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Comics With Kenobi #105 -- Seen Your Video

Just a single issue this episode, but it's got enough story beats, action and verve to fill up an entire story, but that's not surprising, given how deliciously weird and wild Star Wars: Doctor Aphra has been since the character's introduction in the pages of Darth Vader, Vol. 1. As such, Doctor Aphra #29 is inarguably the best issue so far of this story arc, and we'll explain our reasoning behind our assertion. Agree? Disagree? That's OK because like this stellar comics series, it's the...


Comics With Kenobi #104 -- East Bound and Down

Just a single issue to delve into in this week's episode, but there's enough material in Solo: A Star Wars Story adaptation #5 to generate some significant discussion about the role adaptations play in the wider Star Wars comics segment. In comics news, we're excited about word that Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet's Star Wars Adventures #22, out in May, will feature a Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO story set after The Empire Strikes Back as they search for Han Solo. Then there's IDW's...


Comics With Kenobi #103 -- A Well Respected Man

Amid rumors of relaunching and renumbering the main Star Wars title later this year, Jeff and Matt discuss the pros and cons of such a move and whether it would have any significant effect on Marvel's existing titles and their sales. Then there's Star Wars (Vol. 1) #108, the one shot due at the end of May that will serve as a sequel to Vol. 1's Star Wars (Vol. 1) #50. Looking farther afield, there's a conversation about what titles may be announced at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. As for...


Comics With Kenobi #102 -- Carry on Wayward Son

A reflection on doing what's right, even when you're told it's wrong, leads our discussion of Marvel Star Wars comics Age of Republic -- Anakin Skywalker #1, along with knowing when to forgive, but not forget, in Star Wars #61. There are no easy answers to the questions both issues presented, but that's part of what makes such contextual storytelling so dynamic. This week's Star Wars comics, out Feb. 13, include: Star Wars: Age of Republic -- Count Dooku #1Star Wars: Han Solo -- Imperial...


Comics With Kenobi #101 -- The Freshmen

The Star Wars comics this week -- Doctor Aphra #28 and Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation #4 -- are emotionally draining yet exhilarating, too, whipsawing readers through a range of despair, elation and betrayal. Why? Great writing enmeshed with superb illustrating to tell these stories. We're also discussing the latest news about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and wondering what the announced IDW all-ages Galaxy's Edge comic may be about, as well as the rundown of the podcast stage at April's...


Comics With Kenobi #100 -- Man O'Sand to Girl O'Sea

Plenty of discussion about not just Star Wars #60, but A Star Wars Comic #18, too. We're discussing the ongoing Flight of the Falcon story, too, joined by novelist and comics writer Michael Moreci to talk about his contribution to the cross-format story that's been appearing in the pages of Star Wars Adventures. Be sure to check out the fan-made anthologies Moreci had a hand in creating, too. (Volumes One and Two) As for news, we lament the recently announced decision by Jim Mello and Alex...


Comics With Kenobi #99 -- Song Sung Blue

Three stories for $5 as Marvel's Star Wars: Age of Republic -- Special debuts, offering up new insights to characters from Mace WIndu, Asajj Ventress and, yes Captain Rex and Jar Jar Binks, too. There's also news to discuss, including the new TIE Fighter and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge five-issue mini series that start in April, as well as the 2018 and December sales rankings, too. This week's Star Wars comics, out Jan. 23, include: Star Wars #60A Star Wars Comic #18 (Out Jan. 25) Stay in touch...


Comics With Kenobi #98 -- Dual of the Fated

From the satisfying conclusion to IDW Publishing's third and final issue of Star Wars Adventures -- Destroyer Down #3 to the in-depth father-and-son dynamic in Star Wars: Age of Republic -- Jango Fett #1 to a somewhat unexpected, yet utterly satisfying, return of an Imperial villian in Star Wars #59, Jeff and Matt are impressed, to a point, with the comics released on Jan. 9 from Marvel and IDW. Besides the comics discussion, we're also waxing rhapsodic on when and how the monthly Star Wars...


Comics With Kenobi #97 - How Can I Try to Explain, When I Do He Turns Away Again

Last week's Star Wars comics this week were profound wildy adventurous, providing readers with a delicate yet forceful examination of the father-and-son relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in Jody Houser's deftly written Star Wars: Age of Republic -- Obi-Wan Kenobi one shot. In the third issue of the five-issue Star Wars: Han Solo -- Imperial Cadet, Robbie Thompson scripted an endearing story about building camaraderie and never losing sight of those you've left behind....


Comics With Kenobi #96 -- No More Champagne and the Fireworks Are Through

It's our end-of-the-year blowout spectacular special with a less-than-loquacious Jeff comparing and contrasting with Matt what was great about Star Wars comics in 2018 (Doctor Aphra, Poe Dameron and Tales From Vader's Castle), what wasn't so great (questionable editorial decisions) and what was just plain forgettable (looking right at you, DJ: Most Wanted). This year is a fresh start and we're optimistic about what it will bring to Star Wars in all its media iterations. We're grateful you...


