After Disney purchased Lucasfilm — owners of the massively successful Star Wars franchise — it seemed like only a matter of time before the similarly Disney-owned Marvel Comics would pick up the license. Now, after a year of waiting, we know that 2015 will not only bring us a new “Star Wars” movie, but also the first Star Wars comics published by a company other than Dark Horse Comics in over two decades.
Even with the launch date still over a year away and the shape of the new, Disney-owned Star Wars continuity still being decided, we can still speculate about what Marvel’s Star Wars comics will look like. With potentially the entire span of Star Wars history up for grabs, and considering all of Marvel’s loaded talent roster, we dreamed up five series we’d want to see come out of the house of ideas as it relocates to a galaxy far, far away.
“X-Wing: Rogue Squadron” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Ryan Stegman
Kelly Sue DeConnick has not kept her passion for aviation a secret during her run on “Captain Marvel,” an ongoing series starring Marvel’s premier member of the United States Air Force. Add that to her knack for characterization and group dynamics, and she’d be the perfect writer for the ongoing adventures of Wedge Antilles and the Rogue Squadron. Ryan Stegman is an artist that injects crazy levels of kinetic energy into every page, as shown in his run on “Superior Spider-Man.” It’s time for him to apply that dynamic talent to some outer space dogfights.
“Empire” by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver
Just imagine this duo’s far-reaching and high concept comic “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but set in the Star Wars Universe. This series could allow Hickman — the mastermind behind Marvel’s big 2013 event, “Infinity” — to explore not only the rise and fall of Darth Vader and the Empire, but could also allow him to reach far back into the past. Just imagine the birth of the Jedi and Sith under Hickman’s guidance, with Dustin Weaver’s intricately detailed artwork bringing those ideas to life. From the ancient origins of the Force to the cold tyranny of the Empire, Weaver can handle all of it.
“Lando Calrissian” by Matt Fraction and Sara Pichelli
With his playboy lifestyle, natural leadership abilities, and scoundrel nature, Lando Calrissian feels a lot like Star Wars’ answer to Tony Stark. Fraction’s the go-to guy for turning rogues into compelling leading men, and we’d love to see him write Lando in the midst of the personal and political maneuvering he went through to gain control of Cloud City. And since this book would need an artist capable of handling facial expressions and derring-do with equal expertise, Sara Pichelli would have to pencil it. Just imagine Lando’s million-credit smile drawn by the artist that made Miles Morales one of the most relatable characters in comics.
“The Princess Leia Adventures” by Kieron Gillen and Phil Noto
If you think Leia Organa was fed up with everyone’s crap in the original Star Wars movie trilogy, just imagine what she was like as a teenager. No one at Marvel Comics writes young adult angst quite as believably as Kieron “Young Avengers” Gillen, and he would have a field day with teenage Leia. Sneaking out late after curfew, protesting everything, getting her license to fly fighter ships — this series would be “My So-Called Life” with a lot more laser guns. Phil Noto, the artist currently turning in the work of his career on “Black Widow,” would be the prime choice to bring the doomed Alderaan and its culture to life. His mastery of likeness would also be able to depict every one of young Leia’s acts of defiance perfectly.
“Bounty Hunters” by Jason Aaron and Tradd Moore
They’re mean, aggressive, tragic, intimidating, sometimes misunderstood, sometimes downright evil, and all-around weird. Yep, those sound exactly like the types of characters Jason Aaron loves to write, and the exact type of characters that he somehow makes relatable. Aaron made Marvel’s big bad Thanos sympathetic in 2013’s “Thanos Rising,” so he’ll have no trouble doing the same for dirtbags like Dengar and Bossk. The artist on such a book would have to be able to pull off equal parts comedy and relentless action, and Tradd Moore’s stylized approach — soon to be seen on Marvel’s new “Ghost Rider” series — would work wonders. Like Stegman, Moore is an artist who could power a city block with the amount of energy contained in just one of his panels. In his hands, even the emotionless, stick-shaped robot IG-88 could look dynamic.
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