This Weeks Publications – 29th April 2019

Welcome to this week’s publications breakdown.

My, oh my! I thought last week was a busy one, but that’s got nothing on this week. With 7 releases from Marvel, 2 from IDW and 2 novels, this is a big week.

Anyone would think May the 4th is close to hand… oh, wait a minute! Yes folks, remember May 4th is also Free Comic Book Day, so head to your local stockists and enjoy the day!

The scheduled releases for this week will be;

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Star Wars #65
(Marvel Comics)
Her planet under threat, a heroic princess battles to save it!
Not Leia – it’s QUEEN TRIOS OF SHU-TORUN, ally to Darth Vader and the Empire! PRINCESS LEIA’S plan begins to unfold. But some members of her strike team have schemes of their own. When will Leia realize just what she’s set in motion?!
Cover variants: A – Parel, B – JTC Action Figure (A-Wing Pilot), C – Paitreau/Smith (Galactic Moments 13/36)

Age of Rebellion: Han Solo #1
(Marvel Comics)
After helping destroy the DEATH STAR, HAN SOLO’s ready to cash in his reward and return to life as a scoundrel.
But when LUKE SKYWALKER asks for one last favour, Han gets pulled into a rebel mission that might wreck all of his plans. Co-starring CHEWBACCA and introducing AKKO, an old friend who might actually out-scoundrel Han himself!
Cover variants: A – T & R Dodson, B – LFL Movie, C – McKone Puzzle Piece, D – McQuarrie Concept, E – Parel, F – Putri (Galactic Moments 14/36)

Star Wars Adventures: Flight of the Falcon (One-Shot)
(IDW Publishing)
The Flight of the Falcon ends here! We’ve followed Bazine Netal’s quest for the legendary starship the Millennium Falcon, but here’s one final tale yet to be told, featuring famous pirate captain, Hondo Ohnaka!
Cover variants: A – Florean; RI – Pinto

Star Wars: Original Marvel Years #50 (Facsimile Variant)
(Marvel Comics)
The Empire Strikes Back! Marvel’s classic Star Wars saga continues with the official adaptation of the second film in the original trilogy – and Darth Vader’s ruthless revenge!
In the wake of Luke Skywalker’s deadly duel with the Dark Lord, the rebels’ adventures continue – and a living nightmare stalks the universe! But can R2-D2 and C-3PO beat terrible odds to survive Droid World?
With everyone’s favourite smuggler lost, the Rebel crew is on a search for Solo – but Han will have to wait when the Crimson Forever poses a more immediate problem! And so will the Empire’s latest, greatest superweapon! Can our heroes take Tarkin? Plus, rarely seen Star Wars tales from the United Kingdom!
Collecting: Star Wars (1977) 39-55; Empire Strikes Back Monthly (UK) 149, 151, 153-157; Star Wars Monthly (UK) 159

True Believers: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir #1
(Marvel Comics)
Reprint of Darth Maul #1 by Jeremy Barlow

True Believers: Thrawn #1
(Marvel Comics)
Reprint of Thrawn #1 by Jody Houser, adapted from the novel Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

True Believers: Star Wars #16
(Marvel Comics)
Reprint of Star Wars #16 from 2015 by Jason Aaron
True Believers: Ewoks #1
(Marvel Comics)
Reprint of Star Wars: Ewoks #1

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston
Written by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Ahsoka! When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.


Solo: A Star Wars Story (Expanded Edition) by Mur Lafferty
Don’t miss the exclusive content in this thrilling adaptation of Solo: A Star Wars Story, with scenes from alternate versions of the script including Han Solo’s time in the Imperial Navy, Qi’ra’s past, the beginnings of the rebellion, and more!
Though Han Solo has thrilled Star Wars fans for decades, the notorious wisecracking scoundrel was chasing adventure and dodging trouble long before he walked into the cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport.
Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he’s trapped in a life of poverty and crime—and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang—reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi’ra, he makes it out—but she doesn’t. Desperate for a way to find his own offworld vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy—the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn’t play well with others.
When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.

Saturday 4th May 2019

Star Wars Adventures: Free Comic Book Day One-Shot
(IDW Publishing)
The stars have aligned: This year, Free Comic Book Day coincides with Star Wars Day! Han and Chewie race against pirates in a search for one of three identical droids that contain the location of a legendary treasure. But what our favorite smugglers don’t know is the other two droids are booby trapped! Trickery and double-crosses abound in this original story set before A New Hope! May the Fourth be with you!

You will be able to find these on sale from your usual high street book stores, 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’.