Out this week: Shattered Empire #2, Rise of the Empire collection, and much more

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.

Video: Star Wars Rebels S2 Press Conference


James was able to attend a Rebels season 2 screening and press conference last week, and here’s his video of the presser.

Among the reveals: Dave Filoni said that S2 will have two episodes that explore Hera’s backstory: One that ficuses on her piloting skills, and another having to do with her family. There’s also going to be a new trailer debuting this week that will give us a look at something new regarding Sabine. He also talks about the importance of having a wide range of roles for female characters.

There are a few minor spoilers for ‘The Lost Commanders’ in the video:

The show returns October 14th on Disney XD.

We will get a new The Force Awakens trailer… Eventually


Sure, it could be in a week or so, as the previous rumor implies, or it could not show up until November. Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican “asked around” and now he isn’t sure, either. But whether it’s soon or Black Friday (again!) the point is, we don’t actually know. (Yet.) “Fall” is a long time…

(I don’t really think it’ll be as late as Black Friday.)

(Let’s hope not, anyway.)

Rumor: New Episode VIII role is TWO roles, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw may be up for it


Da7e at Latino Review claims that the Episode VIII role that Tatiana Maslany and Gina Rodriguez were rumored for is actually two “substantial” roles that “share the same shortlist.” He also adds a new name: Gugu Mbatha-Raw of Beyond the Lights and Belle. She’s already paid a few space opera dues with a supporting role in Jupiter Ascending.

Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) was also up for the role (roles?) at the time of the initial report, but she’s reportedly in negotiations to play the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which likely takes her out of the running for Star Wars.

Kathleen Kennedy: Saga focuses on Skywalkers, spinoffs to explore “a variety of genres”

In an article in, of all things, The CostCo Connection, Kathleen Kennedy maintains that “the saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,” while the Anthology spin-offs “offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.”

None of that is exactly new, but it’s certainly nice to have some clear lines drawn in the sand.