The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: March 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
March 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the recent and upcoming releases in Star Wars storytelling.


Recent Releases (February 16 – March 15)

Aftermath: Empire’s End
Chuck Wendig, author
Novel by Del Rey
February 21, 2017

Time Frame: After the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, following a few months after Aftermath: Life Debt.

Companion Stories: This is the third in a trilogy of books.  While the book could be a stand-alone, many of the backstories and relationships between characters are explored in the previous two books.

Star Wars, Issue #029
Jason Aaron, writer / Salvador Larroca, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
March 1, 2017

Time Frame: Prior to the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, following the events of Star Wars, Issue #028.

 Star Wars: Dr. Aphra, Issue #005
Kieron Gillen, writer / Kev Walker, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
March 8, 2017

Time Frame: After the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, following the events of Dr. Aphra, Issue #004.

Companion Stories: This story has some great canon call outs to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Join the Resistance, Book 1
Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Annie Wu
Children’s Book by Disney-Lucasfilm Press
March 7, 2017

Time Frame: After the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, around the time of the Poe Dameron comic.

Companion Stories: As of preparing this list, I have not had a chance to consume this book yet.  This is the first in a series and it will be interesting to see what tie-ins may exist within.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Issue #012
Charles Soule, writer / Phil Noto, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
March 15, 2017

Time Frame: After the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, following the events of Poe Dameron, Issue #011.

Companion Stories: Be sure to catch up on the Poe Dameron series up tot his point, especially Issues #007-011.


Upcoming Releases (March 16 – April 15)


Star Wars: Darth Maul
, Issue #002
Cullen Bunn, writer / Luke Ross, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
March 22, 2017

Time Frame: Prior to the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, following the events of Star Wars: Darth Maul, Issue #001.

Rogue One, Issue #001
Jody Houser, writer / Emilio Laiso, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
April 5, 2017

Time Frame: A retelling of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars, Issue #030
Jason Aaron, writer / Salvador Larroca, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
April 5, 2017

Time Frame: Prior to the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, following the events of Star Wars, Issue #029.  Given by the cover, we may also be looking at a return to the “present time” occurring after Episode IV: A New Hope, after the events of Star Wars, Issue #25.

Adventures In Wild Space: The Heist (Book 3)
Cavan Scott, author
Children’s Book by Disney-Lucasfilm Press
April 11, 2017

Time Frame: Prior to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, a few years after Clone Order 66.

Thrawn
Timothy Zahn, author
Novel by Del-Rey
April 11, 2017

Time Frame: Prior to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Issue #006
Kieron Gillen, writer / Kev Walker, artist
Comic Book by Marvel Comics
April 12, 2017

Time Frame: After the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, following the events of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Issue #005.

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On The Horizon

In case you missed any news, here are the Star Wars canon titles we are expecting beyond March 16, 2017 (dates subject to change):

5/2/17 – Rogue One: Baze and Chirrut – Guardians of the Whills (YA Novel – Disney-Lucasfilm Press) (Pre-order)
5/2/17 – Rebel Rising (YA Novel – Disney-Lucasfilm Press) (Pre-order here)
5/10/17 – Star Wars: Screaming Citadel, one shot (Comic – Marvel)
7/25/17 – Inferno Squad (Novel – Del Rey)
Star Wars, ongoing (Comic – Marvel)
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, ongoing (Comic – Marvel)
Star Wars: Poe Dameron, ongoing (Comic – Marvel)
Star Wars: Darth Maul, mini-series (Comic – Marvel)
Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation, mini-series (Comic – Marvel)
Star Wars: Darth Vader, beginning June 2017 (Comic – Marvel)

Let me know your thoughts by posting in the comments below. You can find my coverage of #starwarscanon stories at my YouTube channel Star Wars: The Canon Explained. I can be found on Twitter (@starwarstce) and Instagram (@starwarstce), and you can also reach me at jbrame@coffeewithkenobi.com.

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