Top Not-So-Great Films of 2017

To go along with the good there is also the bad/ not so great films I have seen this year.

The LEGO Batman Movie: Even though that this is a kid’s film, it is one of the worst representations that I have seen of Batman in a long time. He just seemed like to be an arrogant jerk to people even his villains he was a rather jerk to. He took on an orphan because he was too busy having the hots for the new police commissioner and just seemed to not even care that much about the Justice League. One of the things that did have me coming away from this is that this version of Batman seemed to take a few inspirations from Frank Miller’s Batman where he didn’t like the idea of Batman being a part of the Justice League. Oh, that’s another thing, you have the Justice League in this universe, but when Gotham City was being attacked by villains in the Phantom Zone THEY ARE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN and thus it’s up to Batman and his rouges gallery to save Gotham, which they do.

Beauty and the Beast: Luke Evans is an amazing Gaston and I think that is all the good that I can say about this film. The film was a pretty much a cut and copy format that they have done with previous remakes and it didn’t seem to be that entertaining. I still think that the music from the original version of the film was better than this as it didn’t seem to be that good. The acting was okay for the majority of the film and Emma Watson made an okay Belle.

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Haunting: I preferred the television show that covered this topic because this film seemed to be more interested in building its own story instead of focusing on what had actually happened. The film was meant to tell the story on a spirit that has been haunting a family, but the film then takes a twist in creating its own narrative, this being the introduction to The Nun, who has been plaguing the main characters since that apparently is an omen yet to come and we will find out more about that character either next year or the year after with a movie about The Nun being made.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Wow there could have been potential for this film to be good, but boy was I wrong. I found that from this, Marvel tried to focus a lot on comedy to get their films through nowadays and for me not all of the jokes hit home for me, except for one. The only joke that I like was when Star Lord compared Yondu to Mary Poppins and you hear him say ‘I’m Mary Poppins y’all’. Two more things that I hated about the film was Ego, the first was that I found him to be a rather boring villain and the second he was a boring character. Ego was a very boring character and something else that bugged me had to do with events that happened in the first film, that being the Guardians being a combined force taking down Ronan and then Ego saying, ‘oh because you are part Celestial you used that power to wield an Infinity Stone’. That did annoy me but what annoyed me even more was the self-sacrifice of Yondu, which shouldn’t have happened since Star Lords mask does give him enough oxygen to survive in space, the same thing that Star Lord did with Gamora in the first film. Hopefully the Guardians will have a better outing in Infinity War and Vol 3 whenever it comes out.

Spider-Man: Home-Coming: Another Marvel film on the list and I got to say I was more disappointed with this film, mainly because I am a huge Spider-Man fan. I did like that this film didn’t focus on a origin story, but it did focus on being a direct sequel to Civil War and it spent a lot of the film with Peter being a whiny kid wanting the attention of Tony Stark and his Avengers team, but just keeps on getting annoyed and that got rather irritating rather fast. But I did have some enjoyment from the film and that comes in the form of Michael Keaton as Adrian Tooms (Vulture) and he was one of the best things about the film, but not just that, he was also a villain that is still alive at the end of the movie, and knowing the alias of Spider-Man. But there was something that bugged the crap out of me at the end and I still have no idea what the reason was for behind it was that they had a character in it called Michelle, just a rather normal name that could also be linked to a future love interest. But it was at the end of the film that annoyed me when she said for them to just call her MJ, this annoyed me because it just seemed to be a waste of a character and the waste of bringing MJ Watson into the Marvel Universe.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut: I am not saying that Blade Runner is a bad film, it is one of the most beautifully designed films that I have seen, and it reminds me a lot from the videogame Snatcher. I think that what did it for me was that the plot did seem to be rather confusing to follow at points and the final confrontation between Deckard and Roy Batty, with Deckard being chased around an abandoned building and it just seemed to be weird and just out of place.

Grimsby: I was watching this on Sky Cinema one day and I found it to be one of the stupidest, idiotic film I have ever had seen and it shouldn’t have been made in the first place. I mean who would ever think that England would win in the finals of the World Cup, but no seriously it is a really bad film. You have Mark Strong playing a Secret Agent who accidently gets set up by the involvement of his younger brother, Sasha Baron Conan, who he hasn’t seen is something like 20 years and they end up getting involved in stupid things that lead them across Africa and South America stopping evil plan on the finals of the World Cup and this also lead for his brother to join the same agency in the end where he ends up killing his team mates.

