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Darth Vader #1: Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

BYRON MCLEOD

With George Lucas giving the rights of the Star Wars franchise over to Disney, Star Wars has had a massive revitalisation and influx of new things to keep fans happy for years to come. With the recent release of the second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and the recent trailer release of the game Star Wars Battlefront, it comes as no surprise that Marvel has released new comics focusing on the characters from the original series.

Darth Vader #1 is a new edition to the Star Wars franchise. Fans get to see a comic solely focused on one of the most recognised villains of all time. From the outset, the comic is beautiful, the artwork is crisp, and the scenery feels as if it was painted on a canvas from a scene in one of the franchise’s older movies. While the prequels in the franchise focused on the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader, not much has been done on the aftermath, the part where Vader has conquered the galaxy with The Emperor and their attempts to maintain dominion over the empire. In the comic, Vader is sent to Jabba the Hutt by The Emperor after failing to protect the Death Star on the moon Yavin 4. The comic’s writers have found a balance in the portrayal of Darth Vader. The audience is able to feel the anger and frustration felt by Vader, but they are able to do this without the need for long soliloquies. This is then able to increase the exciting aspects of Darth Vader himself, and explores elements of the character that are sure to keep action-lovers turning pages. The only fault found in Darth Vader#1 is that some scenes are portrayed with close up shots that can be confusing for inexperienced comic readers as they will struggle to figure out what is going on, which somewhat takes away from the experience.

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The beat of a generation

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE

The Beatniks, or Beat Generation as they became known, consisted of a number of American authors who met in New York City and became prominent in the 1950s. They inspired the “Beat” culture in which a hedonistic lifestyle of drug use, sexual exploration, rejection of conformity and materialism, and questioning religion were the main ideologies. Alan Ginsberg’s Howl (1956), William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (1957) and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) are some of the best known works in Beat literature.

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Ikarus

SHAUN SPROULE

Deon Meyer’s long-awaited novel has finally been released. The next instalment of the Bennie Griessel story is here and is sure to keep you turning pages in this exciting next chapter of everyone’s favourite South African detective.

 

Christmas is a time to be with family and enjoy time off from work. A storm on 17 December brings with it a storm of another sort for detective Bennie Griessel and his partner Vaughn Cupido. The body of Ernst Richter, who has been missing for a month, is found on the beaches of Cape Town. Richter is a notorious and much-hated internet entrepreneur who is the owner of the website Alibi.co.za. Alibi is a company that creates excuses for cheating men and women, so it comes as no surprise that the list of suspects is extraordinarily long. The SAPS in Tableview and Stellenbosch don’t want to take the case because of the manpower required, difficulty and media coverage over the murder, not to mention the pressure from high up to get the case solved with as few hitches as possible. The case is taken by the Falcons, headed by Cupido for once, as Griessel’s struggle with his drinking habit continues. During the investigation, Cupido struggles with falling in love with one of the main suspects. All this happens while the story of the wine farm heir, Francois du Toit, starts to unravel.

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Author from Tuks publishes debut novel

THOMAS MARAIS

FJ Labuschagne is a former Tuks law student who completed his postgraduate studies at UP last year. Labuschagne spoke to Perdeby about his debut novel, Beseringstyd (injury time), which was published in October 2014.

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An introduction to the world of manga

KOJO ESSAH

When we hear the word literature, we immediately think of poetry or prose. Due to our lack of exposure to this medium, we never think of manga. Manga are comics created in Japan or by Japanese artists in a very distinctive style that is said to have developed in the late 19th century. Manga, like novels, span a wide range of genres and most anime is based on manga. Perdeby has compiled a list of manga that has redefined this medium.

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