New from The HoloFiles from Josh and George Bate: What’s New in Star Wars – January 2023

By George Bate and Josh Reilly B.

A new year begins, which means we turn our calendars and start looking ahead to everything coming to a galaxy far, far away over the next 12 months. Below includes a list and description of upcoming Star Wars projects in the month of January. It is important to note all of these release dates are subject to change.

January 3 – The High Republic: The Battle of Jedha 

A new audio drama from George Mann is available this month. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “Jedha. The worn streets of this ancient world serve as a confluence for the galaxy. Visited by all, yet owned by none. Here, the Jedi are but one creed among many worshiping and studying the Force. From the Guardians of the Whills to the Path of the Open Hand, countless beings come to learn, and to share, in peace. As all of Jedha prepares for its Festival of Balance, the galaxy still reels from the violence on Eiram and E’ronoh. But after foiling a plot to escalate the war between the two planets, the Jedi believe that a lasting peace may be within reach. Master Creighton Sun and Jedi Knight Aida Forte arrive on Jedha with delegations from both planets to formally end the “Forever War.” The Jedi hope that the harmony of Jedha’s many factions, along with the signing of a peace treaty, will create a symbol to the rest of the galaxy of what can be accomplished through unity. But not all are happy with the Jedi’s involvement or ready to concern themselves with peace. Rumors begin to swirl that the Jedi bring war in their wake. The distrust and anger that for so long fueled the Forever War now threaten to corrupt the communities of Jedha. When violence breaks out on the sacred moon, the war that was meant to end on Jedha may soon engulf the entire world.”

January 3 – The Book of Boba Fett Junior Novel 

Relive the first season of The Book of Boba Fett with this new junior novel. 

January 3 – Star Wars: Tales from the Rancor Pit

A new graphic novel by Cavan Scott containing three stories from within the dungeons of Jabba’s Palace hits book and comic stores this month.

January 4 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episodes 1 and 2: “Spoils of War” and “Ruins of War”

Reunite with Omega and the rest of Clone Force 99 with the new season of The Bad Batch. Check our reaction to the new season below.

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January 4 – Star Wars (2020) 30 

Charles Soule’s main line series continues this month with its 30th issue. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “MAROONED! Some of the Rebel Alliance’s best and brightest have gotten lost in an unknown region of space while hunting for a lost treasure. How will LUKE SKYWALKER, LEIA ORGANA, CHEWBACCA, LANDO CALRISSIAN and AMILYN HOLDO ever survive the horrors…of NO-SPACE?”

January 10 – Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 5 — The Shadow’s Shadow 

If you haven’t caught up on the comic series we called the Star Wars comic of 2022, then now is your chance. This new paperback collection compiles issues 23-27 of Greg Pak’s Darth Vader series.

January 11 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episode 3: “The Solitary Clone”

Episode 3 of the newest season of The Bad Batch premieres on Disney+ this month.

January 11 – Darth Vader (2020) 30 

Sporting amazing cover art by Rahzzah, the latest issue of Darth Vader hits stores this month. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “ALL HER SHADOWS! During their terrible battle at Padmé’s tomb on Naboo, the Queen’s most devoted handmaidens were no match for the fury of Darth Vader. So as they are about to face the Dark Lord again, the handmaidens have prepared. But so has Vader. Who will triumph in the rematch? And what dark price will that victory exact?”

January 11 – The High Republic (2022) 4 

Explore Phase II of the High Republic with the continuation of Cavan Scott’s Marvel comic series. The publisher’s summary for the upcoming 4th issue as follows: “VIOLENCE COMES TO JEDHA! The Temple of the Whills has been attacked, Vildar Mac critically injured in the blast. Is Tey Sirrek to blame? The Herald of the Open Hand has arrived to address the Convocation, but just what is the nameless horror that lurks in the streets of the Holy City? The Battle of Jedha begins here!”

