Darth Vader's Gillen, Larocca Take Over Marvel's Star Wars Comic

Marvel's Star Wars ongoing series will gain a new creative team this fall with the arrival of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larocca, who previously collaborated on Darth Vader.

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“My aim's simple – to do what Salva and I did with Darth Vader, but for Leia, Luke and Han," Gillen said in a statement. "As in, chart the rise and fall of the rebellion between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back, how it changes them all and how it changes the universe. So a simple aim, but as nightmarishly tricky to pull off as dropping a proton torpedo down a thermal exhaust port. But hopefully as thrilling if we pull it off. I can't wait till you see it up. First up: the post-apocalyptic hell that remains of Jedha after the Death Star punched a hole through its mantle.”

“Kieron is one of the best writers in comics today, with comics that span so many different styles and genres,” added editor Jordan D. White. “He’s shown through the crossovers with his Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra series that he has just as great a grasp on the heroes of the Star Wars galaxy as he does on its villains (and gray-area archaeologists). And any fan of his knows he’s no stranger to the operatic saga! I could not be happier to have him taking the reins.”

Gillen and Larocca begin their run after the events of "The Screaming Citadel" crossover between Star Wars and Doctor Aphra, which Gillen also writes. The story will see Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia stranded on a remote island while being pursued by the Empire.

Star Wars #38 goes on sale this fall.

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