The Sheev of it all: Best #StarWars, #EpisodeVII and #SWEU tweets for October 9-23

@nancipants: Sheev is the best worst thing to happen to Star Wars in a long time. It's terrible but inconsequential, and all the jokes are spectacular.

It’s that time again, the time we all gather together and mock something ridiculous about Star Wars. Yes, we have Sheev jokes. So many Sheev jokes. And also some other stuff, like pumpkins and license plates and kids saying funny stuff. But, c’mon: Sheev.

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Episode VII roundup: Stormtrooper-centric rumors/spoilers, and a #beardwatch update

spoilers-swirl-bbwarwickThings continue to be slow…

→ The rumor/spoiler parade just doesn’t end at Making Star Wars: Do Han and Chewie go on a mission? Does a hero dress like a stormtrooper? And did a set spy get a picture of one of the new kinds of stormtroopers?

→ #Beardwatch! Mark Hamill still has his. Plus a doggy! Also on Instagram, John Boyega works out with buzzwords.

Marvel solicits their new Star Wars #1

We don’t usually cover comic solicitations anymore, but Marvel released theirs for January today, and that means an unwatermarked look at the Alex Ross cover for the new Star Wars #1 that’s a homage to Howard Chaykin’s from back in 1977. (Among several other variants.)

There are no real surprises in the copy, but there is a letter from Marvel editor Axel Alonso, which you can see below the cut.

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Today in Episode VII: Carrie Fisher’s birthday, Daniel Radcliffe visited the set

→ Some of the Episode VII crew went out yesterday to celebrate Carrie Fisher’s birthday. The article is from the Daily Mail and thus awful, so here’s the pictures.

Daniel Radcliffe has visited the Pinewood set; he knows folks there due to Harry Potter, naturally.

Christina Chong still hasn’t been confirmed, but her management says she’s wrapped her part on Episode VII. (via)

Is there a new Matt Stover Star Wars novel in the pipeline?

UPDATE: Del Rey is shooting this down. Maybe the listing is actually Golden’s Ventress book? (But how the hell did Stover get on there?) New edition of his Revenge of the Sith novelization, maybe?

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover: For my money, the last truly great Legends novel.

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor: For my money, the last truly great Legends novel.

Max at Jedi News spotted an Amazon listing for a (June?) 2015 Star Wars novel from Matthew Stover.

Now, the last time we heard anything at all about Stover and Star Wars it was 2012, and it was a rumor that he was going to continue/finish the Imperial Commando series. Nothing was ever confirmed, and just over a month later Episode VII and the sale to Disney were announced, putting much of the Expanded Universe in a holding pattern.

We never had any official confirmation that Stover was or had been working on another Star Wars book after 2008’s Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. But if he had been under contract or working on something with Lucasfilm, it’s entirely possible that he may have been set to write something else in the new line of canon novels, just like Paul S. Kemp, Christie Golden and Kevin Hearne.

The publisher, Century, rereleases the Del Rey Star Wars books in the U.K. (They even seem to be keeping close to the U.S. release dates now – Tarkin is out only two later.) Of course, it is an Amazon listing, but the hardcover status makes it hard to write this off as a reprint of one of his older books. (And it seems unlikely the rumored Comando book would have been hardcover, if it somehow made it into the database regardless.) A June release date makes it unlikely this is the Episode VII novelization, alas, but who knows?

Well, I’m curious… And I hope this doesn’t turn out to be some sort of mistake, or some sort of special edition of his Revenge of the Sith novelization. (Admittedly, it’s excellent, just not new.) Fingers crossed!