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The cover image to the first issue of Marvel's upcoming "Star Wars" comic series, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassady.  The series is the first of three planned for 2015, and  marks the franchise's return to the publisher after a 10-year run that ended in 1987.

The cover image to the first issue of Marvel’s upcoming “Star Wars” comic series, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassady. The series is the first of three planned for 2015, and marks the franchise’s return to the publisher after a 10-year run that ended in 1987.

Ahead of this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, there was a muted buzz that Marvel Entertainment would lay out plans and details for at least one Star Wars monthly series.

In announcing two — one is focused solely on Darth Vader — along with a Princess Leia mini-series, Marvel appears ready to embrace every facet of the Saga’s rich history as fans await the future with Episode VII. Jason Aaron, who is writing the monthly Star Wars beginning in January, told Marvel.com he’s keenly cognizant of the tapestry of the characters and their stories, which will be part of the canon.

Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han Solo to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy. “




At StarWars.com, Dan Brooks chatted with the writers and artists of the three series, all of whom called this the chance of a lifetime. And, really, who can blame them? One thing that is certain, we’ll hopefully not be seeing Jaxxon again, though it must be said, the 107-issue run of Star Wars by Marvel from 1977-1987, later republished by Dark Horse Comics, did do its part to keep the saga in a public eye. Looking back on those issues through older eyes, and through those of my two kids, they were great fun, full of adventure and, yes, slightly weird. That’s always a good thing.

Still, to get an idea of what the first three Star Wars comics of 2015 hold, head over to StarWars.com and Marvel, too, to read it first-hand from folks such as Aaron, Mark Waid and Kieron Gillen. You may find yourself holding your breath with anticipation.

One added bonus? January is much closer than December 2015!


Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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