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Star Wars Spotlight: Prelude to Rebellion

Star Wars: Prelude to Rebellion

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

The very first STAR WARS series ended in 1986 and another one would not take its place until 1998. The new STAR WARS launched with a Jan Strnad and Anthony Winn story called “Prelude to Rebellion” starring Jedi Ki-Adi-Mundi on his home planet of Cerea.

Cerea prided itself subsisting mainly without machines, though a potentially dangerous contingent strived to bring technology to the planet. That latter, usually young people, started causing trouble that quickly garnered Ki-Adi-Mundi's attention. Though he intended to do the right thing, Ki also meant to find his missing daughter Sylvn.

Meanwhile, Ephant Mon searched the planet for molecules of Malium which, when processed through the Tecave plant created Guilea, a highly desired euphoric drug wanted through galaxy over.

As tensions rise on Cerea, Ephant Mon decides to abandon the place and head back to his boss: Jabba the Hutt. He does this along with Sylvn and a pair of her fellow pro-tech youths.

Ki-Adi-Mun received special permission from the elders of Cerea to head off-planet along with a trio of droids to save his daughter and stop Ephant. As if an intergalactic rescue mission didn’t offer enough challenges, the freighter also happened to carry two thousand creatures called Divviks. These monsters boasted paralysis inducing bites, plastisteel-eroding saliva, toxic gas-releasing skin, and an imperviousness to blaster fire.

The Jedi and his robot companions waded into battle against the murderous creatures, but soon realized that Ephant Mon’s plans ran deep. Ki let them all go instead of allowing the villain to hurt his daughter and her friends which led them all to Tatooine.

On the desert planet, the hero saved his daughter and also attempted to uncover even more information from Trade Federation members leaving Jabba’s palace. The data proved so useful to the Jedi that Yoda and the others asked him to join the High Council.

A thrilling adventure story, “Prelude to Rebellion” also touches on the positive emotions that fuel Jedis, even if they don’t quite understand them right away. In a flashback, Ki-Adi-Mundi replaces the hatred he feels for an old enemy with pity. Meanwhile, during the main story, he also comes to realize that, even though his many wives have yet to produce a male heir for him—females are born to about a 20:1 ratio to men on Cerea—he needs to appreciate his daughters even more.

From the Jedi Temple Archives

Ki-Adi-Mundi first appears on screen in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” as a member of the Jedi High Council alongside Yoda, Mace Windu, and the rest. In “Attack of the Clones” the Cerean took part in the Battle of Geonosis and survived only to fall like many of his fellow Jedi at the hands of a Clone Trooper in “Revenge of the Sith” after Palpatine gives Order 66. Leading a mission on Mygeeto, Ki-Adi-Mundi uses his lightsaber to deflect several blasts, but not all of them. After getting hit in the gut, he stumbled to the ground where he could not defend himself against a barrage of blaster fire.

Next, take a walk on the Dark Side with the Darth Sidious' first apprentice in DARTH MAUL by Ron Marz and Jan Duursema.

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Psych Ward: Ant-Man

Ant-Man

This writer, acting as a surrogate for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, evaluated one (1) Scott Lang, better known as the super powered vigilante Ant-Man, as part of his intake into federal holding.

While Lang has, at times, served as part of the Avengers and been typically thought of as a hero, his current incarceration is not without precedent. Before his time as a costumed hero, he had a “career” of sorts as a fairly skilled thief.

The client largely declined to discuss recent events of his life, repeatedly citing he was doing so on advice from his lawyer. The therapist reminded him that such discussions would be confidential and not visible to anyone behind Psychological Services and certainly could not be used against him in any further hearings. Additionally, the therapist questioned what attorney might be telling the client this as he had received no such visitors and was not known to retain counsel at this time. Lang was largely indifferent to responding to these claims as well.

However, the session was not without merit. For one, the therapist feels confident in declaring the client is able to understand and relate to others and is able to feel a range of emotions about his fellow people including empathy. There is no need to concern a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Similarly, while the client does come from a lifestyle that trades in violence, he seems to take no particular delight in fighting with or hurting others.

