Big Issues: Star Wars returns to Marvel Comics with a triumphant debut

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Star Wars #1. Written by Jason Aaron (Thor, Southern Bastards) with art by John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin (Superman, Planetary), this issue brings the classic property back to Marvel Comics with a story that plays like a lost chapter of the original trilogy. (Note: This review reveals major plot points.)

The return of Star Wars to Marvel Comics was inevitable from the moment Marvel’s parent company Disney announced that it had acquired Lucasfilm, and two years later, it finally happens in a big way. One million copies big. Marvel’s new Star Wars #1 has exceeded a million copies sold on the direct market, making it the top-selling comic of the past 21 years. (For reference, the last book to break a million copies sold was 1993’s …

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