bigredrobot said: Who's a better pilot: Wedge Antilles or Han Solo?
Good question. I think you have to go with Wedge here, and most of it comes down to discipline. Wedge lives, eats, and breaths starfighter combat. When there’s downtime, you’ll find Solo in a cantina or looking for a game of Sabacc, whereas Wedge will be in the flight simulator, doing work. He’s the only pilot in the galaxy to go up against both Death Stars and lived to talk about it. He co-founded and led Rouge Squadron, which was the best of the best. In terms of raw-talent, it’s a push (although you could make the argument for a slight edge either way), but Wedge’s discipline and dedication puts him way over the top.
I got these cool dudes last night from my lady for my birthday.
Dark Horse had a 50% off Cyber Monday sale last month and I picked up the entire run of Dark Times (except for the last issue, which came out today). I finished what I had last week and just bought/read the last issue today, and I really liked it.
It’s written a little differently than most of the other Star Wars series that I’ve read, but I did enjoy it a lot and I guess I’ll have to wait until it comes back from hiatus (I hope they are bringing it back). I liked the 5-issue format, it really helped move things along. I also liked the premise that most of the characters (especially the Jedi) involved in the series have to make hard choices. There are also a lot of characters that are killed off in this series, so it does give you the feeling that no one is safe and anyone can go at any time, regardless of how essential you think they are to the series.
There was a little bit of a SNAFU when I was reading it online. It skipped to the wrong arc at one point, and I didn’t realize it until about six issues later that I had skipped over five issues. So that was confusing until I looked up the sequence on Wikipedia and realized the error. But other than that, it was very good and I highly recommend it.
bigredrobot said: Which is better: Ewoks or Ugnaughts?
Oh man, this is a tough one, only because Ugnaughts weren’t in Empire a whole lot, so there’s not a whole lot to go off of. But I’m not a big fan of the Ewok, so I’m gonna go with Ugnaughts.
A skit I loved from one of the Robot Chicken Star Wars episodes was the one where the Ugnaught who dropped 3PO’s head had anxiety because he dropped a pass while playing High School football. If you want to suffer through a 30 second ad on youtube, here’s the link.
bigredrobot said: Thoughts on Star Wars comics? Which ones are your favorites? which ones stink?
I really think you hit the nail on the head with this the other day. I agree with pretty much everything you said.
And kind of like you said in that post, if you like Star Wars and haven’t picked up Ostrander’s Clone Wars run, you need to rectify that with the quickness. A couple of years ago I managed to pick up all of the trades through TFAW’s Nick & Dent section. Looks like you can still do that. They’re about half price and sometimes they arrive in better condition than what you get from Amazon in “new” condition.
I kind of said the other week that I liked Brian Wood’s series better, but I read issue #2 of Legacy the other night, and I have reversed my decision. I really like how they’re slowly building a crew around Ania Solo, and I already LOVE the assassin droid, AG-37. I can’t wait for the next issue.
I was also a big fan of the Knights of the Old Republic series. I really liked the fact that the main character, Zayne Carrick, wasn’t a typcial Jedi; I don’t want to give a lot away, but he was kind of a screw-up who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and basically completes his training while he is on the run from the Jedi Order. His supporting cast is great as well.
There were a couple of recent Darth Vader series that I actually enjoyed; one was Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, the other was Darth Vader and the Lost Command.
There have been a couple of Boba Fett series and one-shots within the past two years that I thought were good; Blood Ties and Boba Fett is Dead.
Ostrander’s Agent of the Empire was good; but I preferred the first series, Iron Eclipse. The second series, Hard Targets, got a little old by the second issue. If they released a third series, I would probably pass on it (I don’t think they’re planning another one).
Books I didn’t like: Dawn of the Jedi; man, that was brutal, and I don’t think I lasted four issues. Also, Knight Errand, I dropped that an issue or two into the second series. Lastly, Star Wars: The Old Republic (not to be confused with the previously mentioned Knights of the Old Republic). That was basically an eleven-comic advertisement for the MMORPG released a couple of years ago; I might have made it all the way through that one, but I did not enjoy the process.
bigredrobot said: Are you readin the new STAR WARS: LEGACY series?
YES. I really, really, REALLY like both Legacy and especially Brian Wood’s series. I’m also kind of intrigued about that original screenplay adaptation which was announced a couple of weeks ago (Han Solo as a six-foot lizard sounds crazy).
I will be megasad if the franchise goes back to Marvel, but the interwebs have not confirmed anything, so I’m trying not to dwell on it too much. I’m just trying to enjoy the ride because it’s pretty good right now.