Marvel assembled some of its top talent for its relaunch of Star Wars comics in January, including the killer team on the Star Wars main series of writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday. Over the last couple of years Aaron's become one of the company's go-to scribes for the Big Stuff, including major events like Original Sin and the reveal of a new, female Thor, so it was no surprise to see him taking on such a high-profile project. For Cassaday, the series was a chance to helm interior art on yet another major launch at Marvel, after previously working with Joss Whedon on Astonishing X-Men and Rick Remender on the flagship book of Marvel NOW!, Uncanny Avengers. When this team was announced back in July, it was clear Marvel wasn't pulling any punches with its return to Star Wars, and Star Wars #1 became one of the bestselling comics of 2015 before it even hit stores.
Now the Star Wars series is facing its first creative team change. On Monday, Cassaday announced via his official Facebook page that he'll be leaving the series after issue six, which is set to be released in June and will wrap up the first arc of the series, setting the stage for a nice trade collection of the Aaron/Cassaday issues. So, sadly, the series is losing a superstar artist, but you had to know Marvel would be looking for another superstar artist to replace Cassaday, and now they've revealed who: Stuart Immonen.
Immonen's been working regularly at both Marvel and DC for more than two decades now, and he's built up an impressive list of credits, a large fanbase and tons of acclaim. In the last few years alone he's worked with Marvel on major events like Fear Itself, fan favorites like Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. and major new series launches like All-New X-Men and All-New Captain America. Now he's tackling Star Wars for the first time, beginning with issue #8 of the series, and to accompany his arrival Marvel has just released a not-final early look at Immonen's pencils for the Star Wars #8 cover. Check it out:
Marvel also noted that a "very special guest artist" will be announced for Star Wars #7 in the coming days. As for Aaron, he made it clear he's not going anywhere.
Just for the record, I am on STAR WARS for the long haul. There are so many stories I want to tell with these characters.— Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron) March 17, 2015