STWARS2015009_COVAugust has a reputation for being the dog days of summer, but that sobriquet won’t apply to the batch of Star Wars comics being published by Marvel Entertainment. As time marches inexorably toward Dec. 18 and The Force Awakens, the stories being told about the classic trilogy’s heroes and villains, as well as the bridge between The Clone Wars and Rebels TV series take even more turns, drawing readers deeper into the underworld of swindlers, thieves and the extending reach of the Empire.

In Star Wars #9, writer Jason Aaron and artist Stuart Immonen shed light on the theft of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and his efforts to retrieve it, while Han Solo and Princess Leia find the Imperials are closing on them fast, thanks to what Marvel is calling a “mysterious woman from Han’s past.” Like Darth Vader and Princess Leia, the new character is a woman whose background is a mystery. The 32-page issue is on comic book shop shelves starting Aug. 19, with two variant covers planned.

STWLANDO2015003_COVIn Star Wars: Lando Calrissian, readers will get #3 and #4 during the month, with Charles Soule scripting the tale of Lando’s effort to try and steal a ship that is among the most expensive in the galaxy as the scoundrel gets swindled by someone who is more of a smooth talker than he.

The Alex Maleev-drawn series is on shelves Aug. 12 with the third issue and again Aug. 26 for the fourth issue. Both issues will retail for $3.99.

As for Darth Vader, he’s taking on a new mission for the Empire, and his master, yet it is an undertaking completely at odds with his own personal question.

STWVADER2015009Dark Lords of the Sith ought not to be so vexed by such trivial things, no? Find out in issue nine of the Kieron Gillen-written and Salvador Larroca-illustrated series on Aug. 5 and then read issue 10 when it’s released Aug. 19.

In Star Wars: Kanan #5, writer Greg Weisman continues to explore how Caleb Dume began his journey to becoming Kanan Jarruss.

The issue, drawn by Pepe Larraz, and out Aug. 12, finds the Jedi padawan captured by Clone Troopers Grey and Styles as the final chapter of his origin is brought to bear.STWKANAN2015005

Also out in August is the latest batch of Dark Horse reprints under Marvel and Lucasfilm’s “Legends” aegis is out Aug. 26. Titled Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Rise of the Sith, Vol. 1 — say that fives time in a row without drawing a breath — it outlines the road taken to the events of The Phantom Menace, featuring a young Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn having an encounter with the Dark Side.STWRISEEPICV01TPB It also includes an adventure with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Ord Mantell, confrontations between the Jedi and Yinchorri. All told, the 488-page softcover features Dark Horse classics Star Wars: Jedi — The Dark Side #1-5, Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan — The Aurorient Expess #1-2, Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan — Last Stand on Ord Manell #1-3 and Star Wars: Jedi Council — Acts of War #1-4. The book also includes material from issues 4-6 of the 1998 series Star Wars, and stories featured in Star Wars Tales #1, 3-5, 7, 9-10, 13-14 and 24.

Finally, orders for the Star Wars: Princess Leia trade paperback can be done during August. The 112-page trade paperback features all five issues of the mini-series penned by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry Dodson. It’ll retail for $16.99 and is on sale Sept. 16.


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

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