First Pages from Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Revealed. The Series is Expected to Sell Over a Million Copies!

Cover has an exclusive first look at three interior pages by John Cassaday from Star Wars #1, arriving January 14, 2015.



Set directly after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the series (helmed by the all-star creative of team of writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday) will be the flagship of Marvel’s new canonical line of comics. What actually happened following the destruction of Death Star? Soon, you’ll find out.



Also has learned that the upcoming series will sell over a million copies, becoming the top-selling single-issue comic book of the last twenty years.

Star Wars, will also become the first-ever million-selling periodical comic book sold exclusively through direct market channels without the aid of newsstands.


For years, that license had been in the hands of Dark Horse Comics, who contributed to the “Expanded Universe” that also included video games and prose novels. The rights reverted to Marvel as a result of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm. Disney also owns Marvel.


The aforementioned Expanded Universe has been rendered non-canonical in the run-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Aaron and Cassaday’s Star Wars will essentially launch a new one altogether, drawing from the seven feature films (the original trilogy, the prequels and the animated Clone Wars movie) as well as Clone Wars and Rebels.


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39 thoughts on “First Pages from Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Revealed. The Series is Expected to Sell Over a Million Copies!

  • December 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    So new EU is reduced to OT era. Boring.

    • December 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      > Ignoring the Kanan Jarrus comic coming out set during/after ROTS.

      > Ignoring the Asajj Ventress novel coming out set during TCW.

      > Ignoring the books coming out set closer to the ST era.

      Limited to the OT? Not really, no.

      • December 7, 2014 at 3:34 am

        True. My only sadness is it will take a long time to build back up to the sheer volume of the EU. I do think its a good thing since they will take their time building a cohesive universe, but still, in the EU we had pre-republic stories, old republic stories, PT, OT, “ST”-esque, New Republic, NJO, and far into the future with legacy. I’m super pumped about the new cannon, but I do confess I share the sentiment of missing just the sheer EPIC span of the EU. Not to mention, even with all the comics, they are clearly still focusing centrally on the OT for all the games and novels and such, so there is definitely some room to branch out.

    • December 6, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      With all the speculation (and EU material) about resurrected Sith, why not have MvS be Obi Wan Kenobi resurrected? If Sith can do it, maybe the force ghosts on the other side figured it out, too?

      • December 8, 2014 at 11:17 am

        Hate to break it to you but the quest to kill the dark side of the force off will never be accomplished. Balance means equal footing of both. There is no light without the dark. The Jedi were trying to kill out the Sith as they knew them to be. Meaning darth Bane’s lineage of two. It is more than probable, practically guaranteed that any one who falls to the dark side will want to emulate being a “sith”. So you’re thoughts are, no offense, completely moronic. They’re not “resurrecting” sith individuals. Or highly HIGHLYYY DOUBT it cause that’s lame as hell.

    • December 7, 2014 at 1:34 am

      In time, as in when ep7 popularity starts to drop, or as the spinoff comes out I think we will see a new trend set in other eras.
      I hope they don’t swim in a 100year pool.

      I would love to see Ep7 banner/ header read Book 2 Vol.3 Ep7
      Because I think statwars should have a trilogy of trilogies then jump forward or back in the time line by 100 years with new Volumes.
      The Books could be perspectives. Such as Book 2 the Star Wars. Book One could be about the galaxies themselves, and not war, just lone adventures in far away landscape. But still and always about the books would of the force and all of those around it.
      Thus A True journal of the Whills and no artoo and 3po around, only in the Star Wars books.

    • December 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      If you like your EU you can keep your EU. Oh…

  • December 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Oh swallow your pride. It’s Star Wars, love it and embrace it!

  • December 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve never read any of the Star wars books. But I like the look of the artwork in those illustrations, so I think I’ll give the new comic book a go. On a separate note, for those who want to see it, over on cinemablend, the video of George Lucas and Anakin Shywalker analyzing the teaser, especially the new lightsaber, is very funny.

