Views, news and reviews as Jeff McGee and Matt Moore tackle October’s prodigious output of Star Wars comics from Marvel Entertainment.
Plenty of hits, some misses, but definitely a full complement far-reaching stories that continue to add to the complex layers of characters we’ve been following for years, if not decades, along with some careful consideration about events between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Rebels, along with happenings between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
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New York Comic Con generated some new comics announcements, thanks to IDW Publishing’s move to do all-new, all-original pairings under the Forces of Destiny banner. The five-issue series, which starts in January, will focus Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, Hera and, from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige. Writers include Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser and Devin Grayson. Artists include charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto and Nicoletta Baldari. As part of the push, IDW says that Charretier will do five interconnected variants that link together, while collectible animation-cel variant covers are planned. Artist Annie Wu contribute a variant IDW called “super rare.” Look for the series in January.
Oddly Normal creator Otis Frampton, whom we’ve interviewed on the podcast, revealed he’s doing a cover for Star Wars Adventures featuring his famed Jawas. Even better? He’s doing a seven-page backup feature in the book, too! We’ll have more details once everything is scheduled, but here’s to Otis!
And given we’re a month or so away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, far be it from Marvel and Lucasfilm to miss an opportunity to announce another comic-book tie-in, The Last Jedi DJ.
Out Jan. 31, the $4.99 one-shot will focus on a day in the life of the character being played by actor Benicio del Toro. It’s written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (they’re writing December’s The Last Jedi: Storms of Crait one-shot) and illustrated by Kev Walker, who does the art for Doctor Aphra.
Oh, yeah. Kieron Gillen is taking over Star Wars with issue 38 this month.
You may have heard something about that.
Star Wars comics reviewed this month, include:
- Star Wars #37
- Doctor Aphra #13
- Darth Vader #6
- Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma #3 & #4
- Poe Dameron #20
- A Star Wars Comic #10
- Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #3
Looking ahead through November, we’ll be reading several issues, too. They include, by release date and title:
- Nov. 1
Darth Vader #7
- Nov. 8
Star Wars #38
- Nov. 15
Star Wars Adventures #4
Doctor Aphra #14
Darth Vader #8
- Nov. 22
Star Wars #39
- Nov. 25
A Star Wars Comic #11
- Nov. 29
Poe Dameron #22
Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #4
If you’re into trades, November’s got a solid offering, namely the Dark Horse Comics-published Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, which is the only one of the titles it published that’s considered canon (for what that’s worth). It’s out Nov. 21, courtesy of Marvel. Also out that day is the trade paperback collecting Marvel’s adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s already available in hardcover. Nov. 28 sees the release of the trade collecting Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma. It collects the superb four-issue mini series that was on stands in September and October. This is highly recommended by us. Also out the same day is Vol. 2 of Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Rise of the Sith, collecting material from Dark Horse-published comics Star Wars 0-3; Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 1/2 and issues 1-4; Star Wars Episode I — Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi; and material from 1998’s Star Wars #4-6 and Star Wars Tales issues 3, 5, 7, 14 and 20.
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