New Prequel Trilogy-related books revealed at SDCC

From StarWars.com:

“Time to make rathtar-sized room on your bookshelf and in your long boxes.

Lucasfilm announced and unveiled tons of new books and comics at San Diego Comic-Con today, including a Thrawn adaptation from Marvel, more from the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program, and many titles inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Check out their covers in the gallery below!”

[Note : we’ve narrowed it down to the Prequel Trilogy-related books]

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5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Authors: Various
Artist: Pilot Studios
A brand new collection of twelve action-packed retellings that span the entire Star Wars saga—including two tales from Star Wars: The Last Jedi! These exciting stories can each be read in just five minutes—perfect for galactic adventures at lightspeed!

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Star Wars Moviemaking Magic: Creatures and Aliens
Publisher: Abrams Books
Author: Mark Salisbury
The first in an immersive line of behind-the-scenes books for kids, Star WarsMoviemaking Magic: Creatures and Aliens uses the strange, creepy, and iconic creatures and aliens of the entire saga as a lens through which younger readers will enjoy a visual and interactive tour of the history of moviemaking and special effects. Exhaustively researched; includes archival interviews with iconic talent such as Ralph McQuarrie and Stuart Freeborn, along with new, exclusive interviews with Neal Scanlan, Doug Chiang, and Dave Filoni.”

Get a First Look at IDW’s SDCC Star Wars Adventures ‘Ashcan’ Comic

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From StarWars.com:

“While IDW Publishing’s saga-spanning all-ages series Star Wars Adventures doesn’t arrive until September, San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get a special early look in an “ashcan” preview.

Thanks to our friends at IDW, however, StarWars.com readers can download the complete ashcan right now: click this link to view or right click to save, or check it out in the gallery below.

Written by Landry Q. Walker — who StarWars.com can confirm will later write for the series — and illustrated by regular series artist Derek Charm, the preview is a charming introduction to what we can expect from Star Wars Adventures. C-3PO and Artoo address the reader, bickering and telling short stories of, well, Star Wars adventures: we see a boyish Luke Skywalker getting into trouble on Tatooine, young Anakin Skywalker fleeing with some important parts for a personal project, and more. It’s delightful and the stories are genuinely surprising. The ashcan also offers a glimpse of the classic 2D animation-like visual style of the ongoing series. […]

 

Look for Star Wars Adventures #1, written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Derek Charm, in stores and digital on September 6.”

Comics: ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’ #2 Preview

From CraveOnline:

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“This issue was written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, inks by Cam Smith, and colors by David Curiel, with a cover by Jim Cheung. Here’s the official description from Marvel.

The most fearsome villain of all time returns with an all-new series! When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that was once dear to him, the former chosen one must take his first steps into a darker world…as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith! Join Vader as he learns a new way – the way of Darth Sidious and his newly formed Empire…the way of the dark side.

Star Wars: Darth Vader # 2 will be released on Wednesday, June 21 in comic book stores everywhere.”

Dork Side of the Force makes the case for comic series about Qui-Gon and Padmé

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“Many Star Wars characters have had their stories told through Marvel one-off issues or miniseries. Here are five more who should also get their own comic series. […]

5. Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn gets overlooked a lot, probably because he only appeared on-screen in one Star Wars film (The Phantom Menace) and then again briefly as a vision in The Clone Wars. But that’s a flimsy reason. This character has so much potential for great stories, primarily for the reason that he is a dark horse within the Jedi Order. He consistently defies the Jedi Council’s orders, and not just in the matter of training Anakin Skywalker. His apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, even makes the comment in The Phantom Menace that if Qui-Gon would just conform, he would have a seat on the Council himself, an admonishment which implies that Qui-Gon has disobeyed the Council more than once.

We see proof that Qui-Gon is an unorthodox Jedi in The Phantom Menace, but we still don’t know why he turned out this way. What events shaped his point of view? Why does he believe so strongly in the prophecy of the Chosen One? These are questions which could be easily and effectively answered in a comic series.

4. Padme Amidala

Another character who has not received her due in Star Wars stories recently is Padme Amidala. Padme’s life, her career, thoughts and emotions just beg to be revealed in a comic series. There are so many potential stories to explore: What led her to run for the office of Queen of Naboo and later, that world’s senator; her adventures in the ten-year span between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones; how she feels about keeping her marriage to Anakin Skywalker a secret; and her contribution to what would eventually become the Rebel Alliance, as glimpsed in a deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith. Plus, part and parcel of Padme’s story are her handmaidens, which many Star Wars fans (including myself) are dying to learn more about. A miniseries or one-off could easily tell the handmaidens’ stories, as well.

From a visual standpoint, a comic is the perfect medium for a story about Padme. One of the things I love about Padme is her costumes. They are all lavish and immaculately tailored, and they each tell a story. With the right artist, a Padme comic series could be just as luscious to look at as to read.

