There's been any eerie quiet regarding the state of the popular Star Wars comics line after Disney purchased Marvel in 2009. For years the license to produce Star Wars comics belonged to Dark Horse Comics, but once the merger of Disney and Marvel became official it was just a matter of time before that license switched hands. One by one long running and brand new Dark Horse Star Wars titles came their close with no word from Marvel as to what their plans were regarding the brand. Marvel broke their silence this weekend at the San Diego Comic Con with three huge announcements.
Marvel announced that in 2015 their New Star Wars line will launch, headed by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Wolverine and the X-Men, Southern Bastards) and John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, Planetary), two of the industries top talents. They will be writing a title called "Star Wars" taking place in the original movie continuity between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back".
Joining Aaron and Cassaday will be Kieron Gillen (Iron Man, The Wicked and the Divine, Young Avengers) and Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, Cable and X-Force). Gillen previously announced he was leaving his acclaimed run on Iron Man for a new titles, now revealed to be a new "Darth Vader" ongoing series running along side Aaron and Cassadays "Star Wars"
Finally Marvel announced that veteran writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk, Kingdom Come) will be working with Superstar Terry Dodson (Uncanny X-Men, Teen Titans: Earth One) to deliver a five issue Princess Leia mini-series.
All writers and artists working on these titles are top tier creators, promising the high quality work that Marvel has come to be known for. If Marvel continues down this road, it may enter into a new golden age for Star Wars comics.