There’s one new comic and two Vader-themed reprints up on the slate for Wednesday. The comic is Doctor Aphra #4, while the first reprint is the second hardcover volume of Marvel’s Darth Vader. The third item is the third Empire-oriented Legends collection.
This Wednesday, comic fans can pick up Doctor Aphra #3 as well as the fourth trade collection of Marvel’s current Star Wars series, Flight of the Harbinger, which collects issues #20-25.
After a number of Rogue One releases late last week, we can add a fourth book on Tuesday: Star Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe. If you’ve already heard all about it, it’s because it came out overseas last month. And if you didn’t grab the eBook last week, Alexander Freed’s Rogue One novelization is out in hardcover. And then there’s always Wednesday and Doctor Aphra #2.
This is our last book release of 2016. (Comic? Maybe. We’ll find out with the next shipping list.) The next book is Claudia Gray’s Bloodline in paperback on January 31 and Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Empire’s End – which we just got a blurb for – on February 21.
Marvel is entering December this Wednesday with the debut of Doctor Aphra #1. We’re also getting a flurry of reprint collections, with The Force Awakens adaptation and the complete run of Kanan in hardcover, plus Poe Dameron volume 1 and the newly-recolored A New Hope in trade.
As announced Wednesday, Kieron Gillen’s successor series to Darth Vader will be Doctor Aphra. Aphra, introduced in Darth Vader #3, was Marvel’s first original canon character and has developed something of a following throughout the series. (And yes, “she’d be cast as an Asian actress,” Gillen says.) There’s a great deal of storytelling freedom to be had with an original character in the original trilogy era, and plenty to do with the concept of archaeology in a setting like the GFFA. (For instance… Jedha?)
StarWars.com has an interview with Gillen, while Marvel introduces series artist Kev Walker. Doctor Aphra #1 is expected to land on December 7.