Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka – Review

There are classic character pairings in Star Wars, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and Rogue One introduced Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe.  The former Guardians of the Whills, embodied in the performances of Wen Jiang and Donnie Yen, provided a hefty portion of the film’s heart and comedy, and while Rogue One definitively…

The Art of Rogue One – Review

Last year’s The Art of The Force Awakens offered a historical look at not just the art behind the billion dollar film, but also some insight into how major elements of the film took time to congeal into the final form on the silver screen, such as the race of Finn or the setting of…

Catalyst by James Luceno – Review (spoiler free)

In less than a month, the new reality of annual Star Wars films will come to be with the release of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One.  A lot is already known about the film’s basic plot and its principle characters, headlined by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso.  The call to arms for Jyn is made apparent in…

Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Review

Just over a year ago, Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath hit the shelves of bookstores to overwhelming sales and the wailing of a distinct minority of fans who claimed Wendig had somehow ruined their beloved franchise.  Their complaints encompassed everything from the use of present tense to the presence of gay characters, and thankfully, now with the…

Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka – Review

In 2015, the release of Star Wars books, new additions to the new Expanded Universe, picked up a hurried pace in thanks to The Force Awakens, which premiered in December, 2015.  As part of this wave of releases were three Young Adult level books, each just under 200 pages in length, and each telling the…