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In 1998 two things happened in the Star Wars universe: Natalie Portman was cast to play the mother of Luke and Leia, and Darkhorse was at work adapting Timothy Zahn's Thrawn books. In issue 5 of "The Last Command," the opportunity arose for Padmé to make her first official appearance.

Here is that one page, penciled by Edvin Biukovic, inked by Eric Shanower, and coloured by
Pamela Rambo

Do you remember your mother? Your real mother? )
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He was a man in a mask.

He broke into Progamma in New York on a light night.

He made his way to a locker in the biotech facility, one with a biohazard label on it.

A security guard caught him as he was taking something out.

He caught the guard by surprise by throwing it at him.

Then he threw himself. )
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It only reads that way.

The first issue of it, of Mike Baron's modern take on his 1980s character, is straightforward.

It moves quickly through his joining the army and bonding with the dog he's assigned to train for the disposal of explosive ordinance, with every panel feeling like a change of scene.

Some of them feel jumpy, due to the tendency for consecutive ones to focus on the same characters.

It's not a bad effect, though, as shown in Norbert's capture after the death of his dog friend.

In the original, his captors were the Viet Cong; here, I think you can guess. )

"Kato 2"

Mar. 10th, 2010 07:34 pm
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I'm a big fan of the Green Hornet concept. He's blood-related to the Lone Ranger, and this is never, ever mentioned. He's a Batman who has fun and levity, his vigilante alter ego is presented as a villain. He punks out the real baddies by pretending to be badder than them, and wins the day for good! He has a good relationship with his valet. He dresses really well.

The Green Hornet mythos has a really poor track record on dealing with race, when by "race" you mean "people who aren't white americans". Kato, the extremely capable chauffeur/valet/co-member of the team that makes "the Green Hornet" has been Chinese, Filipino and Japanese. That's insensible, and no good.

The best-known Kato, and the best-known iteration of the Green Hornet set-up, is the 1967 version; Bruce Lee's first American role. He aces it, and it's a shame they made him tone down his physical capabilities for the role. In the Green Hornet comics of the eighties, of which there were a few, this version of Kato is known as "Hayashi Kato" (OH WOW GUYS THAT'S REAL CHINESE NICE WORK ON ALLEVIATING THE PROPERTY'S HISTORY OF CASUAL RACISM). Sometimes. Sometimes that's his son, I think.

So as far as I can make out, and according to wikipedia, the "Kato" of the comic I am about to show you is supposed to be the Bruce Lee version. It bloody isn't, but it's supposed to be.

That is one of the many things that makes this the worst comic I own.

This is--


I don't know why he's  )

So if anyone has issue 2/2 of this book, howsabout you enlighten us all as to what happens? We're dying to know.

How does this compare to the Green Hornet books out this year?
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Sorry for more delay.  Now comes the conclusion.  I will take this last opportunity to say: Read the books!  They are awesome!  This is but a pale imitation!

Cel: "You sound as if you admired him, sir."
Wedge: "Admired him? Sure I did. He was a different sort of enemy."
"Different from the Yuuzhan Vong, you mean, sir?"
"Different from the Vong, the Emperor, any other Grand Admiral--from anyone," Wedge replied.
"What do you suppose Thrawn would make of the Yuuzhan Vong, sir?"
Wedge: "Ground Vong, probably--if he had a few examples of their art." - NJO: The Final Prophecy

Hang on a minute. I'll come with you. )
So that's done.  Does anyone have Dark Empire?  Takes place a year after this.  It's supposed to be not very good, but I've never seen it, and I want to see Darkside!Luke.  And if anyone wants to post from Union, if you don't do it I will.  Eventually.
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Just reposting this. It was on my Livejournal; I'd linked to it on IJ s_d, but the images were all too big there. I'll have half of The Last Command up momentarily.

"I have no qualms about accepting a useful idea merely because it wasn't my own."
Here's the other half of Dark Force Rising. First part was here. You can probably tell that this time I have the book in hand.
Will you hear me? Or will you choose death? )

I just love this book.
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"I have no qualms about accepting a useful idea merely because it wasn't my own."

Here's the other half of Dark Force Rising. First part was here. You can probably tell that this time I have the book in hand.

When I uploaded these, I forgot to shrink them, and I am not going to delete them and reupload smaller versions. So the contents of this post are on my Livejournal.

Well? What is your choice?
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Five years after Endor and the death of the Emperor, the Empire was in bad shape. There had been successors who had ruled the Empire, or tried to. Pestage, the Tribune, Ysanne Isard. Under them it splintered, warlords like Teradoc and Zsinj splitting off on their own to fight them and the New Republic. The Empire just kept losing people and worlds, rarely if ever winning any important battles. And then the last of the Grand Admirals came back from the Unknown Regions. Alien. Analytical. Awesome.

"I am Grand Admiral Thrawn. I have been away, but now I have returned. I know some of what has occurred. You will fill in the details of the rest when I come aboard. Rejoice, Captain, for the Empire will rise again." - A Grand Admiral Returns

Next up is Dark Force Rising.

Why is the tag "Heir of the Empire"? And why have a tag for it at all? Only two posts will ever use it.
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"It was just after four o'clock on November 6, 1989, and I was three days into writing my first novel for my new publisher, Bantam Books, when the phone rang. It was my agent. "Tim," he said after the usual pleasantries, "we have a very interesting offer here."" - Zahn

This is the honorary Episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine. This is what kickstarted the Star Wars Expanded Universe as we know it. Marvel Star Wars was there first, true, and so were Han Solo's and Lando Calrissian's short trilogies, and Splinter in the Mind's Eye, and assorted minor comics and kidlit. They didn't usually stray far from the movies, though, and they weren't epic. Not like this. Well, actually, this is just the comic book adaptation of that trilogy. And it's not as good, but I can't find too much fault with that. I love the Thrawn Trilogy, Zahn's writing, and his characters. I really do.

The art for Heir to the Empire really isn't all that good. Stick around, though. Other books get better. I think two posts per book, meaning three issues per post, should do. There are twenty eight pages in the first issue, twenty six in the second, and twenty four in the third.
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Our heroes had braved a brawl at the Black Hole bar, fell into a real black hole, crashed into a bowl world, fought their way through the deadly zones of technology and unarmed combat. After many days they come to the deadliest of all--the Zone of Philosophy!

Part 1, part 2 and now...the conclusion. (App 8 pages from the 28-page Nexus 8)

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The comic book 'Nexus' was a space opera. The main protagonist, Nexus, dressed like a superhero, had powers like a superhero--but wasn't a superhero. Compelled by psychic dreams from the scifi future distant planet on which he lived, he was a murderous fiend to governments whose mass murdering heads of state he routinely assassinated, he was a hero to oppressed masses, many of whom followed him to his home for protection.

Judah Maccabee, an apelike alien quasi-bounty hunter who patterned his life after Nexus was one of his few trusted friends. Not having powers naturally, Judah has a sword that channels the power of a group of psychics that back him.

'Badger' was a comic book about a former Special Forces Vietnam veteran with multiple personality disorder and a few manias who ran around modern day Wisconsin dressed in a costume beating up rude people because he believed he had a mission from god. And god was a badger.

This is their teamup story, and one of the all-time greats. (Approx 4 pages from Nexus 5, 4 from Nexus 6)


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