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.
Today’s Force Friday preview livestream revealed a number of toys for The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and Jedi Fallen Order – and they’re over here if that’s your poison – but we also got a handful of hints, including two new characters.
Warwick Davis will host the live portions from Pinewood Studios in London, though I would be shocked if Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t make an appearance somehow.
The first wave of products for the three big launches coming later this year – The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and video game Jedi: Fallen Order – will all be in stores October 4, but this will be our first (official) look at some of them.
Time to count down to Force Friday with a few book giveaways! Before you head out to the bookstores this Friday, you can get your hands on some cool books from Club Jade! Today we are starting the giveaway for a copy of Star Wars Super Graphic by Tim Leong. Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books, we’re giving away one copy to a random winner. I totally loved this book of awesome Star Wars infographics, which came out in late July – you can check out my interview with creator Tim Leong over at the official site.
Want to win? Simply leave a message in the comments of this post with the name of your favorite droid by the deadline of 11:59 pm EDT on September 3, 2017, and we’ll announce a random winner the following week. We can ship the book to a winner in the US or I can deliver it to you in person at Salt Lake Comic Con (Sept. 21-23, 2017) or at the Rancho Obi-Wan gala in November.
Because this week brings Force Friday and the first wave of The Last Jedi tie-ins, we have three release days this week instead of the usual two – as well as a lot of product. There’s a lot going on, basically.
The Star Wars app is all in for Force Friday. Follow the directions in the video below to get prepped ahead of time (you’ll need some decent wifi for the setup) and get an early glimpse at the feature. If you don’t have it already, the Star Wars app is available on iOS and Android.
StarWars.com has officially annouced that Force Friday II is set for September 1, but more importantly (for our purposes) they’ve also given us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in The Last Jedi. Rey is not only front and center with a lightsaber, but she’s sporting a new hairstyle! Finn has a new shirt! Poe looks… Pretty much the same!