Marvel announced today at its New York Comic Con panel that it will relaunch its “Star Wars” ongoing series, the current run of which was set to conclude in December with “Star Wars: Empire Ascendant.” The new “Star Wars” series will debut this January with writer Charles Soule and artist Jesus Saiz at the helm, and cover art by R.B. Silva. According to Marvel, the new series will chronicle the events between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (“Star Wars: Empire Ascendant” ends just as the events of The Empire Strikes Back are picking up).
In the wake of The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his noble Jedi lineage.
Now, after narrowly escaping the Dark Lord’s clutches, wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke joins Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance. But what Leia, Luke, and their ragtag band of freedom fighters don’t realize…is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
During the same panel, Marvel also announced “Darth Vader” from writer Greg Pak, artist Raffaele Ienco, and cover artist InHyuk Lee, set to debut this February.
In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses—plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turning to the Dark Side.
We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son. But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke’s origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past.