Justice League: This film had potential and boy did it go south rather fast. You have Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting a team to take down threats that are going to be coming to Earth from different places and the first main villain that they face is Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s General. But there is one thing that I did like and that was the story of when Steppenwolf first tried to attack Earth but was facing off against the combined forces of the Amazonians, Atlanteans and Mankind, but there was something even extra there and that was also the introduction of the Green Lantern Corp who also helped out. But from there on the film was a rather let down which led for Batman to go and resurrect Superman with the same machine that Lex used to create Nuclear Man, I mean Doomsday.

Star Wars Episode 8: One of the films that I was looking forward to watching this year and I have to say it was one of the films that seemed to be lacking. For instance, there didn’t seem to be that much of a time skip for the film, it seemed that days had only passed whereas in the rest of the series there were years that had passed. But the big thing that bothered me was the side quest filler that Finn and Rose were in since that it pretty much stops the film dead from the previous scenes and it didn’t sum up too much in the end since that the Rebellion had a plan in motion, but if the new commander had informed Poe on the information, we wouldn’t have gotten the filler and it would have been a better film. Hopefully Episode IX will be better.

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Top Best Films of 2017

Back again with another list and like last year I will be covering my favourite films that I saw this year no matter what year that they came out.

Beyond the Mat: Starting off the list with something that I am surprised that I had just gotten around to watching, the wrestling documentary: Beyond the Mat in which Barry Blaustein documented events of three professional wrestlers, Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick Foley as well as things that happened in WWF at the time as well as ECW. But some of the best things that happened in the film was learning more and more about the real life of them. Dealing with some of the harder things in life, especially since that across the three there were a lot of interesting stories being told. With Foley story he was in the height of his career being in the main event stage for WWF, winning the championship as well as the infamous I Quit match in which was so brutal Foley’s family, who were in the crowd had to leave. With Funk’s story he was dealing with wanting to retire since he was at the time 53 and needing a new knee, but with Funk, he is a grizzly old vet and he still is wresting to this day. But the most saddening was Roberts, he was a coke addict and also had a lot of other problems, but the focus of his segment was that he wanted to reconnect with his estranged daughter which was achieved in the end. Overall it was a good documentary and I wish that there were more like this out, that weren’t just made by the company.

John Wick Chapter 2: Keanu Reeves is a badass in this film and I am looking forward to when they bring out Chapter 3, for the main fact that it will be John Wick vs the World and its something that is going to be very well handled.

Logan: So, I am very curious now on what they are going to be with Disney now bought Fox and what they are going to with the X-Men franchise. But this was one of my favourite X-Men films that I have seen since it pretty much was a good send off for the franchise and a great way to send off both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Steward’s characters with the death of Xavier being one of the parts that I found to be one of the saddest things about the film as well as a theory on what happened to the mutants. I guess that between the events of either Days of Future Past or more likely The Wolverine in which Onslaught had happened and had wiped a large proportion of the mutant population. But the end of the film was the other rather sad scene with Logan using all of the ‘BESERKER’ drugs and having a last stand off against Weapon XIII in which he managed to defeat him, but at the cost of his own life, and we see Laura mourning over Logan corpse along with the rest of the runaways heading over the border to Canada. The good news that I have heard from this is that there are plans to make a X-23 so that is something to look forward to.

Wonder Woman: Who’d thought that DC were able to make a good film because I had little hope going into it, but I have got to say it was a lot better than what I thought it was. The good thing about it is that the film took the same approach that Captain America took, that being set during the War and Diana wanting to be a part of it, but in her mind so that she can take down Ares, who she thinks is leading the Germans, but when the reveal happened it did have me thinking, really that’s who it is, but then started thinking more and more it made more sense, having a person that seemed to be an ally for the Allied Powers to then turn out to actually be Ares was a good move, misdirection. I also liked the scenes with Diana going through war torn France helping soldiers in the trenches and helping them win a few battles showing off her skills and becoming a beacon of hope for the soldiers that are fighting.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: For a sequel movie to be better than what came before it is usually a hard thing to come around, but this is something that I was surprised about. It was a rather good film and the story made a lot more sense than what the first film was. The story told the tale of what had happened to the previous occupants of the house from the first film and what happened to them to lead to the events that happened in the first film. I liked this since that there was more story to it and it made sense. The mother bought a Ouija board to help her with her charlatan act of communing with the dead, but her youngest daughter becomes more entranced by it when she starts calling after her father, but it turns out that there are darker forces at work when a spirit of an evil Nazi doctor uses his influence and then starts to go after her mother and elder sister. In the end the elder sister is forced to kill her sister and when the cops arrive, she is arrested for killing her family and then the film ends leading into halfway through the first film.

