After three years, Marvel's Star Wars is changing hands.
Writer Jason Aaron has delivered a truly epic run on the book -- the flagship title in the line ever since Marvel took the license over from Dark Horse Comics -- for nearly 40 issues, chronicling the adventures of Han, Luke, and Leia and delivering phenomenal side stories like the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. After years of stories with iconic artists like John Cassaday and Stuart Immonen, though, Aaron's run on the book is coming to an end this fall. Don't worry, though, because the book will be in very good hands.
The official Star Wars website announced late Tuesday that the team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca -- who previously launched Marvel's amazing Darth Vader solo title together -- will re-team for Star Wars beginning with issue #38 in November. Gillen is a fan favorite among Star Wars readers for his Darth Vader work, co-creating the character of Doctor Aphra and working on crossovers like "Vader Down" and most recently "The Screaming Citadel." Larroca, in addition to his Vader work, is a comics legend known for titles like Fantastic Four and his phenomenal run with Matt Fraction on Invincible Iron Man.
“My aim’s simple – to do what Salva and I did with Darth Vader, but for Leia, Luke, and Han. As in, chart the rise and fall of the Rebellion between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back, how it changes them all and how it changes the universe,” Gillen said. “So a simple aim, but as nightmarishly tricky to pull off as dropping a proton torpedo down a thermal exhaust port. But hopefully as thrilling if we pull it off. I can’t wait till you see it up. First up: the post-apocalyptic hell that remains of Jedha after the Death Star punched a hole through its mantle.”
There aren't many details other than Gillen's statement yet because, obviously, there are still a few more months of comics to get through before the run begins. For now, though, here's David Marquez's beautiful cover for Star Wars #38.