NYCC: Zahn writing a Thrawn sequel, Forces of Destiny comics coming

The big news out of the Star Wars literature panel at New York Comic Con? A Thrawn sequel from Timothy Zahn is coming next summer. Thrawn: Alliances will also feature Darth Vader, because why not, I guess.

Since Thrawn pretty much butts up against Thrawn’s appearance and new canon debut Rebels, there’s some speculation that the book could be set after the cartoon… Which could mean that he’ll survive the show’s final season. Maybe. In any case, the book is already in the hands of Del Rey.

It’s also up on the Random House catalog, where we get a brief – but illuminating – blurb.

The sequel to New York Times bestseller Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances will continue to follow the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of Imperial power—and accompany him into the past, witnessing his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader.

The book is currently scheduled for a June 26, 2018 release in hardcover and eBook.

Also teased was a novel from Daniel José Older, which is apparently top secret otherwise. Word on the street is that it’s a middle-grade novel and deals with something (or someone?) very old.

Coming a little sooner – next January – are Forces of Destiny comics from IDW. They’ll feature stories from Jody Houser, Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, and Devin Grayson, with art from lsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari. Also from IDW, looks like we can expect a little Rose Tico action from Dawson in their Star Wars Adventures series soon.

Also, Jason Fry is showing off a The Last Jedi novelization cover that’s based on the great teaser poster that launched at Celebration. Not sure if that’s the final or just a variant version, but it sure is pretty.

(Yes, the release date for this one is in March. Boo.)

UPDATE: The publishing panel video:

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