Welcome to this week’s publications breakdown. This week sees us bridge 2 decades and we hope you enjoyed the 2010’s. As we fast approach the new year, on behalf of the Literature Team here at Jedi News, we would like to wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!
The scheduled releases for this week will be;
|Tuesday 31st December 2019
||Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
(Del Rey [US], Arrow [UK])
The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots.
On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic STAR WARS adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.
The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters’ shantytown—until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.
Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.
The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn’t as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squad will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace, they’ve fought so hard to achieve.
||Star Wars: Collecting a Galaxy – The Art of Sideshow
Experience Sideshow Collectibles’ astonishing collection of Star Wars sculptures in a whole new way with this deluxe book that explores the incredible artistry behind their creation.
Sideshow Collectibles has been immortalizing fan-favourite Star Wars characters for over a decade with their extraordinary, one-of-a-kind sculptures. This deluxe book celebrates the artistry that goes into capturing the true essence of these iconic characters and the passion and devotion that brings them to life. Featuring never-before-seen pre-production artwork as well as exclusive insights from the sculpting and design team on the creation of each piece and dynamic photography that illuminates the power of their work, this book is the ultimate celebration of Sideshow’s ongoing journey into the Star Wars galaxy.
|Wednesday 1st January 2020
Star Wars (2020) #1
“No…I am your father.”
In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father!
Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses, is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
Star Wars (2020) #1 Cover Variants
|| R.B Silva (Premiere Variant)
You will be able to find these on sale from your usual high street bookstores, news-stands and online retailers.