Marvel Comics is giving readers a peek at the covers and brief descriptions for the September Star Wars comics. The latter include the final installment of the Lando five-issue miniseries, and issues from the second arcs of Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Kanan.
September will also see the release of issue #1 of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire, a series set following the events of Return of the Jedi.
The descriptions and images below are via Newsarama.
Lando #5 –
• It began as the heist of a lifetime…now it’s a fight to survive!
• When Lando and Lobot took this gig, it seemed like an easy payday…
• But with this conclusion, they will never be the same.
Star Wars #10 –
• Luke Skywalker…imprisoned!
• His friends race across the galaxy to save him before he enters…
• THE ARENA OF DEATH!
Darth Vader #11 –
• Aphra’s private investigation on behalf of Vader…
• Vader’s investigation on behalf of the Empire…
• It all come crashing together…with deadly results.
Kanan #6 –
• A tale from the time of Rebels!
• No longer a Padawan, the adult Kanan finds himself back on the planet Kaller…
• Will his past as Caleb Dume return to haunt him?
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 –
• For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.
Scroll through the covers, below.
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Image by Marvel. Variant for Shattered Empire #1.
There is a ton of interesting things going on in these comic descriptions and covers. I think the ones I’m looking forward to the most are Kanan, Lando, and of course, Shattered Empire. Kanan is my favorite of the current Star Wars comic series; the art by Pepe Larraz and the story by Greg Weisman have culminated in a superb three issues so far. What’s interesting is that the series is going from a flashback to Kanan’s life as the last Padawan, which this first arc of the series is focusing on, to the present when Kanan is part of the Star Wars Rebels team. I think this is a good way to keep things fresh, as well as tie everything together. Issue #6 sounds like it will pick up essentially where the first page of issue #1 left off, with the rebels on their way to the planet Kaller. Seeing how adult Kanan handles returning to the planet where his master died is going to be an intriguing, and possibly emotional experience, something this series has been good at evoking in readers so far.
Lando, I’ll admit I was skeptical about at first. But it sounds like it’s going to be a fun adventure, and that last part of issue #5’s description about how he and Lobot will “never be the same,” intrigues me. Does this have anything to do with losing the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo, or perhaps with getting control of Cloud City on Bespin? Or perhaps it’s something entirely different; perhaps Lando finally finds his moral compass and becomes the protective man of the people we see in The Empire Strikes Back (protective of the people, that is, not old buddies wanted by the Empire).
Shattered Empire is sure to be amazing. It’s true that we don’t even have a full synopsis for it yet, or know which characters will be featured in it; we just know that it is set in the era after the events of Return of the Jedi. But that information alone is enough to spark intense curiosity.
The September issues for Star Wars and Darth Vader look like they will be bringing conflict and adventure reminiscent of the original trilogy films. Who has Luke been captured by? Are Leia and Han coming to rescue him with Sana Solo in tow? And what are Aphra and Vader investigating? My bet on the former is that Aphra is digging up more information on Luke, but the clash between her and Vader’s separate missions makes me wonder if she will survive issue #11.
September seems a long time away, but at least we’ll get more issues from these series in the interim that are sure to fill in at least some of the gaps on these who’s, where’s, and why’s.