Marvel Comics plans not one, yet three Star Wars titles that will launch in early 2015 that are going to be in canon, including
a five-issue mini-series focused on Princess Leia.
The two monthly titles include the series Star Wars written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday, which comes out in January and will focus on the core characters in the aftermath of the Battle of Yavin. It will boast stories featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and certain droids, among others. Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said at SDCC on Saturday there will be more announcements about the Star Wars universe, too, but was mum on what they may or will be. As for the expanded universe and its bevy of characters showing up in any of the series, that’s up to Lucasfilm.
The second monthly series, Star Wars: Darth Vader will be written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca. It examines the battle for the galaxy from the view of Vader’s biggest failure: the destruction of the Death Star. It will show how Vader sets out to instill fear, terror and loathing, while trying to get back into Emperor Palpatine’s “good” graces. During Marvel’s “Cup of Joe” segment at SDCC, they said expect to see bounty hunters in the Star Wars titles, maybe even Boba Fett, though gave no timeline.
The Princess Leia mini-series is being scripted by Mark Waid, who has drawn acclaim and sales for his creator-owned work, as well as recent work on Daredevil and other titles. That five-issue series will have art by Terry Dodson. It will focus on how Leia charted her path from princess on Alderaan to the Imperial Senate and, ultimately, to rebel leader and inspiration and how she has reconciled the destruction of her home with the aspirations and hopes of a people yearning to be free.
All three titles are being edited by Marvel’s Jordan D. White.
Marvel originally published the first Star Wars comic books starting in 1977, including a long-running series that lasted more than nine years, going on to sell more than 1 million copies. When the final issue concluded in 1987 with issue 107, the story was dark. Dark Horse Comics resumed publishing stories about the Star Wars universe in 1991, featuring a vast array of titles, closing out 2014 with a mini-series focused on Darth Maul and a 20-issue series about the classic characters, as well as the eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay of what would become A New Hope, The Star Wars.
Marvel will publish the original series in its omnibus form, starting with issues 1-44 and the first annual, in 2015, too.
Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.
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