More Star Wars comics news has appeared, connected with the WonderCon convention in Los Angeles. Most of it is about the up-coming New Jedi Order comic series, Star Wars: Invasion, adding to information about the series that you should have heard about by now.
There's an interview on the StarWars.com blog with Randy Stradley, Dark Horse's VP of Publishing and the editor of their Star Wars line. This adds new information that wasn't in the two interviews that Mr. Stradley has already done, or the several by the series scriptwriter and artist, Tom Taylor and Colon Wilson: it contains some new hints about the mood, focus and setting of the series, and a first look at some cover-art by Jo Chen (cover artist for the "Season 8" Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics).
It seems that Ms. Chen will be the regular cover-artist on Star Wars: Invasion, according to the information in the second big WonderCon update on the Star Wars comics, over at Newsarama, based on an anouncement by Dark Horse's director of publicity, Jeremy Atkins.
As covered by Newsarama, this report also mentions an eventual trade-paperback publication for the tie-in webcomic for the The Old Republic computer game, which launched recently; but it also seems to conflate this web series with the ongoing Knights of the Old Republic monthly comic. These are relatively close stablemates, and I can see why they might be discussed together, but they are separate storylines, and I'm not sure whether this report represents straight confusion, or the broad connection between these two series, or a hint that the TOR story will appear somewhere in a KotOR collection. Whatever the answer, the way the report presents this information makes it possible that some other details of the sort that matter to fanboys might also have become slightly blurred in this report.
With that caution in mind, the announcement adds a couple of details that are new to me: I've already mentioned Jo Chen's role as regular cover artist for the new series (Update, 4:45 pm PST: this is now confirmed, firmly and reliably: see below), and there's also a statement that Dark Times has been delayed, due to Doug Wheatley's legendary perfectionism. But don't panic: I'm not sure if this delayed start is actually any different than the April release-date that's already been announced already. If a January start-date had originally been planned, that would explain why there's a three-month overlap with Star Wars: Invasion's first story arc, when the two series are supposed to alternate.
Finally for this update, there's a video interview with Randy Stradley, which I think took place at ComicCon in San Diego, but which has just come to my notice now. He talks a lot about Star Wars: Invasion and summarizes what's planned with the other comics in the Star Wars line. This interview is worth listening to for highly-original rendition of the Star Wars main theme that introduces it, but it also confirms two details: the July issue of the new series is #1, rather than a preview #0, and the online teaser stories due in May and June will appear on the StarWars.com official website.
That's all for this update, but we'll bring you more news on this as soon as we get it!
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