A Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin Micro-Review – Unlimited Done Right

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Power Rangers Unlimited Countdown to Ruin 1, cover, 2022, Keyla ValerioTITLE: Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1
AUTHOR: Marguerite Bennett
ARTISTS:
Anna Kekovsky Chandra & Giuseppe Cafaro, Sara Antonellini (Colorist), Sharon Marino & Fabi Marques (Color Assistants), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer). Cover by Keyla Valerio.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is a great companion to Power Rangers in Space. It doesn’t tell us anything that’s crucial to PRiS from a story perspective. But it offers a lot of fun character exploration into Andros and Zhane. And that’s really what these Power Rangers Unlimited books should be.

As far as Bennett is concerned, Countdown to Ruin is a huge upgrade from her brief run on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. If allowing her to explore the larger PR universe gets us more content like this, I say let her have at it.

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The Essential Clone Wars: “ARC Troopers”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

99, Star Wars The Clone Wars, ARC TroopersSERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S3:E2 – “ARC Troopers”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Dee Bradley Baker, James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Matthew Wood, Nika Futterman
WRITER:
Cameron Litvack
DIRECTOR:
Kyle Dunlevy
PREMIERE DATE:
September 17, 2010
SYNOPSIS:
The Separatists attack the cloning facility on Kamino.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The most interesting part of this episode by about a mile is 99, the elderly clone (shown above). Apparently he was in a previous episode, “Clone Cadets,” which I haven’t seen. So I’m meeting him here for the first time. Apparently he suffered from genetic defects during his cloning process, and thus ages faster than other clones. His character arc goes about where you’d think it would go. But his end still makes for a great moment in the series.

So all the genetic data for the clones is kept in a single room, which is conveniently called the DNA room? Well that’s convenient, now isn’t it? Obi-Wan actually calls it the “DNA chamber” at one point, which at least sounds more dignified…

The four-legged robots climbing up and attacking the city made for a great visual. This episode really capitalizes on the potential of the planet Kamino, and the cloning facility designed for Attack of the Clones.

Clone Cadets, Star Wars the Clone Wars, ARC Troopers

On the subject of Attack of the Clones, the clone cadets we see in this episode are voiced by Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in that movie. That’s a cool casting choice, as obviously they could have easily found another young actor to play the role.

At the end of the episode, Echo and Fives are both made ARC Troopers. Of course, “ARC Troopers” is also our title. So it’d be nice if the episode reminded us what the heck an ARC Trooper actually is. I guess that’s what Wookiepedia is for.

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George Lucas on Star Wars: A “Good” Villain?

***Think what you will about George Lucas, but in terms of Star Wars, it can all be traced back to him. That’s why I always find it so interesting to listen to him talk about it. His creative process, the reason certain decisions were made, and how these movies became the pop cultural staples they are. This space is dedicated to just that. This is “George Lucas on Star Wars.”***

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Palpatine, Darth Sidious, Star Wars Revenge of the Sith

The Scene: Palpatine is revealed as Darth Sidious. Moments after Mace Windu’s death, he instructs his new apprentice Darth Vader to kill all the Jedi in the Jedi Temple.

George Lucas Says (via the Revenge of the Sith commentary track): “One of the issues in all of this is the bad guys think they’re good, and Lord Sidious thinks he’s bringing peace to the galaxy because there’s so much corruption, confusion, and chaos going on. And that now he’s going to be able to straighten everything out. Which may be true. But the price that the galaxy is going to have to pay for it is way too much.”

I Say: I understand the notion that most evil people don’t believe they’re evil. But I don’t necessarily agree with George here. Especially given the way Ian McDiarmid plays Palpatine. The man is clearly reveling in his own wickedness. This isn’t some misguided soul who thinks he’s making hard choices for the good of the galaxy. Palpatine knows who and what he is. He wants all the power in the universe for himself, and there’s no length to which he won’t go to obtain it. He’ll even defy death itself…

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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2 Micro-Review – Lights in the Darkness

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 2, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Luke Ross, Nolan Woodard (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard’s art highlight this issue, as they have the not necessarily enviable task of depicting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in an environment mostly devoid of light.

This issue didn’t blow me away from a plot perspective. But it did do a fine job of capturing the master/apprentice dynamic between our two heroes, which for my money was one of the better aspects of The Phantom Menace.

Marvel should really release a book of Phil Noto’s Star Wars work. The majority of it is just brilliant.

