Journals of the Whilling – Screaming Citadel 1


Hey everyone!

Welcome back to Journals of the Whilling! This week Steve and Kyle break down some of the latest in Star Wars publishing news, including:

  • Mace Windu’s getting his own mini-series
  • One-shot detailing how Cassian and K2S0 met

Our main feature this week is the Screaming Citadel #1, by Kieron Gillen, with art by Marco Checcheto. We’ll break down this promising cross-over through to its conclusion, so make sure you subscribe to our show in iTunes and be sure to leave us a review. As always, send your questions and feedback to at Kyle, or on your social media network of choice! Visit the Star Wars Commonwealth, and follow Talk Star Wars, Generation X-WingRogue SquadronSkyhoppers podcast and the Nerd Room Podcast!

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Journals of the Whilling – Star Wars Complete Locations



TGIF! You made it!

Now make your Friday that much better by checking out our latest podcast about Star Wars literature. This week we take a look at Star Wars Complete Locations, illustrated by Hans Jenssen, Richard Chasemore and Kemp Remillard. What a staggeringly beautiful book with more detail than you could possibly imagine! It’s easy to be cynical about a book like this.

“Hey, we’ve designed this Star Destroyer for the movies. Pretty cool, right?”

“Yeah, now let’s flesh out the insides of it. Even the stuff that nobody sees. They’ll still buy it!”

It’s true. Most of the info in the book doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. But you’ll still find it endlessly fascinating and the illustrations are utterly gorgeous (have I said that already?).

So don’t wait. Hit play above and get a quick overview on a really neat book that should be in your collection!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our show in iTunes and be sure to leave us a review. It’s shocking how much they help! As always, send your questions and feedback to at kyle, or on your social media network of choice! Visit the Star Wars Commonwealth, and follow Talk Star Wars, Generation X-WingRogue SquadronSkyhoppers podcast and the Nerd Room Podcast!

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Journals of the Whilling – Star Wars Comics



Hola TumblingSaber listeners! Welcome back for yet another edition of Journals of the Whilling, where this week, Steven and Kyle are joined by none other than Rob from the Roman Pod and Cast to chat about Star Wars comics under the Marvel umbrella. Do we love them? Hate them? Somewhere in between? We also kick around the latest in comics news, which of course includes Darth Vader volume 2, by the amazing Charles Soule.

So strap yourselves in and enjoy the show!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our show in iTunes and be sure to leave us a review. It’s shocking how much they help! As always, send your questions and feedback to at kyle@tumblingsaber.com, or on your social media network of choice! Visit the Star Wars Commonwealth, and follow Talk Star Wars, Generation X-WingRogue SquadronSkyhoppers podcast and the Nerd Room Podcast!

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Replacements for Cancelled Darth Vader

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Recently Marvel announced that it would be ending it’s acclaimed Darth Vader series after issue #25. A nice, round number, and I think I speak for all fans when I say that Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca did a great job in giving us some cool Vader moments that fit right in with the character and add to his legend. Personally I’ll not soon forget the moment where Vader finds out that the punk who blew up the Death Star was none other than his son. What about the rebel killer that we saw in the ‘Vader Down’ crossover? That version of Vader is likely to appear on-screen in Rogue One, so we’re finally getting a healthy dose of the Vader we knew about but had never seen.

If we know one thing about business, it’s that you don’t kill off a money-maker without a plan to replace those lost sales, so it goes without saying that Marvel will soon let us know what book will be taking Darth Vader’s slot this late summer / early fall. Let’s run a few ideas up the flag pole and see if something makes sense!

Rogue One tie-in. Sure this won’t be straying too far off the reserve here, what with the movie due to land in December. And with tie-in novels coming, it’s not a stretch to see them do a full-court press with this. Obviously this wouldn’t be an on-going series, but it is one way to develop the stand alone movie while at the same time keeping Darth Vader in the mix.

Dooku / Qui-Gon. Dooku was criminally underused in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars helped to flesh out the character but we never saw him in his pre-Sith days. It would be all kinds of fascinating to see how Dooku and Qui-Gon worked together. Both were very rogueish relative to your garden variety Jedi, so it would be interesting to see if they were both always that way, or if they egged each other on. Their viewpoints on the Force itself would be revelatory, too. This has got to happen at some point.

Plagueis / Sidious. Sticking with the pre-prequel era, it would do worlds of wonder to show us how Palpatine not only learned from his master, but how he killed him. It’s been said over and over by Pablo Hidalgo himself that Plagueis is not Snoke but fanboys continue to wave the flag for this lazy theory. It would be awesome if Marvel once and for all ended the debate by showing Sidious murdering his former master. Of course, fans who want Snoke to be Plagueis probably still wouldn’t believe it, but you can only lead a horse to water.

