Star Wars (2015 comic book)

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Star Wars
Issue #1 cover (January 2015)
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date January 2015 – present
No. of issues 30
Creative team
Written by Jason Aaron
Artist(s)

Star Wars is an ongoing Star Wars comic series published by Marvel Comics since January 14, 2015. Written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday, it is set between the 1977 film Star Wars and its 1980 sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. The series features classic Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. It was one of three new Star Wars comics by Marvel announced in July 2014, along with Darth Vader and the limited series Princess Leia.

Plot[edit]

The Star Wars series focuses on Luke, Leia and Han face off against the Imperial forces.[1][2][3] As the series begins, Leia leads a covert rebel mission to destroy an Imperial weapons factory, attracting the attention of Darth Vader. In issues #4–5, Luke returns to Tatooine, searching Obi-Wan Kenobi's abandoned house for anything of interest regarding Obi-Wan or his father. He fights Boba Fett but also discovers Obi-Wan's journals, which Luke reads in issues #7, #15, #20 and #26-30.[4][5] Issue #6 introduces Sana Starros, who is dramatically introduced as Han Solo's wife but later confesses to have only posed as his spouse during a previous scam.[6][7] She becomes a recurring character. Issues #13-14 figure into the "Vader Down" crossover with the Darth Vader comic series, and later issues #31-32 focus in "The Screaming Citadel" crossover with the Dr. Aphra series.[8]

Characters and development[edit]

Aaron said in 2014, "We wanted this to feel like the movies. We wanted to feel like we were hired to do the direct sequel to the original film ... It's very much a team book and we've got all the main players here. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and Darth Vader all get big moments in this first arc, and that's our core cast going forward."[1] He explained that Luke's story is a main thrust of the comic, considering where the character is at this point in the timeline,[1] adding:

This is all pretty new to him. His world has changed completely. He had this mentor for five minutes who now is dead and leaves him with all these questions about his father, about his history, and where he goes from here, and what’s his role in the grand scheme of things ... He's on this journey of discovery by himself, and he wants to find out more about his father. Meanwhile, Darth Vader's chasing after him trying to find out who's this guy that blew up the Death Star. I like the fact that they’re kind of chasing each other, without realizing the full implication of what they’re chasing. Luke’s chasing after his dad while running away from Vader.[1]

Aaron also noted that Han is in "an interesting spot at this point in the timeline ... We don't know how fully committed he is to this Rebellion, and we're in the very early stages of his relationship with Leia ... And of course, you know with Han, eventually his past is going to start catching up to him."[1]

Publication[edit]

Artist John Cassaday (left) and writer Jason Aaron (right) at a January 2015 signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan for Star Wars #1, the first Star Wars comic published by Marvel since 1987.

Star Wars was one of three new Star Wars comics by Marvel announced in July 2014, along with Princess Leia and Darth Vader.[1][2][3] The Star Wars comic was set to be written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday, and released in January 2015.[1][2][3] Several variant covers were printed for the first issue.[9][10][11] Simone Bianchi was the guest artist for issue #7.[12] Stuart Immonen took over as artist with issue #8 in July 2015,[13] completing the series' second story arc through issue #12.

Collected editions[edit]

Trade paperback[edit]

Title Collected Issues Published
Star Wars: Volume 1 – Skywalker Strikes Star Wars #1-6 October 6, 2015
Star Wars: Volume 2 – Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon Star Wars #7-12 January 26, 2016
Star Wars: Vader Down Star Wars #13-14, Vader Down #1, Darth Vader #13-15 April 19, 2016
Star Wars: Volume 3 – Rebel Jail Star Wars #15-19, Annual #1 August 16, 2016
Star Wars: Volume 4 – Last Flight of the Harbinger Star Wars #20-25 January 31, 2017
Star Wars: Volume 5 – Yoda's Secret War Star Wars #26-30, Annual #2 July 18, 2017
Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel Star Wars #31-32, The Screaming Citadel #1, Doctor Aphra #7-8 October 24, 2017
Star Wars: Volume 6 Star Wars #33-37 December 5, 2017

Hardback omnibus[edit]

Title Collected Issues Published
Star Wars: Volume 1 Star Wars #1-12 September 20, 2016
Star Wars: Volume 2 Star Wars #15-25, Annual #1 June 20, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Brooks, Dan (July 26, 2014). "SDCC 2014: Inside Marvel's New Star Wars Comics". StarWars.com. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Wheeler, Andrew (July 26, 2014). "Force Works: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Titles From All-Star Creative Teams". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Yehl, Joshua (July 26, 2014). "SDCC 2014: Marvel Announces 3 Star Wars Comics for 2015". IGN. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ Young, Bryan (September 27, 2016). "The Playlist: A Guide to Obi-Wan Kenobi's Biggest Moments". StarWars.com. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Evan (September 19, 2016). "Yoda's Pre-Phantom Menace History Will Be Revealed in Marvel's Star Wars Comic". IGN. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (June 3, 2016). "Star Wars Delivers Huge Change for Han Solo". IGN. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (October 13, 2016). "Star Wars: Who Is Sana Solo?". IGN. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ McMillan, Graeme (February 8, 2017). "Horror Coming to Star Wars in Unexpected Comic Book Storyline". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ Beard, Jim (July 27, 2014). "SDCC 2014: Star Wars". Marvel.com. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Star Wars #1 Variant Cover By Joe Quesada—First Look!". StarWars.com. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ Franich, Darren (October 20, 2014). "Star Wars exclusive: Check out this Alex Ross cover for Marvel's Star Wars #1". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Secret History of Ben Kenobi Revealed in Star Wars #7". Marvel.com. July 2, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Stuart Immonen Joins Star Wars". Marvel.com. March 17, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 

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