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A Public Doman #1 Micro-Review – A Question of Interest

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Public Domain 1, cover, 2022, Chip ZdarskyTITLE: Public Domain #1
AUTHOR/ARTIST: Chip Zdarsky

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

I’m curious to see how Public Domain sells as we move past this first issue. There are no otherwordly elements, and hardly any punching or violence. Thus far, it’s a story about a comic book creator owning the rights to a big screen superhero he created. That kind of thing is interesting to a comic book geek like me. But to the general public? Maybe. Maybe not…

Either way, Public Domain is very well written and drawn by Chip Zdarsky. It’s very much worth your time. I’m just curious to see how many readers will actually give it their time.

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The Variants #1 Micro-Review – One Woman, Multiple Shades

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The Variants 1, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #1
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Gail Simone and Phil Noto was a team-up I never knew I needed. And yet, here we are. They’re both so damn good…

As the cover suggests, this story features multiple multiversal versions of Jessica Jones. My favorite part of the issue is a two-page spread where Simone and Noto play with that idea as Jessica tries on multiple shades of lipstick.

“Each one will make you a completely different person.”

See what they did there?

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3 Micro-Review – Our Hero’s Daddy Issues

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TITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue ends with an appearance from a Marvel character that recently made their live action debut on The Book of Boba Fett. I’m definitely hooked for issue #4.

Han Solo & Chewbacca has rebounded nicely after what I thought was an underwhelming first issue. Guggenheim has Han nailed from a depiction perspective. They’ve even managed to get me into the question “The Crystal Run” poses about Han’s father…

Because of course Han Solo has daddy issues. Star Wars is about that as much as anything else, isn’t it?

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The Essential Clone Wars: “Voyage of Temptation”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

Star Wars The Clone Wars, Voyage of Temptation, Obi-Wan, SatineSERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S2:E13 – “Voyage of Temptation”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
James Arnold Taylor, Anna Graves, Matt Lanter, Greg Proops, Phil LaMarr
WRITER:
Paul Dini
DIRECTOR:
Brian Kalin O’ Connell
PREMIERE DATE:
February 5, 2010
SYNOPSIS:
Buried feelings between Obi-Wan and Satine come to the surface as a traitor is revealed.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is the episode where we learn about Obi-Wan and Satine’s history together. That they developed feeings for each other years ago, but Obi-Wan remained devoted Jedi Code. Obviously, this provides an interesting parallel between Obi-Wan and Anakin, who of course is secretly married to Padme. Obi-Wan made the choice that Anakin theoretically should have made.

Unfortunately, “Voyage of Temptation” falls into the same trap that Attack of the Clones did as far as Star Wars romances are concerned: It tells instead of shows. We don’t see that spark develop between Obi-Wan and Satine. Instead, we’re told about it via anecdotes. The best we get is a little banter between them.

“Voyage of Temptation” might actually have been better as a flashback episode, taking us back to a young Obi-Wan as he meets Satine for the first time. That way we could actually see some of these memories they recount, as opposed to having them exposited to us.

Still, Obi-Wan confessing that he’d have left the Jedi Order for Satine is a powerful moment. But imagine how powerful it could have been…

This episode was written by Paul Dini, who rose to prominence writing for Batman: The Animated Series, and is widely known as the creator of Harley Quinn. This would be his third and final episode of Clone Wars.

At one point, Anakin asks Obi Wan, “Were you and Satine ever…?” The obvious implication being that he’s asking if they slept together. Yeesh. In the last episode we had a suicide, and now a sexual reference? This arc was a little edgy for Cartoon Network. I won’t complain, though. I’m of the mindset we shouldn’t always shy away from that kind of thing when writing for kids. Granted, it should obviously be done tastefully, and with a certain amount of restraint. Clone Wars checks both those boxes with these instances.

Incidentally, Obi-Wan doesn’t actually say no…

Tal Merrick, the turncoat senator, is voiced by Greg Proops. That’s an interesting casting choice, as Proops is a comedian widely known for his performances in shows like Whose Line is it Anyway? Over a decade prior, Proops also voiced the podracing announcer in The Phantom Menace.

When he’s in that stand-off with Obi-Wan, Merrick asks who’ll strike first and become a cold-blooded killer. Anakin then strikes from behind, killing him instantly. I can’t decide if that’s a little too on-the-nose or not.

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Toy Chest Theater: Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Ant-Man is something of a regular here at “Toy Chest Theater.” We’ve seen him play with Baby Groot, confront Covid-19, and help the Statue of Liberty mask up.

This time, @pepitocarnvalj brings us Ant-Man at the breakfast table. Why he’s hiding I don’t know. But I can’t necessarily blame him for being cautious. How often do you want company before breakfast?

Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

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