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Author: Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli (Illustrator), Jim Cheung (Illustrator)
Reading Date: June 22, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Book Summary: Join Vader as he learns a new way — the way of Darth Sidious and his newly formed Empire…the way of the dark side.
Book Review: Real Rating: 4.5
The events of this new series take place shortly after the ending of Revenge of the Sith.
In this issue, Vader's ship was stolen by thieves and Palpatine has ordered him to go retrieve it. Vader finds the thieves and proceeds to annihilate them.
The scene changes to Mid-Rim Jedi Outpost where Clonetroops are messing around with lightsabers as they are processing inventory at the Outpost. They are conversing about how they won't be the ones protecting and annihilating any new threats that may come to the Empire. It is then one of them announces the incoming of a ship.
It is Vader and he is contacted by the Clones, announcing not to come any closer but Vader ignores this and destroys them. The ones at the base are watching in horror and wonder if not all of the Jedi have been destroyed. As Vader's ship docks, one of them believes that if they have the ability to protect the Outpost, then maybe the Emperor would promote them to the red uniforms that would allow them to stand beside him.
As Vader appears, the Clones engage him until Vader force calls a nearby lightsaber to his hand. It is at this moment, the Clones believe that not all Jedi were destroyed. Unfortunately the Clones don't stand a chance against Vader and are destroyed by him.
Vader walks over to the computer and asks his droid if the computer contains any archive of the Jedi. The Droid tells Vader that yes and Vader asks it Barash Vow before the purge. The Droid questions this and Vader tells him to do as he commands. The Droid returns that an answer would help him in requiring the needed information. Vader explains that he has been tasked with finding a Jedi and taking his Kyber Crystal from him.
It is at this time an explosion device is tossed toward the unaware Vader and two Clones appear, demanding that he surrender to them. Unfortunately for them, Vader doesn't obey their orders and takes them out before heading out to his ship.
I won't spoil the rest but I must admit this comic is really interesting and the art is great. I love the idea of knowing how Vader obtains his Kyber Crystal as well as learning what he has been doing between Episodes 3 and 4.
Vader is an interesting character and we know very little of what he was up to before we see him in Episode 4. I am hoping this establish even into the Rogue One storyline and that we learn a little bit more of his time during that stage and what his thoughts are before his arrival on Leia's ship.
Overall, this comic is a great introduction into Vader's life shortly after his "rebirth" as a Sith Lord. If you have not seen Episodes 1 - 3, this comic may contain spoilers for those movies but it may be little depending on if Vader does any sort of reminiscing of his past, which in all honesty, I don't see him doing as it really sort of goes against his character at this point.
The action is pretty good and you will get a chance to see how powerful Vader can and will be as we get closer to his arrival in Rogue One and Episode 4.
Summary: Starscream reluctantly endures Hot Rod's presence in his tower, while Rodimus seeks out distractions to pass the time, and makes a new friend.
( Starscream was an aft and rude besides, but at least he had good taste in fantasies. )
Via Tom Coates, who writes:
I went to Moss Landing, as I often do when I'm down that part of the coast, because you can see Sea Otters from the beach park. Unusually this time though, one of the otters was on the beach and I managed to take this photo from a little cliff above them. I needed a decent size zoom and I cropped the picture quite a lot to get it. I made sure not to disturb the otter.
- Wash the dishes in your sink
- Get your outfit for tomorrow together, including accessories
- Set up coffee/tea/breakfast
- Make your lunch
- Put your keys somewhere obvious
- Wash your face and brush your teeth
- Take your medication/set out your meds for the morning
- Charge your electronics
- Pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl (if you don’t have pets or children or sleepwalking adults)
- Set your alarm
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour
Date: June 24, 2017
It's the opening day of the ICC Women's World Cup! If you haven't yet taken a whack at the whimsical wickets of our Doodle cricket game, prepare to be bowled over!
Ah, summer: the sound of leather on willow, and the spectacle of cricket ... cricket! As the tournament begins, something buzzes outside. A team of crickets sans tickets have set up their own wickets for a game of pest cricket! As they face their archrivals, the snails, it’s sure to be a match for the centuries. Don’t be fooled by their sluggish looks — these fielders can be fast on their feet!
To celebrate the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup, we’re inviting everyone to tap/click and take a swing at our pocket-size game!
We know that cricket is loved worldwide, so we wanted to make sure our Doodle works for everyone, including those on slower mobile networks. We kept the file size fly-sized, and the result is our smallest interactive Doodle ever — even snail networks can load it in seconds.
Whether you're enjoying the tournament at a snail’s pace or bowling faster than the beat of a hummingbird's wings, here's hoping you hit it out of the park this summer!
Eng: Jacob Howcroft
Art Direction: Matt Cruickshank
Additional Eng: Mark Ivey
Additional Sound Design: Leon Hong
Project Management/Production: Greg Capuano, Perla Campos
Below are samples of test animation and development designs along the way:
Location: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Dominica, Guyana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
It’s time to put your paws in the air and welcome our latest Star Kit, Legs. She is a 5 week old Tabby from Gainesville, Florida.
Legs is one of four beautiful babies born by a stray queen at a tiny little apartment complex in Gainesville, FL. Unlike her other brothers and sisters, she was born with twisted back legs, also known as Swimmer’s Legs. Even with her disability, she still scoots around, plays, dominates, eats, and defecates. She is the most shy out of all her siblings, but is loving in her own little way.
Already having two cats, she is the only one of the kittens we are keeping, due to believing if we turn her into a rescue or shelter, she will have the highest chance of being euthanized. We are willing to put the time and effort into her care, and don’t believe she is suffering or deserving of being put “out of her misery”.
Date: June 24, 2017
Integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit — all of these are on display at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, South Korea. Oh, and some pretty impressive knee strikes and reverse round kicks!
The World Taekwondo Championships have taken place every other year since 1973. Outside of the Olympics, they’re the most prestigious event for those who practice the sport — in fact, the seven days feature more competitors from a greater number of nations than does the four-day Olympic event. Many talented athletes will make names for themselves at the championships this year, and their careers will be carefully followed by taekwondo enthusiasts as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach.
Though taekwondo is an intensely physical sport, its philosophical roots center on the building of a more peaceful society. By cultivating a foundation of respect, humility, and control in the individual, practitioners of taekwondo aim to inspire this sense of responsibility and spirituality in others through their actions and teachings.
Today’s Doodle was created with community and diversity in mind. Who will emerge victorious in this year’s Worlds? We can’t wait to find out!
Early Draft Concepts