The Last Jedi Review: Lucasfilm Strikes Back!

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has finally hit our screens amidst a flurry of Porgs, Snoke theories and enormous expectation. I took the hype of the last few weeks with a Crait-sized piece of salt, and you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

The Last Jedi excites, awes and entertains in equal measure, as Rian Johnson takes the figurative lightsaber from JJ Abrams and tosses it nonchalantly over his shoulder. Star Wars has entered brand new territory here, which is a most welcome surprise indeed…

Click through for the review but be warned: spoilers are present!

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Force Visions: The Star Wars Art of Cam Kennedy

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If you’re a fan of a certain age, the phrase ‘Star Wars comics’ evokes memories of Dark Horse, bold ideas and vibrant imagery. And if you’re anything like me, those vibrant images you’re conjuring will be in the distinctive style of Cam Kennedy.

No other artist made an impact on the early Star Wars Expanded Universe like Kennedy, the Scottish artist who rose to four-colour fame with the classic UK sci-fi anthology 2000 AD. Yet as iconic as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper are to comic fans, it was one particular EU tale that elevated the artist to legendary status…

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Empire Delivers Faint Praise for the Prequels

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With The Last Jedi less than two weeks away the film magazine Empire has launched an as-expected Star Wars edition, this time featuring alternate Rey and Kylo covers, an art card showing the best of Disney’s recycled designs and, of most interest, a supplemental magazine celebrating the saga’s 40th anniversary.

The magazine focuses the most heavily on the Original Trilogy, with a further eight whole pages dedicated to the Holiday Special and the Ewok TV movies. The tone of the Return of the Jedi section is generally denigrating of Lucas, so it comes as some surprise to find a tidy four page article tucked away at the back that’s actually written in defence of the Prequel Trilogy (PT).

Well, sort of.

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Is Battlefront II the Sequel Star Wars Needed?

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If you have even a passing interest in Star Wars, gaming or pop culture, you may have heard one or two rumblings about EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront II game this last week…

The sequel to 2015’s Battlefront (which was in turn a sequel to 2005’s Battlefront II, itself a sequel to 2005’s Battlefront oh my god it rhymes) launched on November 17th amid a storm of controversy concerning micro-transactions and EU gambling laws, leading to EA’s (temporary) u-turn on in-game spending. You can find out more about the situation here and here.

As fascinating as this stuff is, it’s not what we’re here to talk about today. We’re looking at Battlefront II‘s campaign mode – or more specifically, the story within – and how it relates to the Star Wars we know.

Needless to say there are spoilers for the game ahead, so consider yourself warned!

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