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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 cover to the first issue of the five-issue mini-series "Star Wars: Princess Leia," written by Mark Waid and drawn by Terry Dodson, due out in March 2015.

The cover to the first issue of the five-issue mini-series “Star Wars: Princess Leia,” written by Mark Waid and drawn by Terry Dodson, due out in March 2015. (Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

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 rise and fall of Darth Vader is legendary. Starting in February, Marvel Comics will publish a monthly series focusing on the Dark Lord of the Sith's efforts to recover his footing, prestige and favor with Emperor Palpatine and the Empire, in the aftermath of the Battle of Yavin. Penned by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, it's a series that will focus on the complexities of one of mythology's greatest villains.

The rise and fall of Darth Vader is legendary. Starting in February, Marvel Comics will publish a monthly series focusing on the Dark Lord of the Sith’s efforts to recover his footing, prestige and favor with Emperor Palpatine and the Empire, in the aftermath of the Battle of Yavin. Penned by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, it’s a series that will focus on the complexities of one of mythology’s greatest villains. (Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

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 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. (Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

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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