One of the biggest announcements to come out of Comic-Con International 2014 had to be the reveal of Marvel‘s first line of Star Wars comics. After over two decades at Dark Horse Comics, the license to publish comics set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away warped back to Marvel, the company that made the first ever Star Wars comics way back in 1977. The debut trio of titles are “Star Wars” by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, “Star Wars: Princess Leia” by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson, and “Star Wars: Darth Vader” by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca.
Looking at those titles, we were both close to and far off from the mark when we published our initial wish list for Marvel’s Star Wars line. Two of the books are basically realities: the “Princess Leia” series and “Darth Vader” is close enough to a book focusing on the Empire. We also guessed a couple of the creators: Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron. But now that we know that the line’s initially focusing on the period immediately following “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” we’ve been able to refine our desired list of comics even more.
“Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Ryan Stegman
We made this pitch back in January and we’re still holding strong to it. A series focusing on Rogue Squadron makes perfect sense in a post “A New Hope” line of comics, and there’s no writer better served to pen pilot adventures than “Captain Marvel’s” Kelly Sue DeConnick. Stegman’s profile has only continued to rise thanks to his work on “Wolverine” and “Inhuman.” We want to see this guy bring his kinetically charged art to some X-Wing dogfights as soon as possible!
“Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca” by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber
We really just want to see the entire “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” creative team lifted up and promoted to a high profile book starring one of the most popular scoundrels in all of fiction and his lovable co-pilot. These two have mastered the jerks-in-over-their-head genre on “Superior Foes,” creating some of the most memorably insane situations ever concocted for a Marvel Comic. We want to see the kind of trouble Han and Chewie get into with Nick Spencer piloting the Millennium Falcon. There’s also no artist in the business better at body language and physical comedy than Lieber; he’d bring a totally new level of physicality to Chewbacca.
“Star Wars: Droids” by Maris Wicks and Joe Quinones
With books like “Secret Avengers,” “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” and “Hawkeye,” Marvel’s shown that they’re not afraid to inject a little bit of humor into their heroics. The same should hold true for their Star Wars line, so we want the dynamic duo of Maris Wicks and Joe Quinones to be allowed free rein over a “Droids” limited series. The wacky misadventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO would come alive under Quinones, an artist that could pack a lot of humor and expression onto even robotic faces. If you’re not familiar with Wicks’ work, then you have to check out the hilarious Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn short she wrote for “Batman: Black and White” #1, as well as the pages she drew in “All-New X-Men” #25. These are two artists with drastically different styles that both know how to make readers laugh. Give them Artoo and Threepio and let them entertain us.
“Star Wars: Alderaan” by Kurt Busiek and Ming Doyle
Now that all of Star Wars’ Expanded Universe has pretty much been wiped away, we’re left with next to no real connection to Alderaan. Wouldn’t it be great to know what the planet was like before it exploded? There are serious shades of the last moments of Krypton in this pitch, so there’s probably no better writer suited for this than Kurt Busiek, one of the great Superman writers of the past few decades. Just imagine him injecting some “Superman: Secret Identity” level emotion into the Alderaanians; it would make their demise seem even more painful, wouldn’t it? For an artist, Ming Doyle has a pulpy, sci-fi, high fashion style that would fit perfectly with the planet’s lushly dramatic tone. We want to see Doyle cut loose on this planet, and make it look as majestic — and fierce — as possible before getting obliterated.