Just ahead of Comic-Con International, Dark Horse has announced it will launch a new Star Wars series in January by Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda, with covers by Alex Ross. The comic, called simply Star Wars, will be set during the period of the original film trilogy and feature the classic characters.
"This is the Star Wars series for everyone who has loved the films, but has never delved into any of the comics or novels," Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley told io9.com. "There is no vast continuity that a reader needs to know beyond the events in A New Hope. This is the beginning of the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie."
On his blog Wood added, "I bet this strikes people as an odd move. Maybe not? But LucasFilm asked for me personally, and I felt it too irresistible a job to pass up. I’m three scripts into it and having fun. The book launches in Dec or January. Oh yeah, Leia’s an X-Wing pilot."
More information is expected Wednesday as Comic-Con gears up for Preview Night. Visit io9 for a peek at D'Anda's interior art.