Star Wars Books and Comics I’m Studying in Anticipation of Episode IX

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December feels very, very far-off proper now. Together with my birthday, Chanukkah, and Christmas, it additionally brings Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker—which, let’s be trustworthy, is the factor about which I’m most excited. Within the meantime, I’ve been watching and re-watching the entire motion pictures (sure, even the prequels) and diving additional into the books and comics. There’s already a ridiculously tall stack of Star Wars books and trades on my bedside desk and I’d as properly give in now, as a result of I’ve a sense the pile is simply going to continue to grow. I do know there are some amazing-looking books popping out quickly in anticipation of the film—Alphabet Squadron, Spark of the Resistance, and others—however till I can get my palms on these, these should do.

One of many many issues I like in regards to the Star Wars universe is that there are simply so many books and comics—grownup, younger grownup, center grade, and extra —that there’s at all times, at all times one thing else to learn that I haven’t found but. My solely qualm is that though maybe issues are slowly getting higher on this space, the authors of Star Wars books and comics skew very male and really white. I feel (hope!) that is altering.

Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor’s Hand by Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, and Carlos Ezquerra

I lately received this commerce and simply began it. I first examine Mara Jade whereas studying the unique Thrawn trilogy, and I instantly wished to learn extra. Somebody in a Star Wars group I’m in talked about this commerce and I needed to discover it. It’s an older commerce (1999) from Darkish Horse, and although I’m somewhat cautious, I’m actually excited to learn extra about her. Personally, I’m nonetheless holding out hope that Mara finally ends up being new canon.


Star Wars: Lando’s Luck by Justina Eire and Annie Wu

Lando is again in Episode IX, and he’s in all probability one of many characters from the principle trilogy with whom I’m least acquainted—so I figured what higher technique to get some backstory than to start out with this center grade e book? On this e book, Lando will get caught smuggling and his supply mission from the queen turns into a bit extra sophisticated when he finds the queen’s daughter is a stowaway on the Falcon. I’ll be trustworthy, although—one of many fundamental promoting factors for me was that Justina Eire is the author.

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden

I’m a Insurgent Alliance particular person all the best way, however had heard such nice issues about this e book after I was at New York Comedian Con again in October that I made a decision to provide it a go. Set within the interval after Rogue One, this e book introduces Inferno Squad, an elite military of the Empire who’ve been ordered to destroy the Partisans, the rebels as soon as led by Noticed Gerrera. I don’t normally like studying in regards to the Empire, however this e book is so well-done to date and I’m actually intrigued by the characters. Not that I’ll change into a fan of the Empire anytime quickly…

Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller

Canto Bight is town of extra and playing that was seen in The Final Jedi, the place greed and hope collide and something can occur. This assortment of 4 interconnected tales that occur over one evening are a enjoyable addition to the Star Wars galaxy and present a unique a part of the universe than what I’m used to studying. I don’t usually decide up quick story collections, however I’m prepared to provide this one a shot due to Ahmed’s writing and the truth that it’s Star Wars.


Star Wars: Physician Aphra Quantity four: The Disaster Con by Si Spurrier and Kev Walker

It’s everybody’s favourite sociopath archeologist! Chellie Aphra is a personality I’ve actually grown to like—sensible, wry, and at all times stunning. This quantity has all of the drama: conflict zones, categorized info, and even some tough romance drama when Aphra’s present fling meets her ex. Quantity 5 is popping out in late June, so the truth that I’m lastly attending to this now ended up being good timing.


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