By The Emperor’s Hand #6. This is one of my favorite Mara Jade images ever. Carlos Ezquerra’s interior artwork for this series is really not a great fit for the character, but Killian Plunkett’s covers are pretty amazing, even if there was far too much catsuit. But this one is, above and beyond, my favorite. So much so that when I couldn’t find a decent scan online, I riffled through my closet comic boxes and scanned it up myself. Enjoy!
Star Wars out this week. Well, now that we’ve got had our first look at a new/old upcoming comic, let’s see what you can actually pick up this week…
Today (7/15,) send your eBook reader of choice to your eBook retailer of choice to download the free sampler containing previews of all four of Del Rey’s announced upcoming books. It gives us our first look at John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn, James Luceno’s Tarkin, Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi and Paul Kemp’s Lords of the Sith. I skimmed it last night, and let’s just say that ‘underwhelmed’ seems to be the word of the day…
Meanwhile, comic readers will have Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #3, the second-to-last issue, waiting for them on Wednesday (7/16).
Well, this is underwhelming: The first fruit of Marvel’s new run on Star Wars is… Their old run on Star Wars? It’s a collection called Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years. At 880 pages, it’ll run you $125, but it is the first part (#1-44) of the complete run. Zounds!
Historic, yes. Thrilling? Not so much. I can understand Marvel not wanting to take the spotlight away from today’s (lady!) Thor announcement, but ehh. Well, at least we didn’t have to watch The View.
Star Wars out this week: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher and Crucible by Troy Denning in paperback today (7/1,) though I can’t exactly recommend the latter. Still, we now know for sure that it’s the last gasp of the old (post-ROTJ) EU, so if you’re a completist, might as well go for it. Or not. I’ve done enough judging on that book. As for the former, Cnet has a look at a few of the images.
Wednesday (7/2) brings the hardcover collection of Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows to comic shops.