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Short Review: Star Wars Aftermath

Star Wars novels and comic books are a mixed bag. On one hand, they are licensed by Lucasfilm and sometimes really do have consequence. The urban city of Coruscant popped up in Dark Empire and the Heir to the Empire series originally and was then introduced as the predominant setting of much of the events in the prequel films.

Likewise, Mother Talzin, a major character in the hit show Star Wars: Clone Wars, originally appeared in Dark Horse's comic book line. Nevertheless, the stuff you read in Star Wars books can easily be of no consequence - the Tales of the Bounty Hunter series showed an origin for Boba Fett completely unlike what we saw in the prequels while the original expanded universe novels of the 1990s showed Han and Leia with multiple children, none of whom were named Ben.

So I read a book like Aftermath with trepidation. It's fun to read - it ties the trilogies together and helps it all seem cohesive and interconnected - but it could all be totally irrelevant. We get to see the start of a Star Wars galaxy politics in Aftermath that makes the rise of an Empire like "First Order" make sense in the larger Star Wars plot - many planets began to worry early on that the New Republic would not be bold enough and would allow for the sort of chaos that led to the Empire in the first place.

Chuck Wendig's portrayal of Jakku is my favorite part of the book. Wendig shows Jakku, a planet that played a big role in Force Awakens, as Tattooine on a hard drug like meth or steroids - it's even more desolate, even more hostile and even more out there, with those unfortunate to be there only hoping to be someplace further in on the Outer Rim like Tattooine.

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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

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Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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