All in all, the lack of Padme stories is something Lucasfilm needs to remedy. They can start that process by commissioning her a comic series from Marvel.”

Read the full article at Dork Side of the Force.

Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu writer talks about the characters of the comic

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“Marvel.com: Big question: Who is Mace Windu to you?

Matt Owens: I think Mace Windu is the ultimate wish-fulfillment for the audience personified in Star Wars. He’s a badass with his own colored lightsaber. He’s the greatest Jedi warrior. He’s friends with Yoda. He doesn’t trust Anakin. He is [actor] Sam Jackson speaking for us. In his own right, he’s a man just trying to do the right thing according to the rules which govern his life.

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. […]

The galaxy is at war. The role of the Jedi has changed, leading armies into battle. Is this their place? If peace is the ends, are the means justified? Are they on the right side of said peace? These are the kind of soul-searching questions Mace will have to dig deep and answer for himself. And not just Mace. Questions such as these are on the minds of many Jedi at this tumultuous time.

Marvel.com: Right; the series is set at the outbreak of the Clone Wars. Who else might we see that we’d recognize from the films?

Matt Owens: I asked for every conceivable character I could think of for this book. I overshot, in the hopes I could play with a few of my own personal beloved characters besides Mace. I’m very excited to say there is a lot of Kit Fisto in this book. I loved getting to know him more in the “Clone Wars” series. I’ve always seen him having a close relationship with Mace. They have fought together many times and even meet their end together. Exploring the lead-up to that demise is something I wanted to take a look at. That’s what I find so interesting about telling stories in this time. There is so much left unexplored during the Clone Wars. People want to see new things that shaped how the galaxy comes out the other side of the conflict.

Marvel.com: And there’ll be new characters, too, right?

Matt Owens: Yes, I also got the honor to create a few new characters for this book. Which is insane to me and I am still freaking out about it. You’ll meet two new Jedi, Prosset and Rissa, who are accompanying Mace on his journey. I wanted there to be new Jedi to give perspective to the emotional journey Mace is going through, but also have stories in their own right. Prosset is a sharp and inquisitive Miraluka. Rissa is an engineer and newly appointed Jedi Knight.

My favorite new character is probably the mercenary droid AD-W4. Hired by the Separatists to oversee a clandestine mission, AD is a droid who does not understand the concept or adherence to the doctrines of the Force. He embodies the science vs faith debate. It’s the perfect foil for Mace who is going through a crisis of faith at the time.”

Read the full interview at Marvel.com.

 

Cassian meets K-2SO in Rogue One Prequel Comic

“StarWars.com is excited to announce Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO Special #1, coming in August from Marvel. Written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Fernando Blanco, the 40-page one-shot will reveal how Cassian, one of the top intelligence officers of the Rebel Alliance, met K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial security droid. Check out the cover below by Julian Totino Tedesco, which finds the duo back-to-back, ready for battle.”

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Source: StarWars.com

Mace Windu Goes Solo in New Marvel Comic!

“StarWars.com is excited to announce Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu, a new five-issue miniseries coming in August from Marvel, penned by Matt Owens and illustrated by Denys Cowan. Starring the fan-favorite Mace Windu, a Master on the Jedi Council who tangled with Jango Fett and Darth Sidious, it picks up after the start of the Clone Wars as the Jedi Order faces possibly its greatest challenge yet. You can get a first look at Jesus Saiz’s dynamic cover below, featuring Mace delivering some battle droids a Force push to remember.

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In addition to Saiz’s stunner, fans can look forward to a special Star Wars 40th anniversary variant cover by Russell Dauterman, along with variants by Rahzzah and Javier Rodriguez. While few details have been revealed about the story, Marvel’s official description offers more of a glimpse into what readers can expect:

For over a thousand generations, the Jedi have been the peacekeepers of the galaxy…but now, at the dawn of the Clone Wars, they find themselves in a new role: generals in the Army of the Republic. As Mace Windu, one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors, leads a small unit of Jedi into battle shortly after the war begins, the Jedi must make peace with their new role, or be lost to the violence around them!”

Source: StarWars.com

““No matter how well trained for battle the Jedi are, having to actually put those skills to use is another thing entirely. The preferred tools of the Jedi are diplomacy, harmony, education, peace. Now they find themselves leading troops on battlefields across the galaxy,” said series writer Matt Owens. “They’re going to have a lot of thoughts about this. Is this really the way to peace? Is this the position I should be taking? Is this really the path the Jedi should be walking down. Doubt is understandable, but what each individual does with that doubt is very telling of who they are and where they will end up.”

Don’t be surprised if you see familiar faces of fan favorites, which Owens promises “will feel like an organic part of the tapestry of the Star Wars universe.””

Here is Rahzzah variant cover:

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Source: Comicosity