Shin Godzilla: I was so looking forward to seeing this film since that I am a huge fan of both the Japanese and America versions of Godzilla (with the Roland Emmerich version being an exception) and when I heard that this was going to be getting a limited release in the UK, I told my friend that we were seeing it and by god we weren’t disappointed. Godzilla was a massive destructive force in the film and it is something that I haven’t seen in a long time since that for the past few years before the film it was usually Godzilla vs Monster of the film, but this one was also a bit different. The film starts off with this weird looking monster coming out of the sea and it looks like a weird looking chicken and we were thinking on who the hell it was, then we get further in the film and see that it is actually the first form of Godzilla and we saw an evolution chain for him, which is rather cool to see. But the thing that I really did like about the film, beside the giant monster destroying most of Tokyo was the political side that we got, focusing on all of the destruction that is happening, trying to find where the monster had come from and most importantly how they were going to try and destroy Godzilla. It is a rather fun film and I have to try and pick it up since its now released for Home Entertainment.

It: I didn’t know what to think about this film when I saw trailers for it, but when I got around to seeing it, I found it to be a rather good film and for a remake as well it did a lot of things better than what the TV movie did. The thing that I did like most about this was that the entire film was focused around the Losers Club and that’s all the focus that we got, unlike the original version in which we had it set in modern days and then flashbacking to the past. Another thing that I liked about the film was that there were a lot more creative scares for the film for each member of the Losers Club since that it focused on weird and creative fears, but for more of that you can search back on my site for my Good/Bad Review that I did back in October. Hopefully when Part 2 comes out, it will be as entertaining as what the first part was.

Thor Ragnarok: Out of all the Marvel films that have came out this year, Thor Ragnarok was my most favourite of the year since that it did something that I found to be rather lacking from both Guardians and Spider-Man, that being the comedy was a lot better. One of my favourite jokes that was in the film was the centripetal force joke that was at the beginning of the film, it was a little bit nerdy, but it is one that I liked. The film on whole was entertaining, Chris Hemsworth was on point with his timing, a lot better than what he was in Ghostbusters and the rest of the cast was amazing. I am really hoping that Taika Waititi will be returning to the MCU since that he was an amazing director for the film as well as having a very amazing roll in the film.

Murder on the Orient Express: Another film that I wasn’t sure how to feel about, but I was blown away by the film. The film is one of the most beautifully shot films and the story telling engine was wonderful to be retold on the silver screen. Kenneth Branagh doing duo roles as director as well as playing Hercule Poirot in which I was a little apprehensive about, but he did do a good job playing the Belgium detective. The ensembled cast for the film was really great as well since you had people like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Daisy Ridley and even for the short amount of time that he was in the film Johnny Depp was good in it. But the ending is something that I found to be the best thing about the entire film, as it turns out everybody was behind the murder in all of an act of justice and Poirot decides to live a lie and lets all of the suspects escape.

The Princess Bride: This film is one of my favourites because it is a feelgood film that still holds up today. A film that mixes love and romance with action and adventure is something that I really enjoy. Plus, the story has a rather good narrative as the story is told as a story by Peter Falk to his grandson since that he is feeling under the weather and it was something that his father and grandfather did. The film is enjoyable, and my favourite scenes are pretty much any scene with Indgo Montoya in it since that he pretty much steals the film and my favourites are the duel that he and the Dread Pirate Roberts have near the beginning of the film since that it is entertaining and the duel that he has with Count Rugen so that he can finally get his revenge after Rugen killed his father.

It’s a Wonderful Life: I just watched this film for the first time ever just a few days ago and I wish that I had watched it earlier in life since that it does tell a very good story which is that even giving up your dreams means that you can have a wonderful life, but it did end up resolving our main character to try and commit suicide for him to realise what he had and that his life was better. I think the only problem that I had with the film was that a getting to the ‘wonderful life part’ since that part of the film has been done multiple times in different shows and mediums. For instance The Muppets did a version of this and it did focus a lot more on the Wonderful Life part. But nevertheless it was an enjoyable film and I plan on watching it again next Christmas.

