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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Comes Home To Marvel

Posted by Jay on April 26, 2015 at 08:05 AM CST

Star Wars Comes Home to Marvel
Sat. April 18| 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Behind–The–Scenes Stage
In 1977, a few months before the release of Star Wars, Marvel Comics debuted their very own adaptation of the film – which kicked off nearly a decade of stories set in a galaxy far far away, told in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Now, nearly 40 years after that historic debut, Star Wars has finally returned to Marvel and has yet again been met with major critical and commercial success! Marvel Executive Editor C.B. Cebulski, Marvel Editor Jordan White, and Lucasfilm Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle (along with late addition Leland Chee), together with Behind-the-Scenes stage host Jason Swank will discuss Marvel’s four hit comic series (Star Wars, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Kanan) in addition to making not one but two exciting announcements about the future of Star Wars at Marvel! This is one panel no Star Wars (or Marvel) fan should miss.
Fans packed the hall to hear the announcements from Marvel. Unfortunately they might not have got as much information as they had hoped, but there was still a lot of cool discussions.

Jordan White went through a slide deck of the current four series Marvel currently has on shelves. He showed upcoming covers for the next few issues of each and discussed the creative teams behind each issue. Jason Aaron and John Cassaday continue with Star Wars up thru issue #6. Fans disappointed with the departure of John Cassaday on Star Wars after #6 need know that it is not his last time working on a Star Wars title for Marvel. Issue #7 will be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Simone Bianchi, and will be a one-shot exploring an older Ben Kenobi. The next issue will still be penned by Aaron, with new ongoing artist, and fan favorite Stuart Immonen taking over.

Darth Vader completes the first story arc with issues #5 & 6 both written and drawn by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca, with covers for both by Adi Granov. Jordan mentioned how much every artist in the Marvel stable wanted a chance to draw these comics for them.

Princess Leia wraps up her mini series with issue #5, by the creative team of Mark Waid and Terry Dodson. Taking over that slot when Leia wraps, will be a new 5-issue mini series, called Lando. This series takes place just before A New Hope, and is written and drawn by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev.

Kanan, the Last Padawan will continue as a monthly series by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz. It will explore the time after Episode III and Order 66 and before Star Wars: Rebels.

They were also able to announce the full team for their Journey to The Force Awakens title, Shattered Empire which is writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto. No further information was forthcoming on this title, other than the cover image indicating the story takes place after the Battle of Endor.

Before questions started, Jordan mentioned he saw on Twitter that there would be an Aphra cosplayer in attendance. She was asked to come up after the panel for some pictures. Questions from the audience included one about Marvel's potential adaptation of The Force Awakens. CB mentioned that they would get to it, but it would not be for a while. He said that Marvel does not even create adaptations for their own super-hero films in the same year as the film.

They promised they had a lot more coming, but these were the only things they could discuss at this time.

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