For other uses, see Star Wars 45.

Star Wars 45 is the forty-fifth issue of the 2020 canon comic book series Star Wars. The issue was written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Madibek Musabekov and Rachelle Rosenberg, and published by Marvel Comics on April 3, 2024.

Publisher's summary[]

THE GREATEST TRIAL IN THE GALAXY CONTINUES! LANDO CALRISSIAN is on trial for crimes against the ALLIANCE. The evidence is clear, and his friends have turned against him, from LUKE SKYWALKER to LEIA ORGANA. Lando's only hope…is DARTH VADER?

Plot summary[]

In order to help his friend Lobot, Lando was
forced to make a deal with the Talky droid that
helped him once before, as well as confess to
his traitorous misdeeds in the past involving
the droid and secrets that were sold to Jabba
the Hutt.

As Lando stood trial for these crimes before a
committee of top Rebellion leaders, a mysterious
group captured Mon Mothma from her remote

The other rebels were in shock, but Lando's
lawyer, Salli Georgio, thinks she can use this to
the advantage of her client….


As he did for Star Wars 41,[3] artist John Tyler Christopher did two[4] negative wash[5] covers for Star Wars 45[4] after getting what he described as an amazing opportunity[5] he needed to quickly take. One cover features bounty hunter Boba Fett.[6] Fett's cover[4] was first teased with a green image[5] that served as the cover's background.[4] Ahead of presale[7] exclusively held on his website,[8] Tyler revealed Fett's cover with yet-to-be-approved art,[6] which he needed to note on the Tweet,[9] In the end, however, it was approved without the need to change anything.[10]

According to Tyler, the preorders had needed to be placed in order to give him the chance to use both characters as cover-focuses.[5] Presale for the covers started on February 8[11] and ended on February 10.[8] In that sale, both covers were sold as a RAW bundle. Tyler did promise that fans would be able to purchase each cover individually or as "grades" during public sale, by which point he promised his store would have the issues themselves in hand.[11] He also tweeted out an alternatively colored "sunset" version of his Fett cover to make a "stupid pun" about the end of the presale.[12] Tyler did not reveal the subject of his second negative wash cover, only describing it as Fett's secret cargo in the context of the online presale.[10]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 MarvelLogo Star Wars (2020) #45 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  2. The events of Star Wars 45 take place after the Escape from Cloud City and before the Rescue of Han Solo, which are dated to 3 ABY and 4 ABY, respectively, by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
  3. TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "Now that Asajj has been revealed as the Phantom Cover, we are getting ready to ship the PREORDERS of her and Darth Maul, this week! With as cold as it is here in the Midwest, hopefully they don't arrive in a block of ice!" (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars #45 Bounty Bundle by John Tyler Christopher on johntylerchristopher.com (archived from the original on February 11, 2024)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "In the interest of full transparency, an amazing opportunity arose for our next exclusive. The only thing is, in order to use the characters, we will need to hold PREORDERS on Feb. 8th. It will be two Star Wars Negative Washes, and we'll be announcing next week. Thanks a million!" (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "Feb. 8th, exclusively at http://johntylerchristopher.com #bobafett returns, and he's bringing a trophy in tow. Sorry for the quick turnaround, but this was a use it or lose it opportunity I didn't want to miss out on! Art awaiting approval. #starwars #marvel #marvelcomics #bountyhunters" (backup link)
  7. TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "Here' the estimated dates for Boba & his Bounty Bundle. Dates may change, in the event of damages or other events." (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "He's about to escape with his bounty. PRESALE ending February 10th at noon (et). Exclusively at http://johntylerchristopher.com #StarWars #MarvelComics #marvel #BobaFett" (backup link)
  9. TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "Sorry for the post and delete and then repost! Needed to have the "not final art" tag on the piece. We'll keep you posted if there are any changes, and repost when we get the thumbs up. Sorry again!" (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "Feb. 8th at noon, the approved with no changes #BobaFett hunts exclusively at http://johntylerchristopher.com Here's your chance to make sure you get your man, and the secret cargo he's carrying! Thanks for your patience and understanding. #starwars #marvel #marvelcomics #bountyhunters" (backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "Feb. 8th at noon (et), Boba & his Bounty arrive! Like before, they will only be available as RAW bundles. Both will be available individually and as GRADES durning the PUBLIC sale after we receive the books." (backup link)
  12. TwitterLogo John Tyler Christopher (@johntylerchris) on Twitter: "At noon (et), the sun will set on Boba. A Sunfett, if you will. Feel free to swing by http://johntylerchristopher.com to get a copy! (This is not the cover art, and was made exclusively for a stupid pun) #bobafett #StarWars #MarvelComics #Marvel" (backup link)

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