EXCLUSIVE: Alex Ross' Pencils Feature In "Star Wars" Variants

After selling out of the debut issue's first printing and receiving positive reviews across the internet, Dark Horse Comics plans to maintain the momentum already built up by its new "Star Wars" ongoing title by Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda. With the first issue now officially sold out and a second printing available for order from Diamond featuring the same cover without trade dress, one way the publisher plans to keep the buzz going on its newest hit series is by producing a special series of variant cover editions, featuring the penciled sketches cover artist Alex Ross used as the basis of his fully-painted versions. Each variant will be solicited for release once a month, covering issues #4-7.

CBR News has an exclusive first look at the sketch variants below, along with an early look at the official announcement.

Official Press Release

The year is off to a HUGE start, as this week saw the release of what is not only one of 2013's most anticipated Star Wars comics, but also one of the most-talked-about comics launches of the year overall!

To add to the excitement, Dark Horse announces today that it will produce special variant covers for Star Wars #1-#4, which will be consecutively tied to issues #4-#7. These special variant comics will feature artist Alex Ross's original cover sketches!

This all-new Star Wars series is set in the time period of the original trilogy, specifically directly following the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, and features the franchise's best-loved characters, as told by Brian Wood (X-Men, DMZ, Conan the Barbarian, The Massive) with art from Carlos D'Anda (Batman: Arkham City). This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! Dark Horse is taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star-when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

Retailers, look for specifics on how to order these soon to be highly sought-after issues in Diamond's Previews catalog! Fans, make sure to tell your local retailers that you're on board for this blockbuster series, and these exciting variant covers!

Look for Star Wars #1 on sale at finer comics shops everywhere now!

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