January 11 – The High Republic Adventures (2022) 2 

The publisher’s summary for the second issue of Daniel Jose Older’s Dark Horse Comics series is as follows: “Her secret safe for now, Jedi Padawan Sav Malagan, [sic] begins to adjust to her life undercover on a ship full of pirates. But after coming face-to-face with the explosive consequences of her actions, Sav begins to wonder where her loyalties lie: with the Jedi Order, or her new friends?”

January 11 – The Mandalorian

Rodney Barnes adapts season 1’s penultimate episode in his latest Marvel comic.

January 18 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episode 4: “Faster”

Episode 4 of the newest season of The Bad Batch premieres on Disney+ this month.

January 18 – Bounty Hunters 30 

Reunite with Valance in the latest issue of Ethan Sacks’ series. The publisher’s summary for issue #30 is as follows: “CHAOS ON BESTINE VI! T’onga and her team of bounty hunters find themselves in the crosshairs of an old ally! But how will Valance react to learning the dark secret that has been kept from him? Can any of them survive the full might of a vindictive Empire?”

January 18 – Han Solo & Chewbacca

Marc Guggenheim’s Han and Chewie series ties in directly to Revelations with this latest issue. 

January 24 – Star Wars Legends: The New Republic Omnibus Vol. 1 

This Marvel omnibus collects Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor’s Hand (1998) 0-6, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Evolution (1998) 1-5, Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Leader (2005) 1-3, Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) 1-35, Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron Special 1 (1995), Star Wars Handbook 1 (1998); and material from Star Wars Tales (1999) 10, 12, 15, 23.

January 25 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episode 5: “Entombed”

Episode 5 of the newest season of The Bad Batch premieres on Disney+ this month.

January 25 – Doctor Aphra (2020) 28 

Catch up with Doctor Aphra and Sana Starros in the 28th issue of Alyssa Wong’s series. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “CODE OF HONOR!” The enemy of my enemy is my friend…or so they say! As RONEN TAGGE and DOMINA TAGGE clash over the TAGGE CORPORATION, SANA STARROS is caught in the middle! But if there’s one thing she’s learned from DOCTOR APHRA, it’s how to use every situation to her advantage – and no matter which Tagge wins, Sana’s determined to come out on top!”

January 25 – The High Republic — The Blade

Charles Soule’s origin tale for Jedi Master Porter Engle unfolds this month.

January 25 – Yoda

The third issue of Cavan Scott’s solo Yoda series is released this month. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “YODA HAS FAILED! Yoda’s experiment with the Scalvi has ended in disaster, the situation on Turrak worse than ever. A new generation has risen up since the Jedi Master first came to the planet, a generation that still hasn’t learned the most important lesson of all. Will Yoda abandon those who need him most in their hour of need?”

January 31 – Star Wars: Bounty Hunters Vol. 5 — The Raid on the Vermillion

This new paperback collection compiles issues 23-28 of Ethan Sacks’ series.

For reference, a condensed list of upcoming projects in January 2023 without descriptions is included below:

January 3 – The High Republic: The Battle of Jedha 

January 3 – The Book of Boba Fett Junior Novel 

January 3 – Star Wars: Tales from the Rancor Pit

January 4 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episodes 1 and 2: “Spoils of War” and “Ruins of War”

January 4 – Star Wars (2020) 30 

January 10 – Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 5 — The Shadow’s Shadow 

January 11 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episode 3: “The Solitary Clone”

January 11 – Darth Vader (2020) 30 

January 11 – The High Republic (2022) 4 

January 11 – The High Republic Adventures (2022) 2 

January 11 – The Mandalorian 7 

January 18 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episode 4: “Faster”

January 18 – Bounty Hunters 30 

January 18 – Han Solo & Chewbacca 9 

January 24 – Star Wars Legends: The New Republic Omnibus Vol. 1 

January 25 – The Bad Batch Season 2 – Episode 5: “Entombed”

January 25 – Doctor Aphra (2020) 28 

January 25 – The High Republic — The Blade 2 

January 25 – Yoda 3 

January 31 – Star Wars: Bounty Hunters Vol. 5 — The Raid on the Vermillion

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