The 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.
The action of these new series follows the destruction of the first Death Star and goes down between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, so we’ll probably see a ton of familiar faces. The franchise is kind of all over the place, timeline wise. Rebels is set between the prequels and the original trilogy, the new Episode films, like The Force Awakens, go down many years in the future, and from what we’ve heard, the standalone films are going to be set in different times as well. But don’t worry, there are people working hard to make sure this all jives with the direction of they want to go and the stories they’ve laid out.
Some of these pieces are fully formed and look like the finished product. I especially like the one designed to look like a Luke Skywalker action figure package. But there are others that look more like concepts and works in progress. Then there are the weird ones, like the couple of Han and Leia looking they’ve been giving each other sensual massages by candle light and calling each other, “Luvah,” in breathy voices. They’re kind of weird. Check them out and let us know which ones are your favorites.