Republic Commando: Hard Contact (Star Wars Legends)
Vol 1 - The Defense of Kamino & Other Tales
There's some really good stuff here, especially the last story which featured Jedi who did not wish to involve themselves in the Clone Wars. And hey, I'm always happy to see Quinlan Vos. The Mon Calamari-centric story was by far the weakest inside this volume and it was so jarring since it was surrounded by markedly better comics.
Vol 3 - Last Stand on Jabiim
Although I have yet to finish my re-read of this particular series, I can tell you that is the best volume - and that it contains the best stories ever released during the run of the Republic comics. They still blow me away. I find myself thinking about these pages at odd moments, even years later, so of course I was delighted when Jabiim appeared in the Disney Obi-Wan series. Well, it wasn't quiiiite the Jabiim I remembered. I remember rain and blood and despair. Anyway, I can't recommend this volume enough.
Vol 9 - Endgame
Quinlan's story ends here in... a semi-satisfactory manner. He enjoyed certain protections from The Flannelled One and let's be honest - he's simply too cool to die (heck, in the Disney canon he's apparently still roaming the galaxy during the Kenobi series). Quinlan's survival I'm okay with, especially given the official Lucas seal of approval, but why the other two? Tholme and T'ra Saa aren't even that interesting. This volume ends with the first of the Purge one-shots, which doesn't feel like it belongs in these pages.
Star Wars: Clone Wars (TV adaptation)
I needed a quick refresher of the first Clone Wars series, so I was quite happy to see that this was next on my EU read-through list. But that's all it's good for. The images are horribly pixelated at times, since they are screen grabs from the actual show, and you spend the whole book wishing you were watching the episodes instead.
#1 - The Fight to Survive
by Terry Bisson
Ooof this was not good. Most of it is a retelling of Attack of the Clones, from Boba's point of view, but it really wasn't necessary. The real story doesn't start for some time and it mostly consists of Boba being irritatingly (and uncharacteristically) gullible. There's also a random, inexplicable cameo by Siri Tachi. She didn't actually do anything, much to my disappointment.
#2 - Crossfire
by Terry Bisson
This instalment delivered an actual plot, though not a brilliant one - and Count Dooku, who could have been a great villain, was severely under-utilised. But I'm impressed that a kids' book from 2002 managed to include a non-binary (if alien) character. Boba also made sure to confirm his new friend's gender. A nice surprise.
#3 - Maze of Deception
by Elizabeth Hand
A frustrating read, because Boba was still written as a gullible kid (so gullible, in fact, that my 10-year-old self would have despised him in this book!). At least he had a couple of good moments this time. There seems to be no real difference in writing style, despite another author taking over the series.
#6 - Pursuit
by Elizabeth Hand
Well, I'm not exactly sure what that was, but I know it wasn't good. Boba Fett abandons a bounty for a personal vendetta, then fails at that too. Who is this guy? In fact, I didn't recognise any of the characters in this disaster, even though they were wearing very familiar names. A terrible ending to a meh series.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
I didn't mind this adaptation too much, since it was competently done (unlike the previous film's adaptation) and I liked the subtle changes in illustration which occurred in certain scenes. But the script relies too much on narration in order to fit important details in.
#1 - Hunt the Sun Runner
A decent enough adventure with an intriguing premise, which is surprising given the book's short length. Not brilliant by any means, but also not terrible.
PS: How fortunate that a secondhand copy of this book arrived in my letterbox about 90 minutes before I'd planned to read it!
#3 - The Hostage Princess
So far, these books have been consistently okay and this one is no exception. An amusing romp with a side order of young romance. Alas, I had to read it on a dodgy website, since a year of futile searching has not yielded a secondhand copy anywhere (if you have one, please let me know!).
#6 - The Warlords of Balmorra
Wow, that was one seriously weird book - and nowhere near as fun as the previous five in the series. I found myself hoping that "it ain't over til the Hutt sings" was a real saying instead of a desperate wish and that it was applicable here, but alas no. It was not over. Windham decided to inflict more horrible lyrics on us for several pages. *shudder*
I won't be reading the rest of the series as those books reprint earlier Adventure books.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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