Two new Star Wars comic series were announced at the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at SDCC and they’re both unexpected projects that bring a new scope to the franchise’s comic book line.
The first is a MASSIVE undertaking at Marvel. Three books will combine for 30 issues across the Prequel, Original, and Sequel eras. Each issue of the 30 will spotlight a different character from that era, and each era has a different writer attached. Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic) is writing the Age of Republic books; Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, Storm) will be writing Age of Rebellion, and Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine, X-Men Red) will write Age of Resistance.
The first issue, from Houser, looks to have art from Luke Ross, her art partner on Star Wars: Thrawn. It features Darth Maul. No launch date or other artists have been announced yet.
The second book is Star Wars: Tales from Vader’s Castle from IDW and Disney. It’s an offshoot of IDW’s all-ages Star Wars books from Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures) and Derek Charm (Valiant High ) that sets popular characters from Star Wars in Vader’s castle for ghost stories.
“Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation,” said Scott.
In a completely unfair development, the book will also have covers from Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie, Detective Comics). Tales from Vader’s Castle is out weekly in October to coincide with Halloween.
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