Star Wars Month: The Good, The Bad and The Last Jedi

I am going to keep this review to be on the shorter side, the first being that I am rushing this since that I haven’t had much time to get down to writing it. The second reason why I am rushing it is because I still need to write three more posts that I want to get out before the end of the year.

The Good: There really isn’t that much good that I can say about this film. But the good that I can say about it has to do with Rey and Kylo Ren, through the first two acts of the movie Rey and Kylo were communicating, thanks to Snoke, about what had happened between him and Luke since that Luke is now living on an island in the middle of nowhere because of the decision that he made. The whole sequence for this is as a storytelling engine is rather well done and it did seem that Rey had hope in what she was doing, trying to change Kylo’s motives, but that doesn’t really go well.

Then we have the next part of the Rey/Kylo story and that is when Rey boards Snoke’s ship and we have a confrontation in which Kylo is ordered to strike down Rey to become more powerful but Kylo manages to use Rey’s own Lightsaber, which Snoke took from her, and kills Snoke giving Kylo command of the First Order and leading the attack against the Resistance. But there is something that I did like and that was the fight between Kylo, Rey and Snoke’s Guards since that one the fight was rather well done and two the Guards looked awesome with their own individual weapons.

The Bad: The rest of the movie was rather bad. Poe’s mutiny of the transport ships was one of the dumbest things that I have seen in a long time in the Star Wars universe since that he had pretty much cost them a lot of people and resources that they needed.

Finn and Rose’s mission to get access to Snoke’s ship, even though was a good plan to do just seemed to be the biggest waste of time since that it pretty much summed up in nothing rather major happening, they get crossed by the person that was helping them get access to Snoke’s ship. Rose ends up nearly killing herself by knocking Finn of course from a suicide run that would have seen the First Order down a piece of heavy tech, but no she could have also easily have killed Finn in the collision as well which just makes me think that the character of Rose is full of dumb decisions.

Hux was just Hux. A rather useless character that could have been easily axed off in the destruction of the command ship.

One of the biggest things that bugged me about the film and what was also a problem for fans but also the person who played him was the way that they had handled Luke for the film. The way that Luke was wrote for the film made him seem to be the most distant character that there could have ever been. He almost seemed to be a shell of his former self since that Luke was one of the main figure heads of the Rebel Alliance, a symbol of hope, but now that hope was gone which just seemed to be rather disappointing that the same person didn’t want to help against the First Order. But there were some rather good scenes that Luke did have and that was the flashbacks that were in the Rey/Kylo story, his conversation with Yoda and the standoff he had against Kylo.

Overall: I think that this film had could have had potential to be a good movie, however it didn’t come over the way that it did. It does however make me happier that JJ Abrams is back for Episode IX but more anxious about that is going to come after with Rhian Johnsons trilogy that he has planned.

Rating 6/10

Star Wars Month: Lando #1

The cover for the issue sees Lando lounging back in a chair whilst we see a silhouette of a woman that sort of looks like Leia since that you can see what looks like to be her hair buns.

The issue opens with the usual text crawl that basically sums up that the Empire are too distracted by the Rebel Alliance that smugglers and pirates are plundering treasures and this leads up to how Lando starts his score that would be the deal of a life time.

The story begins with Lando staring at an orb inside a bed room and a voice tells him that the orb is beautiful and he replies saying that he was thinking the same but then redirects the answer calling the woman that he was with beautiful instead of the orb. The woman asks why he is interested by the ‘trinket’ and says that she got it from an artisan in the city but it’s not worth much. Lando then talks to her and we find out three things. The first is that the woman’s name is Ssaria, the second is that she is a Moff and third he says that he was going to steal it from her. Ssaria think that it is amusing but Lando is telling the truth since that it is also revealed that the orb is valuable and that he wanted to make this a quick job but it got complicated and Ssaria pulled a gun on him. Lando says that he couldn’t steal it and for her to wake up and see it gone, thus having her put out a search for him and then rumours spreading around that she was betrayed by a lover. She asks him why he is telling her all of this and he replies saying that he knows her and she knows him.

