Covers and synopsis revealed for Star Wars: Darth Vader #4

From Newsarama:

Marvel Comics MAY 2020 Solicitations […]

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #4

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GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) • Cover By Inhyuk Lee
Empire Strikes Back Variant COVER by CHRIS SPROUSE
WHO HUNTS THE HUNTER?
• DARTH VADER continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him.
• But on NABOO, the DARK LORD OF THE SITH faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from LUKE to PADMÉ, the wife of the man Vader used to be.
• And what secrets lie in the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99″

New details on the special features coming on the Star Wars films in 4K Ultra HD

From StarWars.com:

“[…] And on March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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From The Digital Bits (before the official announcement):

“All right, what were we just saying about European studio and retail leaks? LOL. Here’s a big one for you…

Disney has yet to officially announce them (though we do expect the official word any day now), but the Swedish retailer CDON.se has just posted cover artwork for all of the catalog Star Wars films in 4K… not just the front cover art but the back details too…

… and they include special features details! So, let’s get right into them all, film by film and disc by disc…

It appears that all of the discs will include Dolby Atmos audio and HDR10 high dynamic range (no doubt Dolby Vision HDR will be restricted to the 4K Digital offering).

Be aware that the discs may also include additional features not listed below. However, here’s what the packaging shows…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 181 minutes) will include The Beginning (feature-length documentary), Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back, Discoveries from Inside: Models & Miniatures, and George Lucas on the Digital Revolution (we suspect this will also include a Making of Collection but it’s not listed here).

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 196 minutes) will include the From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II (feature-length documentary), the State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II documentary, Conversations: Sounds in Space, Discoveries from Inside: Costumes Revealed, The Art of Attack of the Clones, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, and Roger Guyett) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 327 minutes) will include Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III (feature-length documentary), The Journey: Part 1 & 2 documentary, Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was, Discoveries from Inside: Holograms & Bloopers, and a Making of Collection.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the exact same 2-disc Special Edition released on 4K and Blu-ray previously and reviewed here on The Bits (click here for details).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will include The Stories: A Rogue Idea, Jyn: The Rebel, Cassian: The Spy, K-2SO: The Droid, Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills, Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & the Revolutionary, The Empire, Visions of Hope: The Look of Rogue One, The Princess & The Governor, Epilogue: The Story Continues, and Rogue Connections. (That is the exact same list of extras found on the previous Blu-ray release, reviewed here on The Bits.)

Star Wars: A New Hope will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 101 minutes) will include Aboard The Death Star Overview, Conversations: Creating a Universe, Discoveries from Inside: Weapons & the First Lightsaber, Anatomy of a Dewback, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 125 minutes) will include Conversations: The Lost Interviews including George Lucas on Editing The Empire Strikes Back (1979) and A Conversation with the Masters (2010), Discoveries from Inside: Matte Paintings Revealed, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 163 minutes) will include Death Star II Space Battle Overview, Conversations: The Effects, Discoveries from Inside: The Sounds of Ben Burtt, Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will include audio commentary with director JJ Abrams on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 149 minutes) will include the exact same extras found on the deluxe Blu-ray 3D package (reviewed here). [Editor’s Note: Sources indicate this will in fact be the bonus disc from the 3D Collector’s Edition, which includes previously retail and digital exclusive extras.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will include audio commentary with director Rian Johnson and a MUCH welcome surprise: The Score-Only Version of the Movie that was previously a Digital exclusive. The Bonus Disc (running time 165 minutes) will include the exact same package of extras found on the previous Blu-ray and 4K version of the film (reviewed here). [Editor’s Note: Sources indicate this will include the Target-exclusive Meet the Porgs featurette.]

And finally, the official details for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have yet to be revealed. [Editor’s Note: This title has in fact now been announced and the details can be found here on The Bits.] […]

Keep in mind that we expect all of these titles to be released individually on Blu-ray and 4K, while all of the Saga films (minus Solo and Rogue One) will also be included in the Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Blu-ray and 4K box set on 3/31. […]”

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars | “The Bad Batch” clip revealed

From Star Wars:

“It’s the end of the historic Clone Wars, as the forces of darkness have amassed great power in their bid to transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire. With the Republic on a losing streak, Captain Rex fears the Separatists are using stolen data to help predict the Grand Army’s every move. As the threat of defeat looms, Rex teams up with experimental Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. Together, they embark on a high-risk mission behind enemy lines to uncover the truth behind the Separatist victories in “The Bad Batch,” an all-new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars making its debut this Friday, February 21 on Disney+.”

