Marvel will be releasing three new series of Star Wars comics beginning in April.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The first one on the list is a five-issue miniseries aiming to promote and give fans a look at the “backstory” of Black Spire Outpost tying into the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansions coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The planet of Battu, where the outpost is located, is located in the outer rim at the “wild” edge of space.
The series will introduce new charaters like Dok-Ondar, an Ithorian “collector of rare antiquities.” Readers will “..find out what happens when the First Order reaches the edge of wild space. The key to saving this lawless outpost might just involve a job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca.”
This new series will be written by Ethan Sacks (Star Wars: Age of Republic series.) Art will be by Will Sliney (Solo: A Star Wars Story adaptation.) The covers will be done by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm concept artists instead of traditional comic cover artists.
This is just the latest in news for Marvel/Star Wars comics. Earlier it was also announced that there will be a new series beginning in April called TIE Fighter. This will also be a five-part series that will follow the Empire’s elite squad called Shadow Wing. Their job is to destroy the Rebel Alliance. It will be written by Jody Houser and have art by Roge Antonio. Cover art will be by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti.
This series will tie into the upcoming Alphabet Squadron book by Alexander Freed releasing this summer.
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion
A few days ago it was announced that Marvel would release yet another series in April, made up of 10 one-offs called Star Wars: Age of Rebellion. This series would focus on characters from the original trilogy (which seems to be a common these with these series.)
The books will have side stories for Princess Leia, Grand Moff Tarkin, Age of Rebellion Special (stories of IG-88, Yoda, Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins) in April. Han Solo, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian and Jabba the Hut in May, and Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader in June.
It’s almost as if Marvel and Star Wars are using each other to prop up their lower performance in the last fiscal year. One series seems aimed at promoting the theme park expansions, one is to promote a popular book, and the final series is aimed at building on nostalgia leading into Star Wars Episode IX. Star Wars will receive promotion and if Marvel can leverage nostalgia right, it could prop up it’s numbers.
All of this comes at a time when the fan base has split, after the last film, and the general public seem to be losing interest in Star Wars..
It will be interesting to see if this combined effort will pay off in the end.
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