I have to laugh a little at that headline, as Dark Horse publishes a new Star Wars comic what seems like fortnightly, however, the announcement made yesterday is a bit more exciting than normal. We have learned that Dark Horse is scheduled to release an all new series set in the original Star Wars trilogy, simply titled Star Wars. The book will launch in January, and will be written by Brian Wood with art by Carlos D’Anda and covers by Alex Ross.
That is pretty big news. Dark Horse publishes many Star Wars books, but most of them are Expanded Universe or feature ancillary characters. This will be the first series in a while to expand on the events of the first original film.
According to Wood’s webpage, the series “will be set in the original trilogy, using the classic characters, and will pretend like its 1977 and no other films were every made or books ever written aside from ‘A New Hope.’” Also, according to Wood, LucasFilm asked for him personally to write the series, which has to be a good feeling for any writer. This has been a good year for Wood, as he ended two series at DC/Vertigo and has moved onto a number of books at Marvel (both X-Men and Ultimate X-Men, along with the Wolverine: Alpha and Omega mini-series) and Dark Horse (a relaunched Conan the Barbarian and his creator-owned series The Massive). It’s exciting to see the different kinds of series that he is taking on as a writer, and this may be the most exciting announcement yet. We will look forward to more information as it is announced and let you know as soon as we know more.