Then we cut over to a bar in the city where we se Lando and Lobot where Lobot thinks what he did was stupid even though Lando still got the job done and has the orb in his possession. Lobot, using the Imperial implants, calculates all the that the odds of that working, but like Han, Lando never wants to know what the odds are. Lobot says that the plan that they had would have been easier but Lando contradicts him says that if they did it that way they would have been in more trouble but they now have a given the Moff a pleasant memory. A person comes up to Lando and says that ‘he’ is ready for him and ‘he’ turns out to be an old disgusting looking alien that communicates between three Imp like creatures. Lando says that the orb is worth the debt that he owes him and possibly more and he says that he will let him keep whatever is extra since he is a good guy. Toren talks to the Imp and the relay what he said, thanking him for retrieving the item and then says that the orb will take ten percent off the debt owed and Lando is pissed. The Imps pull guns on and the Imps relay another message saying that the reason that he only took off ten percent was due to the amount of time that it took him to retrieve that orb, but he says that he does have another suggestion.

That suggestion turns out to be what Toren says is going to be a quick job. Lobot doesn’t like the idea since that he really wanted that last job to be the end of this and he seems to be rather dubious that this new job will be the last job. The two of them then head off to recruit a team for their job and they recruit two brothers that have been modified and are capable fighters. The second person that Lando goes to join his team is a person that he has worked with, Korin and like many people he has a beef with Lando since the last time they did a job together he ended up losing an eye. But Lando says that he is also here to make amends and shows him the information that he has given him and when he looks it, he is interested in the job.

We cut over to a shipyard where Lando and his team board and we have a lovely two-page spread in which we see the shipyard with the ship they are after, a pleasure ship that is in the shape of a shark that is just insane which is owned by a rich Imperial. Lando basically narrates out their plan, talking about the shipyard and that it is defended by Stormtroopers but they manage to easily get their hands on the ship and make their escape with an Imperial Officer noticing from a window the ship leaving dock. The officer contacts Lord Amedda back on Coruscant about the ship being stolen and he walks off back and informs the Emperor Palpatine on what has happened, leading the reader to believe that the ship that the stole, belongs to the Emperor.

Overall, I think that this is a rather okay comic, it builds up the story rather well and Lando’s character is handled rather well. The ending is what I think to be the best thing about this since this is what I think would lead up to Lando being forced to work with the Empire from the events of Episode V.

Star Wars Month: Top Seven Force Users

7: Rey – Star Wars Episode VII: I’m not gonna lie, but out of all the things that came from Episode VII, I wasn’t a big fan of Rey and then I got to realise something a few weeks ago. She pretty much has the same characteristics as both Luke and Anakin had at the beginning of their first films, being situated on a planet that was mainly surrounded by sand and wanting to get off there to do better things. The only thing that was different is that Rey was left there by either her parents or a member of the Empire or New Republic. Plus, I also found that she seemed to have a few similar traits as well as the characters I had just referenced since that Anakin was good with his hands as he was able to build C3PO whereas Rey was able to help fix the Falcon in mid-flight. Hopefully here character will be a lot better with the new film since that I think with a small percentile I think that she could be the titular ‘chosen one’ that was to help fight against the Sith but instead of being a Jedi she reforms the Grey Order, which is a balance between the two and something that I will get to later in the list. 

6: Darth Maul – Star Wars Episode I & Rebels Season 2: One of my most remembered things about Episode I was Darth Maul for quite a few reasons. The first was his look, a horned alien (Dathomirian) coloured in red and black almost resembling a demon of sorts. The second, his weapon a dual bladed lightsabre, something that nobody had ever seen and it left its mark rather effective. But the third and final things that I liked about Maul was that in the film he didn’t say much and let his actions do his talking by killing Qui Gon Jinn and then seemingly killed by Obi Wan Kenobi during the film, but it turns out that the Dark Side has a lot more power to it since that in the Clone Wars series he used his hate for Kenobi to keep him alive, but since that I haven’t seen all of Clone Wars yet I can’t have my thoughts of him for that, however Rebels is a different kettle of fish since that in this he is very manipulative especially towards Ezra with getting his help to try and acquire a Sith Holocron so that he can unlock it to find what he wants as well as Ezra who has his own goals that he wants.  

