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Marvel and Del Rey Star Wars News out of Celebration Anaheim

Yesterday wasn’t all Star Wars Rebels themed at Star Wars Celebration. Marvel and Del Rey each held panels, and while nothing Earth shattering came out of them there were at least a few interesting tidbits.

From the Marvel panel:

  • Star Wars #7 will be a standalone issue featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi having an adventure on Tatooine and will be drawn by Simone Bianchi.
  • Starting with Star Wars #8, Stuart Immonen will be taking over penciling duties.
  • Possibility of something to follow when Princess Leia ends in June.
  • Greg Weisman will be sticking around on Kanan a little longer, writing the series’ second arc.
  • Lando will take place between Episodes IV and V and feature Lobot!
  • Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto are on Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens: Shattered Empire.
  • More than 500 Star Wars Legends comics are now available on Marvel Unlimited, with the goal of all Star Wars comics eventually being there.

I’m pretty excited about the Star Wars comics hitting Marvel Unlimited. As a geek with a few interests outside of the Saga (it happens), I’d been considering getting the service for awhile now anyway. Adding Star Wars to the mix completely seals the deal.  Also, I think it’s fantastic news that Greg Weisman is sticking around for at least another five issues of Kanan. The first issue in that series has been by far my favorite debut for a Marvel series. I have high hopes for the rest of the arc, and with Weisman at the helm, for the second arc as well.

There was a bit less out of the Del Rey panel, but still a few nuggets of info to be had:

  • Journey to the Force Awakens will have at least six or seven important pieces of fiction but everything will include Easter eggs for the movie.
  • October 6th, 2015 will see the release of Rise of the Empire, collecting A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller and Tarkin by James Luceno and featuring three short stories, one of which has ties to Aftermath by Chuck Wendig.
  • Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed will be released on November 3rd, 2015 and will not be an adaptation of the game but rather be inspired by it, giving a feel for what it is like to be a Rebel on the front line.
  • Alan Dean Foster will be writing the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The e-book will arrive the day the movie releases on December 18, 2015 with the hardcover to follow in January 2016.

For starters, a huge shout-out and thank you to Brian for live tweeting the panel. For some reason, the team didn’t live blog the panel as they have for so many others (like the Marvel and Untold Clone Wars panels). The revelation of Alan Dean Foster as the author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was probably news to some, but not to those that follow Florian on Twitter. My favorite bit of information was the reveal that Battlefront: Twilight Company will in fact focus on the troops on the front lines. In my mind, I think of it as being like the Republic Commando series minus the clones, but I’m probably wrong. Either way, it sounds different enough from the other books in Del Rey’s line up to excite me.



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