Since the release of the first issues of Star Wars and Darth Vader earlier this year, Star Wars has dominated not only Marvel’s sales, but the entire charts in general. This has never been the case with Dark Horse, who held the license for years and years. Since Disney took the property and gave it back to Marvel, the superstar relaunch has attracted massive interest. This is partially because of the new movie coming out, partially because of the new “Extended Universe” continuity, and partially because of the superstar-creator/high-quality balance. They certainly have milked this success, to ends that no one would have guessed. Of course Darth Vadar and the flagship Star Wars title were built for high sales numbers, but to see Star Wars: Princess Leia and even Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan hit the top ten is probably a pleasant surprise for Marvel. They certainly have not been slowing in recent months, and the recent release of the first issue of Lando is likely to be a top seller even though he is a relatively marginal character. There will always be a market for Star Wars comics that goes beyond the comic world and into the obsessive world of Star Wars collectors, and with the new continuity that destroys all of the old books and comics, they will be desperate to reach out to the comics where they wouldn’t in any other circumstance.
Marvel is going to be blasting forward with their appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2015 a series of new Star Wars events.
1. Chewbacca #1 will be released in October. This miniseries will go deep into Chewbacca’s role in the extended universe, far beyond the main films. What Marvel released:
The Wookie warrior, Chewbacca, will star in his own five-issue comic book miniseries was announced at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
The series will be written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool) and drawn by Phil Noto (Black Widow). Chewbacca will be separated from his allies in the Rebel Alliance, as a result of having crash-landed while on a mission, Chewie will find himself stranded and alone on an unfamiliar planet. His loyalties will be divided when he has to chose between getting back to the Alliance, and helping a young girl in need.
2. Vader Down Cross-Over Against
This is a coming Star Wars cross-over event, called Vader Down, will have an integrated storyline with Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars. This six-part event will be from Jason Aaron (Star Wars) and Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) along with Mike Deodato (Original Sin) and Salvador Larroca (Darth Vader). Here, Vader’s Tie Fighter has been shot down and the Rebels are throwing everything at him, where Vader goes deeper into the dark recesses of The Force.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Jason Aaron said:
They’ve got Vader in quite a predicament. He’s grossly outnumbered and his ship has crashed on this alien landscape. Whether everybody believes they can do it or not, they know this is their best shot to capture him or kill him or whatever. When you get that shot, you’ve got to take it and send everyone you’ve got down after him.
The very beginning of this crossover event will be with the Vader Down one-shot, and then will continue in the coordinated story in both Star Wars and Darth Vader.