We’re well out of the wake of SDCC, and even the actors seem to be on vacation. So this is a short one. Comparatively. Cue the tune!
He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.
Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.
Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction.
Tarkin is currently due out in hardcover and eBook on November 4.
Dave Filoni explains why the Empire – and Rebels – needs the Inquisitor. Sounds a lot like some of the stuff the EU had Mara doing, doesn’t it?
Disney plans a ‘significant’ Star Wars presence in parks. The first plans will be revealed next year.
Lest we forget there’s a Celebration coming up in the spring, StarWars.com has provided us with a few deadlines and reminders.
First of all, Dave Filoni is, once again, the convention’s first confirmed guest. Because of course Dave Filoni is going to be there. By April, we’ll presumably have seen the first season of Rebels and be all geared up to hear about the second.
Also returning is Gus Lopez and his Collecting Track and the Art Show. What’s new is a Podcast Stage, which is bound to be… Something. There’s also deadlines for fan programming submissions, fan-built props and fan tables. Media registration opens October 15.
Some suggestions for Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. They should totally do Rogue Squadron, and I like the Alderaan idea as well.
The essential Quinlan Vos comics. With Vos co-starring in a novel next year, The Star Wars Report’s Aaron Goins has a primer on the character in comics. Now: Who’s going to do one of these for Ventress?
First premiering on Disney XD on Monday night, the clip of the first seven minutes of Star Wars Rebels is now online for all to enjoy! (Well, most to enjoy: Apparently it’s region-locked to U.K. viewers.)
The first seven chapters of A New Dawn. Pity the poor folks at Del Rey, who have to deal with a wide variety of people deeply upset over the recent changes in canon. Will the chapters help? Well, I think some of them may need more time…
→ Peter Mayhew talked a bit about Episode VII at a recent con, saying it “will be the best Star Wars film I will have seen” and about the day of the table read.
→ And in other 2015 films, behind Zack Snyder’s latest Star Wars mashup.