  • December 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Here’s what we know about the EU. What happened after Return, gone. Before the prequels, they’ve been mum. We can assume it’s not canon, but they HAVE permitted the Old Republic MMO to continue, which tells me they at least are considering allowing it, or parts of it, to be canon (which also gives credence to the idea that Revan somehow plays a role in The Force Awakens, but that’s another discussion). Rebels is tackling the pre-Episode IV era, which leaves the time during the original trilogy open for new material. It hasn’t actually been explored THAT much, and let’s be honest, much of what has been done in the EU in that timeline was not the EU’s best work (save some things like the X-Wing novels). I have no problem with this, and the artwork is looking good. I’m looking forward to it.

    • December 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      News flash dude, The Old Republic contradicts the Phantom Menace novelization. I don’t think they’re gonna work that back into the canon.

      While the Knights of the Old Republic, Tales of the Jedi, Dawn of the Jedi games, novels, and comics were some good times they feel very disconnected from the spirit of Star Wars itself.

      • December 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        What the F? Sorry the rest of my comment didnt make it……

        I agree most stories from the EU set during the OT are not the best, or even really all that impressive at all. Could be interesting to see how the time period for “Shadows of the Empire” is retold. Or maybe we’ll get to see that bounty hunter catch up to Han on Ord Mantell….

        If this comic actually sells a million copies than it won’t be worth jack$#!* in the future. Most TOP SELLING comics sell at most around a 100,000 in the month they are released. Special issues and freak bulk purchases can push sales up to around 500,000; but a million???? That’s a tallllllllll order in the world of comics…..

      • December 7, 2014 at 3:00 am

        “News flash dude, The Old Republic contradicts the Phantom Menace novelization.”

        How so? I haven’t read the novelizations in many years and only played SWTOR a little.
        Also, it has been stated that the novelizations are only canon where they match the films. Everything else in them is up in the air until or unless it is made canon by new material. Just think back to Owen being Obi-Wan’s brother in the Jedi novelization.

        • December 7, 2014 at 3:43 am

          I believe he is referring to a lot of the dating systems such as saying that there have been no wars since the republic was founded, also, its been a while since I read it but I believe they also give a wrough date when the republic was founded which makes KotOR impossible. That said…you are correct that the novels are NOT cannon. ONLY the blu-ray editions of the 6 films along with Clone Wars, Rebels and all future material. Anything in the novels that is redundant with this is of course still cannon.

          Personally I don’t think they will ever EXPLICITLY make KotOR cannon, but since its so popular and George Lucas origionally planned to put revan in Clone Wars, I DO think they will make Revan himself cannon as an ancient sith lord via a name-drop in episode 7.

      • December 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        ” While the Knights of the Old Republic, Tales of the Jedi, Dawn of the Jedi games, novels, and comics were some good times they feel very disconnected from the spirit of Star Wars itself.”

        It’s interesting you say that. When I played with KOTOR and KOTOR II I felt the same magic what I felt watching the OT. Those games are the only thing I would make canon again.

  • December 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Why is PT-Artoo with the OT crew?

  • December 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    So where can we actually buy it?

  • December 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I’m so picky when it comes to artwork. Always bothers me when Stormtrooper helmets look… off. That’s why I was amazed at the redesign in episode 7. So great… can’t believe I like them!

    Or simpler way to put it… if you mess up those helmets… you just ruined that panel for me.

  • December 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Does not even look like Luke at all.

    • December 7, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Funny, I was just thinking about how can never seem to get poor Carrie Fisher right.

  • December 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I don’t mind the reboot. In fact I welcome it. I’ve read almost all and it was convoluted and getting out of hand. I’m happy to read a story that is connected by a company who respects their cash cow and wants to provide a coherent story. I’m only angry that Star Wars fans have too wait so long just because they are greedy enough to realize that Marvel will rake it in summer and December,will rake it in via SW. It’s simply greedy and a disservice to the fans

  • December 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    The artwork has to much style over actual substance.
    1.) The panel layout is eh at best except on the last page(the second page presented in the article out of the three pages)which is just plain bad.
    2.)The characters expressions and distinct details are nearly non existent. Luke(in disguise)on page one panel three actually looks taller than Han.
    3.) The back wall behind the storm troopers actually changes when PT-Artoo shocks them. The list goes on…….

