Ever since Marvel and the Star Wars franchise became stablemates of a sort under the Disney umbrella, there’s been speculation about when new Star Wars comics were coming. As revealed during the Cup O’ Joe panel on Saturday at Comic-Con International (live blogged on Marvel.com), that time isn’t so far, far away, and some top Marvel writers and artists are working on them.
The biggest announcement came first: an ongoing Star Wars series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday. Issue #1 is set to arrive in January, and Cassaday commented that the stories would be set in-between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
This will be a homecoming for Star Wars comics, as the first ones were published in the late 70s by Marvel before heading to Dark Horse for the 90s and early 2000s. The main Star Wars series will be joined by two other books focusing on individual characters. One is Star Wars: Darth Vader, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca. The cover image shown was a variant by Adi Granov.
That book will pick up right after Vader’s TIE Advanced was sent spinning out of control during the climactic dogfight above the surface of the first Death Star. The other character-focused book announced was Star Wars: Princess Leia, a five-issue mini-series beginning in March by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson.
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