One of every seven comic books sold in January was a copy of Star Wars #1, per Comic Book Resources. It sold nearly 10 times as much as the next book in the sales lineup.
The Marvel release parade continues this week with Darth Vader #1 in stores on Wednesday.
We’re expecting Darth Vader #2 this month as well, but it’s not on the distribution list for the 11th. The Princess Leia mini-series will begin next month.
Meanwhile, our next novel release is Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi on March 3.
Princess Leia #1 has sold 200K copies to retailers, ComicBook.com reports today. The issue will be out in March.
It feels like Marvel’s Star Wars #1 just came out (this may because I only read it last week) but here we are again, with Star Wars #2 in the shops (and online) on Wednesday. Like #1, this one does have a number of variant covers… Although not quite as many. Props to everyone who can actually keep track of them.
If you’re collecting the Star Wars #1 reprints, the second printing will also be in shops this week. It has a black background in place of white, and we learned today that the third printing will be red.
Also due later this month is Darth Vader #1 and #2, or so the solicitation leads me to believe. Presumably in different weeks, but we’ll see when the distribution lists come in!
Authors John Jackson Miller, Christie Golden and James Luceno will be at Celebration. No idea if they’ll be the only Star Wars authors there. Golden’s Dark Disciple will be out in July, while the paperback for Miller’s A New Dawn is due a few weeks before the con on March 31st.
Next up is something new, Kevin Hearne’s Luke Skywalker novel Heir to the Jedi on March 3. It’s been getting some very mixed early buzz.
There are more than 300K pre-orders in for Marvel’s Darth Vader #1, reports ComicBook.com. It may not be a million like Star Wars #1, but that’s still a very high number for a comic these days. And of course… There are variant covers.
Marvel solicitations for April are out. (Hattip to @DarthSpiriah.) It includes Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 (which has a little art peek at StarWars.com,) but the real curiosity may be Princess Leia #3 – or rather, the second woman on the cover.
Some are suspecting it’s Winter, a Legends character it would make sense to bring back given that we know the miniseries is dealing with Alderaan, but I wouldn’t say no to a brand-new lady pilot. Either way, we’ll find out in April. UPDATE: She’s a new character.
And depite the million or so copies in circulation, Star Wars #1 is going back for a second and third printing. In CBR’s latest Axel’s In Charge Q&A, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks a bit about Star Wars #1 and the line in general. On that note, Darth Vader #1 is looking like it’ll sell more than 200,000 copies.
Meanwhile, on his Tumblr, White has answered a few Star Wars questions. Here’s one to be aware of – while the current Leia comic is a 5-issue miniseries, it could lead to an ongoing if sales are good enough. As for Mara Jade? “Only time will tell.” Waru, on the other hand, gets a pretty firm “nope.”
But for those hungry for more prequel era stories beyond Kanan, Jordan does say he has “a couple of ideas for series I think would fit really well there.”
First look at the cover of William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace. The first prequel Shakespearization, by Ian Doescher, will be out April 7.
Now that the million or so copies of Marvel’s Star Wars #1 have hit the comic books shops, let’s see what people are saying:
- IGN: “There’s an emphatic “Give the people what they want!” feel to this issue, and the creative team certainly delivers.”
- iDigitalTimes: “…the best character work is Princess Leia…” (spoilers)
- /film:”Not only does Vader make a great dramatic entrance but theres a very cool tense sequence that feels ripped out of Homeland (this is a strong compliment) and Vader’s response is nothing short of bad ass.”
- Nerdist: “Writer Jason Aaron perfectly captures the pacing, action, and humor of the original Star Wars in a way that a lot of the comics haven’t for a long time it seems.”
- Jedi News: “The true test of any comic script is does it leave you longing for more, and I can’t imagine anyone reading this issue and not being absolutely compelled to pick up issue #2.”
- Tosche Station: 4/5 – “At times, it was difficult to NOT hear the actors’ voices inside my head reading the lines.”
- Big Shiny Robot (a double review from Bryan and myself): “It brings us to familiar territory while still feeling fresh.”
- Coffee with Kenobi: “Reading “Star Wars” No. 1 is like watching a movie.”
- EUCantina.net: “Marvel knew they had to make a big impression with their first Star Wars issue, and they have succeeded.”
Talking with the creators:
- Star Wars editor Jordan D. White chats with Dynamic Forces about this series and how it connects to the Darth Vader and Princess Leia series.
- Coffee with Kenobi also chats with Jordan D. White
- Artist John Cassaday opens his sketchbook and talks Star Wars to Marvel.com (part 1) and StarWars.com (part 2)