Super-Secret New Star Wars Comic Coming This December
After 25 issues, Marvel's Darth Vader comic is coming to an end, and an all-new Star Wars comic is on its way. Before we dive into the new series, though, let's have a moment of silence and gaze upon the awesome final cover of Darth Vader:
All right, moment of silence is over. Here's what we have so far on the new series: it's going to be a continuous series, essentially replacing Darth Vader, Kev Walker (who's been doing work on Inhumans) is going to be doing the art, the release date is this December, and the working title is Star Wars: Classified. The biggest reveal, though is that Kieron Gillen, the writer behind Darth Vader, is going to be writing this new series, too. According to Gillen's tumblr, there's already two issues in the works.
So, with that big red CLASSIFIED stamp, we already know that Marvel's taking special pains to keep this sucker under wraps. We'll be keeping an eye on any new developments with Star Wars: Classified, but we've already talked about how Marvel's Star Wars comics are breaking new ground in the canon, so it'll be exciting to see what new facet of the galaxy far, far away Classified ends up covering. Especially with Darth Vader stepping out of the spotlight, it makes you wonder what kind of series is going to replace (arguably) the most recognizable face in Star Wars, if not all of sci-fi.
Marvel's Star Wars comics have done an amazing job so far. They've managed to evoke the art of the classic, nostalgic '70s movie posters in their covers, built up the framework of a new canon in the wake of Disney's wipe-out of the old Extended Universe, and (depending on who you talk to) not messed up the spirit of Star Wars. Of course, with The Force Awakens writing new chapters in the canon and no George Lucas at the helm, this is a new age of Star Wars with new rules and new characters. Star Wars has to change to keep itself interesting, but the spirit—adventure, wit, and wonder—should be at the heart of every new endeavor, whether it's comic books or film.
Otherwise we get sand. And nobody likes sand—it's coarse, and rough, and it gets everywhere.