Comics With Kenobi #95 -- I See a Red Door and I Want to Paint It Black

The last issue of Darth Vader Vol. 2 was cinematic in its scope, detailed in its delivery and yielded far more questions than answers through the course of its Star Wars homages from the first to final page. In short, it began as it started: Expansive mythology for not just the Sith lord, but Anakin Skywalker, too. As for Solo: A Star Wars Story #3? This issue offered up some compelling details about Qi'ra, Dryden Vos and Crimson Dawn, as readers familiar with the film found new material to...


Comics With Kenobi #94 -- Beat the Devil's Tattoo

A trifecta of Star Wars comics from Marvel's provided an assortent of achievements, and setbacks, for some characters and concepts, yet still advanced the medium of comics as one that is hand-in-glove to television and the cinema, too. The Star Wars: Age of Republic -- Darth Maul one shot was a master class in how this series is focusing on a specific character and expanding our knowledge but, more importantly, advancing a prequel trilogy-era villain's story. In Han Solo -- Imperial Cadet...


Comics With Kenobi #93 -- Deus Ibi Est

Marvel's ambitious, 27-issue Age of... maxi series begins its run with a potent yet divisive first issue, Age of Republic -- Qui-Gon Jinn, while in Star Wars #58, readers are enveloped with some seriously solid character development that has us rethinking our long-conceived notions about Han, Leia and Luke. From IDW comes the second issue of the three-part Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down reprint that proves, again, an all-ages comics can have a real resonance. In news, we break down...


Comics With Kenobi #92 -- Young Padawans Edition

The Young Padawans -- Emily and Micah -- band together again to read and discuss the latest Star Wars Adventures comics from IDW Publishing. Joined by Matt and Amy, this episode puts issues #14 and #15 in the spotlight with stories about finding a missing Falcon, making a new friend and how old friends began as new friends. It's a rollicking good time as the quartet talks about the twists and turns in both comic books, featuring stories that focus on Han Solo and Chewbacca, Poe Dameron and...


Comics With Kenobi #91 -- Heat of the Moment

Just one issue this week, but it's left a searing impression on Jeff and Matt. Darth Vader #24 is setting up the series' conclusion with an unusual vista that may change the reality and perception of Darth Vader and, by extension, Anakin Skywalker, too, with consequences that could potentially resonate down the Star Wars timeline.A little far out mysticism anybody? This week's Star Wars comics include: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #2Star Wars #58Star Wars: Age of Republic -- Qui-Gon...


Comics With Kenobi #90 -- What a Man, What a Man, What Mighty, Mighty Good (Han)

Well this episode is certainly ab-solutely ab-tastic and utterly f(ab)ulous without being at all pec-uliar. It's a double dose of Han Solo without a shirt as we discuss the second part of "The Escape" in Star Wars #57 and discuss the budding feelings of ... er ... attachment between Princess Leia, while in the pages of Solo: A Star Wars Story #2, we're treated to the beginning bonds of friendship between Han and Chewbacca, though we lament the lack of Enfys Nest character development. In...


Comics With Kenobi #89 - The Dark Side's Callin' Now, Nothin' Is Real

Fresh of the heels of being deemed too obscure for the Star Wars Celebration podcast stage (Q: Who reads Star Wars comics anyway?A: About 200,000 do, every month.), we're looking at last week's Star Wars comics this week, including a rather stirring start of a new story arc in Doctor Aphra #26 and a thoroughly entertaining chapter of "Fortress Vader" in Darth Vader #23 that deftly blends subtle humor with a deeper lesson on the notion of maintaining balance in the force.There's also news and...


Comics With Kenobi #88 -- Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken

Heavy hearts as we mark the passing of Stan Lee, who co-created some of Marvel's most enduring characters and, thankfully, reconsidered his position against adapting a yet-to-be released sci-fi film that was to be called Star Wars by Marvel (thank you, Roy Thomas, for convincing him otherwise!). We remember Lee for the visionary that he was and will never forget him. In this episode we tackle three comics -- two from Marvel and one from IDW -- and come away with some salient observations...


Comics With Kenobi #87 -- And We Sang Dirges in the Dark

Five weeks after it began, the frightful final issue of Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #5 provides a resonant endsong to the mini series, keeping the suspense and chills on a steady course from start to finish. We're quite happy with how this weekly experiment played out and impressed how it not only kept its all-ages appeal, but managed to deliver enough frights for all readers. We were also pleased to see how it tied in to the events of Marvel's ongoing Darth Vader series,...


Comics With Kenobi #86 -- Friend of the Devil

Readers are treated to what is arguably the first true Greek tragedy of modern Star Wars comics in the pages of Marvel's Doctor Aphra #25, a deftly executed -- in more ways than one -- conclusion to "The Catastrophe Con" story arc that left us agog because of the impact of the story. In the pages of IDW Publishing's Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #4, its Ewoks who are given a weighty gravitas in a story that's one part monster epic and another part sheer terror. This week's...