Comic-Con 2012: New Star Wars Comic Revisits The Original Trilogy

July 13, 2012

Vader's back.

This week at Comic-Con, Dark Horse is revealing a brand new Star Wars comic that's set during the original Star Wars Trilogy. The ongoing series will re-introduce plot-lines for all the familiar characters while giving fans new perspectives on the original story.

That could be a tall order for a franchise that's been mined for material as much as this one has-- but by the look of the art, they pulled it off.

Said Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley to io9, "As for how this series is "different" from past entries in this time period, I guess the answer would be that we're trying very had to keep everything fresh…This is the beginning of the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie."

Dark Horse tapped illustrator and wordsmith Brian Wood (DMZ, Channel Zero, Northlanders) for the project, with additional interior artwork by Carlos D'Anda, who designed characters for video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

The cover of the #1 issue was done by Kingdom Come artist Alex Ross. We see Darth Vader in the foreground, lightsaber raised triumphantly, like he's about to deliver a killing blow to some helpless whelp. A richly textured space-scape plays out behind him, cruisers looming, as a bright-orange wave of fire casts a glow on his helmeted dome.

"I hesitate to say too much," Stradley said, "especially as this series doesn't debut until January. But let me drop just a few hints: Vader gets a special assignment, the Rebels suspect a traitor in their ranks, and one more thing...stealth squadron."

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Source: LucasFilm/DarkHorse