It’s not long now until our next novel, Mur Lafferty’s Solo novelization. We got our first excerpt of the book last week. And while it’s still fairly far out, note that Claudia Gray’s Master and Apprentice has moved from February to April.
StarWars.com has our first excerpt from Mur Lafferty’s Solo novelization, set during Han’s time with the Empire.
This week’s Star Wars Show also features concept artist Stephen Zavala and an interview with ILM’s Rob Bredow, who’s responsible for the upcoming Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. Naturally our first making-of book of the Disney era is for its most troubled production.
This week we’re seeing one new comic and several reprints/rereleases. First up, on Tuesday, August 7, is Beth Revis’ Rebel Rising in paperback. Then, Wednesday, August 8 brings Darth Vader #19, plus a second printing of Star Wars #50 and Star Wars Volume 8, Mutiny at Mon Cala, collecting #44-49 of the series.
Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances will debut at #1 on the New York Times’ bestseller list next week, Random House has announced. This is the fifth adult Star Wars novel overall and only the second non-adaptation to make it to the top of the list. Zahn is also the only Star Wars author to have two #1s in the franchise – his first being Heir to the Empire back in 1991.
Plenty of Star Wars books make the top 10, but other previous NYT #1s include Alan Dean Foster’s The Force Awakens in 2015, Sean Williams’ The Force Unleashed novelization in 2008 and Terry Brooks’ The Phantom Menace novelization in 1999. E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka was #1 on the Young Adult chart in 2016.
There’s also a new Zahn interview at Yahoo, where he discusses the new book, Thrawn, Heir and the increasing unwieldiness of Legends.
In a brief interview with StarWars.com, author E.K Johnston talks about her upcoming Padmé Amidala novel, Queen’s Shadow. The post-Phantom Menace young adult novel is currently slated for release on March 5, 2019.
There’s another new interview at Syfy Wire, where Johnston talks a little about how Sabé and the other handmaidens fit in.
There’s one brand new novel and three comics coming this week. First up, on Tuesday, July 24 is Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances. The book has storylines in two eras; One during the Clone Wars, and one set between seasons of Star Wars Rebels. The Barnes & Noble version of the book comes with an exclusive Padme poster.
The extended gap between movies sees Star Wars publishing reaching back to the prequel era for their most high profile SDCC announcements. Coming from Del Rey we have Master and Apprentice, a Qui-gon and Obi-wan novel from Claudia Gray (Bloodline, Princess of Alderaan). And from Disney-Lucasfilm press there’s the long-rumored Padme novel, Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston (Ahsoka).
The Padme cover is by Tara Phillips, who editor Jen Heddle says she “found on Deviant Art.” Both books will be out in early 2019 and up for pre-order soon: Master and Apprentice in February, and Queen’s Shadow in March.
We’ve got three new comics and an old (very old) trade collection coming on Wednesday, July 18. They’re Star Wars #51, Darth Vader Annual #2, Poe Dameron #29 and the Legends collection The Original Marvel Years Volume 3.
Fans attending San Diego Comic Con later this week have a shot at getting two exclusive editions of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances a few days early. The standard edition will be out on July 24. (We’re also expecting book news out of the con on Friday.)