Wednesday, October 17 brings two comics and a Legends trade collection of some interest. The spooks continue with IDW’s Tales from Vader’s Castle #3, while Marvel has Darth Vader #22. And we’ve got a pretty noteworthy edition of the Legends epic collection – The New Republic volume 4 contains the complete comic adaptations of The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.
Only a week after announcing a new project at NYCC, Marvel has fired writer Chuck Wendig, the author first revealed on Twitter. Shadow of Vader #1-3 will go ahead as planned, but he’s off the last two issues, as well as another Star Wars comic that hasn’t been announced yet.
The firing was over his Twitter feed, Wendig says (and verified by sources within Marvel, per Vulture.) “I was too vulgar, too political,” he tells them.
Neither trait is particularly new for Wendig’s Twitter feed – he’s always been vulgar, and political, and unapologetic, particularly when butting heads with the more obstinate parts of fandom. What has changed in the past week or so is that he’s attracted the attention of some of Twitter’s more high-profile right-wing personalities, resulting in a fresh wave of trolling. That puts this more in the range of a situation like James Gunn’s – and the implications are that this is yet another example of Marvel (though the comic side and the movie side are very much removed from each other) caving to right-wing pressure. Granted, Wendig has been getting the short end of the troll stick since Aftermath – something he brings up for context – but the higher-profile attacks have brought a much more relentless wave.
On the verge of victory in what seemed an endless war, five former rebel pilots transform from hunted to hunters as they strike out against the vestiges of Empire. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.
It’ll be out in hardcover, eBook and audio on June 4.
Two brand-new comics are out on Wednesday, October 10. The scares continue with Tales from Darth Vader’s Castle #2, which has two covers. We also see Marvel’s Solo #1, the first of seven issues adapting the film.
There were only a handful of Star Wars fiction reveals at NYCC this afternoon, but they’re pretty sizable ones! We get the final cover for Claudia Gray’s Master & Apprentice. The art is by Alice X. Zhang. We also have a brand-new book announcement: Alphabet Squadron, by Alexander M. Freed, will feature “Rebel pilots hunting down Imperials,” apparently set post-ROTJ. Master & Apprentice is due in April, and StarWars.com says that Alphabet Squadron is due in June.
One book for young readers, two comics and an Insider are on the offer this week.
Thanks, Jason Fry. He included the much-mocked Shadows of the Empire Han substitute Dash Rendar in Tales from Vandor – briefly. There are a few other Legends nods in the book, summed up nicely by Star Wars Explained:
So Dash’s existence – yes. His shoulder pads? Unknown.
Two comics and two collections are our new releases this Wednesday, September 19. Head to the comic store for Star Wars #54 or Lando: Double or Nothing #5. For the trade collectors, there’s Doctor Aphra Volume 1 in hardcover, and for Legends fans, the prequel-era Menace Revealed Volume 1 collection.
The week begins with the Solo junior novelization, and ends with Solo itself on digital, with some comics in-between.
With Thrawn: Alliances out now for more than a month (and being the first non-adapted Star Wars novel to be an NYT #1 since Heir to the Empire), James talks Thrawn, Vader, Padme and Anakin and spoilers with Timothy Zahn.
For more Zahn, check out Tosche Station’s DragonCon recordings: A full Thrawn panel, plus the author panel, which also features Kevin J. Anderson, Michael A. Stackpole, Christie Golden, and E.K. Johnston.