At New York Comic Con, it was announced that Marvel will relaunch its ongoing Star Wars series in January 2020 under writer Charles Soule and artist Jesus Saiz.
Soule says his run will address some of the untold stories between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, such as: "How did Luke go from being a miserable dude with his hand cut off to being that black-uniform badass who waltzes into Jabba’s Palace with his hood up?[...] How does the Rebellion go from this rag tag scattered group that lost at Hoth to the hugely mobilized massive fleet that takes on Death Star II?[...] How is the mission to save Han planned?"
"The idea that I get to leap into answering some of those questions… It’s not just an incredible opportunity. It’s a responsibility," Soule added. "So much happens in Empire and then everyone seems to be in this totally different, reset place at the beginning of Jedi."
In August, it was revealed that Marvel's current ongoing Star Wars series would end in November with Issue #75. The remaining plot threads would then be wrapped up in December in Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1, an oversized one-shot by Soule, Greg Pak, Simon Spurrier and Ethan Sacks and featuring a lineup of artistic talent including Luke Ross and Roland Boschi.
"The Empire has struck back and they are very much ascendant at this point and the Rebellion is back on its heels," Soule continued. "They’ve lost allies. They’ve lost material. They’ve lost ships. They’ve lost people. And what are they going to do? I guess you’ll have to read the series."
Star Wars #1, by Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz, goes on sale in January from Marvel Comics.