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.”
Lots to pick up at the comic shop on Wednesday. There’s Star Wars #6, Darth Vader #6 (preview,) Princess Leia #4 and in trade, The Marvel Years Vol. 2.
Star Wars comes in strong with April comic sales. All four franchise books were in the top 10, with Star Wars #4 the month’s comic shop bestseller.
Marvel keeps the new release train rolling on Wednesday with Darth Vader #5 and Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. 1, which contains a real hodgepodge of Dark Horse stuff – including Mara Jade: By the Emperor’s Hand and material from several issues of Tales. But if it’s new stuff you’re chomping at the bit for, StarWars.com has a preview of the Vader issue.
Novelwise, we’re in the cold until Christie Golden’s Dark Disciple on July 7.
Princess Leia #1 was March’s best-selling comic. Not best-selling Star Wars comic, not best-selling Marvel comic, best-selling comic of the month. Star Wars #3 and Princess Leia #2 also made the top 5, with Darth Vader #3 in the top 10.
This week the releases start on Tuesday, with William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher in bookstores.
Wednesday brings not only Darth Vader #4, but Marvel’s first collection of the old Dark Horse stuff, the that’s-a-mouthful Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1.
On Wednesday, head to your local comic store or app to nab Darth Vader #3, which introduces Aphra, “the galaxy’s foremost raider of lost weaponry.” There’s a preview at CBR.
There’s sure to be another new comic next week, but our next book release will be the paperback of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn on March 31.
In stores Wednesday is Darth Vader #2, featuring, apparently, Vader’s runway walk. Will Vader win this round of GFFA’s Next Top Model? Tune in to see!
But first, today brings the paperback of James S.A. Corey’s Honor Among Thieves. I gave it a B+ back when it first came out last year.
Next week is Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi – look for my review next Monday. Star Wars.com released a preview of the audiobook yesterday.