An interesting discussion came up in the latest episode of The Star Wars Post Livecast in regards to the lack of publishing support for the forthcoming Han Solo stand-alone movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
We have no announced novel, kids book or comics set to tie-in with the film which will release in a little over 4 months on May 25th, 2018. Let me repeat, these are the books our comics we have announced that will tie-in to Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Del Rey Books Announced: 0
Disney/Lucasfilm Press Books Announced: 0
Marvel ComicsAnnounced: 0
IDW Star Wars Comics Announced: 0
For Del Rey we have only two books announced for 2018, The Last Jedi novelization by Jason Fry on sale 3/6/18 and Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn on sale 7/27/18 (originally 6/26/18). This follows a big 2017 from Del Rey where they released seven books Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (January 2017), Aftermath: Empire’s End (February 2017), Thrawn (April 2017), Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (July 2017), Phasma (September 2017), From a Certain Point of View (October 2017), and Canto Bight (December 2017).
For Disney/Lucasfilm Press the 2018 books announced we have so far are Forces of Destiny: The Leia Chronicles (January 2018), Are You Scared, Darth Vader? (July 2018), Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: The Rey Chronicles (March 2018), Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel (March 2018), and Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue (April 2018).
For Marvel we are looking at the four ongoing series continuing, they are Star Wars, Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith. We also have announced a one-shot called, Star Wars: The Last Jedi–DJ: Most Wanted (January 2018), and a mini-series titled, Star Wars: Thrawn (February 2018).
For IDW we are set to see Star Wars Adventures continue in 2018 and there is a Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny mini-series (January 2018). In May there is Free Comic Book Day Star Wars Adventures story set before A New Hope and starring 4-Lom and Zuckuss and a graphic novel adaptation of The Last Jedi. In September we will get a graphic novel adaptation of A New Hope.
So the question is, where is Lucasfilm’s publishing support for Solo: A Star Wars Story?