Marvel’s flagship series, Star Wars, will be getting a new creative team beginning this fall with issue #38. However, Star Wars comic fans will see familiar names on the title, as Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca, the writer-artist team currently on the Darth Vader series, will be taking the reins.
In describing his goals for the series, Gillen stated:
“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,” said Gillen. “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.”
On his Twitter feed following the official announcement, Gillen further noted that issue #38 would be a great place for new readers to start:
38 totally a jumping on point, etc.
— Kieron Gillen (@kierongillen) July 26, 2017
This is good news for fans who haven’t necessarily kept up with all the comics. It’s always nice when creators provide mid-series entry points so that new readers aren’t overwhelmed or feel too behind to catch up. Personally, I’ve been reading the comics off and on, and will definitely take this opportunity to jump back in.
I’m particularly excited about the chance to revisit Jedha, one of my all time favorite planets in the Star Wars universe. Too often in Star Wars and other stories, once we see a catastrophic event, we move on in the story and never look back. Of course, for Rogue One, the events on Jedha served their purpose to move the story along and bring our heroes together. However, I’m looking forward to the consequences of the Empire’s flippant weapons test on a planet that was created to be the “Mecca” of Star Wars.
Check out the incredible cover art for Star Wars issue #38 by David Marquez: