Thrawn is teaming up with Darth Vader. No, not on TV or film, but in a new novel from writer Timothy Zahn. Thrawn: Alliances is due to be published on June 26th, 2018 from Del Rey. It will be a sequel to this year's highly successful novel Thrawn.
That is an awesome cover. The novel will see the Thrawn embark on a secret mission from The Emperor. At some point, for some reason, he will team up with the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.
The cover was revealed on the Star Wars Show Wednesday.
Thrawn will also be adopted into a comic book from Marvel in February. That will be written by Jody Houser and penciled by Luke Ross.
I enjoyed Thrawn. I wonder how much fun it is for Zahn to reinvent this character for the new canon. I got to briefly meet him at Star Wars Celebration this past April when the novel came out, and he seemed to really be reveling in all of the new exposure for his creation. Boy, is he everywhere in Star Wars right now — two novels, a comic mini-series, action figure releases, SDCC exclusives, pins, and of course appearing on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. And rightfully so.
Thrawn was the one character that fans of the EU (OK, probably Mara Jade as well) that fans had been clamoring for the most to make a grand entrance into the New Cannon. Having Timothy Zahn around to be the one to tell his backstory was an added bonus. I would love to see him make some kind of appearance on the big screen someday. I am also sure I'm not alone in that.
For now, though, I will read the first book again while holding my Black Series figure with Rebels playing in the background. What a time to be a Star Wars fan.