Dark Horse published Star Wars comics for over 20 years, but now that George Lucas‘ franchise is in the hands of Disney, the license has shifted over to Marvel — which Disney owns. They’ll be launching several new Star Wars comics series next year, and just like the new movies, the Rebels animated series, and, well, pretty much everything Star Wars related from this point out, it will all take place in the same official, overarching canon. Beginning with Star Wars #1 in January 2015, we’ll get new comics stories focusing on the original trilogy’s core trio of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia…plus a series focusing on everybody’s favorite asthmatic cyborg, Darth Vader himself. And it turns out he’ll be launching the comic that bears his name in style — by confronting another of Star Wars‘ most iconic baddies: Jabba the Hutt.
Marvel has posted art from the debut issue of Darth Vader, set to release in February, and while it doesn’t provide much context, it does reveal that Vader will be visiting Jabba the Hutt’s crib on Tatooine. The series is set in the aftermath of A New Hope, so while we don’t know exactly what he’s after, we can safely assume it has something to do with crushing that pesky Rebel Alliance that just nuked the Death Star. You can check out the art, and a brief and mostly clue-free synopsis from Marvel below. The Darth Vader series is being written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Salvador Larroca.
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of Star Wars: A New Hope (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!
This Week’s Sci-Fi Comics
Aliens: Fire and Stone #3 (Dark Horse)
With their numbers dwindling and hopes for rescue fading, the desperate survivors on the strange planet known as LV-223 fight among themselves. A lone scientist may hold the key to their freedom, though — if everyone can live long enough to hear him out! Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!
Angry Birds/Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing)
You got TRANSFORMERS in my Angry Birds! No, you got Angry Birds in my TRANSFORMERS! ERGH, OOF, MPPHH!!! Hey! Waitaminit! This is actually pretty great! That’s right, comic lovers, two of your favorite IDW comics have morphed into one amazing new comic! When the TRANSFORMERS lose their powerful ALLSPARK, it ends up on Piggie Island and the world of Angry Birds turns robotic! Prepare to meet…the AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS!
The Bionic Woman: Season Four #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
While her friends and colleagues continue their desperate search, Jaime Sommers discovers the strange secrets lurking behind the pleasant facade of North Eden! There are lives in the balance, and you know the Bionic Woman won’t stand for that…but how can she save the town’s innocent citizens when she isn’t entirely sure how to save herself? This issue dials up the action AND the mystery! Get ready for a reveal that not even Jaime herself will see coming!
Captain Midnight #17 (Dark Horse)
Captain Midnight may be a genius, an inventor, and a fighter…but is the time traveler ready to be a superhero in the modern era? And is he ready for his first date since 1944?! Meanwhile, a mysterious power has taken over Sharkbyte Technology and the assassin Helios has forged a rocky allegiance with Midnight’s closest allies.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1 (Boom! Studios)
Michael Moreci (CURSE, HOAX HUNTERS) and Dan McDaid (MIND THE GAP) bring the hard?bitten world of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to life — dealing with both classic and modern POTA questions of what the true meaning of ‘society’ is, and if being ‘civilized’ is even possible in a world wracked with strife. Great for fans of end-of-the-world stories like 12 MONKEYS, THE ROAD, and CHILDREN OF MEN.
Bridging the 10-year gap between the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES films, fans will bear witness to the fall of humanity and the rise of Caesar’s civilization. While the apes of the world have yet to advance as a species, Caesar must find a way to unify them to one cause. On the other side of the country, Malcom must venture into the decaying Americas with his family to find a cure for the plague slowly killing his wife, Rita. World powers will shift as civilizations collapse and rise.
Flash Gordon Annual 2014 (Dynamite Entertainment)
48 STORY PAGES! FIVE STORIES, all tying in to the hit FLASH GORDON ongoing series! KID FLASH — Teenage Flash’s daring & dumb misadventures! DALE ARDEN — Hero of the science desk! PROFESSOR ZARKOV — Drunken rocket scientist of the future! SHARK PRINCESS — Royal tribulations on one of Ming’s many conquered underwater worlds! BABY FLASH — What kind of trouble did Flash get into before he was even out of diapers!? A cavalcade of fantastic fun featuring JEFF PARKER (Batman ’66), BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER (Thunderbolts, Thrilling Adventure Hour) & CHRIS ELIOPOULOS (Hawkeye)!
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18 (IDW Publishing)
The ultimate invasion has begun! Battra and Kumonga begin a ferocious battle that could destroy Monster Islands completely. Meanwhile, Godzilla has his hands full with a new monster he has yet to battle!
