Comic Solicitations: December 2018

The comic solicitation lists for December 2018 from Marvel and IDW have been circulated and here is a rundown of what we are to expect in stores.

Marvel: STAR WARS: HAN SOLO – IMPERIAL CADET #2 (of 5)
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W)
LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
VARIANT COVER BY MARCOS MARTIN
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – ON SALE 12/12/2018
THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED!
• After spending a night in the brig, HAN SOLO is given one last shot at flight school…
• Will Han be top gun, or will he crash and burn?
• Crash and burn if one of his top competitors gets his way! This mysterious rival is ripped from the pages of CLASSIC STAR WARS COMICS!

Marvel: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION #3 (of 5)

ROBBIE THOMPSON (W)
WILL SLINEY (A)
Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY MARCO CHECCHETTO
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – ON SALE 19/12/2018
THE FASTEST SHIP IN THE GALAXY!
• QI’RA is alive! But she’s working for the ruthless gangster DRYDEN VOS, who forces HAN, BECKETT and QI’RA into an impossible heist.
• But where will this trio find the fastest ship in the galaxy to make the dreaded KESSEL RUN?
• Enter LANDO CALRISSIAN and the MILLENIUM FALCON!

Marvel: STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – DARTH MAUL #1

JODY HOUSER (W)
LUKE ROSS (A)
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Variant Cover by LUKE ROSS
Concept Design Variant Cover by IAIN MCCAIG
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY TBA (2 OF 27)
Movie Variant Cover Also Available
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – ON SALE 12/12/2018
RISE OF THE SITH!
A living weapon of rage and bloodthirst, DARTH MAUL has stayed in the shadows of CORUSCANT waiting for his chance to strike against the JEDI ORDER! However, since tasting his first blood, the SITH lord struggles to contain his desire for destruction and questions the wishes of his methodically plotting master. Could Maul have had another path in life, or was he always fated to follow a dark road? Guest-starring DARTH SIDIOUS!
Marvel: STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – QUI-GON JINN #1
JODY HOUSER (W)
CORY SMITH (A)
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Variant Cover by CORY SMITH
Concept Design Variant Cover by IAIN MCCAIG
PROMO VARIANT COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & ELIA BONETTI
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY TBA (1 OF 27)
Movie Variant Cover Also Available
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – ON SALE 05/12/18
JEDI ORDER…OR CHAOS?
Considered one of the greatest Jedi Knights or the one who led them to their doom, maverick QUI-GON JINN is one of STAR WARS’ most controversial heroes. The JEDI MASTER is known to bend the rules and it’s gotten him into plenty of trouble with the COUNCIL. Now, in the face of a mission that goes awry, he’s forced to confront his conflicting beliefs. What will Qui-Gon uncover about his loyalty to the Jedi vs his loyalty to the FORCE? Guest-starring MASTER YODA!
Marvel: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #27
SI SPURRIER (W)
EMILIO LAISO (A)
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
GALACTIC ICON VARIANT COVER BY ROD REIS
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – 12/12/2018
WORST AMONG EQUALS: PART TWO!
• Rogue archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA has ten hours to cross a hostile megacity before the bomb implanted in her throat blows up.
• No big deal, right? And even if there ARE, say, insane cops and bounty hunters on her tail – she’s got a partner to help her!
• (Unfortunately that would be TRIPLE ZERO: the astonishingly unpleasant murder droid who yearns to see her dead.)
Marvel: STAR WARS #58
KIERON GILLEN (W)
ANGEL UNZUETA (A)
COVER BY JAMAL CAMPBELL
Action Figure Variant Cover by John  Tyler Christopher
Galactic Icon Variant Cover by Rod Reis
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – ON SALE 05/12/18
 “THE ESCAPE” – PART 3
• Is there romance in the air for Luke and Tula?
• Is there romance in the air for HAN AND LEIA?!
• Is there romance in the air between a bunch of stranded rebels and enormous ravenous monsters?
• No. This last one is no.
Marvel: DARTH VADER #25
CHARLES SOULE (W)
GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & MORE (A)
