At Marvel’s Cup o’ Joe panel, the first new Star Wars series from Marvel Comics since the 80’s were announced, two ongoing and one miniseries. UPDATE: StarWars.com has interviews with the authors of all three series.
Star Wars is an ongoing series starting in January, written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday. The book sounds similar to Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars by Brian Wood, following familiar movie characters in the aftermath of the Battle of Yavin.
Star Wars: Darth Vader starts in February, written by Kieron Gillen, drawn by Salvador Larroca. Also similar to a Dark Horse series, Empire, Darth Vader will show how Vader recovers from his failures at the Battle of Yavin. Bounty hunters will be featured in this book as well.
Star Wars: Princess Leia is a five-issue miniseries starting in March written by Mark Waid with art by Terry Dodson. Also set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, this miniseries follows Leia as she mourns Alderaan and steps up as a leader in the Rebellion. This is the first of a series of miniseries, so expect to see more miniseries announcements in the future.
For Expanded Universe fans, these series are covering pretty familiar ground. With the sequel trilogy in the works, this Original Trilogy time period is the safest place for licensees to play at the moment. That said, these creative teams are exciting (much more so than Brian Wood in my opinion). Also keep in mind that these stories are more tightly influenced by Lucasfilm now through the Story Group, so these series should capture that “Star Wars” feel very well.