After 37 issues, Marvel’s Star Wars comic writer Jason Aaron is leaving the series. He has been writing Star Wars since its inception in 2015. Aaron also writes Marvel’s Mighty Thor and Unworthy Thor series and previously worked on Marvel’s Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men, PunisherMax: Kingpin, and Doctor Strange.
The Star Wars comics take place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. They feature the beloved characters from the original films including Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. All of the Star Wars comics produced by Marvel are canon and keep the continuity of the original saga and current films.
Marvel made a video to sendoff for Aaron to thank him for all of his hard work on the Star Wars comics. They also praised the artists who helped bring the series to life including David Aja, Simone Bianchi, Mark Brooks, John Cassaday, Marco Checchetto, Mike Deodato Jr., Terry Dodson, Stuart Immonen, Salvador Larroca, Mike Mayhew, Jorge Molina, and Leinil Francis Yu. Aaron’s final Star Wars issue will be #37, telling a story about, “The elite stormtrooper commandos of SCAR Squadron, on their deadliest mission yet!”
After issue 37, the reins of the Star Wars comics are being passed to Kieron Gillen and artist Larocca. Gillen already has experience with Star Wars as the writer of both Star Wars: Doctor Apra and the Star Wars: Darth Vader. He also previously wrote Uncanny X-Men and Young Avengers as well as creating The Wicked + The Divine for Image Comics alongside artist Jamie McKelvie.
Marvel’s Star Wars comics aren’t just limited to Aaron and Gillen either. The universe has been expanding more and more lately and includes not just the classic Star Wars title, but spin-off series about Poe Dameron from The Force Awakens written by Charles Soule and Kanan from Star Wars Rebels written by Greg Weisman. There are also miniseries, filling in the gaps between the more recent Star Wars films including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Shattered Empire, and 5 issue comics about Han Solo and Princess Leia.
As part of the marketing campaign to prepare fans for The Last Jedi, Marvel is also publishing a new comic about Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie in the films. Written by Kelly Thompson with art by Checchetto, it tells the story of how the character survived the destruction of Starkiller Base. IDW Publishing also has their own comic called Star Wars Adventures aimed at younger fans. Between the comics, books, animated shows, and films there really is something for everyone and every type of Star Wars fan, old or new.
Aaron’s final issue, Star Wars #37 hits comic book stores on October 10th.
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