From the “cover not final” (but still pretty evocative and cool, no?) image for Alphabet Squad.
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Big reveals from New York Comic Con for fans of Star Wars on the printed page: a Darth Vader-focused comic miniseries from Chuck Wendig; Alphabet Squad, a new novel from Alexander Freed about “Rebel pilots hunting down Imperials;” and gorgeous cover art for the previously-announced Master & Apprentice by Claudia Grey.

Let’s go through them, one by one!

First up, that five-issue comic series from author Wendig, best-known to Star Wars fans for the Aftermath trilogy: Shadow of Vader. Each issue of the Marvel miniseries will follow a different character or group (including, for one issue, the Acolytes of the Beyond, a weird group of Dark Side cultists who made a brief but very intriguing appearance in Wendig’s Aftermath series), and reflect on how encounters with the titular Dark Lord of the Sith affected their lives.

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Then, the new novel. This is not the final cover and of course, and plot details are still somewhat scarce, but it’s an intriguing premise:

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According to the panel, Alphabet Squadron (named because, of course, each pilot flies one of Star Wars iconic letter-designated starfighters) will be set in the early days of the New Republic era after Return of the Jedi, as five pilots form a group to hunt down rogue Imperial elements. It’s a time period we still don’t know a lot about, and exploring it through the lens of hardened pilots chasing down Imperial extremists sounds fascinating.

Finally, Alice X. Zhang’s stunning cover art for Claudia Grey’s previously announced Master & Apprentice novel, the subject matter of which should be fairly obvious. It’s out in April 2019:

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Bonus shot of “right cosplay, right time.”

We’ll bring you more on these new titles—especially those Vader comics—as we learn more about them.

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