Then in addition to the movie, Friday, December 20 brings Pablo Hidalgo’s The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary. We usually get the art book here as well, but The Art of Rise of Skywalker has been pushed back to spring.
Two brand new comics and a trade collection are dropping on Wednesday, December 11. The big one here is Doctor Aphra #40, closing out Marvel’s first original character Star Wars series. (Don’t worry, she’ll be back in April with an all-new creative team.) There’s also Target: Vader #6. You can preview both issues at StarWars.com.
If you’re a trade reader, Aphra Volume 6 collects the ‘Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon’ arc.
As for future releases, we’re not seeing many books until The Rise of Skywalker comes out – but there is a fairly solid rumor making the rounds that The Art of Rise of Skywalker has been pushed back to spring. Personally, I don’t mind – I hate that the earliest releases have to dance around movie spoilers so things don’t leak – but I also really enjoy the art books so adding a few more months is a bit irritating. It’s still being listed as coming out the 20th at the moment, but I don’t find this terribly implausible so we’ll see how things fall in the next few days.
Things are a bit dire for new releases this Wednesday, December 4 as we hunker down and wait for The Rise of Skywalker. This week, our sole new release is Jedi Fallen Order: Dark Temple #5, concluding… Whatever that is. Then Marvel is offering a reprint version of their original 1977 Star Wars #1 and then Star Wars Saga #1, which appears to be a recap of their 2015-2019 series.
Ahsoka and Queen’s Shadow author E.K. Johnston will have a third Star Wars novel out next year. Queen’s Peril is a prequel to both Queen’s Shadow and The Phantom Menace, set in Padme’s early days as queen.
The covers are yet again by Tara Phillips. Queen’s Peril is due out in hardcover and eBook on May 5, 2020 from Disney-Lucasfilm Press.
We have one novel, one comic and two trade reprints out this week. There’s also one book that actually came out last week that I had misdated – The Secrets of the Jedi by Marc Sumerak. On Tuesday, November 19 we have Kevin Shinick’s Force Collector, a YA novel set around the time of The Force Awakens.