Two brand new comics and a trade collection are dropping on Wednesday, December 11. The big one here is Doctor Aphra #40, closing out Marvel’s first original character Star Wars series. (Don’t worry, she’ll be back in April with an all-new creative team.) There’s also Target: Vader #6. You can preview both issues at StarWars.com.
If you’re a trade reader, Aphra Volume 6 collects the ‘Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon’ arc.
As for future releases, we’re not seeing many books until The Rise of Skywalker comes out – but there is a fairly solid rumor making the rounds that The Art of Rise of Skywalker has been pushed back to spring. Personally, I don’t mind – I hate that the earliest releases have to dance around movie spoilers so things don’t leak – but I also really enjoy the art books so adding a few more months is a bit irritating. It’s still being listed as coming out the 20th at the moment, but I don’t find this terribly implausible so we’ll see how things fall in the next few days.
Doctor Aphra‘s ongoing is ending this year as Marvel reboots their Star Wars line, but just like the flagship title, she’s getting a new start in the new year. A new Doctor Aphra #1 is due out in April, Marvel announced in London this week. It will be written by Alyssa Wong, with interior art by Marika Cresta, and covers from Valentina Remenar. Is this Marvel’s first all-woman creative team for Star Wars? Seems likely!
It’s the week of Force Friday, which means that in addition to the usual Tuesday (five books!) and Wednesday (three comics!) releases, we also have two novels coming later than usual.
Our headliners, out Friday, October 4, are our first Journey to The Rise of Skywalker titles: Justina Ireland’s Spark of the Resistance and Cavan Scott and Elsa Charretier’s Choose Your Destiny: A Finn & Poe Adventure, plus all the usual sticker books and the like. And toys. So many toys, not just for TROS, but The Mandalorian as well.
And that’s pretty much out book allotment for the month of October, but expect more comics, particularly the rest of Return to Vader’s Castle. This also gives us plenty of time to finish up Spark, since Del Rey’s JTROS offering, Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse, isn’t coming until November 5.
The “end” of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars series is getting a bookend – a one-shot finale issue called Star Wars: Empire Ascendant. It’s written by Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Simon Spurrier, and Ethan Sacks, with art by Luke Ross, Roland Boschi, and more. The first of sure-to-be-many covers is by Riccardo Federici.
The issue will have the Rebel Alliance building Hoth, but will also address “the fate” of Doctor Aphras – so it sounds like Marvel’s second ongoing series might also be “ending.” The latest issue we’ve seen solicited, #40, is the end of a storyline and also coming in December.
Meanwhile, see the full cover for Empire Ascendant under the cut.
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.
Two new comics and a trade collection are on the shipping list for Wednesday, June 23. Galaxy’s Edge #3 features Hondo Ohnaka and Batuu in the Imperial Era, while Age of Rebellion: Darth Vader is yet another drop in the vast sea of Vader-focused Marvel content. Meanwhile, Doctor Aphra Volume 5 collects #26-31 of the series, plus Annual #2.