Star Wars comic writer Michael Moreci: “We should cherish the Prequels”

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From CBR:

“As new comic book publisher Impact Theory continues to make waves with its expanding library, pairing fan-favorite writers and artists with popular recording artists, the publisher’s second series, Hexagon, is poised for a wide release next month. Written by Michael Moreci, Impact Theory founder and CEO Tom Bilyeu and electronic artist Don Diablo, and illustrated by Jheremy Raapack, the new series received a timed exclusive release at New York Comic-Con this past October before its retail debut on March 18. […]

In an exclusive interview, Moreci discussed working with Bilyeu and Don Diablo, his deep love of the sci-fi genre and teased his upcoming comic book miniseries Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Battles Tales, with IDW Publishing. […]

You’ve always been a pretty vocal supporter of the prequel trilogy. What is it you think a lot of people miss out on or overlook with those films?

That’s a really good question. I think they’ve started to well, which I’m really gratified by, but I think is that people get caught up in the elements in the prequels that don’t work; easy targets like Jar-Jar or lines about sand that get endlessly repeated in our online meme, social media culture. But you take out, like, those five minutes or whatever and you still have an entire movie. There’s a lot more there and they really are complex movies that get taken for granted. There’s Anakin’s story and the failure of the Jedi and the jealousy and how the Jedi were responsible for creating Anakin and his seduction to the Dark Side; there’s really deep stuff happening there.

George Lucas’ singular vision is spectacular, and I think they’re visually stunning movies. But what gets lost is how deep they are and how they’re original stories; Episodes VII and VIII are echoes of the original trilogy. So the prequel trilogy was its own thing and I think that caught a lot of people off-guard; George Lucas wasn’t going to go back and play the hits, he was going to create something really unique and really complicated. I think it’s harder to readjust expectations and appreciate the prequels for what they are and not how we want them to be. Once you get to that place, it’s such a satisfying story and such a satisfying achievement and I think it’s the last tentpole franchise we’re going to get with one person’s singular vision. You don’t get that from Marvel or DC or even Star Wars anymore; it was just George Lucas uncompromisingly doing it and we should cherish it for that reason alone.”

 

Jake Lloyd’s family gives an update on his health

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From Geek News NOW:

“Jake Lloyd was only six years old at the time he auditioned for the role of “Anakin Skywalker” in the Star Wars prequel film “The Phantom Menace”. Although the movie was a box office success and revitalized the franchise for decades to come, young Jake Lloyd would face a short acting career and a long history of bullying and unnecessary criticism. Much like Ahmed Best (who was almost bullied to suicide after he played Jar Jar Binks), Star Wars fans were not especially kind to the child actor, despite his best intentions and warm interactions with them.

On June 17, 2015, Lloyd was arrested in South Carolina for reckless driving, driving without a license in his possession, and resisting arrest; he failed to stop for a red light, which initiated a high-speed police chase. He was released to a nearby psychiatric facility, with schizophrenia listed as the reason.

Tragedy struck their family when his younger sister, Madison, died peacefully in her sleep on July 16, 2018 at the age of 26. Lisa Lloyd, Jake’s mother, described it as “shattering” to both her and Jake.

Since then, it’s been all quiet for the young man. He has been living a peaceful life and has been focusing on himself a great deal. I spoke to his mother, Lisa Lloyd, at length about how he is doing. As an author’s note, I have had the pleasure of interacting with Jake Lloyd on several occasions and found him to be a brilliant mind and a hilarious sense of humor. He filled in for me as a host on my podcast once, where he spoke directly to the fans and also put to rest the rumor that he hated Star Wars.

The following statement is approved for release by his mother, who is tirelessly working with him.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill. Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show.”

[…]”

Vader is haunted by the memory of Padmé in Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 preview

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From StarWars.com:

“For Darth Vader, there is no escape from the past.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Marvel’s Darth Vader #2, the Sith Lord recalls moments of love, excitement, and tragedy with Padmé.

“Darth Vader is both a haunting and haunted character and, in this issue, he’ll have to confront his most tragic loss, Padmé,” editor Mark Paniccia tells StarWars.com. “This will lead him down a dangerous path, setting up a terrible and inevitable encounter with someone he should never have crossed and revelations that no one could have predicted.”

“In the wake of Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader’s on a terrifying mission to destroy everyone who hid his son Luke from him,” says writer Greg Pak. “But in the process, he uncovers a shadow from his past that he’s absolutely not ready for. Working on this book is a constant shock, revelation, and thrill. We’ve been given the green light to take an unprecedented journey into the Dark Lord’s dark heart and explore just what Padmé still means to him after all these years. The entire creative team is bringing everything they have to this story and I can’t wait for you to discover the shocking truth behind these images.”

What’s triggering the memories? We’ll have to wait until the issue, written by Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco and a cover courtesy of Inhyuk Lee, arrives March 11. […]

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