Could this be the biggest comic book of 2015? Writers Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin, along with Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm certainly seem to think so, as the comic book, ‘Star Wars’ #1, is expected to sell over 1 million copies, which would make it the first comic book in over 2 decades to accomplish that feat.
‘Star Wars’ #1 is set to debut next week, and will mark the return of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise to Marvel Comics, where it started out over 30 years ago. Since then a whole new continuity of the expanded universe of ‘Star Wars’ has sprung up, maintained in comic form by Dark Horse comics, but with the recent move to expunge the old expanded universe continuity and start fresh (starting of course with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘), the franchise is reverting to its original comic company (which makes sense as Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ are both under the Disney umbrella nowadays) and start a new expanded universe, with ‘Star Wars’ #1 being the first comic addition to that continuity.
So where will the story begin? Based on press releases from Marvel, an inferred from the lettered pages Marvel released early (which can be seen below), the comics will take place between ‘A New Hope’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ potentially telling the stories alluded to during ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and setting the stage for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Based on the pages below, the artists/writers are also filling in some story gaps from the original trilogy, such as “where did Lando get his Jabba guard costume in ‘Return of the Jedi?” which as you can see below, the Rebels nabbed during the first storyline of ‘Star Wars’ #1.
Will the comic due justice and maintain the same quality of the years of old expanded universe fans have been asked to let go? Are people still interested in stories told between Episodes IV and V when we are already gearing up for whats going to be happening in Episode VII? Feel free to comment below, and make sure to check out ‘Star Wars’ #1 when it hits the shelves next week!