Comics Corner: 9/16/2020

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The middle of the month is jackpot week for Star Wars comics. Both the main series and the ever-popular Darth Vader books are published this week, along with their variant covers. We also get a few choice collected editions including a new Epic Collection reprint!

NOTE: Every week, we bring you all the Star Wars comics that are releasing to stores. We’ll cover single issues and collected editions, along with any specialty items available only in comic book stores.

Star Wars (2020) #6

Luke Skywalker holding a yellow lightsaber
Cover by R.B. Silva

Written by Charles Soule, Art Jesus Saiz, Cover by R.B. Silva

Luke Skywalker continues his quest to become a Jedi Knight in the aftermath of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The biggest question from that cover? How did Luke get a YELLOW lightsaber?!

The full solicitation text:

THE PATH TO JEDI WISDOM…OR A DEADLY TRAP OF THE DARK SIDE?
•  THE FORCE led LUKE SKYWALKER to someone who can provide him with great insight into the path to JEDI wisdom…
•  But their meeting will change Skywalker FOREVER. Luke thought his duel against his father, Darth Vader, was the ultimate test. But Luke’s trials have only just begun.
•  The galaxy needs Luke Skywalker. And a Jedi needs a weapon!
•  Meanwhile, Vader continues his search for his long-lost son, and the REBEL ALLIANCE finds itself on the verge of a losing all hope.
Rated T

Previews World has a multipage preview available. You can find this issue at your local comic book shop or online at Midtown Comics for $3.99.

Darth Vader (2020) #5

Written by Greg Pak, Art by Raffaele Ienco, Cover by In-Hyuk Lee

The fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker continues his investigation into the death of his wife and birth of his son, Luke as Greg Park continues to weave a tale with connections throughout the Skywalker Saga.

The full solicitation text:

A QUEST FOR TRUTH… A JOURNEY OF DESTRUCTION!
•    DARTH VADER’S search for revenge against those who hid his son Luke reaches a terrible climax – at the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA!
•    What secrets does he learn? And who will pay as a result?
•    All the answers are coming – in the ruins of POLIS MASSA – the birthplace of Luke Skywalker!

Rated T

This single issue also features a variant cover option by Chris Sprouse. Both are available at your local comic shop, as well as online, for $3.99.

Collected Editions

This week sees three collected editions released, including one long-delayed collection.

Jedi Fallen Order Dark Temple

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Art by Paolo Villanelli and Ruairi Coleman

The Jedi Fallen Order Dark Temple trade paperback was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The issues themselves have been out for nearly a year, so it’s nice to have this collection available.

Full Solicitation Text:

Leading into Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the third-person action-adventure Star Wars title from Lucasfilm and Respawn Entertainment, DARK TEMPLE follows Jedi Master Eno Cordova and his impulsive Padawan, Cere Junda, on their most dangerous mission yet! The Jedi Council has sent them to the remote planet Ontotho to oversee the peaceful excavation of a recently discovered temple. But Cordova and Junda soon learn that what surrounds the temple may be even more dangerous than the mysteries within it! Clandestine local resistance forces and ruthless corporate security troops wage a war for the fate of Ontotho – and the Jedi are caught in the middle! Who are the deadly Tomb Guardians, and what are they protecting? What secrets lie deep within the hidden temple? The race is on to find out! Collecting STAR WARS: JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE #1-5.
Rated T.

This collection is available both at your local comic shop and online.

Epic Collection Empire Vol 6

We’re huge fans of the Marvel Epic Collection series here at Edge of the Galaxy, and have nearly every trade (still working on a few!). They’re a great way to collect the old Dark Horse series and explore Legends content in contained story arcs. This latest release is Volume 6 of the Empire period.

Full Solicitation Text

The Force unleashed! The Empire’s power is at its peak – but not every problem requires military might. Sometimes all you need is the right agent, in the right place, with the willingness to get the job done. An agent like Jahan Cross! But when Boba Fett is framed for murder, Cross finds himself in a situation that even he can’t handle! Plus: Learn the origin of Vader’s secret apprentice, the deadly Starkiller – a story of treachery, deception and the overwhelming power of the Force. And witness the early years of Leia Organa!

Collecting STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE – IRON ECLIPSE #1-5, STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE – HARD TARGETS #1-5, STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED and STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED II – and material from A DECADE OF DARK HORSE #2 and STAR WARS TALES #11 and #15.

Rated T

This collection is available both at your local comic shop and online.

Rounding out the collections is Star Wars Adventures Vol 10 Driving Force, the latest collected version of the all-ages Star Wars Adventures line. Penned by veteran Star Wars authors Delilah S. Dawson and Cavan Scott, this collection includes issues #24 – 26 of the recently completed first volume.

Adam Soucie
Adam has been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember, dating back to watching the original trilogy on VHS and collecting his first action figures with the Power of the Force launch in 1995. His favorite character is Kanan Jarrus, and his favorite piece of Star Wars is the Rebels animated series.

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