From elite stormtroopers seemingly inspired by The Clone Wars to Han Solo’s adventures in galactic space races to Rey’s discovery of a greater galaxy, Marvel’s Star Wars comics in July offer a taste of travel, adventure and even a bit of fear.
The month begins July 6 with Star Wars: Han Solo #2 and Star Wars: Poe Dameron #4.
In the second of the five-issue mini-series written by Marjorie Liu and drawn by Mark Brooks, Solo is in the Dragon Void race as he, and Chewbacca, strive to find an Imperial mole planted with in the Rebel Alliance. The 32-page issue sells for $3.99 and sports a cover by Lee Bermejo, along with a Millennium Falcon variant cover, movie variant cover and another variant to be announced.
In Poe Dameron, a familiar face from the pages of Star Wars returns: Grakkus the chiseled Hutt. Times are tough for the former crime boss with a penchant for Jedi artifacts and lore, but Poe needs his information in the bid to find Luke Skywalker so it’s off to jail to find him. The 32-page Charles Soule-Written and Phil Noto-drawn book features an amazing variant cover by David Aja. It will sell for $3.99
Out July 13 is Darth Vader #23, which sees the Sith Lord face off against Morit on the shell of the Star Destroyer Executor, along with the ultimate reveal about Dr. Cylo. The Kieron Gillen-written, Salvador Larroca-drawn 32-page issue will feature an action figure variant cover by John Tyler Christopher.
On July 20, writer Jason Aaron and artist Jorge Molina bring back Sgt. Kreel, last seen in the gladiatorial pits of Grakkus the Hutt and debut the Elite Stormtroopers. This issue is a definite walk on the Dark Side, giving readers an avenue into the hearts — and minds — of the Empire’s foot soldiers and cannon fodder. The 32-page issue sports a David Aja cover, including a black-and-white variant, along with an action figure variant by John Tyler Christopher. It will retail for $3.99.
Aftermath trilogy novelist Chuck Wendig continues his five-issue adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on July 27 as issue #2 sees Rey and Finn trying to outwit and escape Jakku with the help of a hunk of junk ship. The $3.99, 32-page issue also features a cover (and variant sketch cover) by Obi-Wan Kenobi artist Mike Mayhew, a movie poster variant cover and another variant to be announced.
Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.
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