Weekly Releases: July 7 – 13

Weekly Releases This week will be a controversial one for Expanded Universe fans. Crucible by Troy Denning comes out on Tuesday. The book is set after the Fate of the Jedi series and has been billed as a last big adventure for Luke, Leia, and Han. Denning is very much a love him or love to hate him author, so that alone would make this book a topic of debate. Adding on the fact that Crucible was planned very much as a novel to start minimizing the roles of major film characters in the EU also makes this book a big deal. And all that was brewing before Disney announced the sequel trilogy. Now Crucible could potentially be the end of the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe as we know it. While a Jaina focused Sword of the Jedi trilogy set to take place after Crucible was announced at Celebration VI, we haven't heard anything about it since the Disney deal came to light. This is definitely a book you'll want to read if you're invested in the post-Return of the Jedi EU, no matter what early opinions you've been hearing about it are. If you'd prefer to see the 'Big Three' early in their careers rather than at the end, Star Wars #7 is out on Wednesday. The issue will continue the story of Leia and her squadron's secret mission. Crucible
Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force. When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences. Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a  pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
Star Wars #7
Princess Leia takes the Rebels’ secret mission to the next level! Playing it safe has gotten them nowhere, and they are running out of resources and time. What’s the fastest way to get inside info on the Empire? Have your top pilots get themselves captured!
[Random House | Dark Horse Comics]

About the Author

Brian joined EUCantina in 2012 as a news reporter. He saw the Original Trilogy when he was so young that he can’t even remember the first time he saw them. His earliest EU memory is listening to audio books of the Jedi Academy trilogy with his family, and since then he has gotten his hands on as much EU material as he can, loving the novels, comics and video games.