For the sake of simplicity, “Star Wars” stories can be divided into four eras. The classic trilogy era started with the movie “Star Wars” (1977), the post-“Return of the Jedi” era started in earnest with the book “Heir to the Empire” (1991) and the prequel era started in earnest with the movie “The Phantom Menace” (1999). That leaves the ancient era, which started with the comic book “Tales of the Jedi” (1993). The first “TOTJ” series, with Onderon as its main location, is ripe for the flashback treatment due to the planet being the site of the current “Clone Wars” arc.
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In an interview with Star Wars Insider, Jeff Grubb (author of the new novel “Scourge,” which I’ll review in a future post), separates “Star Wars” novels into three categories: Jedi books, war books and “scum and villainy” books. That latter are his favorite, and I concur.
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Ask “Star Wars” fans to list notoriously bad “Star Wars” yarns through the years, and No. 1 will of course be the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.” Some will add the two “Ewoks” movies and some will throw in the “Ewoks” and “Droids” cartoons (assessments that I disagree with). Some will mention the giant green rabbit from the early Marvel comics (I can see their point) and some will point to the very end of the Marvel comics run (with good reason).
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Since the beginning of “Buffy,” I’ve found myself liking the characters more and more and the world they live in — the “mythology,” in geek-speak — less and less. (I’m talking in generalities; obviously, Angel’s backstory in Season 2 was a great addition to the mythology, for example.) It puts me in a weird position going into Season 9 of “Buffy” (and the corresponding “Angel & Faith”) from Dark Horse Comics, because with the whole world knowing about vampires and demons and Slayers, it doesn’t feel like those wonderful early days. But on the other hand, I love me some “Buffy” characters like never before.
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An entertaining “Star Wars” fandom debate broke out recently, prompted by FANgirl’s provocatively titled blog post “Luke Skywalker Must Die.” Jason at The ForceCast podcast blasted her post a couple episodes ago (May 20) and then he and his co-host, Jimmy Mac, had FANgirl (real name: Tricia) as a guest on the latest episode (May 27).
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Two surprising love stories were revealed recently in “Star Wars” stories. In Friday’s “Clone Wars,” (8 p.m. Central Fridays on Cartoon Network), my favorite original “Clone Wars” character, Ziro the Hutt, is revealed to be shacking up with Sy Snootles (the alien singer from “Return of the Jedi”). And in “The Force Unleashed II” comic book, Boba Fett is revealed to be involved with another bounty hunter, Xasha.
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In a Sedalia bookstore, they have a shelf full of vampire books. Not just a section labeled “vampires”; I mean a full standalone bookshelf with four or five shelves on it. I asked the proprietor about it and he shook his head in exasperation and told me how many vampire books they get each time a shipment comes in. I think he said dozens, or maybe it was hundreds. Then he predicted that the bottom would fall out any day like the Beanie Baby craze of a few years back.
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Almost as entertaining as reading the “Buffy” Season 8 comics is reading Scott Allie’s From the Editor pieces on the Dark Horse Web site. In a January editorial, he apologized profusely to fans for Dark Horse’s accidental leakage of the identity of season-long villain Twilight when advance covers of Issue No. 34 were released online showing — SPOILER ALERT
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