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James Bond: Agent of the Empire – SWBTF #49

Jahan CrossStar Wars: Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse, John Ostrander, all on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to discuss the James Bond of all Star Wars stories, Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!

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Oh no! One of the two biggest collecting fan’s nightmare scenario’s come to life; Mark’s studio is flooding still! (Fire being the other) A soaked studio won’t stop his signal though, Mark, like the Rebellion struggles on in the name of freedom in the face of tyranny!

Jumping back into the comic, we have Jahan Cross, Super Spy! James Bond look-out, Jason Borne move over, Cross is the new spy in a galaxy far, far away. Another tragic hero of the Empire, blindly serving the galaxy’s greatest evil. The story is so good, Nathan fears they may advance the plot and jump the shark. Could it be the case with Cross? Mark hopes they take their time with Cross’s character. Both hosts find it one of the BEST current comic series out there.

This series pushes the envelope when it comes to adult content, but it also plays into the typical Bond style story that is the setting of this series. So we’re letting it slid this time.

Wait…. Han and Chewie factor in? Aren’t these two everywhere anyway? That’s ok, the hosts both enjoyed their use this time, and they will tell you why. Nathan explains the one thing that kicked him out of the series harder than a ship dropping out of hyperspace with a broken hyperdrive. Tehcno-Arachnophobia anyone? Mark prefers a Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fame style villain to the Techno-Spider-Human hybrid enemy that we got in the Iron Eclipse arc.

The hosts even wonder if Indiana Jones will be the next theme used down the road…. You never know.

Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much Imperial Spy action in their ONE hour, but don’t worry, give it a go; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even get a little education on the EU while you’re at it. But no matter how you slice it and dice it, you’ll be having another adventure Beyond the Films. So sit back, hang on, enjoy the show, and may the Force be with you!

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Dawn of the Je’daii – SWBTF #28

Greetings Fanboys, Fangirls, EU Fans, and returning Beyonders!
And welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This week, true believers, your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler and The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, invite you to come on a journey into the far flung past of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as they explore the first arc of the new Dawn of the Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics.

Kicking things off, Mark talks about feeling like Wedge Antilles?! Well, sometimes. Both Nathan and Mark talk about why John Ostrander and Jan Duursema are two of their favorite SWEU creators.

Nathan then breaks down the chronology of the story’s setting. As we know; the printed word isn’t always correct.

Mark ponders if we will get a 0.5 issue as we did with Legacy? In fact, both hosts agree that the Zero and Zero Point Five issues set the tone of new eras very well.

In terms of historical story; are we witnessing the first force war? Mark has mentioned before how Dawn of the Jedi feels like a reboot of what we know about Star Wars, now he explains. No Jedi?! And a Clone Wars tie! (a good one) Mark’s talking circles again; and this week he explains bubbles within bubbles.

Is there something “extra-special” going on, on the planet Thyon?

At last Ashla and Bogen arrive! Not just concepts, but also physical locations.

Nathan runs down some places and people giving a  deeper glimpse into the time period.

Sleeper ships! Good Sith? And the evil Rakata, and their Infinite Empire Tatooine with WATER! Yep, we’ve seen it hinted at. Now witness!

And with an early oceanic Tatooine  we also get the Kumumgah, those even less talked about natives of the planet. These guys eventually become the Tusken Raiders and the Jawas! Maybe we’ll see how?

The hosts also focus on Xesh. Xesh… the Silver Surfer of the SWEU.

Mark fanboys’ out over Jan Duursema’s art.

Balance seems to be the key to the setting of Dawn of the Jedi. Each Je’daii is striving for an internal balance. And the planet Tython seems reacts to that balance as well. Xesh’s arrival sent the whole planet into huge Force Storm chaos.

See anything similar in the Je’daii Code with both the Jedi and Sith Codes?

The Je’daii oath:

There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
There is no fear; there is power.
I am the heart of the Force.
I am the revealing fire of light.
I am the mystery of darkness
In balance with chaos and harmony,
Immortal in the Force.

The guys talk tech, samurai like swords, and Rakatan technology.

Another unique thing about this series and it’s tech; no lightsabers… well a Forcesaber. Rakatan tech has a very unique look to it, from the Forcesaber to the Star Forge.

Mark even mentions Star Wars: Riptide’s use of Rakatan tech, and how ironic it is that the Dark Side is what inspired the lightsaber.

Mark digs the sleeper ships and the way they were worked into the story. As well as the old naval feel of most the ships seem in the Zero issue.

Nathan discovers that Spanish has some ancient Sith in it. Hola if you feel me!
And please; tell us if you’ve heard that a Bazillion times before. ;) Ah Earthizms.

The guys run down the many various Kesh’s and how they function. Is this like Force College? How can I earn my Force Major?

Kesh, Crech, or Zesh? Turns out Xesh is pronounced Zesh.

Daegan…. What will he do, and how will it affect the story?

Where are we gonna go next? We later learned at San Diego Comic Con that there will be a Dawn of the Jedi novel soon to come! Into the Void.

Could Xesh be a redeemable character? His story will shed a lot of insight into the Rakatan’s ways. Any way you slice it, it’s going to be a wild time in a new era!

 

So much to discuss this week, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Star Wars Beyond the Films!

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