This Weeks Publications – 30th March 2020

Welcome to this week’s publications breakdown.

As you can imagine, this week’s releases are in a little turmoil currently. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues that go with it, at the time of writing this we cannot be sure that this week’s releases will happen as scheduled. Diamond have suspended distribution of new comic books and many comic bookstores are closed temporarily or offering pickup and mail order services only.

We are currently waiting for responses to our questions from publishers and Lucasfilm to see how schedules may be affected in the coming weeks and we will bring you any updates as we get them.

While many of us are disappointed that literature we are looking forward to is delayed, the most important of all this though is that we all stay safe.

May the force be with you!

The scheduled releases for this week will be;

Tuesday 31st March 2020

  

Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
(Del Rey) Paperback
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from #1 bestselling author Timothy Zahn.
“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”
Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.
Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favour of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.
As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s home world. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.

The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak
(Abrams)
The official behind-the-scenes concept, production, and post-production art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Go inside the creative process behind the most anticipated film of the century. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars film series brings the Skywalker Saga to a close and The Art of The Rise of Skywalker will take readers into the creative process behind visualizing the epic worlds, creatures, characters, costumes, weapons and vehicles of the landmark conclusion more than 40 years in the making.

 

Star Wars Unfolds: The Original Trilogy
(Abrams)
Watch the saga unfold with the turn of a page in this one-of-a-kind gift book
This groundbreaking storybook brings the saga to life like never before. As you turn the pages, one epic and seamlessly captivating illustration, printed on an accordion fold, moves forward with you—each section transitioning into the next to tell the story of a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Saga Unfolds spans the series, and is perfect for young padawans, their Jedi Masters, and everyone in between.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Doctor Aphra (2020) #1
(Marvel Comics)
NEW CREW, NEW MISSION!
With the Rebel Alliance back on the run after their defeat at the Battle of Hoth, it’s never been a more dangerous time for outlaws, scoundrels and the errant rogue archaeologist to make their way in the galaxy. But after a string of bad luck and near escapes, DOCTOR APHRA is back on the job! She’s been keeping a low profile – jobs are scarce and credits scarcer. But the promise of the score of a lifetime is a chance too good for her to pass up. And to find the cursed RINGS OF VAALE, Aphra will need a crew of treasure hunters the likes of which the galaxy has never seen before! But RONEN TAGGE, heir to the powerful Tagge family, also has his eyes on the prize. Do Aphra and her team stand a chance at fortune and glory?
Cover variants; Direct – Remenar, 1:25 Variant – Witter, 1:50 Variant – Sprouse, Variant – Remenar

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars Battles #1
(IDW Publishing)
This exciting weekly series explores a time of great upheaval in the galaxy-the Clone Wars! While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights confront Count Dooku, two Republic squadrons must hold their position against an encroaching droid army of the Separatists. Pinned down for the duration, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!
Cover variants; A – Charm, RI 1:10, Charm, RI 1:100, Oeming

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’.