The Force grows dark, Anakin.....Be wary of your feelings.
The turning point for the entire Star Wars saga is at hand…
After years of civil war, the Separatists have battered the already faltering Republic nearly to the point of collapse. On Coruscant, the Senate watches anxiously as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine aggressively strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Windu, and their fellow Masters grapple with the Chancellor's disturbing move to assume control of the Jedi Council. And Anakin Skywalker, the prophesied Chosen One, destined to bring balance to the Force, is increasingly consumed by his fear that his secret love, Senator Padmé Amidala, will die.
As the combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader General Grievous. Palpatine, eager to secure even greater control, subtly influences public opinion to turn against the Jedi. And a conflicted Anakin—tormented by unspeakable visions—edges dangerously closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious, whose shadow looms ever larger, to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic…and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.
I think we all know by now Revenge of the Sith was the final chapter for most, of the Star Wars movies. Matthew Stover's novelization takes a darker and more intense turn Episode 3. Probably the greatest difference from the movies is the brief elaboration's of the character at key points of the book:
This is Obi-Wan Kenobi:
A phenomenal pilot whoe doesn't like to fly. A devastating warrior who'd rather not fight. A negotiator without peer who frankly prefers to sit alone in a quiet cave and meditate.
Jedi Master. General in the Grand Army of the Republic.......
Matthew Stover takes in depth looks into each character at climatic points of the book. "Mace Windu saw the shattering point of the galaxy was between Anakin, Obi-Wan and The Supreme Chancellor". You are not left without the most finite detail.
The Dead Star Dragon - There is another form of the dark side represented in the novelization. Anakin is haunted by the Dead Star Dragon, almost like a fable or fairy tale in the Star Wars EU. Small peak....
"And it was now that even through that marvelous feeling, the furnace within his heart raged, as the dead star dragon within in whispered tales of failure to his subconscious, though he heard them louder than the cackle of the sparks contacting the floor....."
"The Dead Star Dragon is what is left after stars die." The fear set in Anakin that everything dies. "Eventually, even stars burn out."
From Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader the Dead Star Dragon is what haunts him and pushes him in the end.
The Arrest of the Chancellor - We all know the movie killed the Jedi to fast and very lame for most. The novel didn't get into Plo Koon on Cato Neimodia or Aayla Secura on Felucia, but a very dramatic ending for Kit Fisto, Saessee Tiin, and Agen Kolar. Not just a light saber to the gut from a helpless old man. Lets just say we have a thrown light saber thrown decapitating one victim, light saber through the head, and another decapitation, much more dark and gruesome than the cinematic version. So worth reading, I've actually read it 3 time and enjoy ever minute!!
The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins - but in the heart of its strength lies weakness. One lone candle is enough to hold it back. Love is more than a candle. Love can ignite the stars.
Star Wars Hitchhiker
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The war that erupted in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is nearing its boiling point, as the dauntless Separatist forces continue their assault on the teetering Republic—and the diabolical triumvirate of Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their Master, Darth Sidious, fine-tune their strategy for conquest. In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith the fates of key players on both sides of the conflict will be sealed. But first, crucial events that pave the way to that time of reckoning unfold in a labyrinth of evil…
Capturing Trade Federation Viceroy and Separatist Council Member Nute Gunray is the mission that brings Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, with a squad of clones in tow, to Cato Neimoidia. But the treacherous ally of the Sith proves as slippery as ever, evading his Jedi pursuers even as they narrowly avoid deadly disaster. Still, their daring efforts yield an unexpected prize: a unique holotransceiver that bears intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Darth Sidious.
Then the trail takes a shocking turn. For Sidious and his minions have set in motion a ruthlessly orchestrated campaign to divide and overwhelm the Jedi forces—and bring the Republic to its knees.
This is not the first time I've read this novel and nor to be the last. Obi-Wan and Anakin fight together as commrads in arms, one of the final and last great battles as the Legend that is Kenobi and Skywalker. You do find out what really transpired and who did and didn't save their skin for the 10th time on Cato Neimodia. Alot of action, and alot of stratigical ploting for both the Jedi and Sith. Great pick up for less than $20 when purchased in the Dark Lord Trilogy. Embrace the darkside, pick up a book!
Star Wars Hitchhiker
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Now the Duchess travels to the Senate, so she can plead her case against her involvement in the war, as the Jedi prepare a defense against her opponents...
As the Jedi and their clones defend Duchess Satine from assassination attempts, Anakin discovers that Obi-Wan and the Duchess have a history together.
"What? He was gonna blow up the ship." --- Anakin Skywalkers "casual" reaction to Obi-Wan Kenobi, shortly after killing Merrik
A little treat below, and you will see what I mean about the birth of Vader in the clone wars, from a previous episode, Brain Invaders.
"You are strong and wise, Anakin, and I am very proud of you. I have trained you since you were a small boy. I have taught you everything I know, and you have become a far greater Jedi than I could ever hope to be."
Star Wars Hitchhiker
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Skywalker Family History - In not revealing a tremendous amount, the family history is very thick in these comics. Cade has many force visions with Mara Jade, Anakin (as Vader), and with Luke.
Luke is a strong force that guides Cade to live up to his destiny as a Skywalker
Enemy's - Not only do the Jedi have to worry about the Empire, but they also have to worry about the Sith (as always). All leaders are under minded by each other and seeking ultimate rule. Sith no longer succeeding to Darth Bane's rule of two, Darth Krayt has again reinvented the Sith Order under his legacy As One Sith. He has many minions that do his bidding. But Darth Krayt is non other than Jedi A,Sharad Hett that was a Jedi prior to Episode 1. Krayt was a Tuscan Raider and had a run in with Obi-Wan during his exile on Tatooine watching over the raising of Luke.
Cade has a great team with him on the Mynock, in Deliah Blue and Jeriah Syn, his long time partners in crime before his rebirth as a Jedi.
Check it out, enjoy, I've finally gotten caught up on these comics and can't wait for more!!!! 7 volume's currently out averaging 120+ pages each, and next volume out in March.
"Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future...the past...old friends long gone."
Star Wars Hitchhiker