Marvel relaunches its Star Wars comics with the help of Alex Ross
If you follow comics, then you probably know the work of Alex Ross. The artist’s painted covers are legendary in the industry, and now he is helping to launch the new Marvel line of Star Wars comics.EW has a first look at the cover, which is an update of the original Marvel Star Wars comic that was released as a tie-in when the original movie came out in 1977.
Even as the Star Wars movies sat dormant following the release of the prequels, the universe has continued on strong thanks to, among other things, a robust offering of comics published by Dark Horse. The stories covered everything from what happened after the original trilogy, to the founding of the Jedi order thousands of years before the movies took place and more.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the $4 billion price tag included the rights to the comics. With Disney also owning Marvel, it was only a matter of time before Disney brought the comics back in house.
The new Marvel published Star Wars line will focus on the original trilogy characters, with Jason Aaron writing and John Cassaday handling the illustrations. For the inaugural issue’s cover, Marvel turned to Ross, whose work on the seminal Kingdom Come for DC earned him an Eisner Award. The cover is a remake of the original, drawn by another comic legend, Howard Chaykin. The first issue will be released in January 2015.