5: Ezra Bridger – Star Wars Rebels: When I started watching Rebels I wasn’t that all interested with Ezra since I found him to be rather annoying, but when I started watching second series I found him to be a better character and then in the third series I found him to be more likeable. But the most that I did like from him was the progression that he went through at the end of second and beginning of the third with Ezra being slowly manipulated by Maul, helping him reach a Sith Holocron. But with the intervention of Kanan, Ezra was able to prevent from being manipulated by Maul, but it did have some lasting effects as when he and Maul fused the two Holocrons together and they got their ideas mixed up in what they wanted to see with Maul wanting to find Obi Wan as well as Ezra since that he thinks that Obi Wan can help with the Jedi Prophesise with the one that can take down the Sith. Another thing that I liked about Ezra is that he is always trying to do the right thing either going out on his way on a whim, but my favourite was when he was helping train Sabine in the ways of Jedi Duelling. Hopefully in the next series there will be more good development for him.

4: Kylo Ren – Star Wars Episode VII: With this new trilogy of films and all of the possible tie in films that we could be getting there is one film that I do want to see, or even read, that being the change that Ben Organa-Solo went from being trained by Luke Skywalker and then something happened that made him join the Dark Side as well as the First Order. One of the things that I did like in the film was something that came rather late and that was the confrontation between him and his father Han where he did show a lot of confliction on what he had done until the part when he stabs him through with his lightsabre. Hopefully with the coming years we will find out if there will be any redemption with Kylo Ren in a way that Vader had, but the thing that I want to learn is about the Knights of Ren since that in the flashback that Rey had showed that there were a lot of them. But we still have a long time to go.

3: Star Killer: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: I loved playing The Force Unleashed series for two reasons, one was that I did really like the character of Star Killer since that he was pretty much thrown into the conflict that had happened and two for the fact that you could replay the game and depending on what ending that you took, it would have changed the outcome of the Star Wars franchise. In the first game, if you chose the good side you would have been remembered as a hero and a beacon for the Rebels but if you went down the path of the Sith you would kill Vader and become the left hand of The Emperor. One of the things that I did like about Star Killer from the other Jedi and Sith is that he had a relationship that worked and that even went through his clone as he pretty much went through Hell to save Juno from the clutches of the Empire.

2: Luke Skywalker – Star Wars Episode V-VI: Besides the final moments of Episode IV, all of the best moments Luke’s story come from Episodes V & VI. The training that he went on with Yoda, the fight with Vader on Cloud City where he finds out that Vader is his father and then the final confrontation with The Emperor causing Vader to realise what he is doing and saving him in an act of redemption with Vader turning into a Force Ghost. Hopefully with the Last Jedi out in the following days we will find out if Luke has any more memorable moments up his arm since that he had a cut line from the last film.

1: Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode II-VI: Even though that Vader is one of the best things about the Star Wars franchise, we all have to remember that there was a beginning to it all. Seeing Anakin go through his training as a Jedi to then have the same sort of manipulation that Ezra went through but with one big change. Anakin did go through the changes and that was all thanks to Chancellor Palpatine who had slowly started turning him and corrupting him into joining the Sith. Even the reveal of when he got turned into Vader wasn’t one of the best ways to have shown it the ‘NOOOOOOOOO!’ scream has been GIF/Meme worthy for a very long time. But through the story from the original trilogy Vader seemed to have a rather menacing persona and with his appearance in the first film only totalling only about 12 minutes he left a mark on the audience for a long time. My two favourite moments of Vader are the redemption bit that he went through Episode VI since that it showed (literally and figuratively) that Vader wasn’t a soulless robot but that he still had a bit of good inside of him. The second came at the end of Rouge One, where Vader is cutting down Rebels as they send the Death Star data being transferred from crew to crew before seeing the Tantive IV just flying away from him leading then straight into Episode IV.

Star Wars Month: Star Wars Empire #29

The issue opens in the past, twenty-one years before the Battle of Yavin, on the planet of Jabiim where Anakin Skywalker and a group of Clone Troopers are ordering a group of Rebels to stand down but it looks like that he is tapping into his ‘darker side’ by force chocking one of the revels and his eyes turning red in the process. We then cut to the present as the Rebels of Jabiim are overlooking an Imperial prison where they see that the prison is managed by a skeleton crew and even thought that there is a ATST there, but it isn’t manned. Nolan, our main Jabiim Rebel signals for his group to start their attack and manage to take out a Stormtrooper and their numbers seem to outnumber that of the Empire’s troops.

