Marvel: So Far, So Good?

It’s been six months since Marvel has started publishing Star Wars comics for the first time since 1986. Sales have been good and while opinions seem to be varied from title to title, I have to say that so far, Marvel has done a great job of integrating the saga into its comics.

Three of its current titles are based in the Ep IV-VI era: Star Wars, Darth Vader, and the Princess Leia miniseries. However in all three of them, the prequels/Clone Wars have not been neglected, which is a real surprise. You’d think from all of the propaganda lately that it’s all about throwing them down the memory hole, especially since comics are not really a kid’s thing anymore and haven’t been for a long time. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just focus on the OT era and not put in Togruta in the background or refer to any of Vader’s past so sensibilities of older fanboys are not offended? But that’s not what’s happening at Marvel and this is a good thing. I don’t know if it’s the influence of Lucasfilm’s story group or Marvel’s editorial staff or a combination of the two. But imagine my surprise at Vader remembering his last sojourn on Geonosis or in the Princess Leia series, Leia not only visiting Naboo but having an odd Force-vision of her mother. The feels, man, the feels! While Lando seems to be the next character to get the mini series treatment, Marvel’s Jordan White has expressed interest in the PT era eventually. Comments at BookCon last weekend seemed to indicate they’d be open to an Obi-Wan series and maybe even a Padmé one. I don’t think those will be coming down the pike any time soon but I don’t see any reason not to keep up the pressure either, wink wink.

Strangely enough, I think the best of Marvel’s offerings right now is “Kanan: The Last Padawan,” basically the Clone Wars-era backstory to the ex-Jedi guy on “Rebels.” It’s the only book now set in the prequel era and both the story and art are fantastic (the script was written by Greg Weisman, formerly of “Rebels”). If you’re not reading it now, you really should. The third issue should be out this month.

So, all praise to Marvel for at least treating the saga as one big tapestry. Let’s hope this continues.

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13 Responses to “Marvel: So Far, So Good?”

  1. Hunk a Junk Says:

    Great to hear! I’ve said for awhile now, it’s in Lucasfilm’s power to mend the divide in fandom — and not by throwing the PT under the bus. Dave Filoni, seriously, show real guts and put Jar Jar in a Rebels episode. Give him a truly heroic moment so that even the most jaded will agree it’s cool.

  2. mes520 Says:

    That’s good to hear. I haven’t picked any up so far. I still have several Dark Horse omnibuses to read. Plus I prefer tradebacks, but if a Padme series comes out, I don’t think I’m going to wait.

  3. Brian47 Says:

    I’ve been reading the Vader and Kanan comic series and enjoying both, but Kanan’s the most. It was indeed been a treat to see the nods to both the PT and CW eras in these new series, really lending an interconnectedness to it all. Vader visiting Geonosis was awesome, although the latest issue left me more confused than satisfied. I’m really happy to have the Kanan series occur right around Order 66, keeping that era alive and current in the current Disney mold of Star Wars storytelling.

  4. Noah Says:

    It is wonderful news, especially seeing that Leia comic (with Padme looking at her) & Kanan being sold at Disney’s California Adventure. Anyway, not to share or boast, but I kind of hope to be hired to at least do character illustration for a Padme comic… or a Padme and Jar Jar series.

  5. Slicer87 Says:

    These days I am a film purist fan and don’t bother with spinoff stuff too much. Hopefully Marvel won’t try to retcon any of the films from the outside.

  6. Slugma Says:

    The only thing i didnt like about the Vader Comic was that they made the Geonosians extinct (overral that “Vader builds himself a Droid Army” was kind of dumb) I love those bugs! To me they are the second most iconic alien species of the prequels (Mesa Gungans is Number One) and killing them off and never seeing them again is a pity…

    its like making the wookies extinct.

    I hope Rebels touches on this somehow and revives my beloved “Geos”.

    They could do a Episode where the crew finds a abandoned/wrecked separatist cruiser with Geo Eggs/A last hive queen (Enders Game Style) in Cryostasis and the Rebels discuss if they just awaken those thing and revive the species or not.

    Kanan doesnt want it because despite his Jedi Codex he doesnt like the “Bugs” because they killed a fellow Jedi he once knew, but Zeb wants to help them re-establish their race because their fate reminds him of the fate of his own people.

    • Slicer87 Says:

      Making the Geos extinct sounds like an attempt by Marvel/Disney to sweep away a element from the prequels, Like Rebels making Stormtroopers non clones despite the films indicating that at least some are clones. Hopefully they don’t pull more of this nonsense but probably they will. The 6 original films will always be the core and the constant of Star Wars, even if the EU gets rebooted a million times.

  7. maychild Says:

    Ooohh, awesome! I haven’t bought a SW comic in eons, but I may check out the Leia miniseries.

  8. Marshall Says:

    How ironic then, that Barnes and Noble’s Sci Fi and Fantasy blog would post a debate about which was a better franchise: Star Wars or Marvel http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/geek-debate-star-wars-vs-marvel/ which is stupid because one is a franchise, the other is a company telling stories which take place in that franchise. And to make it worse, the person defending Star Wars is a prequel hater.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Eh, Marvel’s comics publishing arm is run separately from Marvel the t.v. and movie factory, though one of course uses the other for source material.

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  10. Chris N. Says:

    If I were in charge, I would dictate that every character from George’s story should be left alone with the exception of a small cameo here and there whenever it made sense. They would only be allowed to create new characters and stories, and that applies to movies, books, comics, games, etc…

    Since that’s not happening, at least I’m glad they are acknowledging the whole story whenever possible and not going to easy route of pandering to the original trilogy croud.

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