Star Wars: Rebels – Shroud of Darkness

Regret is not a theme commonly associated with the Star Wars universe, though it was present in the earliest exploration of the franchise.  One can hear it in Alec Guiness’ expertly delivered lines as he tells Luke Skywalker of his mistaken belief that he believed himself capable of training Anakin’s father on his own.  Almost…

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vols 1 – 3

A number of months ago, Brown’s Review made a firm statement that it intended to “avoid” Darth Vader.  This arose after reading Tarkin by James Lucerno, which is as much a buddy adventure between the future Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader, as it is a biography of the book’s namesake.  While Tarkin, itself, was…

Star Wars: Star Wars, Vols 1 -3, – Review

Until 2015, there were probably three types of comic book readers when it came to Star Wars on the illustrated printed page.  Those who first dove into the new adventures produced by Marvel from the release of A New Hope through to the late 1980s, those who first experienced it with the titles released by…

An Incomplete Comment on The Empire Strikes Back

Over on the wonderful website, Metafilter, I’ve been participating in a series of discussions on the six main Star Wars films.  While I try to carry on here with a more generalized editorial “we,” I figured I would share a comment here that I made over there.  It’s incomplete because talking about Empire could extend to…

Why I’m Avoiding the Sith Lord

[Minor spoils related to Star Wars: Rebels below.] The first time we met Darth Vader was in the opening moments of Star Wars, emerging through a blasted doorway and passing through curls of smoke aboard the Tantive IV, Princess Leia’s diplomatic ship.  In little time, his angry James Earl Jones’ voice snarls commands to scour…