The main Star Wars title keeps the foot on the gas as replacing the departing team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Angel Unzueta will be new writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk) and Phil Noto (Poe Dameron). StarWars.com take a look at issue #68, along with some exclusive artwork.
The issue lands 10th July and kicks off just before the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
Beginning with issue 68, which opens the “Rebels and Rogues!” arc, we’ll find out what happens prior to Vader launching his hunt for Luke Skywalker.
The story finds Luke and his friends launching a desperate mission to keep the Empire from finding the new rebel base, and sees our heroes off on a three-pronged attack: Han and Leia go undercover in a noir world of romance and danger, Luke and Artoo face off against the Executor in a single X-wing, and Chewie and Threepio (as unlikely a Star Wars duo as can be) team up for their own adventure. “Dream come true,” Pak said at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. “I’m trying to write the Star Wars movie that I’d want to see.”
We’re heading into the era of The Empire Strikes Back, one of the golden era’s in the Star Wars story and also for Marvel Comics original run almost 40 years ago. Pak and Noto have a lot to live up to, and we’re excited to see just where they’ll be taking us on this third spin (original Marvel, EU and now canon) through the ESB era timeline.