Marvel Comics has been making a killing publishing stories set in the world of Star Wars ever since corporate sibling Lucasfilm handed the license over in 2015 -- but Marvel's canonical, PG-13-style comics will soon be joined on the racks by kid-friendly Star Wars Adventures comics from IDW Publishing.
Announced during the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, IDW's all-ages line is timed for Fall 2017, and will be part of a larger movement on the publishing side to build momentum going into the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“Lucasfilm is thrilled to expand our relationship with the talented and creative folks at IDW to bring Star Wars comics to kids,” said Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Lucasfilm Publishing. “IDW has an incredible pedigree of talent, and we look forward to working with them on the creation of these fun, action-packed adventures that span the entire Star Wars saga.”
IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall, added that “IDW has long sought to offer the next generation of comic book fans ample reading choices, and being able to provide Star Wars comics aimed directly at that audience is a massive thrill. Disney has been a great collaborator with us and we’re very excited to delve into this particular corner of the galaxy."
This new deal between Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW will build upon the relationship already in place, with IDW having previously published reprint Star Wars content in a variety of formats such as Micro Collectors Fun Packs, and the award-winning Artist’s Editions. In addition, a series of new collections of classic Star Wars newspaper strips will be available beginning in May.
Storyline details and creative teams for Star Wars Adventures will be made public in a future announcement.