With Comic-Con International ramping up to full speed later this week, there’s going to be no shortage of awesome news breaking in the worlds of movies, TV, gaming, comics, etc. But now one bit of cool news has beat the show to the punch: Dark Horse Comics will be launching a new ongoing comic that goes back to basics by following Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie in the immediate aftermath of the original Star Wars film.
Dark Horse announced the project via an interview with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley, as well as dangling a few other noteworthy names who will be working on the project. Brian Wood, best known for his work on comics such as DMZ and Northlanders, will be handling the writing duties. Artist Carlos D’Anda (who did design work on the excellent Batman: Arkham City videogame) will be handling at least some of the interior artwork, and the first issue will have a cover by the legendary Alex Ross.
After three-and-a-half decades of accumulated Expanded Universe mythology, Stradley says that the project was a chance to tell a story that didn’t require knowledge of any of that to appreciate. The series is being approached as if it’s launching in the immediate of 1977’s Star Wars, so you’ll be able to dive in even if you’ve never heard of Admiral Thrawn, Jacen Solo, or midi-chlorians (and if you haven’t heard of the latter, I envy you greatly).
Stradley also points out that the series will allow Wood to explore aspects of the core Star Wars characters that have never really been delved into:
Remember, Luke is, quite literally, a farm boy thrust into the front lines of a galactic war. He may be the guy who blew up the Death Star, but that doesn’t immediately prepare him for his new situation. And Leia, well, she’s been so busy running the Rebellion, has she even had a moment to grieve for the loss of her family or her homeworld? And what does holding in all that emotion do to a person? Brian is using those emotions to propel his story, which makes reading this series a more satisfying experience than simply dogfights in space.
Don’t worry, though; I’m sure there will still be plenty of dogfights in space.
Dark Horse will launch the new Star Wars comic beginning in January 2013, Mayan Apocalypse pending. You can read the full interview with Stradley and see more art from the comic over at io9.