An all-star panel of Star Wars creators gathered today at New York Comic Con to talk about why they love Star Wars, the projects they’re working on, and to take a look head at upcoming projects from Marvel Comics and other publishers. The Lucasfilm panel was moderated by Michael Siglan, with panelists Cavan Scott, George Mann, Justina Ireland, Katie Cook, Zoraida Cordova, Greg Pak, Charles Soule, and Christian Blauvelt in attendance.
The discussion covered a wide range of topics. Highlights of the talk were Cavan Scott’s forthcoming A Finn and Poe Adventure, a “choose-your-destiny” book which features extra side mini-adventures that tie through Alexa. The book’s scheduled release date is today.
On the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Mathew Riehnhart along with Kevin M. Wilson will bring us Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy. The massive pop-up book will open up to form a type of map, and covers stories from the movies and cartoons.
As part of Triple Force Friday, Siglan brought up Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski to announce the road to Star Wars #75, which will be released in November. The ongoing Star Wars series will have the banner headline “Destination: Hoth,” and the series will end with issue #75, leading into the Empire Ascendant one-shot in December.
Following that one-shot, Marvel Comics will relaunch the Star Wars titles in January. Star Wars will be by the creative team of Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz, and will tell the story of what happens between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Then, in February, Darth Vader will relaunch from writer Greg Pak. The events of that series will be concurrent with the newly-launched Star Wars series, and will explore Vader’s side of events, dealing with his past as he moves between Empire and Jedi, as according to Pak “his whole journey has been defined by loss and grief.”
Check out some Star Wars #1 preview images by Jesus Saiz, as well as the solicitation text for the new series debut, below.
STAR WARS #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JESÚS SAIZ
Cover by RB SILVA
“No…I am your father.”
In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesús Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)!
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME…BEGINS THIS JANUARY!!!