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Star Wars Comics July 2018 Solicitations

Star Wars Comics July 2018 Solicitations

I haven’t been covering the monthly solicitations for Marvel’s (or IDW’s) upcoming comics, but I’ve decided to start doing so because not only do I look forward to the teases they bring for upcoming stories, but it’s for your convenience of not having to go far to find them if you’re already on the Manor! Seeing as these go out three months, today’s batch of solicitations of Star Wars comics covers issues dropping in July. Head on below to see what’s in store for Doctor AphraPoe DameronDarth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith, and more! (I’ll update the article when IDW’s solicitations release, which seem to be a few days after Marvel’s Updated!) Continue reading “Star Wars Comics July 2018 Solicitations”

Comic News: Marvel’s Star Wars Editing Lineup Changes

Jordan D. White and Heather Antos Cameos
Credit: Marvel/Lucasfilm

Marvel’s Star Wars comics got a bit of a shake-up when Editor Jordan D. White and Assistant Editor Heather Antos (seen above in cameos from a panel in Star Wars Annual #2) both announced they are leaving in March. Having been around since the 2015 launch of Marvel’s reclamation of the Star Wars line, it’s both expected, but still a surprise to see these two moving onto other projects. They’ll be replaced by Mark Paniccia. Full details below! Continue reading “Comic News: Marvel’s Star Wars Editing Lineup Changes”

Always Two There Are: 2017 Star Wars Comics Year-in-Review

2017 Marvel Star Wars ComicsWith 2017 in the books, there’s plenty to discuss and dissect from its Star Wars comics, as not only did Marvel have plenty to offer fans, like a beat-every-expectation second Darth Vader series, Doctor Aphra‘s adventures went in directions not even I hoped, and the Star Wars mainline series changed writer hands, but the biggest news was how they weren’t going to be alone anymore: IDW joined the fray with its younger marketed Adventures series. But how has Marvel and IDW’s combined 80 issues of 2017 fared, what were their triumphs and failures, lessons and hardships? Without further ado, my 2017 Star Wars Comics Year-In-Review, while operating a little differently this year, will look back at what did and didn’t work, reveal my top 5 moments list with too many to pick from, and include some hopes and fears for 2018.

— Spoilers for comics released in 2017 — Continue reading “Always Two There Are: 2017 Star Wars Comics Year-in-Review”

Luke and Leia Explore The Last Jedi’s Crait in Comic One-shot (UPDATED)

Crait is a new planet to be first seen on screen in The Last Jedi, though recent YA novel release Leia – Princess of Alderaan took us there first. Releasing after TLJ on December 27, Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait #1 will reveal Luke and Leia’s visit to the planet pre-The Empire Strikes Back. The writers will be Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, with art from Mike Mayhew (Old Ben’s Journals #15, #20). Check out the full cover from Marco Checchetto below and my thoughts on how it might tie into the film. UPDATED: You’ll find links to interviews with the Ben’s and Mayhew regarding Storms of Crait below as well! Continue reading “Luke and Leia Explore The Last Jedi’s Crait in Comic One-shot (UPDATED)”

Cassian & K-2SO Meet In Marvel One-Shot Rogue One Prequel (UPDATED)

Fresh off of Thursday’s Mace Windu comic news, Friday saw the reveal of a special one-shot focusing on how Cassian Andor and K-2SO from Rogue One met! Titled Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO Special #1, it’ll be written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Fernando Blanco, dropping this August. Check out the full cover and some assorted musings below. UPDATE 6/1/17: Both Swierczynski and Blanco were interviewed by Marvel recently. UPDATE 8/10/17: Here’s my review. Continue reading “Cassian & K-2SO Meet In Marvel One-Shot Rogue One Prequel (UPDATED)”

Mace Windu Stars in Marvel’s Latest Comic Announcement (UPDATED)

