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Star Wars: Marvel Unveils Covers, Details for Milestone #50

Star Wars #50 by Mike Mayhew

Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca will launch a new era for Marvel's Star Wars comics in July with Issue 50, the beginning the ominously titled story arc "Hope Dies."

"When I was asked to take over the book, having a big story for the magical Issue 50 was very much in my goals," Gillen said in a statement. "As such, I've spent the first twelve issues building up to this, which is basically the biggest story I've told in Star Wars. It's an event-level tragedy on an epic scale, and it’s designed as the key bridging piece between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I also haven't written Darth Vader in ages, so now's the time to start having my lightsaber fun again!"

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The landmark 50th issue of the series sees the Rebels complete the assembly of their fleet in complete secrecy -- or so they think.

To celebrate this publishing milestone, Marvel has released covers for the upcoming issue with David Marquez delivering a foreboding image of Darth Vader, and Mike Mayhew depicting a stylized Princess Leia with schematics of various vehicle designs overlaid on the image.

Star Wars #50, by Mike Mayhew
Star Wars #50, by Mike Mayhew

This volume of Marvel's Star Wars comic launched in January 2015 to record sales and critical acclaim, with writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday telling new stories following Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and other beloved characters set in the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Gillen and Larroca began their tenure last fall, following a run on Darth Vader, set in the same period.

Star Wars #50, written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca, goes on sale July 4.

Star Wars #50, by David Marquez
Star Wars #50, by David Marquez

STAR WARS #50

KIERON GILLEN (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Cover by MIKE MAYHEW
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO
Variant Cover by David Marquez
Variant Cover by TERRy DODSON
VIRGIN VARIANT Cover by TERRy DODSON
Galactic Icon Variant Cover by ROD REIS
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
IN THIS ISSUE…HOPE DIES.
The REBEL FLEET is completed. It’s magnificent. It’s beautiful. It’s secret.
But no secret is kept for long from DARTH VADER.
The most epic story yet done in a STAR WARS comic begins here. Prepare to witness the Empire TRULY strike back.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
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