This Weeks Publications – 16th December 2019

Welcome to this week’s publications breakdown.

Is there something exciting happening this week? Hope you all have your tickets for The Rise of Skywalker? To help you cope with the anticipation and excitement, why not call in to your local comic book store or bookstore to stock up on some reading material while waiting in the queue.

The scheduled releases for this week will be;

Tuesday 17th December 2019


The Mandalorian Poster Book
(Disney-Lucasfilm Press)
Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, The Mandalorian follows the travails of a lone gunfighter–and his unlikely charge–in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Featuring sixteen double-sided pull-out posters, this collectible book is full of exciting artwork of the Mandalorian, the Child, and more!


The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Ships + Battles
(Abrams Books)
Go behind the scenes in this interactive book to see how favourite vehicles—from the Millennium Falcon to Imperial AT-ATs—were created and used in legendary scenes like the Battles of Endor and Hoth. Go behind the scenes of the biggest movie franchise of all time in this immersive and interactive book to see how favourite vehicles—from X-Wings and TIE fighters to AT-ATs and the Death Star—were created and used in the films. This collectible book includes special interactive elements, including six-page booklets, accordion folds, and flaps that reveal the magic behind the movie with concept sketches, moulds, digital imagery and more!

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Empire Ascendant #1
(Marvel Comics)
Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and smuggler Han Solo have struck blow after winning blow against the Empire. The Rebels are digging in their defences on the remote ice world of Hoth but how long will they truly be safe from their many enemies? Darth Vader will stop at nothing to crush the rebels but his efforts to locate their new base have been in vain. Will the dark side of the Force guide him to the missing rebels and to young Skywalker or mire the dark lord in the conflicts of his past?
Despite a life riddled with treachery and destruction, Doctor Aphra has found a family (of sorts). Former Imperial inspector Magna Tolvan and Aphra’s young ward Vulaada will have to face the struggles of a life of rebellion…while Aphra reckons with her legacy. Former Imperial loyalist turned cyborg bounty hunter BEILERT VALANCE is taking on a dangerous new mission. And the lives of the entire Rebellion – including his old buddy HAN SOLO’s – are at stake should he fail!
Cover variants: A – Federici, B – Camuncoli/Orlandi/Curiel, C – Zircher/Blee, D – Golden (Galactic Moments 36/36), E – JTC Action Figure (Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight Outfit)

The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 (of 4)
(Marvel Comics)
Young Ben Solo is legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker’s most promising pupil. As the son of Rebel Alliance heroes Leia Organa and Han Solo, as well as Luke’s own nephew, Ben has the potential to be a great force for light in the galaxy. But the Skywalker legacy casts a long shadow, the currents of the dark side run deep, and Darth Vader’s blood runs in Ben’s veins. Voices call from both his past and his future, telling him who he must be. He will shatter, he will be reforged, his destiny will be revealed. Snoke awaits. The Knights of Ren await. Ben Solo’s path to his true self begins here.
Cover variants: A – Crain, B – Carnero/Rosenberg, C – LFL Movie, D – JTC Action Figure (Ben Solo)

Star Wars Adventures #29
(IDW Publishing)
In this finale of a three-part story, the mighty Wookiee’s of Kashyyyk defend their home against the armies of the evil First Order. Plus, R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 team up on a top-secret spy adventure for the Resistance.
Cover variants: A – Charm, B – Fleecs, RI – Bracchi

Star Wars Adventures: Greatest Hits
(IDW Publishing)
One-dollar versions of key issues and launch points from your favourite IDW books! Re-presenting the two-part Rey storyline from the first two issues of the hit series Star Wars Adventures!

Friday 20th December 2019


The Galactic Explorers Guide by Jason Fry
(Goodman Books/Carlton Books)
This fact-packed book-plus-app is an interactive guide to key planets from the Star Wars galaxy. It contains plenty of information, photographs, and diagrams on the page, and the latest Augmented Reality technology brings many interactive elements to enhance the reading experience.
The traveller’s guide to some of the key planets, places, and events from the Star Wars galaxy is a unique tool and a fun reference work. Observe, wonder, and engage with these amazing elements and immerse yourself fully into the galaxy that’s far, far away.


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Visual Dictionary
(DK Publishing)
An authoritative companion to the climactic final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy, this essential visual guide to Star Wars Episode IX explores the world of the movie in unparalleled detail.
Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary features the fascinating characters, planets, vehicles, and aliens that the heroes of the Resistance will encounter in their battle to defeat the First Order. Produced in close collaboration with Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary delves into the backgrounds of the new characters seen in the movie, as well as providing in-depth, updated character profiles of beloved Star Wars heroes, such as Rey, Poe, and Finn.


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Galactic Guide
(DK Publishing)
Packed with facts from the new movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this book is aimed at young kids who want to join their heroes – Rey, Poe, and Finn – on their thrilling adventures in the galaxy far, far away. They’ll meet weird aliens and droids, learn about bizarre new planets and scary monsters, and read about the ruthless villains who will stop at nothing to dominate the galaxy.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide is illustrated with action-packed images from the movie, accompanied by fun, easy-to-read reference text. Star Wars Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker, opens in theatres on December 19, 2019.

You will be able to find these on sale from your usual high street bookstores, news-stands and online retailers.

Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.