As part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, LucasFilm has announced a series of books and comics that will add to the stories around The Last Jedi era, bridging the gap between the two latest Saga instalments. The newest titles coming to the ever-expanding Star Wars Universe include; Star Wars: Phasma from Delilah S. Dawson, Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu, and Star Wars: Leia - Princess of Alderaan a young adult novel by Star Wars writing veteran Claudia Gray.
Captain Phasma was one of the most under utilized character in TFA and I am very excited to see her story continue in both a novel and a 4-issue Marvel Comics miniseries! The comic series will chronicle the events right after TFA and we will get to see how she escaped Starkiller Base. The series is created by writer Kelly Thompson and artist Marco Checchetto and will hit comic shops and digital download this September.
Captain Phasma will also be getting a novel treatment from Delilah S. Dawson (The Perfect Weapon) in a book titled Star Wars: Phasma. There hasn’t been many details released but I would speculate that the book will explore the back story of Captain Phasma, how she rose through the ranks of the First Order and how she acquired the chrome armour. Star Wars: Phasma will be released on September 1st, 2017.
Star Wars: Leia - Princess of Alderaan will tell the story of Leia’s early life and is coming from Star Wars writing veteran Claudia Grey. She wrote two excellent and highly acclaimed Star Wars novels, Lost Stars and Bloodlines, in the lead up to The Force Awakens. Claudia Grey captured the voice and essence of Leia so flawlessly in Bloodlines and I am very exited to see Grey’s take on a younger Princess Leia in the early days of the Rebellion. This book is set to hit stores in September, 2017.
Ken Liu is a new comer to the Star Wars Universe (although he will contribute to the recently announced Star Wars collaborative book: From a Certain Point of View) and brings with him a lifetime of Star Wars fandom and love for the franchise.
Based on the cover art, it looks like the book will focus on a few different Luke Skywalker stories spanning several eras. Aside from a few minor references, Luke has been mostly absent from all of the new canonical stories after Return of the Jedi. Hopefully this book gives us some insight into Luke's story beyond ROTJ leading into The Last Jedi.
It is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan as the new expanded Universe continues to grow and develop characters. Details about these stories will continue to be released over the coming months as we quickly approach Force Friday and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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