We’re back for this month’s issue and what a collection of Star Wars comics that Matt Moore and Jeff McGee have to fuss about and discuss! And phone books. Lots of phone books. (OK, not so much the phone books.)
But before we do that, our heartfelt thanks to all who cast their votes for us in the literature category in the first Star Wars Podcast Awards. While we didn’t win, your listening to our show, interacting with us on Twitter and enjoying the shared experience of talking about Star Wars comics is what keeps us coming back every month, and then some.
Now, enough with the sentimentality!
It’s an episode focused on endings and beginnings as one series concludes, but another launches with great acclaim and public fanfare. It’s also one of trials and tribulation, hence some technical difficulties (we blame the First Order.)
Co-hosts Jeff McGee and Matt Moore dive into all five Marvel Star Wars comics titles, including the just-released first issue of Star Wars: Poe Dameron, as well as the now ended Kanan’s 12th and final issue.
It’s been awhile, but not as long as the wait for Episode VIII is going to be.
Still, it was worth it, given co-hosts Matt Moore and Jeff McGee dive into the comics released since our last issue back in January. (Has it really been almost a month?) and also examine the final sales estimates for comics in 2015, as compiled by John Jackson Miller at his Comichron website.
Poe Dameron takes his place among Marvel’s monthly Star Wars comics in April, replacing the critically-lauded but underselling Kanan and joining solidly entrenched monthly series Star Wars and Darth Vader. And, yes, BB-8 is in it. (We’re hoping that Ello Asty will be, too!)
Another popular character gets front-cover billing, too, as Doctor Aphra teams up with … Princess Leia? (Wait, what? Really?)
Luke and Han go for a ride, Kanan and his band from Rebels look to leave Kaller, Darth Vader is under assault — again — and Obi-wan and Anakin are beset by conflict with no clear idea of how to get out.
Such are the adventures in Marvel’s sale of Star Wars comics out in March, which boast space flights, cosmic fights and a dark lord’s plight.
From Princess Leia marshaling her friends and comrades to Darth Vader unleashing his dark fury, February’s chill is likely to be offset by the heat from Marvel’s Star Wars comics amid the days and nights of winter’s cold.
Flush from the critical and commercial success of the Lando mini-series, Marvel is again turning to Charles Soule to build on the legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker.
Soule will write the five-issue Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin series that Marco Checchetto — the artist on Shattered Empire — will illustrate. The first issue is due January 2016.
Set between the events of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, the story is akin to the classic Lone Wolf and Cub tales (though Anakin, while infantile and 13-years-old in this story, is hardly a baby!)
We’re big fans of variant covers for Marvel’s array of Star Wars comics. While some of them are out of most people’s price range, many aren’t and often provide new and different takes on the Saga’s characters, new and not so new.
The latest, a variant by Mike Mayhew, whose work on Dark Horse Comics‘ The Star Wars is truly a sight to behold, has surpassed that bar. It’s a cover for the upcoming Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire four-issue mini-series written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Marco Checchetto, which starts Sept. 9.
Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the series helps set the stage for what happened after the destruction of Palpatine, the death of Darth Vader and how the Empire and Rebellion advanced their causes.
Mayhew’s work bears repeated viewings as there are so many elements to be experienced. See for yourself after the jump in all its large-size goodness.
Marvel Comics has revealed some elements of the upcoming “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire” mini-series, the Greg Rucka-written and Marco Checcheto-illustrated comics that will help link the events after the destruction of the second Death Star to the thrust of the upcoming Episode VII film.
So far, complete details are being kept locked down, but Marvel and Lucasfilm have revealed that the first issue, out Sept. 2, will introduce A-Wing pilot Shara Bay, who is seen in the preview pages escorting what appears to be Luke Skywalker, piloting the Imperial shuttle that bears the body of his father, Darth Vader.