NYCC 2018 Lucasfilm Publishing Panel Recap: Movie releases slowing, but book releases aren’t


Del Rey announced another new Star Wars book release for 2019 at New York Comic Con this year — adding to the growing list of content fans have to look forward to (or not).

Next year will be a great year for Star Wars fan. If you’re OK with so much new content you might not be able to consume it all before year’s end.

At San Diego Comic Con this summer, we learned we’re getting more Clone Wars. And we’ve known for a while that still-untitled Star Wars Episode IX will premiere in December 2019.

Two new books were also announced at SDCC – E.K. Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow and Claudia Gray’s Master and Apprentice.

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At New York Comic Con this past weekend, Lucasfilm Publishing not only revealed the final cover for Master & Apprentice, but announced new books and comics as well.

Alphabet Squadron – the third canon novel officially set to release next year – will arrive in June 2019. Alexander Freed, according to, will tell the story that “follows a unique team of pilots, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end the war they fought so long for once and for all.”

A handful of young readers’ books – traditionally not officially canon – are also set to release next year. But that’s not all that’s on the horizon.

We also learned that Charles Soule’s Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic will end with issue #25 to finish out 2018. But Star Wars comic fans won’t have to worry about a lack of content – even after the conclusions of both Poe Dameron and Vader this year.

Starting in November, Chuck Wendig’s Shadow of Vader miniseries will take fans on a journey from the Rise of the Empire era all the way to the age of the New Republic.

Three more new comic series are also on the way – Jody Houser’s Age of Republic (December 2018), Greg Pak’s Age of Rebellion (April 2019), and Tom Taylor’s Age of Resistance (July 2019).

So, so far we’re looking at three novels, a movie (the end of the Skywalker saga, no less), at least one TV show, and a bunch of new comic book issues …

Is this exactly what we need … or feeding the supposed fatigue?

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There may be enough diversity in the types of content coming up (a book here, a new TV episode there) to keep fans happy without overwhelming us. But that really depends on how you feel about the new Star Wars content that’s come out since 2015.

Love it or loathe it, when it comes to publishing, Star Wars content isn’t slowing down — even if the movies might after next year.

Are you excited about next year’s books – or do you think it’s too much?