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Does the Last Jedi ruin Luke Skywalker? Or Redeem him?   Self Portraits and Unforgiven Art by Thom Wade All other artwork, Star Wars images, Dark Empire & Dark Empire II comics, Indiana Jones, Star Wars video, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios © 2018 the Walt Disney Corp Dark Empire Art by Dave Dorman and Cam Kennedy

I will be be honest.  Walking out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I had no idea just how controversial this film would be.  I wrote my first review and then rewrote it due to a spoiler claim. I watched as the film seemed to rise with critics and fall with some fans. So I went to see the film a second time in the hopes of determining my feelings on the… Read More

The Force Awakens, in spite of conflicting reviews had made Disney enough money to feel confident in going forward with their game plan.  Disney had set a goal of a Star Wars movie every Christmas. Since films of the blockbuster nature often can take at least two years of time to assemble, the answer Disney had was to alternate our visits.  Star Wars Episodes Seven, Eight and Nine would continue the adventures… Read More

After the prequels, Star Wars appeared to be…well, complete.  Lucas was no longer talking about a third trilogy.  All had gone quiet on that front.  Instead, Star Wars thrived in animated fare like the Cone Wars cartoon and in comic books through Dark Horse. Dark Horse had even started a Canon series that took place between a New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. But then, in 2012, came a very unexpected announcement. … Read More

And finally…we see how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader! Spoilers are about to slice through here like a lightsaber through butter!                     Opening in the tail end of the Clone Wars, we begin in the middle of a heated space Battle.  The Jedi and the Clone Army are trying to rescue Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from the Separatist leadership of Count Dooku and General… Read More

The Star Wars machine keeps plugging on.  Episode one had a rather mixed reception, but it made money.  It would have taken a catastrophic return to derail new trilogy. The film would make a jump and start to try and “right the ship” so to speak.  As much as Lucas tried to defend Jar Jar Binks, his role gets diminished greatly in both this and the next film. And let us go… Read More

As previously noted, people were pretty resigned to Star Wars remaining a trilogy of parts four through six.  Then it was announced, Lucas had decided episodes one through three could finally be made.  He stated that the technology had reached a point that he could truly make the stories he desired to tell. The geek net was still in it’s infancy in a lot of ways, but it was set ablaze with… Read More

It took three agonizing years for the audience to get the answers to our questions.  Excitement built with the initial announcement of Revenge of the Jedi.  A bold and powerful title, it had fans eager. Before long, the title shifted to  Return of the Jedi.  Lucas noted that the Jedi do not deal in revenge. And this seems a fair assessment for what little we really knew about the Jedi at this… Read More

Star Wars became a world wide phenomenon.  This meant that Lucas would get to build on his adventure.  Already there were comics from Marvel, novels inspired by the first film and toys galore.  How could they deny giving the audience more?! And so, Lucas set forth to continue the story of intrepid rebels trying to take down the galactic Empire. This time he stepped back a bit from both writing and directing…. Read More

In the 70’s a young filmmaker convince a movie company called 20th Century Fox to let him make a film by pretty much forgoing massive creative fees and keeping the licensing, which he turned into a massive empire.  George Lucas had an idea for an epic space film.  Now, if you follow the “Official Story”, Lucas had a bible he stuck to.  He Cut the original film into parts and made the… Read More