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SDCC ’12 | Dark Horse to launch Star Wars by Brian Wood

From Alex Ross' cover for "Star Wars" #1

Just ahead of Comic-Con International, Dark Horse has announced it will launch a new Star Wars series in January by Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda, with covers by Alex Ross. The comic, called simply Star Wars, will be set during the period of the original film trilogy and feature the classic characters.

“This is the Star Wars series for everyone who has loved the films, but has never delved into any of the comics or novels,” Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley told “There is no vast continuity that a reader needs to know beyond the events in A New Hope. This is the beginning of the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie.”

On his blog Wood added, “I bet this strikes people as an odd move.  Maybe not?  But LucasFilm asked for me personally, and I felt it too irresistible a job to pass up. I’m three scripts into it and having fun.  The book launches in Dec or January. Oh yeah, Leia’s an X-Wing pilot.”

More information is expected Wednesday as Comic-Con gears up for Preview Night. Visit io9 for a peek at D’Anda’s interior art.

From Alex Ross' cover for "Star Wars" #1



Roland Gunnar

July 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Brian Wood writing Star Wars sounds awesome but if this is just after A New Hope then Vader’s still a bad guy, Luke and Leia don’t know they’re related, etc. I can’t believe Lucas is going to let anyone mess that kind of core canon so whats the point?

This is why I don’t interact with comic book fans much anymore.
“Brian Wood writing Star Wars sounds awesome….I can’t believe Lucas is going to let anyone mess that kind of core canon so whats the point?”
Have to shit on it somehow, right? Can’t say anything positive without saying something negative, even if it flies in the face of 99% of the comics out there not ‘changing the core canon’ but many still telling good stories. Why do you bother reading at all with a mentality like that?
Because, honestly, there’s no ‘new stories’ there’s only the reconfiguration of old ones, everything’s been told before, the art is in finding new ways to tell stories, and new configurations.

Sometimes I hate people in general, sometimes I just hate people who call themselves ‘fans’ of things who think it somehow justifies them being whiney bitches.

Darth Eradicus

July 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I think this is a really cool idea. Sure, Dark Horse has dabbled with the original trilogy era before, but somehow a series that starts over where A New Hope ends and deals with those familiar characters just sounds refreshing to me today for some reason. I’m getting an “Ultimate Star Wars Comic” vibe, I guess…

@ DrunkJack, read your own post. You are one of the worst. The forums are here for fans to speak their minds. If they are skeptical or not, who cares?

Man, this is way out of left field.

I fully expected Brian Wood’s next project to be another creator-owned series, to balance the scales between his work-for-hire projects (Conan, Adjectiveless X-Men, Ultimate X-Men) and his creator-owned ones (The Massive, Mara). He’s talked at length about maintaining a 50-50 split between the two, and adding another licensed property upends that ratio a bit.

Not that that really matters. If he’s got a Star Wars tale to tell, more power to him. I’ll definitely check it out. I don’t believe Wood’s ever written a full-on space-set sci-fi series, with spaceships and aliens and all the tropes and trappings, so it should be fascinating to see how he approaches the property and how his voice adapts.

Plus, Carlos D’Anda on art is a definite bonus. He draws great tech, and his recent video game design work has been inspired.

Finally, a nice jumping on point. No, republic, invasion, legacy, etc.

Just Star wars

Great for lapsed SW fans like myself I’d say. count me into the first three issues.

Brett Setbacks

July 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

Gotta love what Brian Wood is doing with Conan and The Massive. I might have to give this a try even if I haven’t cared one iota for Star Wars in many years.

Wow nice move by Dark Horse. This should be interesting.

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