New 4 issue Star Wars mini-series coming in April from Dark Horse Comics.
Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciller: Marco Castiello
Cover Artist: Adam Hughes
According to Matt Kindt who talked with CBR about the new series, each issue will feature a major character (Han, Luke, Leia and Chewbacca) with the characters being described and followed by a new character. Thus it's a way of seeing the characters from a new light.
|CBR News: Much has been made out of your busy writing schedule as of late, so presumably a "Star War" miniseries was something you were uniquely interested in. Are you a big Star Wars fan?
Matt Kindt: Yeah, I was like 4 or 5 when the first one came out. That was one of my earliest memories, seeing it in the theater, and people being dressed up in the theater -- the theater workers were actually dressed up. It's kind of a scary memory, because I was pretty young, but it definitely stuck with me. [Laughs]
I've always been a fan. [Dark Horse] asked me if I wanted to do something, and I was like, "I don't know" -- partly because I'm so busy. "Man, I really don't have time, as much as I want to do it." I need to learn how to say no. I was like, "This is going to be a good test for me, if I say no to writing a Star Wars comic, which is ridiculous," because growing up with it I was like, "Man, that would be my dream come true."
I got myself into such a busy schedule this summer, so I told them no. Then, the next day, I was taking a shower or something, and I just had an idea. "That's what I could do!" I wasn't trying to think of an idea for it; an idea just popped into my head. So I called them back the next day. "If it can't be this, I don't know if I have time to think of another thing." They were really great about it.
It seems like a tricky prospect, with Star Wars especially, and a story set in the timeline of the original trilogy -- there's so much territory covering that era, so many novels and comics and stories told in that time period -- that going into it has to be almost intimidating, figuring out what you're going to do.
Yeah, that was why it was kind of easy for me to be like, "No, I'm too busy." It's a combination of all the worst things I hate about properties that I don't own. [Laughs] A rabid fanbase, huge amounts of continuity, all this history. As much as I love it, I'm not steeped in Star Wars mythology. Since I was a kid, I was like, "If it didn't happen in the movies, it didn't happen." Other than the movies, that's what I draw from. This was definitely intimidating, and if this idea hadn't literally dropped in my lap, I wouldn't have done it.
Honestly, the idea came from my reverence for those characters. I guess I was inspired by the intimidation factor of those characters. I thought, "How great would it be to do a series where you get to see Han Solo from a regular dude's point of view?" Which is basically my point of view! What if I got to tag along with Han Solo, and we had to do some mission for the rebellion? What would that be like? I thought something like that would be awesome.
So that was the springboard. It would be cool to have four core characters, and each issue would play with that idea -- Princess Leia and a spy character who she teams up with, but it's all from the point of view of the character Princess Leia teams up with. Viewing Princess Leia, viewing Han Solo, viewing Chewbacca, viewing Luke through the guise of a normal dude. Han Solo is like the coolest character ever, so it was fun to write that, where this guy's sort of starstruck by him -- just like I would be. Then they've got this mission to do, and doing a real mission where everything's on the line, and your life is in danger -- by the end of that issue, Han Solo's not so cool anymore. This guy's scared out of his mind. Han Solo's kind of reckless.
That was my way in, almost viewing those characters in a childlike way, like I did when I was a kid, and you look up to Han Solo as the coolest. It was easy to write after that.
So it's a different new character in each issue, paired up with one of the established figures?
Yeah. There's a different character in each one, and there's a narrator that pulls you through the story. Each issue is centered on one of the main characters. They're all tied together, though. Without spoiling too much, the fourth issue it all comes together, and you realize all these separate missions are part of something bigger. Like Han and Leia and Chewie they are actually separate from each other, but they're all working together towards some secret mission -- that kind of spoils it a little bit. [Laughs]
How's it been, working with artist Marco Castiello thus far?
He turned in [his] first page, a splash page of Han Solo -- he totally cheated, he skipped ahead to draw the coolest page. [Laughs] It looks good. It's going to be good.
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