Throughout the attack, Nolan narrates what has happened to his planet with the fact that the planet had perpetual rain and due to the Empire strip mining the planet for material and causing the planet to start slowly dying. Nolan orders the destruction of a communications tower, but an Imperial Officer manages to get out a message for the base to be scrambled and two TIE Bombers start unloading over base attacking the Rebels, but as well as Stormtroopers. One of the Rebels tells Nolan that they should retreat but he says that they could use this chaos that they have caused as their advantage but help comes in the form of a X-Wing, with a familiar looking Astromech on, and the pilot manages to destroy both Bombers. A smaller ship also lands along with the X-Wing and the Rebels seem to be rather cautious about who is here to help.

The ramp lowers and out comes Princess Leia, who asks for them to lower their weapons and asks to see Nolan. At first, I wasn’t sure who this person was since that I had barley read any of the Dark Horse publications for Star Wars and it seemed weird to see her wearing a purple jumpsuit. The Rebels then surround the pilot and we see it to be Luke Skywalker, Nolan tells the Rebels to stand down and that they are their guests but some of the Rebels seem to be rather unsure about them. A bit later, one of the Rebels tells Nolan that some of the captives have decided to join his Rebel teams and Leia is impressed with the way that Nolan has been as a leader and Nolan says that he got his leadership points from his father, since that he was an unshakable leader. They then start talking about the planet and Nolan says that they had spent the better part of two decades trying to get their freedom and that they are close to their objective. Leia intervenes asking if he wants more troops, but it’s not troops that he needs help, that being them to help their people forget about the past and he tells them what had happened with the Republic and a Jedi and then later with the Separatists/Empire and they need to go down a new path so that they can have a future. Leia says that they are willing to show the difference between the Empire and Alliance so that they can save Jabiim.

In space, two X-Wing pilots, Wedge and Hobbie, are talking about how they should be doing a sweep of the area since that the orbit that they are in is covered in debris and it would make it easy for the Empire to make an attack whilst they are on the planet. Hobbie seems to be nervous about what could go wrong and Wedge brings up that there could be something that could spook the Rebels there and make them trigger-happy. They then get a communique from the somebody with the name/ codename of Dantels who says that they are going into the HQ and that they will give them coordinates when they get there.

Back on Jabiim, Hesz seems to be uncertain about the Rebels being here and feels annoyed being kept out of the loop and Nolan apologises for keeping him out of the loop but if word came out that he was seeking help from the Rebels that there would be problems that might come from their group and it does. Duane, who used to be led by Nolan’s father. He seems to be annoyed by this idea but Nolan asks from him just to listen to what Leia has to say. Leia starts her speech to the Rebels but she gets interrupted by one of the who asks what she really wants from them and she replies that she wants what they want, the end of the Empire’s oppression and that she doesn’t want them to lose their homeworld like her. Whilst Leia is giving her speech, a woman that she was with when she landed (I don’t know her name since that it isn’t said through the issue) starts talking to Luke and Luke basically goes on about how weird the past six months have been since that we went from daydreaming of leaving Tatooine and now he’s part of the Rebel Alliance and he doesn’t want to let Leia down since it seems to be hitting him strong. The woman tells Luke to relax and that he’ll be back to shooting imps down. A guy that they were also with tells him that he had become a beacon for the Rebels since he was the one that dropped the torpedo to destroy the Death Star.

The man then tells Luke that he is up and Leia tells the Rebels that he blew up the Death Star and that his full name is Luke Skywalker, which seems to enrage the Rebels, asking if it was the same as Anakin Skywalker and Luke then blurts out that his father was Anakin. The Rebels then surround the two of them and Luke goes to use his Lightsaber, but Leia stops him from using it and Nolan and Hesz try to calm the rest of them and Hesz says that they are mad because the only thing that they hate more than the Empire was a Jedi that stabbed them in the back. Nolan tells Duane to stand down, but Duane isn’t listening to him since that he and the rest of the Rebels want justice and blood. In Space, Wedge and Hobbie get word from the ground for them to leave Jabiim orbit or get shot down ending with them not knowing what to do.

Overall, I did like this issue, since I didn’t know much from the Dark Horse franchise I did feel a bit out of the loop since that there were two characters that I didn’t know and I still find it curious on why Leia was wearing a purple jumpsuit. Hopefully I will find the rest of the parts for the series since that I am rather curious about how they get off of Jabiim and also what Anakin actually did twenty years ago.