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Once upon a time, in my youth, I read a bunch of Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. I loved the X-Wing series starring Rogue and Wraith squadrons, and I read all manner of New Jedi Order, Darth Maul and other stories. I have started reading Star Wars books again in the pandemic, and I just finished the launching point of the new High Republic era: Star Wars: Light of the Jedi. Since this is the internet, this seems like a good place to tell you my thoughts on something Star Wars-related.
Book Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.
So the High Republic. I didn’t have many thoughts on the subject when it was first announced, but I was looking for a new book to read and decided to give Light of the Jedi a try. The book is written by Charles Soule, whose comic work I adore, and I figured it might be fun to get in on this new initiative. I’ve also read a couple of the High Republic comics, but none of the Young Adult novels. And suffice to say, I am not impressed. The High Republic, so far, is largely just fine. I suppose it has potential, but I didn’t see much of that in Light of the Jedi.
Join me after the jump for my thoughts and review of Star Wars: Light of the Jedi. Expect MINOR SPOILERS for the book and the new initiative.Read the rest of this entry
Today is launch day for The High Republic — a new Star Wars imprint across novels — comics and probably more, telling new stories set 200 years before the regular Star Wars saga. It’s going to be the Jedi at the height of their power and influence. Here’s the launch trailer!
At first, I wasn’t going to pay any real attention to The High Republic. I’ve never cared about The Old Republic and saw no reason to get into this. But I’ve been reading some Star Wars novels recently, and am almost done with the last one I had on my pile, so I thought to myself…why not buy the new High Republic book? It’s coming out today, I need some new books to read, so why not give it a chance?
There’s also a new High Republic comic coming out from Marvel this week. And there are some young adult books, that I probably won’t read…but I could!
The High Republic starts now! Are you in? I guess I am.
Let’s talk some Star Wars! Specifically, let’s talk about the series of novels about Alphabet Squadron, the hip new starfighter squadron that’s roaring into our hopes and dreams. Even more specifically, let’s talk about how Alphabet Squadron is definitely not a replacement for the classic Rogue and Wraith squadron books of my youth.
Book Rating: 5/10 – Alright.
This might be my first ever book review on Henchman-4-Hire. I haven’t read any real novels or books for many years. But I’ve decided to pick it up again during the pandemic. Since Star Wars Expanded Universe novels were one of my favorites as a teen, I decided to scratch that itch once again with Alphabet Squadron, the first of three planned novels set in the new Disney continuity. Could it live up to my fond memories of the original X-Wing novels, a concept this new series was clearly trying to copy?
No, it could not. But I read it anyway and now I’m going to give you my thoughts on the Star Wars novel Alphabet Squadron! Join me after the jump for my review. Expect FULL SPOILERS for Alphabet Squadron.Read the rest of this entry
Now that the Skywalker Saga is over, Star Wars is apparently going to really take off! They’ve just announced something called The High Republic, which is going to be a new publishing surge set a thousand or so years before the regular Star Wars stuff.
Personally, I’ve never cared much for the Old Republic era. It’s just not for me. I know there are lightsabers and whatnot, but that isn’t enough! Granted, I stopped reading Star Wars novels a bunch of years ago, so maybe The High Republic isn’t for me anyway.
But hey, perhaps it’s for you, and therefore I’m glad to let you know!
Finally we arrive at some Comic-Con trailers I actually care about! First up is The Witcher TV show coming to Netflix. Like most people, I am a huge fan of The Witcher video games, with The Witcher 3 being one of the greatest, most in-depth I have ever played. But the show is going to be based on the books, which I have no tread.
At least Henry Cavill looks better in motion than he did in the early photographs. This show could have all the goodness!
Next up is a Steven Universe made-for-TV movie, which looks awesome! And it delivers the one thing I want most from Steven Universe: letting him grow up. Steven is a such a great character that it annoys me that he was forced to stay kid-like. They had an episode explaining that his body just didn’t age like a normal person. That is so weird and lame.
Steven is a character that I want to see grow up. Steven’s growing maturity was the best part of the show, and I want that taken to normal, natural levels. But if you go much further, he’ll be an adult in a weird kid body, and that’s just weird. Movie trailer looks good, though.