Could Matthew Stover be returning to Star Wars after a four-year break to pen the next – and possibly final – installment of the Imperial Commando series? That’s the latest rumor, at least. First, as our friends over at Club Jade point out, “take this with a GIANT grain of salt.”
This rumor comes courtesy of a Kickstarter project started by a third party in the hopes of funding a comic series for Matthew Stover. In the most recent update, the authors claim that “Matt is replacing Karen Traviss as the author of the 501st novels for Star Wars.” Traviss, of course, famously left Star Wars in 2009 before the completion of her popular but increasingly controversial Republic/Imperial Commando series. Two years ago, Sue Rostoni stated that they were “seriously considering abandoning [the end of Imperial Commando].” But at Celebration VI last month, Shelly Shapiro dropped hints that the series might not be as dead as we’d all feared.
Matthew Stover is probably best known for Shatterpoint and the Revenge of the Sith novelization. His last Star Wars novel, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, was published in 2008. But at the end of last year, he briefly returned with the Star Wars Insider short story The Tenebrous Way. Do you think he’d be a good fit for the Imperial Commando series?