Fans of Chewbacca will get a rare opportunity to see Han Solo’s co-pilot in his own adventure when Marvel releases a limited series devoted to the character this fall, during the lead-up to The Force Awakens.
The Chewbacca solo series will be set directly after the events of A New Hope, according to io9. The story will see Chewbacca departing on a mission for the rebel alliance, during which he crash-lands on a planet rich with resources that have been targeted by the Empire. This turn of events will cause Chewbacca to ally himself with a group of local rebels, attempting to hold off imperial forces while he struggles to repair his ship.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 10, 2015
The comic series will be penned by Deadpool’s Gerry Duggan, according to SlashFilm, as well as artist Phil Noto, who has worked on Jonah Hex, X-23, Uncanny X-Force, and Black Widow. Fans shouldn’t expect translated dialogue from the series, as Chewbacca will encounter compatriots who are able to understand the Wookie’s guttural roars, much like in the Star Wars films.
Speaking with MTV News about the new series, Duggan revealed that Chewbacca will be driven by a new alliance with a character that has yet to be named.
“Chewie is on a very important mission when we first meet him, and you’ll be able to tell that right away without hearing him speak… He’s obviously been marooned on this planet at least temporarily, with a loaner ship that he got from the rebellion. And their roadside service is not great, so he’s got a little bit of work to do there to get the ship back up and running. This planet is at a crossroads. There are forces there that want — like the Empire — to strip it of its resources. And obviously [there] would be some people that would be very opposed to that, and Chewie throws in with, with the good guys. He’s gonna set aside his mission for the greater good of this planet, and this new friend.”
— Heat Vision (@HeatVisionBlog) July 11, 2015
Marvel has previously released other standalone comics focused on classic Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader and Princess Leia. Their Star Wars series caused a major controversy among fans earlier this year when it significantly re-wrote the backstory of Han Solo, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
Marvel’s standalone Chewbacca series is set to hit comic store shelves in October.
[Image: Marvel via io9]