So Easter is, sadly, over with now, and it’s back to the grindstone tomorrow. At least it’s a short week! It’s been lots of fun to just take the days at my own pace, anyway. As I’ve already mentioned here on this blog, Easter is the time of year when I re-watch the original Star Wars trilogy, so my entire four-day weekend plans have hinged upon three movies, which is just fantastic!
It’s always good to re-acquaint myself with these films, as I invariably see new things all the time. So, lots of fun to be had there. I usually like to combine the movies with some of the literature from this point in the timeline, as well – albeit literature that has now been sidelined. I really ought to get over that now, it’s nearly a year since they announced the direction they were taking with the universe! But anyhow. This year, I’ve not managed to get as many stories read as I’d like; of course, some of the classics from the Empire run have made an appearance, and I’ll be getting to a blog of those comics soon, but nothing really too stunning.
Last year, I read a whole bunch of stuff, including a lot of the short stories published in the almost-prehistoric Star Wars Adventure Journal, you can read those glorious comments here. And here. And a bit here. Oh, and here!
What I have done, though, is to catch up with the new Marvel comics that have been released!
As you might remember, Marvel started to publish Star Wars comics back in January this year, and to date, eight of the blighters have made it across the Atlantic and into my hot little hands. I was pretty impressed by the first issue in the ongoing series, which seemed to set up a pretty good story. Well, the story remains pretty good, I thought, although it was a little confusing at times. It ends really interestingly, as we seem to be in for something potentially awesome next, anyway!
Close on the ongoing series’ tail is a second series, Darth Vader, which I believe is going to be a second long-running title. This comic has some truly wonderful art, and is generally pretty awesome. I was a bit unsure of it at first, and I’d fleetingly seen some negative comments online about it, but I thought it was pretty good. It shows a whole different side to the story, one that I hadn’t really thought about before, and I must admit, I was pretty impressed by it. Some very interesting situations are being set-up in both series, and while a part of me is a little worried that it won’t deliver, I’m nevertheless suitably hooked now into this line to continue reading.
But wait! I also made a video of my thoughts, where you can get to see me in a glorious smartphone-quality clip talking about this, dodgy Welsh accent and all!
Ah, the future! Video stuff is fun to play around with, though I’m normally very shy and retiring, so probably won’t be doing a lot of this stuff. But you never know!
I’ve been doing a bit more painting this weekend, as well – my first Necron in what feels like a long time! He’s the chap from the Catacomb Command Barge, who has been primed and ready to go since before Christmas. It was actually quite pleasant to be painting Necrons again, I have to say. Whether I’m about to leap into action and finish the Barge itself is another matter of course, but fun all the same.
Make sure to come back tomorrow, for some retro awesome…