Posts Tagged ‘comics’

Prequel Publishing News

July 20, 2018

Star Wars publishing had its panels today at SDCC (I was working my volunteer shift in another room but at least I got to see some hunky actors and Neil Gaiman for my trouble) where they dropped two new books and a comics series from Marvel.

First up is Claudia Gray’s Master And Apprentice, starring Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.  It’s scheduled for February 2019.  Dare we hope for an appearance by Duchess Satine?  Hmm?  Hmm?

Also announced was Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston, which is about how Queen Amidala became Senator Amidala. I’m pretty sure this was the book rumored about recently.  It’s scheduled for March 2019.  Pre-orders for both books should be up by Monday.

Marvel announced a new series Age of the Republic by Jody Houser, which will feature eight comics over four months, each starring a hero and a villain.  The characters featured are Qui-Gon and Darth Maul, Obi-Wan and Jango Fett, Anakin and Count Dooku, and Padmé and General Grievous.

Anakin & Padmé Comic Coming From IDW

April 18, 2018

IDW’s Star Wars Adventures series (aimed at younger readers) #12 (July) will focus on Anakin and Padmé.  Gee, that cover sorta seems inspired by something I saw in some other movie recently:

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Forces of Destiny Team Interview

January 25, 2018

The Ahsoka and Padmé Forces of Destiny comic from IDW is out and starwars.com has an interview with its creative team.

A Note Re Comics Coverage

September 14, 2017

I have been reading Star Wars comics since 1978, at first when they were published by Marvel, then for 20 years with Dark Horse, and back again with Marvel when it regained the license a few years ago.  Last week I picked up IDW’s young readers comic.

Today Marvel’s Star Wars editor and a Marvel creator I’d never heard of blocked me on Twitter.  I have never interacted with these people.  I’ve never criticized them; in fact the only thing I’ve ever criticized about Marvel’s run on Twitter is Dr. Aphra and that’s not a topic I dwell upon very much.  So it’s not because of anything I’ve done to them or anyone else at Marvel.  The only reason I can figure out is that I follow a reviewer who has been very critical of the publisher and a lot of the people who work for it.  I only know this because everyone else who follows this guy, including people who disagree with him, were blocked at the same time.

One can do whatever she wants with her account, but it was really insulting to be blocked purely because of who I’m following; whose business is it anyway?  If Marvel’s Star Wars editor thinks that little of me after 39 years of loyalty to Star Wars comics–longer than this young lady has been alive by the way–then I’m just going to have to cut the cord.  I’m not buying Marvel comics anymore and I will not review or promote anything they do.  (But I’ll be happy to keep buying IDW’s series.)  Dark Horse’s people were always kind, respectful, enthusiastic, and great with the fans.  Marvel has a serious siege mentality that is alienating comics readers and sales are falling throughout the industry.

I’m not posting this to flounce but to let you know what kind of people they are and about the kind of disturbing dynamics that are happening on social media if you “step out of line” or associate with the “wrong” people.

Because I’m Too Tired…

July 21, 2017

The irony of being at a con is that you have less time to report on what’s happening at the con than the people who are 2500 miles away at home or at work.

I didn’t go to the Star Wars publishing panel, but Naboo News nicely summarized some upcoming prequel releases from Star Wars.com’s announcements.  Keep an eye out for the upcoming Mace Windu comics series from Marvel (Mace Windu:  Jedi of the Republic), “Tales of Hope & Courage” from the Forces of Destiny line, some kids-related stuff in the “Journey to The Last Jedi” line, and “Star Wars:  Creatures and Aliens” from Abrams.

By the way, if you’re keeping up with the Star Wars Little Golden Books, the new wave (stuff like “I Am A Pilot” and “I Am A Princess”) features prequel stuff galore.

Hasbro also unveiled some new products in the pipeline, including the Padmé doll from the Forces of Destiny line and a 6″ Black Series Captain Rex:

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Darth Vader #1 Out Today

June 7, 2017

Marvel’s new Darth Vader miniseries has kicked off with today’s release of the first issue.

If you’re looking for the variant cover with Padmé and a bunch of dead clone troopers, I was told it’s 1/50. So unless your store ordered over 50 copies of it or it somehow lucked out into getting one, you’re going to have to hit the secondary market. On eBay it’s $70.

Marvel Interview With Mace Windu Writer

May 27, 2017

Marvel.com has an interview with the writer of the upcoming Mace Windu comics series, Matt Owens:

I see him foremost as a teacher and a leader. He is incredibly strong and wise and tries his best to lead others down the right path. Sometimes that does mean having to fight. There’s an interesting conflict in a man revered for his fighting skills who would rather not use them. Being a great warrior does not mean you have a love of combat, a lust for bloodshed. His lightsaber is the last weapon Mace would want to pick up. Similarly, he is a fiercely intelligent orator, yet despises politics. He is a man thrust into positions and situations he may not enjoy, but he does them because he just wants to do what is right.

Mace Windu Comic Coming In August

May 18, 2017

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Lucasfilm announced this morning a new five-part series from Marvel, “Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu.” Written by Matt Owens and with art by Denys Cowan, the comic takes place shortly after AOTC.

Preview Pages of New Vader Comic Released

May 10, 2017

Coming next month is Darth Vader #1 (again!) from Marvel. But don’t worry, it looks like there is plenty of PT-era feels to go around:

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Pics from Star Wars The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page.

 

New Darth Vader Comic Coming

March 10, 2017

Why would we care?  Because it takes place right after ROTS.  So that’s basically the tail end of the prequel era and it covers such important events as Darth Vader making his first ever Sith saber.

Written by Charles Soule and with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, the first issue debuts in June.