There might only be one Expanded Universe release this week, but it’s one that’s already generated a lot of interest and controversy. Wednesday sees the release of Star Wars #1, a new ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics. Star Wars takes place shortly after A New Hope, following Original Trilogy characters like Luke, Leia, and Han on some of their earliest adventures.
When Star Wars was announced there was a lot of fan backlash. Many people thought that the comic was going to be an ‘EU reboot’ due to comments from the writer, Brian Wood, that made it sound like he wasn’t taking the rest of the Expanded Universe into account while writing the series. If you’re one of the fans that is still worried about this, I can assure you that Star Wars is not a reboot. Mr. Wood’s comments were misinterpreted in a few interviews, and both Wood and Dark Horse have been sure to stress that nothing is being thrown out or overwritten. Think of it like Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn. That book takes place so soon after A New Hope that all you have to know to understand it is what happened in the movie. Same thing for this comic series, so it’d be a great comic to suggest to someone that is just starting to get into the EU.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to read it, early word from those who have received advance review copies has sounded pretty positive. Head to your local comic shop on Wednesday to pick up a copy, or if you prefer digital you can look for it here later this week.
Outside of the EU, on Saturday The Clone Wars will close out the droid arc with “Point of No Return.” For those who have been enjoying the arc, this episode will show D-Squad’s final bit of heroics on their way back to Republic space. If you’re ready to move past the antics of Colonel Gascon and WAC, know that next week will see the return of Death Watch, Savage Opress, and Darth Maul.
Check out the summaries for this week’s releases below, and keep an eye on our EU Release Schedule to see what’s coming!
Star Wars #1
This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!
* Writer Brian Wood (The Massive, Conan the Barbarian).
* Artist Carlos D’Anda (Batman: Arkham City).
* Cover artist Alex Ross!
* Classic era, classic characters, all-new Star Wars!
The Clone Wars – “Point of No Return”
The D-Squad discover that the deserted cruiser is loaded with explosives and headed toward a space station hosting a Republic conference.