When George Lucas' Star Wars was released in 1977, the film had a resounding impact on popular culture that is still felt to this day. That same year, Marvel comics released the first Star Wars comic, a smash hit in its own right that is widely considered to have saved Marvel from financial ruin. Adapting the events in A New Hope before moving on to original stories, the comic series ran for nine years and 110 issues.
Though much of the Star Wars expanded universe was removed from official canon in 2014 (including all of the Star Wars comics produced by Dark Horse), Marvel Comics recently began reintroducing comics to the existing canon. This year, the company launched an ongoing Star Wars comic, along with an ongoing Darth Vader comic and a Princess Leia miniseries, which have all been top-selling books month after month. With incomparable levels of success, Marvel has once again proven no property can move units like Star Wars.
Star Wars has a huge presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, and though there won't be any new footage from the Force Awakens, Marvel Comics brought good news for fans of the current Star Wars books. Chewbacca, Han Solo's fearsome Wookie copilot, will be getting his own limited comic series. Written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool) with art by the incredible Phil Noto (Black Widow), the miniseries is set to launch later in 2015.
MTV News revealed the details of the upcoming series. Like all of the books in Marvel's new Star Wars line, the story will be taking place after the events of A New Hope. For reason's unknown, Chewbacca finds himself crashing on an alien planet, separated from Han and his rebel allies. The book promises to introduce new characters that Chewbacca teams up with, with hints that other established characters will appear at some point in the story.
Check out the official cover for the Chewbacca comic book, below:
Chewbacca presents certain challenges as a protagonist, such as the fact that he doesn't speak Galactic Basic (Star Wars' English equivalent). MTV spoke with Gerry Duggan about the team's approach to the series in that regard.
"It's one of the first things we talked about. That we were going to let Chewie be Chewie and not try and change anything that's on the internal [dialogue], the caption boxes or anything like that... A little bit of good news here is that Phil Noto is my collaborator on this book, and he's going to be able to tell the story whether or not there are any balloons or boxes at all. Chewie is on a very important mission when we first meet him, and you'll be able to tell that right away without hearing him speak."
The details of that mission are currently a secret, but it's safe to assume that whatever he's doing, the Empire won't be pleased. Duggan went on to talk about defining the character of Chewbacca outside of his relationship to the rest of the rebels.
"I think our Chewbacca is... He's got the warrior soul. He's maybe a former Ronin that has a new master in Han. But he's doing this for the greater good. He's set aside his own ambitions to join the fight. And the best thing about Chewbacca is that he is a character that gets you out of trouble in Star Wars and not into trouble in Star Wars."
Though he's a major figure in the films, there's been relatively little exploration of his character compared to the likes of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker. His life was detailed in the expanded universe, but at this point it's not clear how much of the character's history remains intact. The book represents an interesting chance to examine the popular character with a fresh set of eyes. And considering the success of Marvel's other Star Wars comics, both critically and commercially, there's a very good chance Duggan and Noto will deliver a story worthy of both the character and the galaxy far, far away.
Chewbacca will hit comic shop shelves in October 2015. The character will appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premieres in theaters on December 18th, 2015.
Source: MTV News