Marvel Announces New Star Wars Titles
We knew it was coming, but Marvel Comics made it official today as they announced 3 new Star Wars comic book debuting early next year. Between January and March Marvel will drop 3 brand spankin’ new Star Wars books, all in the same time period, which seems to be during the original series of films. Here’s the rundown.
The first book, simply titled Star Wars will be written by OG favorite Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassady. Set after the destruction of the first Death Star, the book will follow Han, Leia, and Luke up against the Empire and Darth Vader. I love this writer; I love this artist; I love the move of going back to the tried and true characters and stories that made Star Wars as popular as it is today. This is going to be a great one when it drops in January.
The second Star Wars book Marvel is launching, debuting in February, will be written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, with Adi Granov lending help on covers, and will focus on Vader as opposed to the Star Wars book that puts a focus on the Rebels. Star Wars: Darth Vader is going to be the one everyone talks about because, you know? Darth Vader. Salvador Larroca’s art is perfect for Star Wars characters, settings, and action, and Gillen certainly knows how to write deep, torn characters. This’ll be fun.
The third and final book announced sticks with Marvel’s latest “girl-power” push, but, with the creative team assigned to the title, this book may be the best of them all. Star Wars: Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson follows Leia Organa after the events that saw her home-world blown out of the stars by the Empire. I can’t wait to see Waid’s take on the vengeful galactic Princess Badass, and look for this miniseries to drop in March.
This first lineup of Star Wars book from Marvel is nice. It’s not very risky at all, allows easy access for ANY level of Star Wars fan, has some amazing creators working on them, and leaves plenty of room for growth as the movies and new expanded universe come into being. While Aaron and Gillen are perfect choices for ongoing titles simply because their individual styles lend themselves nicely to the universe, I really want to see Jonathan Hickman’s take on the Star Wars universe, and I hope we see Peter David have yet another chance to build yet another Star Wars expanded universe. All in all though, I’m just excited to see what Marvel brings to the table, and with everything Star Wars finally under the same publishing roof, it certain to be a fun ride.