Carlos D’anda

It’s been a strange few months for Star Wars fans, not just because the franchise changed owners, but because we’re not entirely sure what the future holds right now. That, combined with years of prequel angst (never underestimate the power of prequel angst) has many of us longing for a back-to-basics look at the universe we all came to love as kids, and a sense that the originalpure Star Wars isn’t dead yet. Well, the time for worrying about that is over, because Dark Horse Comics has you covered.

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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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Hooray for more Batman: Arkham City news!

Strictly speaking, this news does not have to do with gameplay, characters or even villains. No, this deals with one of the most impressive elements from Batman: Arkham Asylum – the story.

According to DC, Arkham City takes place 18 months after the events of Arkham Asylum, and this in-between time will be explained in a six-issue comic book series beginning this May written by Paul Dini (who wrote both games) and game artist Carlos D’anda.

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

According to Comics Alliance, the comics will be released in print and digitally simultaneously for $2.99 each. As well, DC will release eight-page digital interludes from a variety of artists for $0.99 that will also expand the narrative. All of the content will later be assembled in a collected edition (which will also probably be included in some special edition of the game).

While the game still has a while until it is released, at this point, I will take any information I can get my hands on!

Click below the jump for the official teaser image DC released earlier today for the comic, as well as the amazing trailer for Batman: Arkham City released a few months ago.

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