Chopper, Artoo and Threepio take the spotlight in the latest Star Wars Rebels promo video, ‘Droids’. From earlier trailers, we already knew that R2-D2 and C-3PO would be making an appearance in Rebels, but this seems to hint at a larger role in an episode arc. Star Wars Underworld guesses that these scenes are from the second episode, ‘Droids in Distress.’
On sale today, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller is the first novel that is part of the Lucasfilm Story Group approved timeline. Set in the dark times between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and several years before the upcoming Rebels cartoon, it’s a tale of how two of the show’s main characters, Hera and Kanan, first encounter each other and eventually decide to team up. As someone excited by Rebels, I enjoyed the novel and found it interesting to see the characters before they united for a common cause.
Miller brings his skills in combining likable characters with clashing viewpoints, in a story setting that he has mastered before in Kenobi and Knight Errant: a Jedi alone in hostile territory. Only this time, the Jedi’s not interested in being a Jedi, or even be on the hero’s path at all – while someone else is sorting out what type of people are and aren’t needed for a rebellion to the Empire’s rule. And as with Knight Errant and Lost Tribe of the Sith series, where various Sith philosophies were being forged and tested against each other, the villain, Count Vidian, has his own philosophy being pushed to the extreme, and we witness it in practice.
Minor spoilers beyond this point.
Comic review: Legacy #18 wraps up the conflict between the Imperial Knights and the Sith and Darth Wredd, with Ania Solo and her friends caught up in the middle. Jawajames gives it a big thumbs-up for staying true to the characters and giving us a big epic Star Wars battle.
And if you missed it last week, Jawajames also reviewed Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #4, the finale of this storyline — this would have been a fantastic episode arc of The Clone Wars, and it’s great to see it in comic form.
More than just the snippet we got last week from USA Today, the full Rebels short, “Art Attack,” featuring Sabine Wren gets three minutes of causing trouble for the Empire, doing it artistically.
USA Today has a new short from Star Wars Rebels, with the Mandalorian Sabine Wren tagging some Imperial property.
First premiering on Disney XD on Monday night, the clip of the first seven minutes of Star Wars Rebels is now online for all to enjoy! (Well, most to enjoy: Apparently it’s region-locked to U.K. viewers.)
I was lucky enough to see the preview screening of Star Wars Rebels in San Diego, and to sum it up: Rebels is awesome. We were asked not to spoil the premiere episode, so I’ll give my general impression and touch on a few things we already know to be in the show.
Rumor: Marvel making a Princess Leia comic? Bleeding Cool seems to think so, and that it will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con. (But: Third title? What are the other two?)
Comic review: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #3 brings the Jedi into the fray between Maul and Sidious, and gets a thumbs up from James.
Comic review: With Rebel Heist #3 taking a fresh point-of-view on Chewbacca, this series is getting better and better, says James.