Marvel Entertainment is holding nothing back as it brings the Star Wars saga back to the House of Ideas after a nearly 30-year absence. Starting with the first issue of Star Wars in January, written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by John Cassaday and edited by Jordan D. White, the publisher is celebrating with numerous variant covers and even a party or two at some comic shops to mark the milestone.
“… This January, we are proud to unveil Star Wars #1, the first of several ongoing series featuring top-tier creators telling stories that, thanks to the invaluable contributions of the team at Lucasfilm Story Group, will be nothing short of essential reading for any fan of Star Wars. …'” — Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso.
In the publisher's solicits to comic shops for its January slate of titles, Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso notes that it's not just readers and fans of the saga who are excited, the creators are, too. In an open letter to Marvel's retailers, readers and more, Alonso recalled the visit he, Cassaday, Aaron, White, writer Kieron Gillen (who is penning the Star Wars: Darth Vader title and C.B. Cebulski, made to Skywalker Ranch after their first meeting with the Lucasfilm Story Group.
“Surrounded by posters, sketches, props and costumes that spanned almost 40 years of cinematic history, each of us could not help but reflect on how this unique mythology resonated in our own lives, and the (dare I say it) great power and responsibility that comes with shaping it,” he wrote.
“Because that's what we're about to do. In March of 1977, Marvel Comics released Star Wars #1, a movie adaptation released two months before Star Wars the movie lit up the silver screen, embarking on what would be a celebrated nine-year run,” Alonso said. “This January, we are proud to unveil Star Wars #1, the first of several ongoing series featuring top-tier creators telling stories that, thanks to the invaluable contributions of the team at Lucasfilm Story Group, will be nothing short of essential reading for any fan of Star Wars.”
To celebrate the return, a bevy of variant covers are being offered to readers, including a jaw-dropping homage to Howard Chaykin's cover for the 1977 debut by Alex Ross; an interlocking illustration from Skottie Young that will tie together the first issues of Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Princess Leia; a connecting variant cover by J. Scott Campbell; a movie variant; along with covers by famed artists Bob McLeod (who penciled the original Marvel Star Wars series' issues 83, 85, 86, 88 and 90); Sara Pichelli; John Tyler Christopher (who just wrapped Marvel's five-issue mini-series Figment); and Marvel's chief creative officer, Joe Quesada.
“Coming home, Star Wars is,” Alonso added in his note. Home indeed.
Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.
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