Dark Horse Comics announced a new Star Wars comic series today at Comic-Con. They do that almost every year, and it seems to me that they launch a lot of Jedi and Sith titles. Things are different this time though. The new book, written by Brian Wood, is just called Star Wars, and it takes place on the assumption that A New Hope was the only film of the saga ever made. I know, I’m excited with this direction as well.
Lucasfilm handpicked Wood for this new story, and it should be out in December or January. Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, and Alex Ross round out the creative team. That combination will definitely make for attractive art, and as a fan of Wood’s other stories, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.
Randy Stradley of Dark Horse explained the differences with this series as follows:
As for how this series is “different” from past entries in this time period, I guess the answer would be that we’re trying very had to keep everything fresh — as if Episode IV had just come out in theaters. This is the Star Wars series for everyone who has loved the films, but has never delved into any of the comics or novels. There is no vast continuity that a reader needs to know beyond the events in A New Hope. This is the beginning of the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie.
Another difference? No more of the slightly stuffy Leia I know from the Expanded Universe. She’s too busy being a diplomat in those stories, and while she’s good at that, I’ve personally wanted to see more hands-on fighting from her. It seems like I’ll get that side of Leia with this series. She has her blaster and an X-wing. I am so thrilled to see her behind the controls of an X-wing.
See more fantastic art after the break.