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Image of Rogue One reveal at C2E2/Dennis Barger, owner of WonderWorld Comics.

Image of Rogue One reveal at C2E2/Dennis Barger (WonderWorld Comics)

Marvel Comics announced Friday that it’ll publish a three-issue mini-series, plus a one-shot, to come out ahead of December’s Rogue One film. That announcement was followed later that Del Rey will publish Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, a prequel novel, too. It’s unknown, for now, if both titles are going to be interwined with each other.

David Gabriel, Marvel’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, mentioned the title during the publisher’s remarks amid the the Diamond Comics Retailer Breakfast on March 18 at the C2E2 gathering.

As part of a slideshow detailing Marvel’s publishing plans, one of them revealed the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story logo with the words “New 3 Issue Series Plus a One-Shot Coming in October.”

Gabriel didn’t say much else, though Coffee With Kenobi did learn the title will serve as prequel, much like its four-issue Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire did for Chuck Wendig’s novel Aftermath and The Force Awakens, too.

No details on the creative team were divulged. Greg Rucka penned Shattered Empire, which was illustrated by current Obi-Wan and Anakin artist Marcho Checchetto.

unnamedSimilarly, the author for the novel wasn’t disclosed, either. Such secrecy isn’t a surprise, given Lucasfilm’s tenacious efforts to keep story plans and details under wraps for as long as possible.

The first issue of the Rogue One mini-series is due out in October. The Rogue One film is scheduled for a Dec. 16 release. The film focuses on efforts to steal the plans to the Death Star and is set, continuity wise, just before the events of A New Hope.

At the same convention, publisher Del Rey announced a prequel novel to Rogue One, too.


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Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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