Jedi of the Republic - Mace Windu 1a

Set to start in August, Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu stars the Samuel L. Jackson lookalike Jedi in a Clone Wars-era set tale. The 5-issue miniseries will be written by Matt Owens and illustrated by Denys Cowan, and while details on the series are scarce right now, not even the plot synopsis below gives much away, but the “Jedi of the Republic” title might have some interesting implications. UPDATE 6/1/17: Marvel recently sat down with writer Matt Owens to discuss more details about the upcoming miniseries, which I added some choice bits below. UPDATE 8/30/17: Here’s my review of the first issue! Continue reading “Mace Windu Stars in Marvel’s Latest Comic Announcement (UPDATED)”

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 News Roundup Part II: Full Panel Schedules Go Live, Mark Hamill Hosts, Battlefront II, Rancho Obi-Wan, and More!

It’s truly time to start planning how you’ll spend your days from April 13-16, as the full Celebration Orlando 2017 stage schedules are finally up! This news roundup will not only cover some of the noteworthy and intriguing panels this year, but we’ll look at what Mark Hamill has in store for his appearances, when Battlefront II‘s trailer will drop , details on Rancho Obi-Wan’s exhibit, and more! Continue reading “Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 News Roundup Part II: Full Panel Schedules Go Live, Mark Hamill Hosts, Battlefront II, Rancho Obi-Wan, and More!”

Marvel Strikes Back: 2016 Star Wars Comics Year-in-Review

Marvel Star Wars Comics 2016As 2016 comes to a close, Marvel’s second year at the helm of the comics included the unforgettable end of the Darth Vader series, the start of Doctor Aphra (the first series lead by an original comic character), an interesting revelation about Anakin during the early days of Obi-Wan’s training, Han Solo in the race of his life, the “Rebel Women Kick Ass in Jail” arc, Poe Dameron’s charming antics, and so much more. Overall, how does the 56 issues of their second year hold up? Better than the first year’s content? In my Star Wars Comics 2016 Year-In-Review below, I’ll show you what I believe did and didn’t work, reveal my Top 5 moments of 2016, and share some fears and hopes for 2017.

Mild spoilers for all the comics released in 2016 — Continue reading “Marvel Strikes Back: 2016 Star Wars Comics Year-in-Review”

Doctor Aphra Comic Series Announced, Drops December! (UPDATED)

doctor-aphra-1-aForget about the logistics (the when/how/why in-universe) of the newly announced Doctor Aphra comic series for a moment and consider this: not only is Aphra’s series the first to be based on an original character, but it’s also the first on-going with a female lead (Princess Leia had the first female lead, though it was in a mini-series), a person-of-color, and a member of the LGBT community. This is a big leap for Star Wars comics, and mainstream comic publishers as a whole and should be lauded simply for all its inclusiveness. With all that in mind let’s unpack the details of the series, coming to comic shops near you December 7, below! (UPDATE: Review for isssue #1 here!) Continue reading “Doctor Aphra Comic Series Announced, Drops December! (UPDATED)”

Yoda-Centric Star Wars Comic Arc Announced, New On-Going Series Teased (UPDATED)

Yoda arc and new on-going teasedIn my review of the last “Journals of Old Ben Kenobi,” the one-off tales that split up new arcs for the Star Wars mainline comic series, I wrote that it had, “a sense of finality” to it and I’d be okay if they didn’t return to his time on Tatooine (though I’d gladly take more). Technically they will be returning, but instead of a tale of Obi-Wan’s deeds it’ll be of Yoda’s deeds. And not only is it a full arc instead of a one-off, it’ll be drawn by Salvador Larroca, the genius artist behind the Darth Vader series. Can this just come out now, please?!? Also, it looks like those curious to see what new on-going will replace the DV series might have their first clues as what to expect (*cough*Aprha*cough*). More details below! Continue reading “Yoda-Centric Star Wars Comic Arc Announced, New On-Going Series Teased (UPDATED)”