By: Dominic Jones
San Diego Comic Con kicks off tonight with 'Preview Night', so we can expect news and rumors to come flying fast and furious over the next five days. The first deals with upcoming Star Wars comic books from Marvel, who will obtain the Star Wars Comic Book publishing license in January 2015. According to Bleeding Cool, one of the first publications from Marvel will be a Princess Leia comic book series! It was previously reported that Marvel was planning on releasing two Star Wars comics series when they first got the license, but this is not one of those series. Instead it appears to be a new addition to the line up of comics. No word yet on what those other series might be. (And no, the re-release of the old Marvel comics is not one of their new series planned).
I think a Princess Leia comic series is a good idea. There has been a lot of noise made by the fan community regarding gender equality and representation in new Star Wars projects over the past few months, so it's nice to see that the creative forces are actually listening! I think there's lots of potential for Leia stories in pretty much any time period from pre-Episode IV right up until before Episode VII.
While it seems unlikely that we'll get any announcements regarding future Star Wars comics at Comic Con, neither Marvel nor Lucasfilm have panels about Star Wars comics, we'll keep our eyes pealed over the next five days to see if they make any surprise announcements.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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