The annual Star Wars Force Friday is upon us this week and in celebration, we’ve got you covered with a handful of Star Wars books that you should get your hands on. Well, if you’re a true Star Wars fan.
Release Date: September 1
Kicking off Force Friday is Phasma. Captain Phasma is totally the new Boba Fett or Darth Maul of this sequel trilogy. She is perceived as cool, has a mysterious background, and has a mean streak. Continuing the tradition started with 2015’s “Journey to” series (Journey to The Force Awakens), Phasma talks about this Storm Trooper’s ranks and calamity within the evil First Order, and how she must protect that coveted but secretive past. I’m all about this and can’t wait to get my hands on it. Here’s to hoping The Last Jedi features a subplot in which Phasma chases after Finn for embarrassing her on Starkiller Base. This book is the perfect primer for December’s highly anticipated Episode VIII.
Release Date: September 1
I am a big fan of Claudia Gray, particularly her wonderful take on the Leia-driven Bloodline. Now, Claudia gets her chance at taking on the princess side of Leia Organa. With the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, Episode VIII will get even more attention. I’m happy to see that we are getting a nice tribute to Carrie with this story. The premise is simple: “The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire.” Sign me up.
Release Date: October 31
Luke Skywalker’s mystery has grown since his brief showing at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ken Liu’s new take on Skywalker is more a collection of legends rather than one narrative. The book asks the question: is Luke Skywalker truly the legendary Jedi we all think we know? Or is the legend just one big story that was passed from corner to corner of the galaxy? Disney’s Star Wars has represented a consistent theme of questioning the universe rather than stating the facts.
Release Date: December 5
Seeing the pictures from EW’s issue on Star Wars: The Last Jedi made Star Wars fans all over the world excited. One of my favorite images from the spread was of Canto Bight, the casino where Director Rian Johnson said rich a-holes spend their money. Like the aforementioned The Legends of Luke Skywalker, Canto Bight is a bit of different novel. In this book, 4 different authors write from the point of view of 4 frequent visitors to the casino. What relevance this has on The Last Jedi remains to be seen, but I am intrigued to understand the meaning of what promises to be an important setting in Episode VIII. Doesn’t it remind you Cloud City a bit?
Release Date: December 15
We don’t know much about Cobalt Squadron, other than the fact that it will star Kelly Marie Tran’s character, Rose Tico. Rose’s path in The Last Jedi is apparently intertwined with Finn’s path and is a possible love interest. The two visit Canto Bight together. This seems like a nice precursor for Rose, but you won’t be able to read it before The Last Jedi arrives unfortunately.
Release Date: October 3
This one is a slam dunk and will be a collectible for Star Wars fans of any kind. This collection is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope and chronicles the movie’s story from 40 different characters’ points of view. From Aunt Beru, to Rebels left behind on Yavin, to Pablo Hidalgo’s glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin, I couldn’t be more excited to thumb through this book and get a fresh take on one of the greatest stories ever told.
Release Date: October 24
The Force Awakens gave us our first glimpse into Stormtroopers’ thoughts and feelings when we met Finn in the early stages of the story. That trend continues with Beyond the Armor, which is perhaps the most interesting book on this list. The book chronicles their evolution and depth (it is not story-based), and promises to “explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandising.”
Release Date: November 28
This is the only comic book on the list, but it might be my most anticipated of any of the entries listed. Marvel’s Star Wars comics have been absolutely superb since Disney took over the franchise a few years back. Captain Phasma is the latest of the various character mini-series that are being released. The comic tells us what happened to Phasma directly after the events of The Force Awakens, a story I have wanted to know since December 2015. It is worth noting that this is the collection of four separate comic issues that will release at different times leading up to November 28.
Which book on the list has your attention? Let us know in the comments below.
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