Star Wars – Thrawn is a Triumph

Millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror when the mouse officially declared that the stories in the Star Wars expanded universe as non-canon. There was a glimmer of hope when Lucasfilm stated that aspects of what is now deemed “Legends” could be brought into the new canon. At that moment, fans in unison, all wanted one character more than anyone… Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Famed author Timothy Zahn brought this character into our consciousness in 1991 with the novel Heir to the Empire, the first installment of what would become known as the “Thrawn Trilogy.”

Thrawn’s reputation as a master military tactician is legendary. Now, the character’s creator Zahn returns to the Star Wars universe and gets reacquainted with an old friend.

Thrawn serves as an origin story of the blue-skinned, red-eyed Chiss warrior, while detailing his rise to power in the Empire. Most of what we know about Thrawn is pretty much intact. Various characters that served under Thrawn in “Legends” become canon, except for Captain Pellaeon. Instead, a new character named Eli Vanto is introduced and carries the essence of Pellaeon in a younger form.

Vanto is an imperial cadet from the outer rim who talks with what could be a southern accent and is considered a “wild space yokel.” He vies for simplicity until fate brings Thrawn into his life and changes it forever. Zahn sets up Vannto as the listener’s window into how he helps Thrawn adjust to a career as an Imperial while marveling at his cunning and reserved disposition.

Click here to read the entire review at Forces of Geek.com
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Third Time’s the Charm with Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End

In the abstract, the Aftermath series is reminiscent of the prequel films. The first installment left a lot to be desired, the second chapter is a curious but rough read, and the finale sticks the landing well enough to earn a place on the podium.

Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End, the third and concluding novel in author Chuck Wendig’s trilogy that takes place following the events of Return of the Jedi and begins building an extended bridge to The Force Awakens.

The attack on Chandrila during the organized peace talks between the New Republic and the Empire looms over the story like a dark cloud. Despite the emotional toll she’s undergone throughout the series, the resolve of Nora Wexley is an enthralling journey to follow.

Tunnel vision towards the apprehension of the galaxy’s most wanted war criminal, Grand Admiral Rae Sloan, proves to be disheartening for those closest to Nora. While she’s not seething mad, her inner turmoil demands finality regarding this perilous situation.

Check out the rest of my review of Empire’s End at Forces of Geek.com

This Was The XFL: Review

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Oh boy, it’s a great time to be a New England Patriots fan. They just won their 5th Super Bowl, Tom Brady is now the undisputed G.O.A.T. and the victory parade in Boston was glorious. As happy as things are right now for this pigskin fan…. Well, let me explain.

On Feb 3, 2001, I was that guy proudly wearing a NY/NJ Hitmen hat as the XFL was just hours away from their inaugural football game on NBC. I even bought an entire box of XFL trading cards thinking that I had made a smart investment that would pay off down the line.

Sadly, I’m not joking.

Do you want to know what’s really sad? Taking a story about the unmitigated disaster of Vince McMahon’s “smash mouth” football league and turning it into the ultimate puff piece where the positives are accentuated to fit a narrative that puts minimal lights on the overwhelming negatives.  Continue reading

He-Man and She-Ra Guide Channels the Power of Greyskull

Last year, Dark Horse unleashed the Power of Greyskull with the release the He-Man art book and a collection of the old mini comic books. Now, writer, animator and He-Man expert James Eatock has assembled the ultimate companion guide for the original animated series that was a capstone of the 80’s cartoon era.

Did you know that He-Man started off as angry and impatient before he gained his good humored personality? What about the fact that Orko was originally going to be named Gorpo? He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide To The Classic Animated Adventures is a near 600 page hard cover juggernaut that will require some prime real estate on your bookshelf.

Every single episode of the Filmation animated series starring He-Man & She-Ra, the movies The Secret of the Sword and A Christmas Special are summarized with a wealth of information that is beautifully laid out in a cohesive manner that is easy on the eyes and super fun to explore.

Click here to read the entire review at Forces of Geek.com

Superman vs. Aliens

The year is 1995 and like many teenagers entering high school, football practice, parties, social status, pro wrestling, (which didn’t bode well for my social status) and that pesky thing called homework occupied my time and took me out of the comic book game.