With one exception (see below), the feeling that most dominated the proceedings was one of shame. Lang seems to have returned to crime for with no zeal for it, over his desires and better judgment and certainly would rather not be behind bars. While he can be flippant and dismissive, it rarely hides a man who seems genuinely disappointed in his circumstances and in himself. The times he expresses contrition do not seem false but rather moments of honesty that slip away from him before he can catch himself.

The most important thing revealed in the evaluation is that Lang has a strong connection to his daughter, one (1) Cassandra “Cassie” Lang. In fact, his return to criminal behaviors, he alluded, was motivated by his love and concern for her. The client presented far differently while discussing her—more elaborative, more willing to be open and honest about his emotions, more affect present and observable.

Unfortunately, attempts to further the discussion were shut down. At this time, the writer cannot even say with any certainty the fate of Ms. Lang nor the state of the client’s relationship to his daughter at this time.

To complete my report, I will be consulting with Doctors Nick Spencer and Roman Rosanas who have prior experience with the client. Our full report will be available in the file entitled ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11 on August 31. Scott Lang has turned down further counseling at this time, despite possible secondary benefits of seeking out therapy and possibly improving his chances at early release. Nonetheless, this writer will continue to monitor the client’s assimilation into the institute’s population and offer services again in about 3 months’ time, if he does not seek them prior to that.

The writer at this time does not feel comfortable estimating the client’s chance of recovery as a formal diagnosis remains unclear. While he has tremendous resources including long-held connections to the super hero community, he also, clearly has a tremendous capacity for ill-considered self-destructive behaviors that further make estimating his recovery chances difficult. Perhaps Doctors Spencer and Rosanas report will provide further clarity.

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Exclusive ‘Con Man’ Season 2 trailer debut channels ‘The Right Stuff’

“Con Man,” the adorably meta comedy web series about one actor’s struggle to get off of the convention circuit, and into mainstream Hollywood is coming back for a second season. And here’s the first sneak peek of Season 2 starring Alan Tudyk with all “the wrong stuff.” 

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Evolving the Uncanny Inhumans

Uncanny Inhumans pencils by Carlos Pacheco

Civil War II might be packed with conflict and trouble stemming from Ulysses’ future-seeing abilities, but there’s plenty of room to explore all that in even greater detail in the pages of UNCANNY INHUMANS.

Written by Charles Soule and drawn by Carlos Pacheco, the ongoing series dives even more deeply into the Inhumans and their struggles with Iron Man and his side of the conflagration which continues to heat up month after month.

Pacheco, who actually co-wrote an INHUMANS limited series in 2000, talks to us about working with Soule, the importance of Lockjaw and how the Inhumans have changed in 16 years.

Marvel.com: You worked on an INHUMANS limited series previously. How has the group changed between now and then in your eyes?

Carlos Pacheco: So much that they seem to me another bunch of characters. Not just because of the physical changes that have affected Triton, Karnak, or Gorgon, but for the fact of the coming of a bunch of brand new characters that have substituted [for] them in the lead roles.

Concepts like the Nu-Humans have also expanded the limits of the initial concept that basically were just a transposition of “Lost Horizon.” Jack Kirby's fascination for “alien activities” with human—remember the Eternals—and the even stranger American fascination for the Monarchy!

Marvel.com: Did any of the updated Inhuman looks or new members offer you any challenges when first tackling the book?

Carlos Pacheco: Yes, Triton has become a sorta Jack of Hearts! He’s not a new member, but to me he’s the most complicated to work with. I love to draw Medusa as well. Lash is a challenge to me.

Marvel.com: How do the Inhumans stack up against their opponents on a power and physical level?

Carlos Pacheco: Lockjaw changes any possible balance. He’s the pivotal key in any conflict the Inhumans may have with anybody in any super hero universe.

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Charles on this book so far?

Carlos Pacheco: Wonderful! He's building an Inhumans universe that keeps the inner logic of this particular universe and he’s expanding the limits of it beyond the traditional concept the reader had about them. And that’s perfect in the moment that comics are living today: preserve the tradition and build a new future. That’s pretty good.

To see the next stage in the evolution of the team, be sure to check out UNCANNY INHUMANS #12, available this week, and #13 coming August 31 by Charles Soule and Carlos Pacheco!

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