The greatest space adventure of all time returns to Marvel!
After Disney announced that they were officially removing the previous Expanded Universe from our Star Wars canon history, it wasn't long until they quickly began to set in motion their own vision and adventures. Returning to the comic book franchise is Marvel, the original publishers of the original line of running comic books, which began January the 14th, 2015. Who would have thought that after all these years Disney would have brought back this particular addition? With all the recent games and with virtual reality peeking around the corner it seems that the good old comic books aren't out of fashion just yet. Written by Jason Aaron (writer of Wolverine, X-Men, Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire and so on) who has partnered up with comic book artist and illustrator John Cassaday (artist of X-Men, Uncanny Avengers, Captain America and so on) to capture the events that transpired between Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes back.
The comic books pick up after the events that saw the first Deathstar had been destroyed, and follows our ensemble of rebels across the galaxy to continue the fight against the dastardly Galatic Empire. Despite their victory as seen in A New Hope, our heroes fight is far from over and as seen in the comic books they have a big fight yet to come which is told through the main line of books, however we're also given a distinct and unique perspective of different characters through books dedicated to our favourite characters, which so far we have seen Darth Vader, Princess Leia and recently Lando Calrissian. Marvel editor-in-chief called up Jason Aaron during the time he had been working on Amazing X-Men to pitch the opportunity to him, evidently Aaron wasted no time to accommodate Star Wars into his already busy schedule. Aaron and Cassaday came to the mutual agreement that they wanted to pen the comic book by putting themselves in the creative position of what they would have wrote if they were creating the original sequel to A New Hope.
As a Star Wars fan and a current subscriber to the ongoing comic book series I personally think that what the dynamic duo are doing is absolutely incredible. However the duo have the flexibility of working from a brand new canvas, with no apparent history to have to work around or correspond to, they will be creating our new canon and history between the original film trilogy, and what a job they are doing of it. Having introduced new canon and new impressions on a variety of different characters they have stuck to what I believe us fans would be pleased with. As seen from Darth Vader's perspective as he embarks on pursuing the enigmatic figure who delivered the deadly blow that destroyed the Deathstar through the galaxy, recruiting the likes of Boba Fett who would be sent personally to retrieve the target, and Luke Skywalker's ongoing fight to save the galaxy from the malevolent Galactic Emperor. Simple yet impressive character development has made the read thoroughly enjoyable and absolutely recommendable to any Star Wars fan who enjoys learning more about the canon universe. Despite the disappointment of Disney butchering the original Expanded Universe, so far it seems that Marvel have been doing the comic book series justice with the storylines and different plots we follow as we transcend further into the vast world of Star Wars.
We get a good feeling of Skywalker's journey to hopefully becoming the Jedi he should be, and of course in between the series of events that ties the films and comic books together, the struggles he faced with trying to piece together the puzzle to finalise his training. Meanwhile, we're given an in depth understanding of the shame and dishonour that has been brought to the Galactic Empire by the villainous Darth Vader, who has been stigmatised by the Galactic Emperor and almost deemed unworthy of his position, although the Sith Lord has his own agenda to regain his notoriety of being the ruthless and vigorous commander he once was revered for. All in all, the story telling is stellar from the boys at Marvel and I'm curious to see where they take this storyline and in the meantime, how they handle it.