Fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Star Wars #1, the first comic book issued by Marvel in partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney in 2015.
Marvel brought to life all the movie adaptations and ongoing series during the time of the Star Wars original trilogy. This will mark a departure from what fans have come to know as the Expanded Universe.
In this realm, comic books focused on familiar side characters and older versions of the main, beloved main cast of characters, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. However, all of that is in the past now and fans are ready to revisit what happened to our friends after Star Wars: A New Hope.
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, they announced a canonical reset of sort, a fresh start, and new take to prepare fans for what is to come when Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits theaters on December 18 of this year and beyond. Star Wars #1 is penned by Thor scribe Jason Aaron, with the artistry of Astonishing X-Men’s John Cassaday, a collaboration of comics titans.
The synopsis, as shared by Marvel, goes as follows.
“THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!”
Not since 1993, when Batman #500 was released, have we seen interest as high as it is for Star Wars #1. Marvel is expecting to sell one million copies of the first installment of the new comic series, mostly at specialty stores.
But perhaps the best news so far is that those who’ve had access to reading a copy of Star Wars #1 (who are long time fans of the franchise) are pleased — very pleased. This new series promises action in the form of the Rebellion fighting against the Death Star and Darth Vader, who is really mad that Luke and his friends have escaped his clutches.
You can also expect some romance in Star Wars #1, as Han and Leia move forward with the beginning of their relationship. Reviewers praise Aaron for making the characters shine through. The hugely expected issue hits specialty comic book stores on Wednesday, January 14.
[Image via Lucasfilm]