    “Detailed art” is not necessarily good art.
    Less can be so much more………

  • December 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Love that artwork! WHY can’t we get a cartoon sreies like this? Rebels is cool, but this is the kind of cartoon series I’ve always wanted to see. With the OT cast in further adventures.

  • December 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I just love the way fans get so picky about every detail pt/ot artoo, it’s r2d2 for gods sake lol!
    As for the reboot it is for the best, I loved the EU but Star Wars couldn’t move forward with it in place and it just opens it up for some hopfully exciting new story’s!
    It does seem they are using legends for inspiration as Pablo said in one of those rebels interviews that they were taking stuff from the old WEG rig books.

  • December 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    The Expanded Universe was such a disastrous mess. I’m so glad they did away with that garbage. I tried to read most the books and its not Star Wars. I’m a die hard Star Wars fan, but not to the point where I’m gonna subject myself to mediocre literature for a taste of nostalgia. Its someone sitting in their apartment rambling about Star Wars. True Star Wars is a cinematic experience. Let comics be comics. Let films be films. I feel like when they try to put something like this out they’re just after your money and their exploiting your childhood memories just to turn a profit.

    • December 7, 2014 at 6:28 am

      >EU garbage
      >so glad they threw it away
      >Star Wars is only cinematic experience
      >commenting under news about upcoming SW comic book


    • December 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

      You are a fool. Just watch the movies and shut up then. Why the hell wouldn’t they “turn a profit” for fans that are willing and wanting more to the “universe”. That is possibly the dumbest comment I’ve ever seen on this or any site related to Star Wars!

      “Wahhhh why do they keep coming out with comics and stories and shows!?! The movies only matter to me, so they shouldn’t exploit that!” Hahahaha you are as stupid as it gets

  • December 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    First Marvel- then Dark Horse- Now Marvel again. Been there done that. Call me when you are ready to do something new.

  • December 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Vader visits Tatooine, Vader fights Yoda on Dagobah. Star Wars the Marvel way (post 2000)

  • December 7, 2014 at 12:42 am

    One thing is the same: those storm trooper armor does not protect against anything.

  • December 7, 2014 at 3:05 am

    How can they say it will sell over a million copies? Have a million copies been pre ordered?
    Not saying it won’t, but to infer that it definitely will is a little egotistical.

    • December 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

      never bought a comic book in my life. will consider buying this.

      • December 7, 2014 at 6:35 am

        Why? It looks bad, and similar stories were told many times already.

  • December 7, 2014 at 3:46 am

    John Cassaday certainly isn’t Al Williamson, that’s painfully obvious.

  • December 7, 2014 at 8:37 am

    There is a Han-Leia marriage variant cover. This is Marvel’s Star Wars sequel trilogy storyline if they could control the story with no LFL interference:

    1). Han & Leia marry
    2). Leia becomes corrupted by Sith spirit with god-like powers to destroy planets and the ability of interstellar travel without a shop
    3). Possessed Leia dies goes on genocidal rampage killing millions until sacrificing herself
    4). Leia cloned by evil Sith sorceror who wipes her memory and gives her a new identity planting her on Hoth
    5). Han discovers clone Leia while on Hoth but does not know it is really a clone but coincidentally looks like Leia
    6). not-Leia clone gives birth to son
    7). Han has an affair with another general in the Republic military
    8). Leia clone goes insane from jealousy and declares herself Sith Queen kidnapping their son and willing to sacrifice to dead Sith warlord
    9). Sith warlord’s forces invade the Republic
    10). Han, Luke & Republic rescue son and battle Sith warlord’s forces until evil clone Leia Sith dies
    10). Han’s future son travels back in time

  • December 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Please Marvel, stop generating new covers and show your drawers how to pict a stormtrooper properly.

  • December 8, 2014 at 4:41 am

    “Why? It looks bad, and similar stories were told many times already.” Best assessment so far. This is exactly the reason I, and many others, will buy it. It’s people we love and places we know. We just want to salvage a few childhood memories and bash the prequels. To hell with the extended universe and all that ca-ca.

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