Yakface discovered two variant covers for Marvel’s first entry into Journey to the Force Awakens, Shattered Empire, on eBay this morning. The Palpatine/Vader one is exclusive to Comic Pop Collectibles, while Luke and the Falcon will only be available from Third Eye. We knew there’d be variants – they’ve already revealed one, and Marvel editor Heather Antos tweeted about them last week – but the final number is a mystery. I expect there will be quite a few, though.
Star Wars comes in strong with April comic sales. All four franchise books were in the top 10, with Star Wars #4 the month’s comic shop bestseller.
Head to your local comic outlet today for Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 (preview) and the ‘remastered’ version of Marvel’s original A New Hope adaption, the one that drops all the charmingly ’70s coloring and makes it ‘modern.’
There are also fifth printings of Star Wars #1 and second printings of Star Wars #3 going out, if you’re still chasing that dragon.
Writer Charles Soule discusses his upcoming Lando comic with CBR. He talks about a few things we learned at Celebration, like that the story involves a valuable ship (“the reveal of what that ship is a big part of the first couple of issues”) and that Lobot is involved. Lando #1 is due out in July.
Princess Leia #1 was March’s best-selling comic. Not best-selling Star Wars comic, not best-selling Marvel comic, best-selling comic of the month. Star Wars #3 and Princess Leia #2 also made the top 5, with Darth Vader #3 in the top 10.
This week the releases start on Tuesday, with William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher in bookstores.
Wednesday brings not only Darth Vader #4, but Marvel’s first collection of the old Dark Horse stuff, the that’s-a-mouthful Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1.
There’s sure to be another new comic next week, but our next book release will be the paperback of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn on March 31.
Marvel’s Star Wars to get a new artist with #8. Jon Cassaday’s last issue on the comic will be #6, with Stuart Immonen coming on the book with #8. Issue #7 will feature a “very special guest artist.”