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Comic(s) Relief: Wait, Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Has Already Sold How Many Copies?

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SW1With new movies in the works and the internet still ga-ga over the Force Awakens trailer, Star Wars is bigger than ever. We’ve still got a long year to wait before we see the franchise return to the big screen, but thankfully there’s still plenty of material to keep us entertained until then. We’ve got the Star Wars Rebels animated series, and we’ve got new Star Wars novels like A New Dawn and Tarkin. Next month a new era of Star Wars kicks off at Marvel Comics, with several series scheduled to premiere in 2015. And it’s gonna be a big one: Marvel has confirmed that Star Wars #1 has already sold one million copies.

That’s a big number, but how significant is it? Well, it makes Star Wars #1 the best-selling single issue of the past 20 years. As a further bit of context, that timeframe very nearly encompasses the entire time Dark Horse was publishing Star Wars comics (they held the license from 1991 – 2014). Now the license has returned to Marvel and it’s riding the crest of renewed Star Wars fervor leading up to the release of The Force Awakens. It’s probably inevitable that the subsequent sales of the series will drop off a bit, but you never know. With the comics now officially unfolding as part of the same canon as the films — a first — fans may be inspired to stick with the Star Wars comics for the long haul.

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Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Drops A Ton Of Variant Covers

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Star Wars ComicsThe Star Wars universe is expanding in new and unprecedented ways, and while that definitely revolves around the movies, both Episode and standalone, that’s not all they have going on. Star Wars Rebels is still out there and going strong, there’s a new novel out that’s considered part of the official canon, and on January 15, Marvel will release Star Wars #1. You can be fairly certain that’s going to be one of the better selling titles of all time. (Some have estimated it will move north of 1 million copies.) We still have more than a month to wait, but in advance of the release, the publisher has unveiled a ton of variant covers.

While Star Wars, written by The Goon’s Jason Aaron which is awesome, launches in January, it’s not the only one, and Marvel and Lucasfilm have three separate titles in the works that will appear over the first few months of 2015. In February they’ll release Darth Vader #1, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca. Then in March, a five-issue Princess Leia series, with art from John Cassaday and written by Mark Waid, kicks off, and you can probably guess who that follows.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Posters Sure Love That New Lightsaber

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If there’s one thing that I know to be true, it’s that any new science fiction project is going to inspire a huge wave of creativity from its fans. Especially if the project in question belongs to one of the twin SF juggernauts of Star Trek and Star Wars. And given that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the most viewed trailer of all time, it’s no surprise that the fans have been picking apart every little detail and using them as inspiration to make new bits of awesomeness. And the so-called “Poster Posse” is leading the charge, serving up crossblade lightsabers and beardy badass Luke Skywalker.

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Watch Saturday Night Live Mock The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

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With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer appearing the day after Thanksgiving and wasting no time in becoming the most viewed movie preview of all time, you had to know this was coming, and the Saturday Night Live parody is here. The digital short showed up on last night’s episode, hosted by James Franco, with musical guest Nicki Minaj, and now you can watch it for yourself below without having to sift through the rest of the show.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens As Directed By Wes Anderson

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J.J. Abrams is a filmmaker with a distinct visual style. That bit near the end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer where the Millennium Falcon soars around, battling TIE Fighters, with the camera chasing it the whole way, has his fingerprints all over it. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) is another director with a definite, though drastically different, signature aesthetic. While he’s responsible for twee comedic dramas, he’s never worked even remotely in science fiction, someone wondered what it would be like if he was responsible for the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, and the result is this video.

Jonah Feingold posted this video on YouTube, and it’s really a dead on filtering of The Force Awakens trailer through Anderson’s unique lens and sensibilities. Everything from the framing, the quick zooms, and character names like Space Girl and A Hooded Ruffian, are touches that could come directly from many of Anderson’s films, especially his last few. Then there’s the choice of a bubbly French pop song in lieu of John Williams’ score, and that letter from a father, who just so happens to be a stormtrooper, to his daughter. If you didn’t already know better…

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Why Luke Skywalker And Princess Leia Shouldn’t Be The Same Age Anymore

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return of the jediLast month, Christopher Nolan tackled the subject of relativity with Interstellar, giving audiences without scientific minds a flabbergastingly odd look at the different ways in which time works in deep space. And watching that, you may have thought to yourself, “Say, what about all the other movies that deal with deep space that never mention physics at all?” Well, a team of scientists have put the world of Star Wars to task and have concluded the traveling done therein would mean that twin siblings Leia and Luke Skywalker should actually be completely different ages in the films.