Star Wars: Dear Lord Please Don’t Let Me #*$&! This Up


According to Deadline’s press release, Rian Johnson will be taking over creative duties for Star Wars VIII and IX. Johnson is known for his critically acclaimed independent movies such as Brick and Brothers Bloom as well as his most recent film, Looper. Currently, this makes three indie directors who’ve been tapped to fill in the mighty big shoes of George Lucas. There’s Josh Trank who directed the 2012’s criminally overlooked superhero movie Chronicle. Meanwhile, Garth Edwards previously captured the colossal scale of Godzilla and Monsters.

Now, before thinking our beloved franchise is being handed off to a bunch of kids with delusions of grandeur, there are some things to consider. First of all, George Lucas took in indie directors for V and VI. Also, Much like what George Lucas pulled off with THX 1138, Monsters, Looper and Chronicle showcase how to capture big ideas with a shoestring budget. This practical approach from independent directors has a history of paying off big for fans. For example, look at Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Although JJ Abrams gave the audience memorable, albeit superfluous, special effects in Star Trek, it’d be nicer for Star Wars sequels to pull us in with character drama rather than rely upon expensive CGI like the prequels.

In addition, Rian Johnson response to the press release conjures up the spirit of young George Lucas. The man who was sweating away in the desert moping to Stephen Spielberg about how Star Wars is sure to be the lowest point in his career. Granted, because Star Wars was a nightmare from it’s conception to it’s post production, Lucas had every right to think he hit bottom, yet Star Wars somehow marked a new age of cinema.

Maybe it’s a tad sadistic, but it’s refreshing Disney is willing to let these directors take the reigns. Sure, they’re cheaper than say JJ Abrams or Joss Whedon, but it also benefits the fans because smaller name directors who work under larger amounts of pressure have often produced great pieces of cinema. Maybe this perspective is a tad optimistic, but who are we kidding? Anything tagged with the Star Wars brand will dominate the box office, but that sadly includes Phantom Menace. However, maybe a fresh vision will bring Star Wars back to its former glory.  

She-Hulk #1-2 (2014) Review

Charles Soule
Javier Pulido

She Hulk is a Marvel title much like Superior Foes and Hawkguy. Rather than go for broke over the top action and cliffhangers, this is Marvel’s situational comedy line up. After discovering she was being exploited by her bosses for her super connections, Jennifer “She Hulk” Walter decides it’s time for her to set up her own Law firm. Each scene is packed with clever and well paced humor. It’s fun watching Stark’s legal representative’s word balloon turn into legal jargon and fine print forcing the readers and witnesses nod their heads or walk away. Other creative choices for paneling which really make the humor pop out is the run around during phone conversations scene or getting the nickel tour of the Super’s office building. Just like Marvel’s other comedy line up, the art has a minimalist feel but they certainly demonstrated that doesn’t hold back the creative ways to deliver a punchline. It’s definitely nice to have series like this in the Marvel world. With all the epic and world ending crossovers, it’s nice that they are able to relax and have time to poke fun at themselves.