Star Wars Books & Comics News: Release Dates, Synopses, Covers & Writers

Everything you need to know about the new Star Wars Expanded Universe: release dates, synopses, covers, and writers!

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There is plenty of new Star Wars headed our way this year. From a little movie called The Force Awakens to a brand new series of books dedicated to the Sequel Era that will bridge the gap betwen Return of the Jedi and the new movie. 

We decided that there’s a lot to keep track of, so we’ve amassed all of the new Expanded Universe release dates (books, comics, video games) in one place for your convenience. We also have a Star Wars movie calendar, in case you’re looking for that!

September 4, 2015

Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

Novel | Del Rey

The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? Those are some of the themes we’ll be exploring in Aftermath, and as a lifelongStar Wars fan, just writing those words gives me chills. I can’t wait for our first canon glimpse into the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor.

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The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry

Novel | Disney-Lucasfilm Press

Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain. Hidden in the story are also clues and hints about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci

Novel | Disney-Lucasfilm Press

Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedithe story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure by Greg Rucka

Novel | Disney-Lucasfilm Press

Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backthe story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

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Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Novel | Disney-Lucasfilm Press

This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends-Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell-who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them-and the galaxy-apart? Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.

September 2, 2015

Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka 

Comic | Marvel

The second Death Star has been destroyed. The Emperor is dead. The galaxy celebrates. What happens next? Written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Marco Checchetto, Shattered Empire will help tell the story of what happened following the collapse of the Empire.

October 6, 2015

Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy by Jason Fry

Novel | Disney-Lucasfilm Press

What if you uncovered a conspiracy that reached to every corner of the Galactic Empire–and you were the only one who knew about it? This action-packed conclusion to the Servants of the Empire tells an original story of intrigue, espionage, and coming of age, all set in the world of Star Wars Rebels.

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October 2015

Star Wars: Chewbacca by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto

Comic | Marvel

Not sure we saw this one coming: Chewbacca, your friendly neighborhood Wookie, is getting his own solo comic book limited series from Marvel, according toMTV.

This comes on the heels of the release of the first issue of Lando Calrissian’s solo series. The book will launch in October and it will be written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool) and Phil Noto (Black Widow). 

The series will see Chewbacca crash-land on a mysterious Imperial-controlled planet after the events of A New Hope and will run for five issues. 

November 3, 2015

Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

Novel | Del Rey

While not directly based on the new Battlefront game, it will be inspired by it. It’s written from the POV of a Rebel soldier.

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