- Star Wars #1 2020
It’s a new year, a new decade — and time for a brand new Marvel “Star Wars” comic series, this time filling the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Marvel’s “Star Wars” 2015 comic series, set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, ended in November after 75 issues with the Rebels’ arrival on Hoth. It was a great ride that filled in the gap nicely. I especially loved Jason Aaron’s Book II, “Showdown on Smuggler’s Moon,” which gave us more Black representation with Sana Starros (now one of my favorite Star Wars characters), and Book IV, “Rebel Jail” which featured an all-woman arc led by Leia, Sana and Doctor Aphra (who was introduced in Darth Vader #3), not to mention LGBTQ representation.
Star Wars #1 2020 begins with “The Destiny Path” by Charles Soule with art by Jesús Saiz and Arif Prianto, set immediately after Empire, with Luke flashing back to his showdown with Darth Vader. Between the trauma of losing his hand and the shock of learning that Vader is his father, Luke’s in a bad place. To make matters worse, Obi-Wan has stopped communicating with him.