Star Wars Blaster Canon Podcast: Alphabet Squadron, San Diego Comic-Con 2019 News

Our Star Wars podcast hosts comment on news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and critique Alexander Freed's Alphabet Squadron.

Alphabet Squadron book cover

Although Star Wars Celebration wasn’t that long ago, there was still plenty of Star Wars news left to announce at San Diego Comic-Con this year, mostly in the comics arena. On this month’s episode of Star Wars Blaster Canon podcast, we tackle several reveals including one of the biggest: the comic ministries The Rise of Kylo Ren. We also talk about why Charles Soule is the perfect writer for this tale of the dark side and how Kylo Ren’s story is particularly suited to comics.

A The Rise of Skywalker prequel comic, Allegiance, was also announced, but we’re tired of prequel comics that manage not to add anything to canon. And in other tie-in news, the first season of the animated TV show Resistance comes to home media, but unfortunately, the release is only on DVD.

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Our main topic this week is the novel Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed, the first in a trilogy. We talk about why military stories appeal to us, how Alphabet Squadron manages to be both slow and propulsive, and how the main character is suitably complex. Alphabet Squadron also gives us an opportunity to do an overview of the new continuity. It can be awkward when one piece of tie-in media needs to dance around the history of a character who might yet appear in another story. How does Hera Syndulla fare in this book, and how can Star Wars strike a balance between maintaining continuity and giving beloved characters cameos?

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Megan Crouse writes about Star Wars and pop culture for StarWars.comStar Wars Insider, and Den of Geek. Read more of her work here. Find her on Twitter @blogfullofwords.