star Wars differs then yours.  To each their own.

Well I’m done ranting about this: May the Force be with us, for we’re already making things interesting…..

Wow, all these crazy tie ins, I’m just floored!  First we have Starkiller officially a clone, followed by crazy site challenges and fun clues.  We had the epic trailer for The Old Republic MMO, Deceived.  Then came the Fatal Alliance and Deceived novel tie in announcements.  Webcomics coming to print, new worlds to explore and familiar ones with a new spin!

What does it all mean?  Well it seems clear that with the Star Wars: Legacy comic series ending and with it closing that end of the Era for now, the Star Wars Saga is delving into the past!  That’s right!  When you couple these projects with the Knights Errant comic series and Novel tie in by John Jackson Miller, the past is about to be blown wide open!

Look forward to Mandalorian pawns, Sith Lords, and Jedi on the defense, as well as epic battles both in space and with lightsabers and Force mastery!  The Light and the Dark collide in a struggle for the Galaxy, one to free it the other to control it!

Sorry, I’m just in shock- somehow I must get a new PC to play this epic Star Wars game… drat!  Then there is the next gen console, or I guess I could just go PC and play The Force Unleashed 2 on the PC as well.  So many options, all requiring plenty of money.  But dang if it doesn’t look like a spectacular story!  Look forward to The Force Unleashed 2, this fall, and TOR the MMO by next year.

And as always, May the Force be with you…

Disney has more Star Wars Figures!  And while this is great news, it hits me sour since for my first time EVER to Disney, they won’t be released yet!  I’ll be scoring something Star Wars for my family rest assured, but not one of these fun little figures.

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DemagolKnights of the Old Republic comic fans rejoice!!!  Straight from John Jackson Millers Blog Faraway Looks we discover that more of the Kotor saga will be revealed soon as a StarWars.Com Hyperspace exclusive!

I have a third piece of Knights of the Old Republic-era fiction coming to the Star Wars fan club site, Hyperspace. Tentative title: The Journal of Doctor Demagol.

This is something I had considered doing for a long time, potentially as a back-up feature for whatever issue of
KOTOR wound up having Demagol’s origin story. I’d always wanted to tell a story looking at the series from his point of view — getting into what was going on in the twisted mind inside the helmet. As it turned out, we ended up doing the origin story in #48, where we also had the Mass Effect Redemption preview and my short essay. But the longer-form piece was still bubbling in my mind, and I’m glad we’ve found a place for it. It’s a nice little coda to the comics series, and it was loads of fun to write. I don’t know when it’s scheduled to appear yet, but keep an eye on StarWars.com!

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What?! A new Star Wars comic line coming this summer?  Yes, straight out of issue #116 of Star Wars Insider, and the words of Daniel Wallace, and John Jackson Miller, Star Wars: Knight Errant.  Before any cries of foul at the title, let me point out that the recent Star Wars Insider had the wrong title!  They mentioned that the title was still the Star Wars: Jedi working title which is an error.  Confirmation came from John Jackson Miller at the Dark Horse boards that Knight Errant is the correct title and that Jedi was dropped.  Though the Jedi title wouldn’t have really worked since they already had a series with the same Jedi title, with independent one-shots set during the Clone Wars.

This project is also the same crossover series replacing Kotor in the comic line up, that we heard about a while back going by the name Knight Errant.  The comic series will kick off this summer, and John Jackson Miller’s first full star wars novel will follow in 2011, also titled Knight Errant, and will deal with certain characters from the comic series.

Knight Errant the comic series will be an ongoing comic series, and word is that if you felt Star Wars: Dark Times was a stroll down misery lane kind of comic series, get ready for the previously unexplored Dark Ages of the Republic (DAotR)

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New Clone Wars Movie!?!

Season 3 of The Clone Wars will begin with a TV Movie?  Word is – NO!

Did you know that the 2008 The Clone Wars movie was actually a collection of episodes? That’s right Fanboys and Girls the main part of the film was composed of three episodes with similar titles originally meant to form a trilogy: “Castle of Deception“, “Castle of Doom” and “Castle of Salvation“, while a standalone episode called “The New Padawan“, was developed later in the movies production as a flashback episode during the series, became the opening sequence of the movie, eventually leading to the introduction of Ahsoka Tano.

Well apparently rumor had it that was not going to be the only TCW episodes to be arranged as a movie feature.  But just as fast as the rumor got out the reports of it’s accuracy followed.

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