Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Star Wars #1 might be one of the most anticipated comic book issues in years, as it should be. The series is important for a lot of obvious reasons, as Marvel takes back the publishing rights to the series that Dark Horse has had for many years. But will fans enjoy the first 48 pages of this new Star Wars adventure? Marvel sent me an early digital copy of their upcoming Star Wars comic book series. Read my review of the Star Wars 1 comic after the jump.
Here is why the new Star Wars comic book series matters.
This Is What Happens Between A New Hope And Empire Strikes Back
The storyline is set between Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. This is a three-year time period (in story continuity) that is rife for exploration.
Remember, Empire opens telling us “it is a dark time for the Rebellion” and that even though the rebels destroyed the Death Star, “Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.” We know that Luke Skywalker eventually leads the freedom fighters to a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth and that Darth Vader dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space.
This Is Canon and it Feels Like it Matters
How did the Rebels go from blowing up the Empire’s biggest stronghold to hiding out in a cave on a freezing Ice planet? This new Star Wars comic book series will tell this story, and for the first time it will actually be considered franchise canon.
Marvel’s new Star Wars comic series has the promise to be something really special for Star Wars fans. Like Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels animated series, the knowledge that *this is canon* gives the series a greater heft and it somehow feels more “real” than the previous Dark Horse comics. Because the Lucasfilm story group is behind everything, there is a feeling that events, creatures or locations could potentially be felt, seen or referenced in future Star Wars films. And this kind of transmedia multi platform storytelling really excites me.
The comic also has a great creative team behind it — written by Jason Aaron, who wrote Vertigo’s crime/western comic book series Scalped, and worked on a ton of Marvel Comics series like Wolverine, X-Men, Ghost Rider, Thor: God of Thunder and the 2014 crossover series Original Sin. The artwork in Star Wars #1 is by John Cassaday, a multiple time Eisner award winning artist (Warren Ellis’s Planetary, Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men) who also directed an episode of Joss Whedon’s TV series Dollhouse.