Today two new pieces of “Star Wars” publishing were announced, one being a new limited comic series from Marvel, and the other being a new novel from Del Ray.
First it was announced that there will be a third Thrawn novel by Timothy Zahn coming in the summer of 2019 from Del Rey titled, “Thrawn Treason,” and will take place right before the start of “Star Wars Rebels” season four.
Here is the official description of the new novel from StarWars.com:
Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.
“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”
Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.
Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.
As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.
Also announced is a very intriguing new comic series from Marvel coming in March titled “Vader: Dark Visions,” written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Paolo Villanelli and Brian Level. This series is described at StarWars.com as taking “readers to the darkest parts of the galaxy — places where the mysterious anti-hero known as Darth Vader can be someone’s greatest fear and even…someone’s greatest hope, and will explore a side of Vader that neither fans nor the galaxy has ever seen before.”
One look at the cover revealed for the first issue of the series is all you need to see to know it’s going to be a very different series about Darth Vader.