MARVEL Revives 1980s STAR WARS Title - With Classic Numbering AND Jaxxon

Star Wars #108
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Marvel's original Star Wars comic book series ended in 1988 with #107, but now writer Matthew Rosenberg and a host of artists are bringing that first Star Wars series back for one more issue, a special #108 that also brings back some of the series' classic storylines and characters - including comic book originals such as Valance the Hunter and Jaxxon.

"It's hard to explain now what the original series meant to me as a kid. We didn't have all these amazing video games, and novels, and prequels, and sequels, and spinoffs," Rosenberg told ComicBook. "There were a few novels, the Ewok movies, and these comics. And these comics gave me the impossible, the chance to spend more time with my favorite characters. I couldn't believe I could walk into a store and give them a few bucks and walk out with even more adventures of Leia, Luke, Chewie, Han, Artoo, and Threepio. It felt magical to me then, and honestly, those comics still feel that way to me today."

"Being faithful to the amazing storytelling in the original run, but still making a comic for a modern audience, was the biggest challenge on this project, " Rosenberg continued. "So many true comic legends worked on those books- Archie Goodwin, Roy Thomas, Walt Simonson, Howard Chaykin, Al Williamson, David Michelinie, Klaus Janson, Jo Duffy, and so many more. It's pretty overwhelming to think about, actually. What they made was the product of a very different time in comics, and it's something modern audiences aren't really accustomed to. So while it would be fun, if a little humbling, to try and just impersonate them, we wanted to do something a bit different, something that would appeal to classic and modern fans alike."

Artists announced for the one-shot include Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrea Broccardo, and more to be announced. Additionally, Star Wars #108 will include a new cover by Walt Simonson.

Here's the full solicitation and cover for the one-shot, due out May 29:

STAR WARS #108
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrea Broccardo, and more
Cover: Walter Simonson
"A long time ago on a spinner rack far, far away…Star Wars comics were a LOT different than they are now! With wild and intricately plotted storylines, Marvel’s historic original run introduced an array of unique heroes and villains to play alongside George Lucas' incredibly popular science-fantasy characters. In celebration of Marvel's 80th Anniversary, this Legends-era sequel to legendary comic book writer Archie Goodwin’s 'Crimson Forever' reunites Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 with Jaxxon, Amaiza Foxtrain, Domina Tagge, and Valance the Hunter in a galaxy-threatening, nostalgic roller coaster! Strap yourselves in!"
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