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Review: Days of Fear, Nights of Anger

Days of Fear, Nights of Anger
Days of Fear, Nights of Anger by John Jackson Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another excellent installment in the series. The characters are really shaping up nicely, and the story is actually roping me in emotionally. That isn’t exactly something that happens often with graphic novels. I am very happy that I have the next volume on the desk beside me so that I don’t have to wait to continue the story.

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Review: Flashpoint

Flashpoint
Flashpoint by John Jackson Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An entertaining story that comes together much better than the previous volume. Not exactly Hugo material, and certainly nothing ground shattering, but a very entertaining story that had me chuckling and left me wanting more.

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Review: The Golden Age of the Sith

The Golden Age of the Sith
The Golden Age of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read these stories before in single issue format, but that was many years ago. This was my first foray into Star Wars fiction outside of the movies, and this exposure generated a deep love for this time period in the Star Wars universe. As I am just now returning to this period it seemed appropriate to return to these original stories and refresh my memory on them before I moved forward with later collections.

As to the stories themselves, while rough around the edges they are well crafted and very engaging. The artwork is typical of this period for Dark Horse, and while not as pretty and smooth as work generated by Marvel or DC from the same era it fits the mood for these books quite well. All in all a very satisfying experience and well worth the trip down memory lane.

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Review: The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales

The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales
The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales by John Ostrander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This first one was simply ok, and certainly not great. I know that I have never read the stories before and I have not watched the animated series, but it felt like I had seen all of this before. I got about halfway through the book before I simply closed it and decided I was done. It didn’t feel fresh and new and certainly wasn’t drawing me into the story. Maybe the later books in the series will be a different story…

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Review of Lockout (2012)

ImageLockout (2012) – IMDb.

I tried watching this the other night, but I fell asleep within the first ten minutes of the film. Not exactly indicative of a captivating film. Tonight I gave it another chance and managed to watch the entire thing. That is not exactly saying much about the film though, is it?

Truth be told, this movie does not have a huge plot. It would be fair to say that it barely has a shallow plot. Within the first ten minutes I knew what the primary plot line had to be, and that was before all the elements were in place to put it fully in motion. The conclusion was inevitable, and the only question would be how obvious they were in pursuing the inevitable conclusion. Turns out they were pretty obvious about it.

So, while the plot and story left nothing to the imagination, the action was actually pretty decent. I enjoyed the science fiction elements in this film, and the graphics work for those elements was pretty well handled. Predictable perhaps, and hearkening back to some classic science fiction movies with some seriously obvious pulls like the line of “make for the tunnel” which, combined with the flight sequences draws a fan right into the Star Wars franchise.

As to the combat sequences, while they were really pretty predictable, they were actually well choreographed. There were some pretty well put together combat sequences, and those provided the filler for what was in all likelihood a 20 page script into something more than a 15 minute clip.

Aside from the combat and science fiction sequences the only other mildly redeeming factor to this film was the abundance of one-liners uttered by the star of the film. Every time you turn around he had a line of some sort, and by the end of the film those were really all that kept me interested in finishing the movie.

The movie was not a complete waste, but it certainly was not something that I find any interest in seeing more than once. It certainly is not a movie that will be going into our library, and will be headed back to Netflix tomorrow.

My rating? I give it 3 of 5 stars.

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