Halo: Escalation # 12 (Dark Horse)
‘Exposure’ part 2 — Disaster looms as Spartans Ray and Thorne race against time to track down a mysterious new weapon of mass destruction. Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre, Bloodshot) and Douglas Franchin bring you the stunning conclusion of another action-packed chapter of the Halo saga!
Judge Dredd #25 (IDW Publishing)
‘Mega-City Manhunt, part 1’ — Dredd has defeated the Dark Judges and broken out of Sector One… only to find himself a fugitive in Judge Cal’s insane surveillance state, with only Anderson in his head helping him survive Cal’s rabid manhunt…
‘DEPARTURE POINT’ The Manhattan Projects rocket into the COLD WAR with the shocking conclusion of this roller coaster arc. Who lives? Who dies?
The Massive #29 (Dark Horse)
The world as we know it will die. This is a fact. Will anyone, or anything, manage to survive?
Mind MGMT #28 (Dark Horse)
Meru has a new mission: targeting every agent loyal to the Eraser’s new Management. Sides are being chosen, and the final line is being drawn!
ODY-C #1 (Image Comics)
An epic 26 centuries in the making: In the aftermath of a galactic war a hundred years long, Odyssia the Clever Champion and her compatriots begin their longest, strangest trip yet: the one home. A gender-bent eye-popping psychedelic science fiction odyssey begins HERE, by MATT FRACTION (CASANOVA, SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM) and CHRISTIAN WARD (INFINITE VACATION, OLYMPUS).
Prophet Strikefile #2 (Image Comic)
Part two of a who’s who look at the Prophet universe, including a comic history of a bizarre mind-enhancing alien egg and bio sheets pulled from the deepest corners of known space, revealing the secrets of gods, aliens, and the distant worlds that contain them.
Roche Limit #3 (Image Comics)
Moscow pays a visit to the ghouls while Alex and Sonya get their hands on Guthrie. A strange sickness emerges.
Steampunk Battlestar Galactica #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
It’s the final battle as the Aethership Galactica and its allies take the fight to Baltar! Can this rag-tag collection of survivors defeat the mighty Cylonic Empire? And what happens when one of Galactica’s allies betrays everyone? Who lives, and who dies? Come with us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee brings this miniseries to a shattering conclusion!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #40 (IDW Publishing)
Mutants new and old make for a combustible mix! The Turtles are stuck in the middle of an unfolding brawl that could affect mutantkind forever! Will Hob’s army be destroyed before it even begins? Alopex, Nobody, Pigeon Pete…who will be the victor?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #2 (IDW Publishing)
The Turtles are stuck in the Ghostbusters dimension… along with a brand-new, all-powerful, all-crazy ghost from centuries past! The two teams will have to act fast to save the day, but what happens when Casey Jones becomes possessed?
Transformers: Drift – Empire of Stone #1 (IDW Publishing)
DRIFT RETURNS! Last year, TRANSFORMERS readers were shocked when DRIFT left the AUTOBOTS in disgrace… and now he’s alone, on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy — until RATCHET shows up to try to bring him home!
The creative team behind the classic — and best-selling — All Hail Megatron return to the character they introduced! Ties directly in to the ongoing MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE series!
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 (IDW Publishing)
Days of Deception begins with… PEACE AND HAPPINESS! To be honest, there’s not much we can say about this issue without giving away the life-changing events of last issue. What we can say is this: everything’s fine. There’s no conflict, no sadness, no angst. Why is this a problem?
HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? The fires of change drag CYBERTRON’s darkest secrets to light. Heroes become villains, enemies become allies, life becomes death… and history’s revelations may tear the AUTOBOTS apart.
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #4 (IDW Publishing)
THE WAR AT HOME! But whose home — and whose war?! Interstellar war has never been so cosmic! The G.I. JOE team faces the TRANSFORMERS — on Earth and Cybertron. Plus — just in time for Halloween… meet the OCTOBER GUARD!
The biggest crossover the cosmos has ever faced JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER!!!
Trees #7 (Image Comics)
Chenglei’s life is changing so quickly, under the shadow of the tree over Shu, that he doesn’t know if he can keep up with it. He’s worried that he’s running headlong into something awful. He has no idea what’s really waiting for him in the dark at the end of the line.
The X-Files: Year Zero #5 (IDW Publishing)
Mulder and Scully have finally come face-to-face with ‘Mr. Zero’ and slowly unraveled a mystery stretching nearly 70 years in the past. But more major twists are revealed as this historic case comes to a close! For now…