SDCC: Marvel Announces New Line Of Star Wars Comics

At Marvel' "Cup o' Joe" panel at the 2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego, the publisher announced a brand new line of comics featuring the character from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Three titles were announced, with the first being an ongoing series simply titled Star Wars, written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and drawn by John Cassaday (Uncanny AvengersAstonishing X-Men). The series picks up after the event of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo leading the Rebel Alliance, emboldened by their successful attack on the Death Star, as it goes on the offensive against the Empire. But things prove more difficult than they'd planned when Darth Vader shows up, with the Imperial Fleet at his back. Star War #1 ships in January.

Speaking of Darth Vader, the second series announced was Star Wars: Darth Vader, written by Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-MenJourney Into Mystery) and drawn by Salvador Larocca (Invincible Iron ManUncanny Avengers), with covers by Adi Granov (Iron Man: Extremis). Like Star Wars, this series pick up after the events of A New Hope, but shows you the other side of the war. While Darth Vader is the lone survivor of the Empire's first crushing military defeat, he has also lost the faith and good will of his master, the Emperor. Now Vader must remind the entire Empire of why he is a figure to fear. The first issue ships in February.

The final series announced is a 5-issue miniseres, Star Wars: Princess Leia, from writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk) and artist Terry Dodson (Uncanny X-MenMarvel Knights Spider-Man). Like the other series, Princess Leia picks up after the events of A New Hope, with and sees Leia, a trained diplomat and rebel agent, coming to terms with the destruction of her peaceful homeworld, Alderaan. The first issue arrives in stores in March.