Star Wars out this week: Age of Resistance begins with Finn

Three new comics and a trade are due out this Wednesday, July 3. Age of Resistance: Finn kicks off the final phase of the Age of series with a story set during his stormtrooper days. There’s also Target Vader #1 and Star Wars Adventures #23, plus Legends Epic Collection: Newspaper Strips Volume 2.

Check under the cut for the Finn preview pages.

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Star Wars out this week: Alphabet Squadron

This week brings a out latest hardcover, one brand new comic, an Insider, two reprints and a Legends collection.

First up, on Tuesday, June 11 is Alexander M. Freed’s Alphabet Squadron, first of a new post-ROTJ trilogy.

Coming Wednesday, June 12 is Vader: Dark Visions #5 and second printings of Age of Rebellion: Han Solo and Age of Rebellion: Boba Fett. In trade is Legends Epic Collection: Rebellion Vol. 3 which collects the Dark Horse-era River of Chaos miniseries and Empire #28-40, plus 1987’s Star Wars 3-D #1-3. It’s also time to keep an eye out for Star Wars Insider #190.

Our next novel will be July’s Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn. For more of what’s upcoming, see the book release schedule.

Star Wars out this week: Marvel flashes back to the ’80s

Two comics are coming out on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. As part of their 80th anniversary celebration, Marvel goes Legends for Star Wars #108, a new edition to their classic Star Wars series. The original series ended with #107 back in 1986, though #108 is actually a sequel to #50’s ‘Crimson Forever’ storyline. Also out is Darth Vader: Dark Visions #4.

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Rumor: Are Benioff and Weiss heading to the Old Republic?

We’ve heard unverified rumblings before that the first of the non-saga Star Wars films from Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would come out before Rian Johnson’s, but today we have a time frame from Star Wars News Net: It’s up after IX, with filming to begin in the fall.

They – or rather, their source, who they say has “worked on every Star Wars film since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm” – also claim that the films will be set in the Old Republic era, which will perhaps be most familiar as the Legends (i.e. currently noncanon) video game Knights of the Old Republic and various spinoffs, which include the still-active MMO The Old Republic.

If Lucasfilm’s aim is indeed to “appeal to a more Game of Thrones style audience.”, the still somewhat controversial pick (a couple of not-in-the-books rape plots on Game of Thrones, and that whole Confederate thing) of Benioff and Weiss suddenly does make a lot more sense.

To be honest, this whole thing reads to me like a repackaging of earlier (and even shakier) rumors and fan theories/wishful thinking, so I can’t put a lot of faith in it. (If you’re curious, the first KOTOR-centric movie “rumor” dates back to early 2013.) But as little as it appeals to me, there’s no doubt that the Knights of the Old Republic games and their offshoots are beloved by many fans. It’s hardly inconceivable that Lucasfilm might want to take a whack at them in canon. But, as always, I’m skeptical.

Consider that we still know next to nothing about anything happening past Episode IX, which could change at Celebration. For the moment, let’s just hope this rumor doesn’t lead to another round of “Rian got fired” from the angry bros and their short attention spans.

Star Wars out this week: More Vader, Thrawn trilogy adaptation collection

Wednesday, October 17 brings two comics and a Legends trade collection of some interest. The spooks continue with IDW’s Tales from Vader’s Castle #3, while Marvel has Darth Vader #22. And we’ve got a pretty noteworthy edition of the Legends epic collection – The New Republic volume 4 contains the complete comic adaptations of The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.

Thrawn: Alliances debuts at #1 on NYT bestseller list

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.

Out this week: Star Wars, Vader Annual

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.)