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  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three by Gary Gerani Book Review

    Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three by  Gary Gerani

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Concluding the galactic adventures of George Lucas’ original trilogy, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three by Gary Gerani continues the comprehensive cataloging of the pocket-sized collectibles celebrating the epic finale between both sides of the Force.  Introduced by and offering additional commentary throughout, former Topps Company wiz Gerani recounts the excitement of reading the film’s screenplay far ahead of release and the incredible transformation of working hand in hand with small upstart company Lucasfilm during the original film to the awe-inspiring enterprise it became by the franchise’s third chapter.  In just several short pages, Gerani’s vivid memories and contagious excitement are expressed in such detail that allows readers to fully appreciate the creative thought process behind Topps’ followup to their successful Empire Strikes Back line.

    Presenting the complete set of both series consisting of a whopping 220 cards and 55 stickers, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three once again displays the storytelling snapshots of action and adventure in crisp color with additional photos of unopened trading card wraps, vintage display boxes and nostalgic advertisement sheets also included.  As bittersweet as its cinematic counterpart, Topps’ final two series capped off several years of exciting collecting for fans with Gerani’s latest work standing as a fitting farewell and warm companion piece for those yearning to have their commonly bent and damaged vintage cards beautifully honored in one lavish hardcover.  Sending readers off with four limited-edition trading cards exclusively created by Abrams ComicArts, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three is another must-have for rebels across the galaxy.

    Available now from Abrams ComicArtsStar Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three can be purchased via AbramsBooks.comAmazon.com and other fine retailers.

  • Knight Rider: Volume 1 by Geoffrey Thorne, Jason Johnson, Shannon Eric Denton and Brian Denham Book Review

    Knight Rider, Volume 1 by Geoffrey Thorne, Jason Johnson, Shannon Eric Denton and Brian Denham

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Based on the 80s hit television show starring David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider makes an action-packed return courtesy of IDW Publishing.  Given a modern facelift for a new generation, Knight Rider focuses on secret agent Michael Knight assigned to protect his girlfriend Dr. Katherine Beachum and her top secret Project: Rider.  After a ruthless team of mercenaries interrupt their plans, Michael and a mysterious ally named Bishop, team up to protect Katherine and the highly intelligent Rider vehicle.  Packed with plenty of thrills and horsepower, Knight Rider, Volume 1 collects the first eight issues of the popular comic series.

    Sticking true to its source material, Knight Rider takes the hokey yet, undeniably cool concept and refashions it for a current, more tech-savvy generation that aren’t so fast to question the believability of a talking Trans Am.  Set in the sunny climate of California, secret agent Michael Knight’s date with girlfriend Dr. Katherine Beachum quickly goes from 0 to 60 after a group of shrouded mercenaries intend on abducting Beachum and her highly desired secret project.  Upon realizing that Knight‘s organization has been compromised, he has no one to turn to except Bishop, a mysterious likeminded agent determined to assist him in keeping Katherine and her technology safe.  In addition, Knight forges an unlikely partnership with the doctor’s life work, the intelligent Rider vehicle capable of immeasurable talents, to bring the mercenaries down.  As a nonstop barrage of high-speed chases and shootouts ensue, conspiracies are uncovered and danger looms at every turn.  Spending the bulk of the collection on this exciting precursor tale, Knight Rider supplies readers with an action-packed backstory on Michael Knight before his more familiar vigilante efforts with KITT, the talking Trans Am, take place by its conclusion.  

    Excellently illustrated and maintaining a tight pace, Knight Rider, Volume 1 keeps the fun and flair of its nostalgic television beginnings while, injecting a contemporary tone where face changes and vehicular A.I. feels more fitting and even cooler.  With its pedal to the metal on high-octane action and adventure, Knight Rider, Volume 1 is a fitting modernization that welcomes Michael Knight and KITT back into the fast lane once again.

    Available now from IDW Publishing, Knight Rider, Volume 1 can be purchased via IDWPublishing.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other fine retailers.