Today, Star Wars made a number of exciting book announcements related to The Mandalorian, which are the first such books to be released alongside the hit show.
There were a number of books unveiled, but a couple of the highlights that really stood out to me included The Art of The Mandalorian (Season One) by Phil Szostak, The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hidalgo, and The Mandalorian: Original Novel by Adam Christopher.
The first two of those are especially exciting because we know what to expect, and both the “Art of” books and the “Visual Dictionaries” are tremendous. We’ve gotten these kinds of books for the Star Wars films, and I know many fans (including myself) hoped that The Mandalorian would get similar treatment. Hidalgo’s Visual Dictionaries are always must reads, giving interesting background and details about the characters, vehicles, locations, and the like. These books do some of the best worldbuilding in all of Star Wars and are the perfect fit for Star Wars nerds who love all the details they can get. Szostak’s “Art of” books are also great, and they are especially interesting in how we see the progress and development that these projects underwent along the way. We’ve gotten glimpses of the artwork for The Mandalorian, both in the end credits of the episodes and also in the Disney Gallery docuseries, and it looks like there’s a ton there to explore. Seeing the progression and development behind the first ever live-action Star Wars series should be really cool.
The other one that stood out to me was an original novel, written by Adam Christopher. He has worked on a couple of Star Wars projects before, as he wrote a chapter in From a Certain Point of View, is returning for From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, and wrote a story for the Star Wars Adventures comic. This is his first Star Wars novel, and I am really excited to be getting an original story about the Mandalorian! I hope that this is just the beginning of a number of stories that can be told about these characters through other means, like novels.
Additionally, it was announced that there are comics inspired by the show coming to Marvel and IDW Publishing, The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies by Brooke Vitale, The Mandalorian: 8×8 Storybook (title to be revealed later) also by Brooke Vitale, The Mandalorian: Junior Novelization by Joe Schreiber, and more. So rather than just being one or two titles announced, a whole publishing initiative was announced instead. And I think that’s really cool and promising for future stories yet to be announced.
We don’t know a release date for these books yet, but the article said that it will be rolled out in the winter and spring.