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Star Wars: Episode VII Contains This Fun Nod To Han Solo’s Mischievous Ways

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Han SoloIt’s no secret that Han Solo and Harrison Ford are both back for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. That’s about all we know for sure (except for that whole broken leg thing), but at least it’s something. We’ve heard rumors and unofficial reports about what he might be up to, but that’s all it is at this point. Still, if this latest bit of information has any truth to it, it could be a fun little nod to longtime fans of the franchise.

This may stray into SPOILER territory, so read on if you dare. It’s not huge, but you’ve been warned.

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Star Wars Humble Bundle Will Net You Tons Of Comics Awesomeness

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SWHumbleWe’re excited to see what the future has to hold in Marvel’s new Star Wars comics that are launching early next year, which will spin new stories of Han, Luke, and Leia (not to mention Darth Vader himself). But if the wait until January just seems unbearably long and you need a Star Wars comics fix stat, why not dive into the past? Specifically into Dark Horse’s extensive back catalog of Star Wars titles. Now you’ve got a perfect way to do so, as this month’s Humble Bundle includes nearly $200 worth of Star Wars awesomeness…and you can decide how much you want to pay for the lot of it.

If you’re not familiar with the whole Humble Bundle concept, here’s how it works. This month’s Humble Bundle includes 89 comics from a dozen different Star Wars series, each giving you the first few issues so you can get a feel for which series you might want to read further. All the titles are available in a variety of formats, and all are DRM free. As I said above, you get to decide how much you want to pay for the Bundle. So you could technically pay $0.01, but only if you’re a dick, because this thing benefits charity. Specifically the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which fights censorship and defends the first amendment rights of comic creators. You can even decide how you’d like your donation to be divided between the Dark Horse creators and the CBLDF.

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Star Wars Rebels: This Is Your First Look At Darth Vader In Spark Of Rebellion

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Star Wars Rebels is exciting for a variety of reasons. It’s our first new look into the ever-expanding post-Disney-buyout universe of the beloved space opera franchise. Second, it’s a good time, capturing the look and feel of the original franchise. And third, it’s about to give us our best look at Darth Vader in quite a while. Better than that, James Earl Jones is returning to voice the iconic villain for the first time in years. What? You still need more than that? How about this: here’s your first short glimpse at the Sith baddie.

We’ve seen an image that appeared a while back, but this is the first footage of Vader’s return. Admittedly, this isn’t much of a look, and you don’t really get much beyond a looming head and some deep breathing. Still, that’s not bad. And it may be enough to get you giggling just a little bit, similar to a kid on Christmas morning when you spy your first present.

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Star Wars Rebels Ignites A Legacy In These New Clips And Featurettes

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Star Wars Rebels is the first new addition to the canon since Disney bought Lucasfilm a few years back, and it certainly appears that people were hungry for new adventures in that far, far away galaxy. Along with positive reviews, the series debut garnered record ratings, and in advance of tonight’s new episode, we’ve got a couple of new clips and two new behind the scenes videos to fill the time between now and then.

Rebels actually premiered a few weeks back with the hour-long “movie” episode “Spark of Rebellion,” but the series proper didn’t truly start until last Monday with “Droids in Distress.” The episode scored 1.03 million viewers, making it Disney XD’s highest rated series debut since the network began back in 1999. Half of these viewers fell in the target 6-14 demographic, but there were quite a few older folks watching as well, as one of the things Rebels has been praised for is capturing not only the look, but the feel of the original trilogy.

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Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine Has This Strange First Name

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PalpatineWe just wrote about how Warwick Davis, Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi, will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII (though we don’t know if he’ll reprise that role, or figure in some other way). With the continuing expansion of the universe, he’s not the only one coming back—we already know about the like of Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and others—and the Emperor is another. He’s not, however, going to show up where you might initially expect him, and when he does, we’ll learn something about him we didn’t know, his first name.

The Emperor won’t appear in Episode VII, at least we don’t expect him to, despite some rumors that have made the rounds—I guess it is possible he could appear in a flashback like Vader is rumored to—but he will show up in the canon once again. This specific instance that we’re talking about, however, will go down in one of the new novels slated to form key pieces of the universe. He’s in James Luceno’s upcoming canon novel Tarkin, which is scheduled to hit bookshelves on November 4, and, after 34 years, we finally know his first name, and it’s not something you hear everyday.

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Star Wars 7: Warwick Davis Is Officially Back, Watch Him Celebrate

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As far as returning characters go in the expanding Star Wars universe, we know most of the ones that will be back. Darth Vader will pop up in Star Wars Rebels, and Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and most of the other big timers will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. But as Disney develops the canon across a variety of platforms, you have to wonder about some of the more cursory personalities. Today we learned about one of these: Warwick Davis will appear in Episode VII.

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