After 33 years, Marvel Comics is releasing a brand-new issue of its original Star Wars comic series, which began in 1977 and ended in 1986 with issue #107.
Written by Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, The Punisher), Star Wars #108 will be released as a one-shot on May 29, with artwork from Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrew Broccardo and more. Walter Simonson, who worked on Marvel’s first Star Wars series in the 70s and 80s, will provide the main cover.
According to the issue synopsis,
A long time ago on a spinner rack far, far away…Star Wars comics were a LOT different than they are now! With wild and intricately plotted storylines, Marvel’s historic original run introduced an array of unique heroes and villains to play alongside George Lucas’ incredibly popular science-fantasy characters. In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, this Legends-era sequel to legendary comic book writer Archie Goodwin’s ‘Crimson Forever’ reunites Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 with Jaxxon, Amaiza Foxtrain, Domina Tagge and Valance the Hunter in a galaxy-threatening, nostalgic roller coaster! Strap yourselves in!
“It’s hard to explain now what the original series meant to me as a kid,” Rosenberg told ComicBook.com. “We didn’t have all these amazing video games, and novels, and prequels, and sequels and spinoffs. There were a few novels, the Ewok movies, and these comics. And these comics gave me the impossible: the chance to spend more time with my favorite characters, he added. “I couldn’t believe I could walk into a store and give them a few bucks and walk out with even more adventures of Leia, Luke, Chewie, Han Artoo and Threepio. It felt magical to me then, and honestly, those comics still feel that way to me today.”
While Rosenberg was excited to undertake the task of continuing Marvel’s first journey to the galaxy far, far away, he also understood the challenges that came with it. “Being faithful to the amazing storytelling in the original run, but still making a comic for a modern audience, was the biggest challenge on this project,” he shared. “So many true comic legends worked on those books – Archie Goodwin, Roy Thomas, Walt Simonson, Howard Chaykin, Al Williamson, David Michelinie, Klaus Janson, Jo Duffy and so many more… While it would be fun, if a little humbling, to try and just impersonate them, we wanted to do something a bit different, something that would appeal to classic and modern fans alike.”
Star Wars #108 goes on sale May 29. Simonson’s cover and Carmine Infantino’s variant can be found below.
- Star Wars #108
- Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
- Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrea Broccardo, and more
- Cover: Walter Simonson