Marvel and Star Wars go together like chocolate and peanut butter, ever since the excellent Darth Vader comics that began in 2015. This August, Marvel is expanding their presence in a galaxy far, far away with two new titles.
Star Wars: Rogue One – Cassian and K-2SO Special takes place just prior to Rogue One, and chronicles the first meeting of the title characters. The battle-hardened Rebel and the sarcastic Imperial droid dominated the film whenever they were onscreen together.
Both characters displayed what could be called a “loose moral compass”, and it will be interesting to see what they get up to without Jyn Erso to reign them in.
Cassian and K-2SO features writing by Duane Swierczynski and art by Fernando Blanco. This is Duane’s first Star Wars title, but he’s worked on superhero books from Moon Knight to Deadpool. Fernando is a fixture on the Batman Eternal comics, along with Phantom Stranger and Midnighter and Apollo.
Speaking about the book, the writer said, “”When I first heard about Rogue One, I was thrilled. A heist movie set in the Star Wars universe? Are you kidding? Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be invited to tell a small piece of that story. And it was even cooler that I was asked to write about the first meeting of Cassian and K-2SO — easily my two favorite characters in the movie. What can I say? I love bad-asses and robots.”
Revenge of the Purple Lightsaber
That’s not the only new Star Wars comic this August. Marvel also announced a five-part limited series about Mace Windu, the character originated by Samuel L. Jackson in the prequel trilogy.
Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu shows the exploits of the galaxy’s most badass Jedi as he hacks and slashes his way through the Clone Wars.
Mace didn’t get much character development in the films, but he’s downright fascinating in the comics, games, and novels. As a Jedi Master, Mace developed a fighting style known as Vaapad, which was designed specifically to battle Sith. It feeds off the Dark Side energy of his opponent, letting him harness the power of the Dark Side without straying from the Jedi Path himself.
Or at least, that’s the idea. Expect this to be explored or at least mentioned in the comic.
Mace Windu is written by Matt Owens, whose previous work includes the excellent Netflix series Luke Cage. Art comes from Denys Cowan, who has penciled for Superman, Deathlok, Green Arrow, and dozens of other titles since the 80s.
Rogue One and Mace Windu both hit store shelves in August.
It’s so nice to see Marvel throw its weight behind a small independent film franchise. Way to use your powers for good!