What’s coming in April for Star Wars comics? We have the details here on what you will find in comic shops next month.
April is another big month for Star Wars comics.
Marvel’s presence has been felt on the Star Wars canon over the last few years. April continues that impact with big one-shot issues for popular characters such as Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin and a spin-off miniseries based the Galaxy’s Edge attraction opening this year in Disney theme parks.
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Below is preview of all the new comic books coming out in April.
IN SHOPS: APR 03, 2019
STAR WARS No. 64
Kieron Gillen is on his final arc for the main flagship Star Wars comic and it is essentially a revenge arc where Princess Leia has become consumed with getting back at another royal who betrayed her and the rebellion.
Marvel wasn’t messing around with this series hiring two of the premier writers in comics handling this title for the last few years.
Kieron Gillen is a very character focused writer. I expect him to go out, not with action fireworks (although there are sure to be plenty of lightsaber battles) but character driven fireworks.
STAR WARS SOLO ADAPTATION No. 7 (OF 7)
Robbie Thompson has writing duties on this miniseries along with Will Sliney on art. This is the only Marvel comic I am not buying and in the short-term do not plan to read.
What I’ve gathered is that it has stuck very close to the films. Which is disappointing because they could have at the very least added the plot points in the Expanded Edition of the novel by Mur Lafferty.
IN SHOPS: APR 10, 2019
STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION GRAND MOFF TARKIN No. 1
STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION PRINCESS LEIA No. 1
With Charles Soule’s Darth Vader and Poe Dameron runs ending, Star Wars comics had a big hole for weekly releases.
That hole is currently being filled by a series of Age of Star Wars one-shots that have not hid their filler status. These one shots are set in the Age of the Republic, Rebellion and Resistance.
We are currently in the middle of the Age of the Rebellion and April will see one-shots based on characters that have had plenty of comic book screen time: Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin.
It’s been filler but it hasn’t been all bad. Jody Houser wrote her Age of the Republic comics well. The problem is these do nothing to move along the saga or characters along and it’s not the writers’ faults. They are forced to write ‘day in the life’ stories.
I complain but they get my money every month.
STAR WARS ADVENTURES No. 20
Star Wars Adventures is the children’s series that IDW publishes that is not canon. I’ve considered buying these just to get a rest from the intense canon love I have.
This issue is set during the prequel trilogy and the final issue of an arc that was an Anakin / Yoda team up. That peaks my interest because we didn’t get too much of that in the Clone Wars cartoon.
If you have kids and you want to pass on your addiction to them, you will want to look into this series.
IN SHOPS: APR 17, 2019
STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION SPECIAL No. 1
If you’ve gotten this far you already read my Age of Rebellion spiel. This comic will collect a bunch of short stories of lesser characters from the time period.
It might sound like even filler to the tenth power but the Age of the Republic Special highlighted characters that do not get a lot of comic book time devoted to them. In this issue we’ll get short stories on IG-88, Porkins and one about Yoda set on Dagobah.
STAR WARS TIE FIGHTER No. 1 (OF 5)
Now here is a mini-series I am highly anticipating. Star Wars: Tie Fighter is loosely connected to the Alphabet Squadron novel coming out this year.
This series will focus on a part of the franchise that has typically been used as canon fodder and hopefully add some life to antagonists going up against the X-Wings.
Photo credit: Marvel Comics/Star Wars Doctor Aphra
IN SHOPS: APR 24, 2019
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA No. 31
I have loved this series and I love the character but I read this in trade and hardcover so I am criminally behind on Doctor Aphra comics.
I peaked at the solicit and will probably go home and read the third trade paperback. Aphra is racing across an alien city with a bomb in her…throat!!?? Sounds like a winner for any fan.
STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE No. 1 (OF 5)
Another exciting series that expands the Star Wars universe and canon.
Galaxy’s Edge is a comic based on the Disney theme park attractions opening up this year. What more can you ask for? New characters new stories and a brand new setting that will inform and increase my enjoyment of my eventual Disneyland trip.
STAR WARS VADER DARK VISIONS No. 3 (OF 5)
As I’m writing this an unread copy of Dark Visions No. 2 sits next to me. The first issue was great. I recognize Marvel can’t let an iconic character like Darth Vader sit on the sidelines and the Dark Visions miniseries is a creative way to keep him front and center.
If the first issues are any indication issue three will continue with the third person observer point of view with Darth Vader at the center.
The Previews solicitation grabbed me with these questions:
"What is it like to be in love with LORD VADER? And what fate will befall one who is infatuated with the tall, dark mystery behind the mask?"
Marvel and Lucasfilm have provided plenty of Star Wars comic content for the month of April. What are going to check out? What here peaks your interest?