Luke’s Story between Empire and Jedi: The year timespan between episodes 5 and 6 remains relatively unknown territory and filling in this gap gives the fans a maturing Luke while at the same time helping to close the door on the original trilogy era. What is the Empire up to aside from the construction of the second Death Star? What was Vader thinking in the days and weeks after his confrontation with Luke on Bespin?

Sequel trilogy era series: With 32 years to play with between episodes six and seven, and only Poe Dameron’s comic (and Threepio’s one-shot) occupying this time span, there’s plenty of fertile territory to explore despite the deluge of novels coming our way. The trick here would be in not revealing anything related to episode eight (if only in the vaguest, gentlest way). This may be a good place to give us a Solo family adventure, including a young Ben.

Ahsoka: Yes, there’s a novel coming that will fill in the gaps between the time she left the Jedi order only to resurface as Fulcrum years later. But given how important this character has become, not to mention how popular, there’s no doubt that the demand for more Ahsoka deserves treatment in the pages of a comic book.

Certainly the decision has already been made as to what will replace the Darth Vader title, but since we don’t yet know what that is, we are free to speculate, right?

What series would you like to see replace Darth Vader?

 


Five Mini Series Marvel Needs to Run

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Marvel’s been furiously pounding out fresh Star Wars content for months now, and for the most part, it has all been embraced very well by fandom. The sales numbers are consistently good, which means that Marvel is going to continue pumping out content week after week for the foreseeable future. With movies planned out for the next several years, we can count on more and more comics coming our way. The story group has a large task in creating, and organizing the new ‘canon’ content, while at the same time leaving breathing room for other platforms to explore different storylines. And we can be sure that there will be tons of uncharted waters to explore once The Force Awakens brings us up to date with the goings on in the galaxy far, far away.

That said, there’s nothing quite like a comic book. The combination of art and writing is totally unique and when done right, can rival the best novel and feel almost like a movie, with the Star Wars score running through the theater of your mind. With so many story lines and characters to explore across three distinctly different Star Wars eras, here are a few things I think Marvel needs to take a look at in the form of a five-part mini series:

1- Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn – Where did Qui-Gon get his rebellious streak from? Was he already a Jedi that marched to his own beat, or did Dooku warp him? And was Dooku already under the sway of Palpatine while he was teaching Qui-Gon the ways of the Jedi?  Qui-Gon and Dooku were two of the prequel trilogies more interesting, dignified, and compelling characters, but Qui-Gon didn’t make it through one movie, and Dooku really didn’t get that much screen time when you add it all up. A series highlighting their time together would give important glimpses in to how the Jedi order, as well as the Republic began to rot from the inside. Done well,  both of these characters could light up the pages of a comic and add some badly needed depth to two of the prequels’ best characters. This one’s a lay-up.

2- Palpatine and Plagueis – Admit it – you want to see how Palpatine outfoxed his master, and you DEFINITELY want to see Plagueis, if the amount of people thinking that Supreme Leader Snoke is in fact Plagueis is any indication. Over the course of six movies, we saw how devious, evil and cunning Palpatine really was. I don’t know if showing him murdering his master would serve to make him any more evil, but it would be cool to see.

3- Stealing plans for Death Star 2 – Yes, they’re currently producing a movie about a Rebel cell stealing plans for the first Death Star, so they likely won’t make a movie with the same premise twice. But why not explore the acquisition of the Death Star 2 plans in a different medium, and give it a different tone? If Rogue One is said to have gritty, realistic action (as far as that style can apply in the Star Wars universe), why not go with a spy/thriller tone for the comic? Maybe this is better suited to be a novel, or graphic novel, but it would be cool to see many Bothans die in color.

4- Formation of Rebellion – One of the angles that was regrettably cut from Revenge of the Sith was the group of Senators (including Mon Mothma and Bail Organa among others) secretly discussing the dark direction of the Republic, and how they needed to think about forming an alliance to oppose Palpatine’s growing power. Also, it would be interesting to include Padme in this series and give us a taste of how she went about hiding her pregnancy from everyone. Did anyone else know? Did she ever get prenatal care? Are records for that still around? Recently Darth Vader visited Naboo in order to look at the coroner’s report and confirm that Padme did in fact deliver a child before she died. If more tests were conducted during her pregnancy, where are they?

5- C-3P0 & R2-D2 – Post Revenge of the Sith – “I’m placing these droids in your care. Treat them well. Clean them up. Have the Protocol Droid’s mind wiped.” Why just wipe 3P0’s memory? Because he’s a big mouth? R2 can remember things the same as Goldenrod, so why the discrimination? Here’s a loose end that never quite sat well with me that should be addressed at some point. I think it could be a nice retrospective series where they revisit all of the things 3P0 has seen in the years since Anakin activated him on Tatooine, and show us what he’s like as he’s “reborn”. What were his first new memories?

There’s four series that I think Marvel needs to explore in the near future. I’m sure they have an entire slate of books ready to throw in to production, but I hope they eventually explore this material in some way.

What angle or storyline do you want to see fleshed out further? Let me know in the comments below, or @tumblingsaber.