That didn’t stop me from noticing the onslaught of promotional material, whenever I would walk by my local comic book shop for the first DC/Dark Horse crossover featuring the Man of Steel and the Alien Xenomorphs from the film series.

For the first time, the Dark Horse Comics/DC: Superman, a 400-page trade paperback version of this intergalactic smackdown as well as other cross company collaborations featuring Superman, has been released just in time for the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi blockbuster Aliens.

Featuring a cover promoting Superman fighting Aliens seems a little misleading, as I was surprised that the second half of the book has nothing to do with the Alien franchise. The stories of Superman/Tarzan: Son of the Jungle and Superman/Madman Hullabaloo do little to augment the event advertised on the cover. Superman vs. Aliens and the 2002 sequel Superman vs. Aliens: God War spearheads this collection.

Click here to read the entire review at Forces of Geek.com

WWE Payback Preview & Predictions

WWE Payback will emanate from Chicago’s Allstate Arena in just a few hours. This card is shaping up to be one of the best WWE pay-per-view events in years. There is a lot of intrigue centered on the WWE Championship match between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles.

There are lots of questions to be answered with Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson waiting in the wings. Will Roman Reigns turn heel? Is it AJ Styles who goes to the dark side? How about the rumored main roster debut of Finn Balor? Can anyone say Bullet Club or Roman Empire?

Frank Dee and I preview the entire card, give our predictions and more on the official You Tube channel of Gerweck.net.

Happy New Year from The Greene Screen

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With a new year comes change and I believe it’s time for me to make some changes with my writing. Don’t worry, The Green Screen isn’t going anywhere, but there will be a shift in focus in the coming months. I don’t want to put my cards on the table just yet, but I think it will streamline things.

I haven’t forgot about my Star Wars: The Force Awakens review. It will be published this Friday at Forces of Geek.com. I put off the review because I didn’t want to write it while I was consumed by the wonder and nostalgia of it all. I want to write an in-depth review after seeing the film a few more times.

I truly appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read anything I’ve written on my blog, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Star Wars and The Power of Costume

My wife and I went to New York City last weekend and visited Discovery Times Square for the grand opening of their newest exhibit. Star Wars and The Power of Costume takes a deep dive into the vastly creative aesthetics that help define the classic characters who occupy a galaxy far, far away.

The ardent fan inside of me was cautiously excited when I handed in my ticket at the box office. Would the experience instill a deeper appreciation for this dynamic and classic story, or would my $49.50 give me nothing more than a birds eye view of “cool stuff” from the movies?

I snapped a lot of pictures and you can view even more of them along with my review of the exhibition  at Forces of Geek.com

Supergirl Takes Flight

 

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If you’ve watched any television program on CBS over the past several weeks, then you’ve seen the bombardment of advertisements for the newest show to enter the superhero fray.

Supergirl is here at last…officially. The fact that Supergirl was ordered to series before the pilot was even filmed tells you that CBS is banking on this property to become one of its flagship shows. Programming based on comic book entities is all the rage right now, so it’s a calculated risk.

This is a chance for the network to, in some ways, succeed where DC Comics has failed with the character. The majority of Supergirl’s notoriety comes from the wide array of Halloween costumes you can buy in her likeness. Many of them are tailored in the promiscuous persuasion, therefore highlighting sexiness over heroism.

Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti, along with executive producer Ali Adler, look to do the character justice as this is the first female lead superhero of a comic book show, which is kind of amazing considering the slew of Marvel films that have been released.

CLICK HERE for the rest of my review of the Supergirl pilot at Forces of Geek.com

Star Wars Reads Day

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This past Saturday marked the fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day! There were thousands of events being held all over the globe as this wide ranging celebration is on a mission to promote literacy while uniting fans of the franchise.

I’m going to be honest, I never knew that Star Wars Reads Day was even a thing until my editor at Forces of Geek asked me to write an article about it. Once I looked into what this event was, it really resonated with me because Star Wars taught me how to read.  Continue reading