First plot details for Resistance Reborn

Rebecca Roanhorse’s Rise of Skywalker prequel novel, Resistance Reborn, now has a blurb in the Random House catalog. First spotted by @AdmiralNick22 on Twitter, it has some interesting implications.

In this pivotal prequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the heroes of the Resistance—Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn—must fight back from the edge of oblivion.

The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa—their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered.

From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.

Start placing your bets now on who exactly the “leaders” who helped the “nascent rebellion” are. Resistance Reborn, part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing program, is due out in hardcover and eBook November 5.

Star Wars out this week: Resistance on DVD, TIE Fighter, Doctor Aphra

Lots for comics readers this week, but also coming on Tuesday, August 20 is the Star Wars Resistance S1 DVD. I know a lot of folks are miffed this isn’t coming out on Blu-ray, but it can be purchased digitally – and the recent announcement that the show is only getting one more season means there’s been a lot of speculation that we might get a “Complete Series” Blu-ray later. Still, for those who don’t want to take chances (and with Disney+ in the mix, who knows if they’ll bother), this is your first shot at getting a physical copy of the season.

It’s a big comic haul on Wednesday, August 21, with three new issues and two trade collections from recent series. TIE Fighter #5 ends the mini, while Doctor Aphra #35 has an all-timer cover and Star Wars Adventures #24 begins a sequel-centric run. Trade readers can nab Age of Rebellion: Villains and Star Wars Volume 11, collecting the “Scourging of Shu-Torun” storyline.

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Vi gets her orders in Black Spire excerpt

StarWars.com has an excerpt from Delilah S. Dawson’s Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, which follows Phasma’s Vi Moradi as she attempts to set up a Resistance base on Batuu.

In addition to the excerpt, you can get a look at the Black Spire map, which will come with the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of the book.

Black Spire will be out in hardcover and eBook on August 27, mere days before the Florida version of Galaxy’s Edge opens to the general public.

Star Wars out this week: Vader, Jaxxon comics

Two comics are out on Wednesday, August 14. The Vader comic we keep forgetting exists, Target Vader #2, continues. Meanwhile, IDW has a Jaxxon and Lando story in the 2019 Star Wars Adventures Annual. (Jaxxon, one of the most memorable characters from Marvel’s first pass at Star Wars, made his triumphant return to canon in last year’s Annual.)

We’ve got two more releases this month with Jeffrey Brown’s Rey and Pals and Delilah S. Dawson’s Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire. Check the release schedule for more.

You can make Rey’s green bread (again)

There’s a new recipe for Rey’s bread, courtesy of the Galaxy’s Edge cookbook and previewed early via io9. While less green than Jenn Fujikawa’s version, as offered by StarWars.com in 2016, it also requires only the ingredients and a microwave.

For the slightly more advanced cook, there’s also a recipe to make your own Ronto Wraps.

Is guacamole canon?!? (It should be.)

Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook is out November 5.

Luke Skywalker’s ‘Secrets of the Jedi’ coming in November

A new book – or, an “interactive reading experience” – purports to be Luke Skywalker’s history of the Jedi Order. The Secrets of the Jedi, written by Marc Sumerak, is due out in November. It’ll come with “a pop-up holocron, a translator card, a Jedi equipment booklet, and more.” StarWars.com has the preview pages.

The book incorporates information from all three trilogies, plus The Clone Wars, and “beyond.” (Might some Legends material appear? Well… From a certain point of view.)

“One of the greatest challenges with a book like this is to find a way to bring all of the vital information together in a way that feels fresh and new,” Sumerak says. “For this particular project, I think that unique perspective flows naturally from our beloved narrator, Luke Skywalker. Sure, we all know his epic story by heart, but the Luke who is writing this particular tome is a long way from the optimistic farmboy he was when his journey began. Because of that, he’s able to look past the glorified stories of the Jedi of old to find the truth about the Order, no matter how difficult it may be for those reading to hear. So with that in mind, we were able to examine the different aspects of the Jedi Order from an angle that cut through the ancient legends, allowing us to examine why the Jedi needed to exist, why they were destined to end, and whether or not they could — or should — rise again.”

Given the November release date, I wouldn’t expect too much re: The Rise of Skywalker, or even anything extensive on the OT-ST gap beyond what’s on the last page of the preview, but you never know.

Cover and preview pages under the cut.

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Star Wars out this week: A Crash of Fate, Myths & Fables

Two Star Wars books, a comic and two trade reprints are coming to the shelves this week. First up, on Tuesday, August 6 are Galaxy’s Edge tie-ins A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova and Star Wars: Myths & Fables by George Mann with illustrations by Grant Griffin. Then Wednesday, August 7 brings Star Wars #70, plus Age of Rebellion: Heroes and an Original Marvel Years collection in trade.

More Galaxy’s Edge is coming later in the month, with Delilah S. Dawson’s Black Spire. Check out our book release schedule for more.

First preview pages for Marvel’s Allegiance, which bridges the Rise of Skywalker gap

Get a first look inside Marvel’s upcoming Allegiance miniseries – their first entry in the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker – from Jedi Bibliothek. The pages – featuring Rey, Leia, Rose and Finn – are from the latest issue of Diamond’s Previews catalog and lack text.

We’ll likely get a more extensive preview closer to the issue’s release. Allegiance #1 is out October 9, followed by #2 on October 16, #3 on October 23 and #4 on October 30. The trade collection is expected in December.

PREVIOUSLY: Kylo and the Knights of Ren are getting an origin comic and more SDCC book news.

On another hotly anticipated The Rise of Skywalker tie-in note, during an impromptu Twitter Q&A last week, writer Charles Soule said that only the first issue of The Rise of Kylo Ren will be out before the film – which could mean Wednesday, December 18, if they come out weekly ala Allegiance. (Which isn’t a guarantee.) That would put the first issue on shelves the same week as the movie, and just in time to be sold alongside the artbook and Visual Dictionary, which are out with the film on the 20th. But that’s just a guess – we’ll have to wait for the December solicitations before we know for sure.

However, be aware that release dates for comics this far out have been known to change – not as frequently as they did back in the Dark Horse days, but it’s not unknown. (That’s one reason I don’t note them on the upcoming releases page, and only do release posts off Diamond’s shipping list.)

Star Wars out this week: Holdo, Maz headline Age of Resistance

Wednesday, July 31 brings two new Star Wars comics. Age of Resistance: Special offers stories featuring a young Amilyn Holdo, Maz Kanata with Han and Chewie, and BB-8. Also spanning different eras is Galaxy’s Edge #4, with a drop in from Doctor Aphra.

Head under the cut for the preview pages for Age of Resistance.

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