The Visual Storytelling of The Force Awakens

Warning: The following post is replete with spoilers for The Force Awakens. One of the chief complaints which initially arose following the premiere of The Force Awakens was a distinct lack of answers.  What was the First Order? Why did it exist?  What’s the Resistance versus the New Republic? If there is one thing which…

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…

Star Wars: Lando, Vols 1 – 5, Recap & Review

In the Original Trilogy, one character rises almost overnight into a role of great responsibility and authority.  It’s not Luke Skywalker nor Han Solo, but a city administrator in an out of the way gas mining colony: Lando Calrissian.  Lando, played to perfection by Billy Dee Williams, was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back and…

Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray – Review

The “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has unleashed a number of books which serve several roles: those which fill in the gap that exists between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, those which fill in gaps between A New Hope through to Return of the Jedi, and those which fill in…

Star Wars: Rebels – Blood Sisters

Star Wars: Rebels is an ensemble show, there is no one main character, but several main characters who share time as the focus of the program.  Yes, some get a bit more time than others, namely Ezra Bridger, who often serves as a ‘point of view’ or POV character for the younger viewers, but especially…

Star Wars: Rebels – Wings of the Master

There are a number of iconic vehicles in the Original Star Wars franchise, such as the X-wing, the Star Destroyer, and obviously, the Millennium Falcon.  After we push aside the TIE fighters, Y-wings, and snow speeders, there are two Rebel fighters which find their way into the beloved canon: the nimble A-wing and the more…