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Survive the Wait for Episode VIII with Brand New Star Wars Content

All the Star Wars stuff you need to tide you over until The Last Jedi hits theaters.

Are you struggling with the long wait for The Last Jedi? Do you need to scratch that nagging Star Wars itch? Well, you’re in luck, as there’s plenty of Star Wars content out there to hold you over until December 15th! Here are some of newest books, comics, games, and shows taking place in a galaxy far, far away. They’re all 100% canon, meaning they “count” in the ongoing saga of Star Wars films.

 

Television – Star Wars Rebels

This animated show from Disney XD follows a ragtag group of rebels in the years leading up to Episode IV – A New Hope. Though Rebels can feel at times restrained by its targeting towards kids, it can at times be surprisingly mature. With plenty of appearances by characters from the films and its predecessor series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels is a fun watch for Star Wars fans of all ages.

The fourth and final season of Rebels, returning to Disney XD on October 16th, will presumably bring the show right up to the time of the original films. Based on this brand new trailer, this season looks to be packed with action, adventure, and connections to last year’s Rogue One.

 

Comics

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Star Wars – Marvel Comics’ flagship Star Wars series, which began in January 2015, chronicles the adventures of Luke, Han, and Leia in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. You can catch up with previous issues in collected editions from your local bookstore or comic shop, or digitally from Marvel.

Darth Vader Volume II – With the conclusion of the acclaimed Darth Vader comic, this new volume begins at the very moment we see Anakin Skywalker enclosed in Darth Vader’s suit of armor at the end of the prequel trilogy. The series follows Vader as he hunts for the remaining Jedi, while grappling with the death of his wife and unborn child and his new role as a Sith Lord.

Poe Dameron – The ace pilot that took down Starkiller Base in Episode VII is featured in his own ongoing series, serving as a prequel to The Force Awakens. The comic sees Poe on missions for the Resistance, fighting against the First Order and searching for the missing Luke Skywalker.

 

Games – Star Wars Battlefront II

The much-anticipated sequel to 2015’s Battlefront reboot is looking to answer the criticisms leveled against its predecessor, and will hopefully recapture what fans loved about the original Battlefront franchise. Space battles make a much-requested return, and gamers can play out battles from all three eras of the franchise: Republic vs. Separatists, Rebels vs. Empire, and Resistance vs. First Order.

A brand new single-player campaign mode will see players take on the role of Imperial Special Forces Commander Iden Versio in the wake of the Empire’s loss at Endor and the death of the Emperor. You can get your hands on Battlefront II on November 17th for PC, Xbox One, or PS4.

 

Books

Phasma book

Phasma – After featuring heavily in promotional material, fans were disappointed with how little the chrome-armored Captain Phasma was given to do in The Force Awakens. This just-released novel sheds light on Phasma’s background and takes place in the period between Episodes VI and VII.

Leia: Princess of Alderaan
– This young-adult novel details how a teenage princess Leia came to be a major player in the Rebel Alliance. There’s no better character to highlight in advance of Carrie Fischer’s final performance in The Last Jedi this winter.

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad – Introducing readers to Iden Versio in advance of the new game, this book details the titular Inferno Squad’s hunt for Saw Gerrera’s Partisans after the theft of the Death Star plans in Rogue One and its destruction in A New Hope.

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