Way back when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, many assumed that it was only a matter of time until ‘Star Wars’ returned to Marvel Comics. After they produced the first run of comic books based on George Lucas’ hit movies in 1977, Dark Horse took over the license in 1991 and continued to released stories set in the expanded universe, the original trilogy, and beyond. However, it was announced in January of this year that the galaxy far, far away would return to the House of Ideas in 2015. The first project that they announced was ‘Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years’, but at the Cup O’ Joe panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the first new ‘Star Wars’ books from Marvel in almost thirty years were revealed.
At Joe Quesada’s forum at SDCC, Marvel shared that they are bringing in some of their most talented creators on their roster for three brand new ‘Star Wars’ comic series set during the original trilogy. The first one simply titled ‘Star Wars’ will be written by ‘Thor: God of Thunder’ and ‘Original Sin’ writer Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday of ‘Uncanny Avengers’. This story will take place after the destruction of the first Death Star and will feature Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa going head to head with Darth Vader.
Speaking of the iconic Sith Lord, February 2015 will see the release of ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’ by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca with covers by Adi Granov. The fan favorite writer of ‘Young Avengers’ and ‘The Wicked + The Divine’ noted on his blog that he left ‘Iron Man’ in favor of this new book that finds the former Anakin Skywalker struggling to regain control of his Empirical troops after being defeated in ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’.
Finally, ‘Indestructible Hulk’ and ‘Daredevil’ writer Mark Waid will team with Terry Dodson in March for ‘Star Wars: Princess Leia’, a five-issue miniseries that focuses on the princess dealing with the loss of her home planet Alderaan.
To check out the covers of each series, take a look at the gallery below:
What do you think about these upcoming ‘Star Wars’ comics from Marvel? Which one are you most looking forward to reading? What characters do you hope to see get the spotlight in this new partnership between Marvel and Lucasfilm? Sound off in the comments.