After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Star Wars: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Marco Chechetto

Star Wars: Shattered Empire
by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Marco Chechetto
Published by Marvel • November 17, 2015
136 Pages • ISBN 978-0785197812 • Paperback

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Book description:
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (Punisher, Wolverine, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (Avengers World, Punisher) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star - and into the chaos of a Shattered Empire. It's the explosive lead-in to this winter's blockbuster big-screen Star Wars revival, and everything you need to know is right here!

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1-4

First off, this is a very loose 3 stars.

So... I'm not really sure what the purpose of this story is? Again, this is another Journey to the Force Awakens that promises in the description to lead us up to The Force Awakens, when in fact this volume pretty much covers 6 months after the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star, and for all intents and purposes is a brief history, more or less, of Poe Dameron's mother and how she interacted with most of the main Star Wars players during those six months. There are really only two points in this story that may have some repercussions in TFA, one dealing with the Jedi and another that may be foreshadowing a character's development that has been rumored about wildly.

Much like most of the Journey to the Force Awakens books, I don't actually feel that this sets the stage for the new movie at all, or if it is, it may be a little too vague in its hints to actually be doing me any good. Marco Chechetto's art is fantastic, but that only barely carries this book. I think this could have been a great book, but since the description didn't match up at all with what we were given, I was really discouraged. I'm beginning to think that I just need to skip the comics, as none of them have really lived up to my expectations so far.

For a hardcore Star Wars fan, this would probably be a good addition (even tho I'm a hardcore fan and was left wanting), but the casual fan can completely skip this volume.

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