Back in 1977, Marvel Comics, on the back of the popularity that Star Wars (the first movie) had generated, began publishing monthly Star Wars comic books. In hindsight, it was an early look at the comic book industry licensing rights from other companies in order to publish their characters – something we see regularly now.
This partnership with Lucasfilm lasted the better part of a decade. Eventually, Star Wars would find a new home and partner with Dark Horse Comics, and a prosperous relationship (with absolutely fantastic – and now legendary – comic book Star Wars stories) lasted twenty-three years.
And then Disney, who had already purchased Marvel Comics, bought Lucasfilm.
Today, everyone’s favourite story from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, returns home with the release of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #1.
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Star Wars #1
Written by: Jason Aaron
Illustrated by: John Cassaday
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written and illustrated by fan and critic favourites Jason Aason (Scalped, Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and John Cassaday (Planetary, Uncanny Avengers), Star Wars #1 begins a brand new monthly series, published by Marvel Comics.
These stories will begin directly (at least for now) after the destruction of the first Death Star from the first Star Wars movie (Episode IV: A New Hope). That leaves a lot of room for the series to breathe. I, for one, always got the sense that there was plenty of time (and stories) before the Empire Strikes Back film. Luke hasn’t had any real, long-standing training yet, and Han is still on the run from Jabba the Hutt’s bounty hunters. It’s a ripe time for sequential storytelling – and Aaron and Cassaday are just the guys to tell it!
In Star Wars #1, the rebels are still fairly rag tag, even coming off of their single greatest victory. We’ll see all of your favourite characters like Luke, Han, Leia, C-3PO, R2-DC, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the Emperor, in stories that have never been told. I’d be surprised not to see characters like Wedge and Boba Fettt not make an appearance – and, in addition to plot threads that would be wound up in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (the building of the second Death Star, anyone?) we might even get some small seeds for the upcoming Star Wars films!
With those films set to begin at the end of 2015, you can bet that Marvel’s Star Wars monthly comic book will be a huge hit! Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Star Wars #1.
And may the force be with you.