A short time from now in, well, our galaxy, three new comic books will arrive: Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia. Lucasfilm Ltd is working with Marvel Entertainment on three new titles and all three comics – Star Wars from writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday, and colorist Laura Martin; Darth Vader from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca; and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson – will arrive in 2015. Lucasfilm also announced that these three titles will be part of the official canon of the Star Wars universe.
“Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy,” said Jason Aaron.
Discussing what readers can expect from Darth Vader set for a February 2015 release, Kieron Gillen said, “Vader’s the sole survivor of the greatest military disaster in history – and a disaster that he definitely had a hand in by letting the rebels escape with the plans for the Death Star. This is not a thing which leaves you in anybody’s good books, let alone the Emperor’s. The great thing about this period [between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back] is what we don’t see on the screen. Vader learns who Luke Skywalker is at some point between the two movies, to choose but one example.”
Princess Leia arrives in March 2015 with a five-issue limited series. “Fresh from the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Yavin, Leia must confront the reality that her homeworld has been destroyed. But in the light of such tragedy, there is always hope. Skilled equally with diplomacy as she is a blaster, witness the rise of one of the greatest heroines in history as she takes her rightful place as one of the Alliance’s peerless leaders!” – Lucasfilm
-By Rebecca Murray
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