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Lucasfilm announces 30-issue Marvel Star Wars maxi-series, IDW Darth Vader weekly, and more

San Diego Comic Con brought word of numerous new & massive Star Wars related projects to close out 2018 and open up 2019.

SW - Republic Darth Maul Featured

Lucasfilm might be making a big impact on the silver screen with their Star Wars films, but that’s not the only place where one can take a trip to a galaxy far far away. Through Marvel, IDW and more the company has managed to build an ever-expanding universe of titles within various mediums from comics to novels and beyond.

During their Lucasfilm Publishing Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, they revealed a whole slew of new projects on the way.

SW - Republic Darth Maul

One of the biggest was news that together with Marvel (who regained the rights to publish Star Wars comics back in 2015) to explore characters and moments connected to all three trilogies (prequels, original and current) in a massive 30-issue maxi-series.

That maxi-series will be broken into three different eras with a different writer for each one. Jody Houser will tackle the prequel era in Star Wars: Age of RepublicGreg Pak with the original trilogy era in Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Tom Taylor diving into the current trilogy era with Star Wars: Age of Resistance. 

Each of the issues of the series will tell stories centered on an iconic hero and an iconic villain of the particular era in the franchise. Houser, as noted by StarWars.Com, said that hers will last four months of eight issues that begin with Age of Republic: Qui-Gon #1 Age of Republic: Darth Maul #1 in January. That will be followed by stories featuring Obi-Wan & Jango Fett, Anakin Skywalker & Count Dooku, and Padme Amidala & General Grievous in that order.

There is no word about artists for the series yet, how many issues or what characters will appear for Pak and Taylor’s sections.

Alongside this massive series, Marvel will also continue their tradition of adapting the latest Star Wars film into a comic with the five-part Solo: A Star Wars StoryThe series kicks off in October from Robbie Thompson and Will Sliney. A novelization of the film from Mur Lafferty will arrive on September 04.

SW - Vader's Castle

On the IDW side of things, they’ll continue to roll out more all-ages adventures in the universe with the new weekly Star Wars: Tales from Darth Vader’s Castle from writer Cavan Scott and art by Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Kelly Jones, Corin Howell, Robert Hack and Charles Paul Wilson III and covers by Francesco Francavilla. Each issue will consist of horror stories focused on travelers that are stranded on the planet Mustafar which is home to Darth Vader’s imposing castle as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

“You know how you get those spooky Halloween stories where a car breaks down and there’s a creepy castle on a hill,” Cavan said. “Well, imagine a spaceship landing on a lava planet and the only place is a castle on a hill.”

The weekly series begins in October.

SW - Queen's Shadow

Lastly, Lucasfilm announced two new novels out of their publishing department. Arriving on February 19, 2019, is Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray which follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his old master Qui-Gon Jinn on a mission set before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Keeping up the trend of exploring prequel characters, E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow will deal with Padme Amidala’s story from between Episode I and I and focus on the transition she made from being Queen to a senator. It is slated to arrive in March 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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