Cover by ELIA BONETTI & GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
VARIANT COVER BY GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
GALACTIC ICON VARIANT COVER BY ROD REIS
32 Pages/Rated T – $3.99 – ON SALE 19/12/2018
FORTRESS VADER: FINALE!
• The FORTRESS is complete. The door will be opened.
• VADER finds everything he has ever desired.
• THE DARK LORD gets everything he deserves.
Marvel: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL. 4: THE CATASTROPHE CON TPB
Written by SI SPURRIER
Penciled by KEV WALKER
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
152 Pages/Rated T – $17.99 – ON SALE 09/01/2019
ISBN: 978-1-302-91153-9
Doctor Aphra is behind bars. Again. But this time she’s in Imperial custody, strapped to an explosive transmitter synced to a single hubdroid. Take one step too far? Kablooey! So what happens when Aphra’s captors send her hubdroid right into the middle of a war zone? And what’s this rumour about the prison being haunted? Meanwhile, Aphra’s got information – and its information the Rebellion wants. But how far are they willing to go – and who are they willing to recruit – to get it? Surely even our lovable rogue archaeologist can’t find a way to make things even worse, right? Wrong. Because Aphra’s current flame, Inspector Tolvan, and Aphra’s ex, Sana Starros, are about to meet. Awkward. But that’s nothing compared to a certain tall, dark shadow about to fall across her. Collecting STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #20-25.
Marvel: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER – DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOL. 4: THE BLACK FORTRESS TPB
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Penciled by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & ELIA BONETTI
168 Pages/Rated T – $19.99 – ON SALE 30/01/2019
ISBN: 978-1-302-91057-0
Continuing the imperious rise of the Dark Lord! A Jedi makes a desperate deal. The Inquisitors’ mission evolves. And Darth Vader discovers a theft! And when the thief faces the consequences of the crime, Emperor Palpatine rewards Vader with a gift…and a voice. Seeking the path to his destiny, Vader returns to the place of his greatest defeat. There, echoes from the past reach out to him – both his own and the dark history of the Sith! Darkness rises above Mustafar as a brutal design begins to take shape. But the planet’s inhabitants will not take this desecration lightly and formulate plans of their own. Vader’s fortress will stand – but at a terrible cost. The fire will come to Mustafar – and all will burn! Collecting DARTH VADER (2017) #19-25.
IDW Publishing: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #2 (of 3)
Scott Beatty (w)
Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva (a)
Derek Charm (c)
Retailer incentives Cover 1:10 – Jon Sommariva
32 pages – $3.99
Three-issue miniseries set during the days before The Force Awakens!
Swallowed by the shifting sands of Jakku, the Imperial Star Destroyer Spectral has been lost for two decades, giving rise to rumours of hauntings and buried treasure. But an epic sandstorm has revealed the ruins of the starship, and renowned scavenger Rey now leads the race to claim whatever lies within!
Includes a backup story depicting the Battle of Jakku, revealing how the Star Destroyer Spectral met its fate during the last days of the Empire!
IDW Publishing: Star Wars Adventures #17
Chris “Doc” Wyatt & Kevin Burke, Michael Moreci (w)
Valentina Pinto, Arianna Florean (a)
Cover A – Valentina Pinto
Cover B – Arianna Florean
Retailer incentives Cover 1:10 – Nicoletta Baldari
32 pages – $3.99
Ties into the new Star Wars Resistance animated show coming this fall to the Disney Channel & written by Resistance show writers Chris “Doc” Wyatt and Kevin Burke!
Welcome to the Resistance! In the time before The Force Awakens, this all-new adventure follows the fledgling Resistance as it begins to realize the growing threat of the First Order! Based on Star Wars Resistance, an exciting new animated series coming to Disney Channel this fall!
Plus, an exciting new Flight of the Falcon story!

In total there are 9 new comics and 2 collective graphic novels to look forward to.

We get to see the first instalments of the new ‘Age of Republic’ series in December. Concentrating on 2 of the main protagonists from The Phantom Menace in Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn. I must say, I am really looking forward to see what these titles have to offer.

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