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:
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg