The fine folks over at Making Star Wars have unearthed, via Jedi-Bibliothek, a few release dates for Marvel’s Star Wars line. The dates range from September and December, and include the trade paperback Journey to the Force Awakens: Shattered Empire.
This title is scheduled for release in November, and will run $16.99. According to MSW, Greg Rucka, who’s impressive resume boasts a run with Action Comics to X-Men: Unlimited, is listed as the writer.
Starting in sequential order:
Date: September 8th, 2015
Title: Star Wars Legends: Epic Collection – Rise of the Sith, Vol. 1
"“When young Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent a civil war, he has a close encounter with the Dark Side! Years later, Qui-Gon and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi face an out-of-control cloud cruiser and the lawless world of Ord Mantell, where everyone holds a grudge – and a blaster! And Mace Windu‘s Jedi Knights face the threat of the Yinchorri – a race more deadly than they ever imagined!”"
Date: November 3rd, 2015
Title: Star Wars Legends: Epic Collection – The Empire, Vol. 2
"“As the Empire strengthens its grip in the wake of the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the remaining Jedi are marked for death! Jedi Master K’kruhk faces a battle for his life — one with deadly parallels for Bomo Greenbark and the crew of the smuggler vessel Uhumele. Meanwhile, Master Dass Jennir is down to his last credit, and faces a stark choice: compromise his ideals or starve. Being a Jedi may make him an outlaw, but will being an outlaw mean he’s no longer a Jedi? Darth Vader doesn’t care: He’s on the trail of Jennir either way — and so is the dread assassin Falco Sang!”"
Date: November 10th, 2015
Title: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (Remastered Edition)
"“Luke Skywalker faces his destiny as the greatest trilogy in all of fiction concludes, remastered for the modern age! These are grim times for the Rebel Alliance. Han Solo is in the hands of the vile Jabba the Hutt. The Jedi Master Yoda grows weak. Emperor Palpatine is determined to turn Luke to the dark side. And Darth Vader nears completion of a new dreaded Death Star even more powerful than the first. To avert certain doom, the Rebels head to the forest moon of Endor — but will the native Ewoks be friends or foes? Before the Battle of Endor begins, Princess Leia faces dramatic revelations. And when Luke surrenders to Vader, the fate of the galaxy may rest on the ultimate father and son confrontation! It’s return, remastered — read it!”"
Date: December 29th 2015
Title: Star Wars Legends: Epic Collection – Infinities
"“Play “What if?” with the original trilogy in a series of tales exploring the endless possibilities of Star Wars. How would A New Hope have gone if Luke Skywalker missed the target in his attack on the Death Star? What would have become of the Rebel Alliance if Luke perished in the icy wastelands of Hoth during The Empire Strikes Back? What if Return of the Jedi’s rescue of Han Solo had gone badly wrong? And in the ultimate alternate take on the galaxy far, far away, follow Annikin Starkiller into The Star Wars in an epic based on the original draft of George Lucas’ screenplay!”"
Marvel seems to be really taking the bantha by the horns, with these titles. The artwork is eye-grabbing, and the blurbs make me want to run out and buy them now…too bad we have to wait a few months.
The Rise of the Sith seems to be a very interesting title, as being able to follow Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu in their attempts to subdue the forces of the Dark Side, should make for a very fun and exciting read.
What I’m most excited about, with these titles, is the “What if’s“, as Marvel is famous for these with their core titles. Nothing makes me want to buy a title more, than seeing “Annikin Starkiller.” If you aren’t familiar with Annikin Starkiller, he becomes the padawan of Luke Skywalker.
These aren’t the same characters from the Star Wars movies, rather they are from The Star Wars, George Lucas’ original 1974 rough draft of Star Wars.
Are you excited for these Marvel titles? Which ones excite you the most? Let’s talk about it, in the comments below.