Marvel STAR WARS Comics Fill in the Blanks Between A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

     July 28, 2014


I’m not sure if I have a burning desire to find out what happened between the first two Star Wars films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  It feels like if there was originally anything terribly interesting there George Lucas would have filled us in over 30 years ago.  But for those of you who are bigger Star Wars fans than me (which is pretty much everyone) it should be good news that Marvel is reuniting with the franchise for a run of three separate comic books series that fill in the blanks between those two films (including the moment Darth Vader learned he was Luke Skywalker’s father).

The series will be called simply Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia (with only the latter getting a multi-issue run apparently).  Hit the jump for more info and artwork from the new Star Wars comics.

darth-vader-marvelHere’s the official press release:

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron (ThorOriginal Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and PRINCESS LEIA by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy!  Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

It all starts this January when Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin take fans back to the days following the destruction of the first Death Star in STAR WARSDiscussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells, “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.”

However, the return of the Rebel Alliance to Marvel Comics also invites the return of its opposition, the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire and in February 2015, Kieron Gillen plans to delve into the psyche of one of the vilest villains of all time with the new ongoing series DARTH VADER.   Witness the struggle for the freedom of an entire galaxy – from the Dark Side!

“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,” says writer Kieron Gillen.  “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.”

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid & Terry Dodson bring you the harrowing tale of loss and hope in the 5-issue limited series PRINCESS LEIAFresh 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!

“Does she choose to be a Princess of nothing – or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and civilization?” says writer Mark Waid.

Again, the world of Luke, Han, Chewbacca, Leia and even Vader make their historic return to the House of Ideas beginning next year! Take your first step into a larger world with STAR WARS #1DARTH VADER #1 and PRINCESS LEIA #1 in 2015!




  • Jim El

    I want that as a tee shirt IMMEDIATELY

    • Unlimited Power

      Agreed, the art is certainly cool and I’m a comic book critic with the highest standards.

      Onto this article, um, “It’s going to be apart of the Canon”, so George Lucas aproved this new story line?! Since, he as everyone knows WROTE THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY!

      Without George’s seal of aproval then most will not buy this comic, since it might as well be fan fiction without George Lucas.

      • Lex Walker

        George’s “seal of approval” means nothing. He originally gave the expanded universe his seal of approval and then backtracked. The “seal” really comes from whoever’s in charge of producing the movies, and now that’s Disney.

      • Doug

        Agreed. GL approved most of the story lines of the UE for the past 35 years. And now lots of that isn’t in continuity any more. “Canon” means nothing to me, because it can all change in a heartbeat.

  • Lex Walker

    Nasally voiced nerd criticism: that image makes it look like Tie Fighters have hyperdrive capability, but they don’t.

  • Andrew J

    That’s what Dark Horse is doing right now, to great success might I add, I mean everything from the time frame to the focus on princess leia to simply naming it “star wars.”
    This seems like a slap in the face

  • Agent777

    I heard the orignal titles were going to be “GIVE”, “US”, and “MONEY”.

    • RiddleThemThis

      I heard they were going to release a trilogy later on set in-between “US” and “MONEY” with the titles “ALL”, “OF” and “YOUR”.

  • RedMercury

    So will it start with “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye?”

  • RexKramer

    Is this really new? They meet a giant rabbit named Jax, travel to Kashyyyk, overthrow the Imperial presence, then celebrate with song at Life Day. Yawn…

  • eternalozzie

    and yet more prequels … lets rehash as much crap as possible and not right anything new … great idea.

  • Guest

    “will exist as part of the canon”

    Won’t work. They tried this same ‘ZOMG everything is now canon!” approach with the rebooted Star Trek, but fans simply won’t accept it. Bad videogame tie-ins will be denounced immediately (simply for the fact that they are extremely bad) and comic tie-ins simply don’t reach far enough to get widely known by the fanbase. (I don’t know if any of the Star Trek comics were even released outside of the US).
    In the end people will generally only consider the things that happen on-screen as canon, and then often not even the animated stuff. (For instance when in Episode III Anakin tells Dooku “My powers have doubled since we last met or something”, I think most people will think back to that last time being in Episode II instead of somewhere in The Clone Wars. At least that’s what I do and I have seen all of the Clone Wars)

  • doop

    So now the added bit of dialogue in the most recent cut of “Empire” where the Emperor tells Vader that he’s Luke’s father is as useless as it always was.

    • mbmarquis69

      That’s not how I read the scene in Empire. The Emperor is letting Vader know that he knows who Luke is. And is implying that Vader’s ignorance is disingenuous. Vader obviously knew who Luke was before this conversation but has been keeping that information to himself.

      It remains to be seen if the comic will undermine or rewrite that.

    • mbmarquis69

      That’s not how I read the scene in Empire. The Emperor is letting Vader know that he knows who Luke is. And is implying that Vader’s ignorance is disingenuous. Vader obviously knew who Luke was before this conversation but has been keeping that information to himself.

      It remains to be seen if the comic will undermine or rewrite that.

  • Jason L’Heureux

    Theirs already a story that takes place after a new hope it’s called Vader’s Quest