The newly rebooted Star Wars comic arrives this month, and I’m excited to say it stars our favorite Rebel Alliance Heroes and is drawn by comics hero John Cassaday.
I became a John Cassaday devotee with Warren Ellis’s fantastic Planetary, which offered a kind of alternate universe look at famous comic book characters as a fascinating group of “archaeologists” tracked their artifacts. If you’ve not had the chance to read Planetary, you should put it on your short-and-soon list. Since then, I’ve been casually following Cassaday’s work in a way that I follow no other comic artist (with the exception of a friend in the biz).
The new Star Wars comic picks up with Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the droids post-A New Hope, filling in the three years between the destruction of the first Death Star and the events of The Empire Strikes Back. It is officially part of Star Wars continuity, as dictated by Disney through Marvel. Early reviews revel in how much it truly FEELS like Star Wars.
Check out this gorgeous art.
Notice that brilliant likeness of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo stare and smirk in panel 4. And did R2 just vomit as a diversionary tactic? Stay classy, Rebels. (But seriously, extra points for the chunder scene.)
But to get an idea of how far we’ve come, check out this art from the original comic series from the 70s and 80s.
Dude, did the Hanna-Barbara artists also do this?
Thank you, John Cassaday, for upping the game in drawing a truly Star Wars comic. General, count me in.