Suck it completists! All your hard work collecting all the novels and comics of the extended Star Wars universe has come to not with the announcement last week that Disney and Lucasfilm were tossing the whole thing out and starting again. On the other hand, those of you who have never picked up a Star Wars book before may now be interested to know that the all-new canon for Star Wars novelization will kick off this fall with four brand new volumes.
In a press release on the official Star Wars website, the Powers that Be laid it all out. “With the establishment of the Lucasfilm Story Group and our even greater focus on unified storytelling, we expect our entire publishing program to be stronger and more meaningful than ever before,” said Jeanne Mosure, senior vice president and group publisher of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We’re extremely excited to kick off this new strategy with Del Rey Books.”
There’s history here, Del Rey books published the very first Star Wars novelization in 1976, so it would make sense that the company, which is now owned by Random House, and it was also another Random House subsidiary, Bantam, that published the first EU novels back in the mid-90s.
But enough stalling, what are these new novels? Well, the first book to come out will be a prequel to the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels by John Jackson Miller called Star Wars: A New Dawn. Here’s the synopsis courtesy of the official Star Wars Books Facebook Page:
Our very first official canon novel set solidly in the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV, A NEW DAWN will introduce readers to two main characters from the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels animated series—Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla—and will feature jacket art by Doug Wheatley, as well as a foreword by Dave Filoni, one of the executive producers of The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. It goes on sale September 2, 2014.
A New Dawn will be followed by Tarkin by James Lucieno, a novel about everyone’s favorite Grand Moff who was essentially the main villain in Star Wars: A New Hope, will be out in November. In January, Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne will hit the bookshelves, and will be a Star Wars adventure that takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and is written from the point of view of Luke Skywalker. The fourth and final novel (for now) will be Paul S. Kemp‘s Lords of the Sith, which is described thusly:
When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely solely on each other, the Force, and their awesome martial skills to prevail.
That one will be available in March 2015. And good news, we have cover art to share:
Disney/Lucasfilm also announced that they’re throwing a bone to the fans by insuring them that the Expanded Universe as we know it will go on under a new brand called “Star Wars Legends,” so if you were in the process of burning all your old books you can put the gas can down now.
So the good news is that Chewbacca lives! The bad news is that you’ll have to find a way to compartmentalize all that Yuuzhan Vong nonsense. But what do you Bastards think? Interested enough to order a book from Amazon account for a change? Sound off below.