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Exclusive preview | The Rebels attack in ‘Star Wars’ #2

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It’s a big month — heck, a big year — for fans of both Star Wars and of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, as Marvel debuts the flagship title of its new line of comics, which picks up following the destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope.

However, before you can even get your hands on that million-selling first issue (it goes on sale Jan. 14), Marvel has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at pages from February’s Star Wars#2, illustrated by Cassaday and colored by Laura Martin. In the issue, the Rebel assault continues, even as Luke Skywalker is cornered by Darth Vader, and Han Solo, Princess Leia and the others find themselves trapped.

“What’s great about this time period is that all the characters are kind of on the table,” Aaron explained to Comic Book Resources when the series was announced. “Of course this is still early on and these people have pretty much just met each and just come together. So they’re still finding their place within this group and sort of figuring out their relationships with each other. Then there’s the fact that when you look at the gap between Episode IV and Episode V there’s some pretty major beats that happen off screen. So this gives up the opportunity to grab those beats and lay them down as part of the same canon as the movies.”

STAR WARS #2
JASON AARON (W) • JOHN CASSADAY (A/C)
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY JOHN CASSADAY
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY Berkeley Breathed, PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING CREATOR OF BLOOM COUNTY
VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL YU
VARIANT COVER BY HOWARD CHAYKIN
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES!
• The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues!
• Luke Skywalker – cornered by Darth Vader!
• Han, Leia, and the others – trapped!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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The art looks real nice, BUT it looks fake, lol.

Looks like no pencils or inks were used in the making of this. Is cassaday all digital?

I really don’t mean to be a wet blanket, or begrudge other fans of their enjoyment, but after I clicked the link and read the article, I realized that my sudden lack of interest had to do with there being no true tension in the story, and hence I could not invest myself in it. The art is wonderful, no problem there. But it’s similar to how I felt towards Ep 1-3…. there were entertaining moments, certainly, but we as an audience knew how the larger story would turn out. Is there something I’m missing here, some new point of view that I’m failing to see?

Not sure how I feel about Luke kinda confronting Vader before ESB. Even though he’s just zipping by on a speederbike. Nice art though.

Between Episodes IV and V? Definitely not adding this to my pull list. As Bryan mentioned, the fact that its in between films we’ve all already seen it removes all risk and concern over what may happen to the main characters.

Also not digging the art, Cassaday has done much much better.

The art is actually making me almost want to read this.

ugh…… whine really is the default isn’t it?

Cassaday’s art just doesn’t seem as good as his other previous work (particularly X-Men and Planetary). It’s just unimpressive.

I hope that the series can maintain the art quality for subsequent story arcs. Many of the “high profile” types get burnt out after 5-6 issues in a row, or runs into whatever the various problems are that can cause delays. Then there’s a seemingly random fill-in, and fan interest starts to drop off. Hopefully the artwork is getting commissioned several months ahead of time.

I’m not a big fan of computer generated art. I prefer pencils, ink, and colors by hand. The over-computerization of comics is redefining the medium and doing away with its real body.

The important thing is the story, it bridges A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back, and the art is just a companion, basically comics are like novels.

To the folks asking whether Cassaday is all-digital now: of course he isn’t. There were previews of issue art 1 pre-coloring. Are you guys just getting back into comics these days? Nearly every modern comic is colored this way – that’s why digital color artists are in high demand. They are as much a part of the creative process as the writer and artists these days and are usually part of the creator marquee on covers.

This is no longer the art from All Williamson’s era. I am looking at the same art you’re looking at and I don’t see the kind of over-renderd digital crap that populates sites like Deviantart. Get some glasses if you’re seeing otherwise.

The points of this is to see parts of the story that are otherwise implied in the movies. We never see Luke grow into the Commander he becomes in Empire, we never see Vader figure out that he is Luke’s father and how momentous and earth-shattering that must have been for him, we never see Leia ACTUALLY deal with the destruction of Alderaan. What these new comics are promising is exactly that, along with seeing how the relationships between Luke, Han, Leia & Chewie grow into what they become.

And then, once all the stories here are done and The Force Awakens releases, we’ll get comics that bridge into those movies…and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

Actually IAmRatchet, we did see all of those things. We saw them in the original newspaper strip by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin. Which was set in-between SW and ESB. I highly doubt this new comic will live up to the artistry and writing there but I do hope it’ll at least be decent.

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