UPDATE: I forgot that Delilah S. Dawson’s ‘The Perfect Weapon’ short story is also out Tuesday as an eBook.
It’s trailer day! But there’ll be a few things waiting for comic fans later in the week, too. Wednesday brings Shattered Empire #4, the last issue of the miniseries. (Luke fans, you definitely want to check out the preview.) There’s also Darth Vader #11.
And finally, a trade, Legends Epic Collection: The Empire, collecting several issues of Dark Times.
Between comics and comic reprints, there is a lot of Star Wars coming up this week. But first, on Tuesday, is The Rise of the Empire, a trade paperback that collects John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn and James Luceno’s Tarkin, plus three brand-new short stories from Miller, Jason Fry and Melissa Scott.
But Wednesday is definitely the motherlode. If you’re keeping up with the comics in real time we have Shattered Empire #2, Star Wars #10, Darth Vader #10 and Lando #5, which finishes up the miniseries.
If it’s collections you’re after, we have the first set of stories from the new Star Wars and Darth Vader titles, plus the third hardcover omnibus of classic Marvel titles and a collection of covers from the new line.
Just in case you finished up the 5 (!) Journey to The Force Awakens novels that came out last Friday, this Wednesday Marvel’s entry, Shattered Empire #1, will be waiting at the comic shops, along with Darth Vader #9.
And if you’re sick of all that serious(ish) storytelling, in stores Tuesday is William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge by Ian Doescher.
As for other releases, next week brings the standalone version of Daniel Wallace’s Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide, in what may very well be our last Legends release. Of course, just over a month away is Force Friday, when the Journey to the Force Awakens will drop 5 novels – among them Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath – on us.
Marvel’s second Star Wars announcement at SDCC is a crossover event called Vader Down. The six-part storyline will begin in Vader Down #1 and continue in the Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoings. The two series have already bounced off each other a great deal, but this time writers Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen are teasing things like Han Solo and Aphra meeting.
“Crossover events” aren’t something we’ve had a lot of in Star Wars comics, but Dark Horse did something similar – across their whole line, in multiple time periods – with Vector in 2008.
Well, after a few weeks of nothing, we finally have an actual lineup for this week’s releases – at least if you’re collecting comics. Wednesday brings Princess Leia #5 (preview) and Darth Vader #7 (preview,) plus the third printing of Star Wars #3. Then Marvel’s third collection of Legends/Dark Horse stuff, or, the Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Vol. 1. It reprints Knights of the Old Republic 1-18.
Also, if you’re really bored, the Tarkin paperback is out tomorrow.
If you’re new to buying comics, Eleven-ThirtyEight had a nice piece last week on the hows and whys of the industry. For the record, I always use Diamond for new release posts – the dates on Marvel’s site have proved no less reliable than Dark Horse’s were!
Our next novel, Christie Golden’s Dark Disciple, drops next week on July 7.
No real new releases this week, but there are ‘Director’s Cut’ versions of Star Wars #1 and Darth Vader #1 on the shipping list for Wednesday. They’ll contain extras like “script pages and in-progress artwork.”