Star Wars fans will have a rich bounty of stories in December, and that’s just Marvel’s comics (then here’s also that film, The Force Awakens, out Dec. 18). From Chewbacca to Kanan, there’s confrontation and conflict, as the characters continue forward in the tapestry that will become their history and the Saga’s canon. (See all the covers after the jump.)
The month begins Dec. 2 with the release of the one-shot Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1. In it, writer James Robinson and artist Tony Harris detail Goldenrod’s hisotry and how, exactly, he got that new red arm. The 40-page issue will retail for $4.99.
A week later, Emperor Palpatine graces the cover of the first Star Wars annual as writer Kieron Gillen and artist Angel Unzueta tell the story of Imperial bureacrat Haarkon Dak — a Rebel mole — who may be the only hope for senators sympathetic to the Rebellion. The 40-page issue is out Dec. 9 and retails for $4.99.
Dec. 16 brings plenty of action for Darth Vader fans and the Kanan Corps, too. In Darth Vader #14, Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca continue their Vader Down story, as part four sees Luke and Han fighting Vader’s troops while Leia has to confront a difficult decision. The 32-page issue will sell for $3.99. Meanwhile, in the Darth Vader Annual #1, the Sith Lord has a task: Bring the planet Shu-Torin back in-line with the Empire, by any means necessary. The 40-page issue written by Gillen and drawn by Leinil Yu is $4.99.
In Kanan #9, Caleb Dume comes face to face with Gen. Grevious as the padawan enters the heart of the Clone Wars with Jedi Master Bilabba. The 32-page issue, written by Greg Weisman and drawn by Pepe Larraz, is $3.99.
In Chewbacca #5, out Dec. 23, Zarro and Chewbacca must contend with the coming of the Empire as the limited-series by Gerry Dugan and Phil Noto comes to its conclusion. The 32-page issue is $3.99.
Finally, on Dec. 30, Chewbacca takes on dark bounty hunter and fellow Wookiee Black Krrsantan in a no-holds fight for the ages as part five of the Vader Down crossover continues toward its end. The issue is written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Mike Deodata and sells for $3.99.
Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.
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