Star Wars Comics have been a staple in Star Wars fans lives for the better part of the last forty years. Marvel first picked up the property at the tail end of the seventies, and it was the first thing that saved Marvel from bankruptcy (followed by the 80s age of darker comics, the 90s age of “selling out everything we have to third party film studios,” and finally with the “using whatever we have left to make our own movies and subsequently being bought by Disney,”).
In the 90s Dark Horse comics was a small comics company owned by a comic shop owner named Mike Richardson, and somehow Dark Horse exploded into the company filled with amazing titles, like Hellboy, the Mask, Sin City, 300, and more, with publishing rights to the biggest names in Japanese manga, as well as such huge sci fi properties as Alien, Predator, Serenity, and eventually Star Wars. When Disney purchased Star Wars from Lucasfilm, a deal was struck being Star Wars back to Marvel.
At first I wasn’t a fan of the idea, with some of my favorite Star Wars titles being cancelled (and there were lots of them, from Agent of the Empire, to The Star Wars). Today Marvel’s website gave an exclusive preview of John Cassaday’s stellar art on the upcoming Star Wars title, and I have to say, I am excited.
1. R2-D2 looking funky fresh with that arc welder, intimidating that Moff, and the crew is looking pretty fly about to kick some butt. And it appears as though Luke was the butt-kicker in the last panel, although Leia seems to have some skills of her own. With the siblings (unsuspecting still) wearing the same get-up– is there a reason? And if so, why isn’t Han? These are the kinds of questions we’ll be stuck waiting for until January 15th.
2. Cassaday has got a firm grasp on how to draw that handsome Harrison Ford mug, so I’m excited to get my hands on this issue. It appears as though the Moff is giving in, and the gang has a run of the place. This story just looks to be getting better and better– But what is that? R2-D2 is vomiting? Why would he be doing that? This is an interesting turn of events. Is that fuel? Is he going to set the Storm Troopers on fire? What could this mean? A more violent take on our beloved characters?
3. Luke and Leia in skiff guard uniforms actually kicking butt. This is awesome. Luke getting in on the action as well, obviously. I can get behind that Cassaday’s stellar linework, and the slick colors of Laura Martin, this story will be the first in the new Expanded Universe to take place within the new canon of the Star Wars series. Why’s this good? There are so many young Star Wars fans intimidated to pick up a Star Wars comic or book due to the rich history, and the daunting task of reading hundreds of novels. Now anyone can get into the EU and enjoy it.
This comic, however, takes place shortly after A New Hope, so why is Leia wearing a skiff guard get-up and kicking butt? Should she be? I can’t wait to find out.
4. R2-D2 giving those thugs the shocker like a complete boss. Taking the fight ehto the imperials? I can get behind that. But why are Luke and Leia wearing the outfit? Are they going to set this up for future issues revolving around Return of the Jedi? Obviously. Can’t wait to read this book. The New Expanded Universe is something I can get behind. By the time I was getting into the Star Wars EU, there was already decades of comics and books to catch up on, and ain’t nobody got time fo’ that.
What does everyone think of Star Wars being back at Marvel? What do you guys want to see in the new Expanded Universe? What do you think of the Expanded Universe? Let us know below!