Have been eagerly anticipating the new look STAR WARS INSIDER to see what changes TITAN were going to make to the magazine. Would we see a return to form for the magazine we loved in 1995-2000? Would TITAN be doing a magazine along the excellent lines of John Freeman’s Editorship of the stand alone British magazine from 1995-1997? Would we get great features, interviews, rare photos galore again?
In a word: no.
Sorry to say, but I thought that, apart from one photo I’ve never seen before (a great pic of Darth Vader watching injured Rebel prisoners taken away in the Rebel Blockade Runner), and the 1975 storyboards, TITAN’s first new issues was DREADFUL!! My heart sank when I read it from cover to last page in about ten minutes… Absolutely dreadful. We all thought that the last few years of the magazine weren’t as good as when Scott Chernoff and the other guys were writing it, but this new look is WORSE!!
I’ve worked in contract publishing for many years, and I’ve seen the quality of magazines deteriorate into bite sizes, short attention span featurettes. Sadly, STAR WARS has joined that trend.
Printed on cheap paper, with the same old photos being regurgitated, with kids magazine layouts, bare bone features, tons of product placement, if this is the re-invention of STAR WARS then I won’t be renewing my subscription after the anniversary celebrations are over…
All the potential for STAR WARS, the ANNIVERSARY, everything. Even the PREQUELS aren’t getting much of a look in and there are still lots of areas in that aspect of the Saga to be covered.
This is a big disappointment. Can the 100 page anniversary issue coming in two months be an improvement? God, lets hope so. Otherwise, I may just be readig the J.W.Rinzler book for the next three years until the cartoon and live action TV series…
What does everyone else out there think??