I’m still impressed with the amount of comic book news coming out of Comic-Con. Sure some of you might be thinking, well duh, but in past years Comic-Con has become inundated with Hollywood studios pushing their movies or TV shows, and the comics have kind of taken a step back. Apparently, not the case this year.

Dark Horse has announced a new Star Wars series from Brian Wood with art by Carlos d’Anda and covers from Alex Ross. This series will pick up events right after the end of A New Hope, like, “literally days after the Battle of Yavin,” as Wood told Comic Book Resources,

My plan is to pretend that nothing else exists other than ‘A New Hope,’ at least in the minds of the characters. The fact the reader knows so much, especially things the characters don’t just yet — such as Luke and Leia being related, Vader as their father, et cetera — makes for some fun writing. I love ‘Empire,’ and maybe in the future I’ll catch up to that film story-wise, but for right now I’m enjoying this beautiful moment in time, starting literally days after the Battle of Yavin when everything is set up and the future is wide open.

This news is making me so happy. As much as I love The Clone Wars series, and I really, really, do, I want to spend more time with the characters we first met in that Original Trilogy, and telling their story between Episodes IV and V is the perfect point in time.

The news gets even better, as Wood goes on to talk about the expanded role for Princess Leia,

Leia is not going to be sitting around in a gown attending a lot of meetings — she has her blaster and an X-wing and is out there with Luke and Wedge working on building the Alliance back up after losing so much. I really wanted to put Leia into the mix, holding her own in battle.

Leia as an X-Wing pilot? SOLD. The whole interview is worth perusing, but a few more things we can expect are a still inexperienced Luke, Han still being, “kind of jerk,” and Vader getting his deserved punishment for fucking up the Empire’s whole plan, “Vader… is taken to task by the Emperor for not stopping that one X-wing that took out the Death Star.” Oooh…someone’s grounded!

The new Star Wars series will be releasing in 2013. Just try and tell me you’re not excited, I won’t believe you. Here’s preview of the cover by Ross as well as some interior art, via io9, by d’Anda that shows of Leia in her new role,

Source: Comics Alliance

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