Anyone else excited for the new Marvel Star Wars comics?
Wow! News to me, Art School Dropout. I mean, I knew that SW was coming back to Marvel (and something about that just feels so right to me), but I had no idea creative teams had been announced or cover art released.
Looking quickly on Google, I see that Jason Aaron will be writing the main SW title. I loved Aaron's Vietnam War comic The Other Side, but other than that I'm not familiar with his work at all. Worryingly, the GCD tells me that he's scripted some of Marvel's crappier events of the last few years. Still, his work on The Other Side demonstrates that he's definitely capable of some good writing. As for John Cassaday on art, again, I'm largely unfamiliar with his stuff, so I guess I'll wait and see on this.
This page of Cassaday's interior artwork that Marvel have released looks rather nice though…
The Leia mini-series sounds very interesting. I've liked a few of Mark Waid's things, like Kingdom Come and his work on Amazing Spider-Man. Plus, Terry Dodson's artwork always hits the spot for me. So that creative team definitely has me interested.
I'm less sold on the Gillen/Larroca Darth Vader series. There have been some fairly reasonable Vader-centric SW comics over the years, but I always think that Darth Vader works best in the role he was originally designed for -- as an antagonist for Han, Luke and Leia et al. All of his most memorable appearances in the various SW comics find him in that role IMO.
Also, I think I would've preferred Marvel to have just had one Star Wars book, and tell all the stories they want to in that...like in the old days. Hell, they could even make it bi-monthly like Amazing Spider-Man. With these three books, they seem to be following the Dark Horse marketing template or maybe that's just the way the industry is nowadays.
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2014 7:34:26 GMT -5 by Confessor
Just finished reading both Star Wars: The Force Unleashed OGNs and enjoyed them. The artwork in both volumes is excellent especially the colors by Michael Atiyeh (volume 1) and Diego Rodriguez (volume 2). The first story is about Darth Vader's secret apprentice Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller. (Annikin and Kane Starkiller being character names from Lucas' first draft and later used in the series The Star Wars.) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II features Bob Fett who is hired to hunt down a clone of Starkiller.
"It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison
Apparently things are coming full circle with the Star Wars comics, it started at Marvel went to Dark Horse, who reprinted a lot of classic material from Marvel, and now it's back at Marvel, who is collecting and reprinting a lot of classic Dark Horse material....