Marvel’s February comic solicitations; Alexandra Bracken added on kid’s ANH adaption

Darth Vader #2

Darth Vader #2

Marvel’s February solicitations (via The Beat) are out, and it includes not only Darth Vader #1, but the second issue as well. (Cover at right.) Both issues will have variant covers, naturally. You can get a preview of Darth Vader #1over at Marvel.com. Also listed is Star Wars #2.

The third SDCC title, the Princess Leia miniseries, will launch in March.

In other EUish sorts of news, we learned a few days ago that Alexandra Bracken is replacing R.J. Palacio on the retelling of A New Hope for young readers. Subtitled Being the Story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Rise of the Rebellion, it’s due out on June 23. The book was announced back in April, and the other two original trilogy adaptions are still being penned by authors Adam Gidwitz and Tom Angleberger.

On the fence about Celebration Anaheim?


It may not be the ‘trailer’ we’re waiting for – this Celebration Anaheim video won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. But it will make you really want to go to Celebration. Most of the footage seems to come from Celebration Europe in Germany and Celebration VI in Orlando.

News? Well, there’s the artist list, which includes plenty of familiar names.

Rumor: Two different description of The Force Awakens teaser trailer?

Rumors!Badass Digest had our first Description of The Force Awakens trailer this afternoon; Within a few hours we had another from Making Star Wars. So who’s right? Is anyone right? Turns out, one of those extremely random things that’s been floating around is that there are actually two different 1-minute cuts, and they haven’t chosen which to release yet.

Timing? The only thing that folks in the know agree on is “soon.” One thing that may squash our hopes for this week, though: Disney will be releasing the Cinderella trailer on Wednesday. Sad trombone.

This weekend in Episode VII: Did John Williams record for The Force Awakens teaser yesterday?

rumors-swirl-mouse-hamillYes, John Williams was recording yesterday, according to a tweet from Scoring Sessions, exactly as we heard earlier. It’s not confirmed to be for Star Wars, but then, it wouldn’t be, would it?

The rumor mill on a possible early teaser trailer has continued to churn. Here’s what Making Star Wars has heard about the teaser itself:

…We heard the rough edit of the teaser was just a little over a minute long, showing off new characters from the film and culminating with the return of the Falcon to the big screen!

Some still say it’ll be on Mockingjay, others the last Hobbit film next month, or on TV during Agents of Shield. (Or maybe Once Upon a Time? Which gets better ratings? When do the winter hiatuses start?) In any case, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is out next week; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out December 17 – almost a year to the day of The Force Awakens release date.

If they are going to drop something this year, I have no trouble believing it’ll be on a non-Disney film. Into the Woods isn’t out until Christmas day, and that’s not exactly the greatest week to publicize anything, even Star Wars. (And if the trailer is out by then, it’s not like it wouldn’t get attached anyway.) Even with the internet to do most of the work, their best bet is to get something out before the holiday begins in earnest.

In other news…

→ Squashed (and empty) raw film canisters marked ‘Avco’ in a familiar font were found in London.

→ Making Star Wars also has more concept art descriptions, this time of a character who may have actually been split into two and a man in black.

→ Over at StarWars.com, Jason Fry remembers rumors and speculation back in the original trilogy days.

Are The Force Awakens novelizations coming out after the movie itself?

the-force-awakensAmong the Disney Lucasfilm Press books Jedi Bibliothek discovered earlier this week was one called ‘Telegraph Hill Movie Junior Novel,’ which the full Edelweiss listing reveals is “A junior novel tie-in to the film, Star Wars: Episode VII.” It’s set to release December 22, 2015 – the first Tuesday after The Force Awakens’ December 18th release. Granted, this is only the junior novelization, but could the adult novelization come out on the same date? It seems likely.

During the prequels, the novelizations – and other tie-in books – often appeared shortly before the movie release, which meant spoilers galore. Nothing is going to stop spoilers coming out before the actual film – the merchandise will simply have passed through too many hands for things not to leak – but at least the actual books may be hard to get hold of.

YA author Claudia Gray writing one of the Journey to Episode VII books

claudia-gray-evernightJedi Bibliothek found a description and an author for Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellion. Claudia Gray will write the book, which sounds like it focuses on original characters:

Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet in this epic YA novel that follows two best friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.

This thrilling YA novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe: from the purge of the Jedi in Episode III, to the beginnings of the rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, and through the fall of the Empire in Episodes IV-IV. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two best friends who grow up in these troubling times, and find themselves on opposite sides of the war.

As with other Journey to Episode VII titles, hints about the upcoming film will be included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film.

So these books may not be as full of potential spoilers as we may have originally expected. Later:

Chapters alternate perspectives between our two protagonists–one a Rebel pilot, the other an Imperial officer. By exploring these two different worlds, readers will experience many of the major moments in the original Star Wars trilogy–from the destruction of the Death Star, to the battle of Hoth–through these two characters’ eyes.

I’m not at all familiar with Gray’s previous work aside from recognizing a few of the covers, but she is described as “a lifelong Star Wars fan.”