We knew that the main Star Wars comic line is coming to an end later this year, wrapping up with issue #75, followed by a one-shot called Empire Ascendant, leading right up to the events of The Empire Strikes Back on Hoth.
Announced last Friday was that the main comic line will relaunch in January 2020 with Star Wars #1 – this time focusing on the period of time in-between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Jesus Saiz, this series will explore what happens to our heroes as they deal with the fallout of the events of Empire.
You can check out the cover art for the first issue (by R.B. Silva) here, released by Star Wars:
It was revealed that the first issue will pick up at the end of ESB, with Luke Skywalker getting his hand chopped off by Darth Vader, his father. The first few pages were released:
Charles Soule said that this series will explore how Luke Skywalker goes from that broken Jedi-in-training at the end of ESB to the confident Jedi-in-charge in ROTJ. Additionally, we’ll see our heroes dealing with the emotional effects of losing Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett, we’ll see Lando Calrissian, we’ll see how the Rebellion rebounds from their desperate escape from Hoth, we’ll see Darth Vader, etc.
All of that sounds great, and I had hoped all along that when the main Star Wars comic line came to an end, they’d jump forward to looking at this period of time too. This is a much shorter length of time, however, so I expect that this comic series will be much shorter than the current 75 issue run. And if that’s the case, I really hope their plans are next to explore some of the time in-between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, in keeping up this pattern. But that’s a discussion for another time. Right now, I’m just really excited to see what stories Soule can tell.
My excitement level for this project has increased just by nature of knowing that it is Charles Soule who will be telling this story. His previous work on the comics include the Lando comic miniseries, the Obi-Wan and Anakin miniseries, the Poe Dameron series, and the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith series, plus the forthcoming and highly-anticipated The Rise of Kylo Ren series. He also is contributing to Empire Ascendant, the comic one-shot that will wrap up this current Star Wars line. I couldn’t be more excited about the choice to have Soule take on this project, and I have complete confidence that he’ll put together a great story worth telling.