Han Solo is back on a mission, Obi-Wan Kenobi is laying low without much success, The Force Awakens returns to the public consciousness and Darth Vader has so much to contend with that it’s going to take TWO issues to do it. Such are the plans for Marvel’s Star Wars comics in June.
Marvel starts the month by bringing Han Solo, and Chewbacca, to the forefront, with the late smuggler’s adventures forming the crux of a five-issue mini-series written by Marjorie Liu and Drawn by Mark Brooks. With a slew of variant covers to start off Marvel’s latest spotlight on a core character, the first issue of Star Wars: Han Solo, on sale June 1 for $3.99, sees Han given a top-secret mission — undercover, no less — to rescue several Rebel Alliance spies. The cover? The most famous, most lethal and most infamous starship race in the known galaxy that makes the Kessel Run look like the Kessel Cake Walk. The 32-page issue sports a cover by artist Lee Bermejo.
A week later sees the release of Darth Vader #21, followed two weeks later by issue #22. Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca spin a story that sees Vader take on Cylo and his cybernetic ne’er do wells ven as the Executor moves closer and closer to its launch. Compounding things? The murderbots turn the tables on their so-called “master.” Both issues are 32 pages and will sell for $3.99.
Obi-Wan Kenobi returns to the pages of Star Wars #20 on June 15 as writer Jason Aaron and fan fave Mike Mayhew explore another entry in the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The 32-page $3.99 issue sees old Ben having to contend with wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan, hired by Jabba the Hutt to find out who has been hassling his flunkies. Seems that Ben may have some details about that. Mayhew provides the cover art, too.
On June 22, Marvel returns to the business of adapting Star Wars films, bringing The Force Awakens to life in a five-issue mini-series that details the arrival and adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron along with classic characters Leia, Han, Chewbacca and, ultimately, Luke Skywalker. Written by Chuck Wendig, whose Aftermath trilogy of novels is bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and drawn by Luke Ross, the first issue sports an Esad Ribic-drawn cover along with numerous variants, including one by Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada. It will sell for $3.99.
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