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SDCC 2014 Interview: Jason Aaron Discusses Upcoming STAR WARS Series

Star Wars is coming to Marvel and Jason Aaron is leading the way.

At San Diego Comic Con, Marvel announced at their Cup O' Joe panel that Star Wars is coming to readers with Jason Aaron writing and artist John Cassaday. While the series isn't launching until January, Aaron answered a few of our burning questions about the series.

COMIC VINE: You have the task of bringing the Star Wars Universe, along with John Cassaday, into the 21st century at Marvel. How does it feel to present Star Wars to a whole new generation of Marvel readers?

JASON AARON: As you might imagine, it's super exciting. The 7 year old kid inside me is still doing back flips.

CV: The focus of your book is in the original Star Wars timeline. What's the series about and where exactly does it take place?

JA: I view the new series as just a direct continuation of the original film. Like it's 1977 and I've just been hired to write the comic book sequel to Star Wars: A New Hope. So the first issue opens a matter of weeks after the destruction of the Death Star. All your favorite characters are there, from Luke and Vader to Han and R2.

CV: What ideas or elements from the Star Wars Universe were you really excited to play with and bring into your new book?

JA: All of it. Like I said, the cool part is that we're picking up right after the original film. But that doesn't mean we're constricted in terms of characters and ideas. We can pull from the prequel or the later films, even the new stuff. There are a lot of different ways to dance between the raindrops in terms of that stuff. Just because you've seen Empire Strikes Back, doesn't mean you know how everything went down between those two original films.

CV: Was this an intimidating project for you to take on?

JA: Of course it was. This is the first new Star Wars comic series of the new canon. The first Marvel Star Wars in decades. And it's kicking off in the same year the first of the new films is coming out. So yeah, it's a big deal. But as a writer, that's the kind of job that gets you excited to go to work.

CV: Are there moments within your series that tie into the films or is everything going to be stand alone?

JA: The great thing about this new series is that you really only need to have seen one movie to jump right into. The original Star Wars. That's it. You don't need to have ready any other comics or novel or anything. This is as clean a jumping on point for a Star Wars comic as you will ever get.

CV: What have been some of your challenges working on this series?

JA: Writing C-3PO was probably the hardest part. Just getting that voice right. But honestly, it's all been such a blast.

CV: Although the expanded universe will not officially be a part of the new series, are there stories from either the books or television series that you'd like to explore or see explored in the Marvel Star Wars universe?

JA: I'm all for keeping what worked, yeah. And finding interesting ways to cross the streams, whenever possible.

Thanks to Jason Aaron for answering our questions and make sure to check out STAR WARS, this January!

26 Comments
Posted by Testament

Jason is defiantly a hit or miss but when he applies himself he can be an amazing writer. I'm cautiously excited about this

Posted by Xwraith

I'm thinking about giving this a try.

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

Jason Arron on a Star Wars series? Yes, please!

Posted by Mucklefluga

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

Edited by WheatStalker

So ... is this new Star Wars comics trilogy what Tony was referring to during last week's podcast ... he was like, 'oh, man, Marvel, 2015, it's going to be good, but I can't talk about it' ... or, is there even more secret goodness still to come ...

Posted by viin

its only a matter of time now before there is a marvel and star wars crossover

Edited by Figgs216
Posted by MannEffest

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

I know, poor guy :/

Posted by Icon

I feel bad for Brian too. I was following his stories from Dark Horse, and knowing now these new ones from Marvel will be canon means Brian's stories matter less.

Still excited for these new books tho, and love that Marvel is putting some of their best talent on them.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Marvel and Star Wars, together again!

Posted by StMichalofWilson

I hope it also borrows elements from the prequels, like alien races, planets, characters from Clone Wars, etc. (I would love for Ashoka to make an appearance!) and not just focus only on new material. I also look forward to reading some great stories. Noticing the enthusiasm in Jason and hearing that John Cassidy is a huge Star Wars fan, I have a feeling that this is going to be a good seires.

Posted by JosephHeinbachle

@testament: Why do people have such a hard time spelling the word "definitely".

Do they think, herp derp, there's no read squiggly under it, must be the right way to spell it. Defiantly is the adverb for defiant. As in rebellious. So you're saying he rebelliously hits or misses with what he writes?

Edited by Spideyfan3160

I've never read any Star Wars comics but I'm kinda of interested in them will probably pick up Star Wars and Vader maybe on Leia

Edited by Trodorne

Respect the artists and their efforts. :)

Marvel doing star wars? don't care. 90% chance of not buying any of the comics.

LONG LIVE DARK HORSE STAR WARS!!!!

Posted by zombietag

@manneffest said:

@mucklefluga said:

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

I know, poor guy :/

this. so terrible. its not jason's choice i'm sure, but it's kind of messed up that they aren't even bringing it up at all. it's literally the same premise exactly.

Posted by nateb1211

@zombietag said:

@manneffest said:

@mucklefluga said:

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

I know, poor guy :/

this. so terrible. its not jason's choice i'm sure, but it's kind of messed up that they aren't even bringing it up at all. it's literally the same premise exactly.

I too am bummed out about this since I look forward to his Star Wars book every month. Marvel should have really just handed the series over to him so that way he could at least sort of continue on with what he wanted to tell. Regardless I will still be picking this up, though I can only pray that it won't be childish like his Wolverine and the X-Men run.

Posted by ShirEPanjshir

@nateb1211 said:

@zombietag said:

@manneffest said:

@mucklefluga said:

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

I know, poor guy :/

this. so terrible. its not jason's choice i'm sure, but it's kind of messed up that they aren't even bringing it up at all. it's literally the same premise exactly.

I too am bummed out about this since I look forward to his Star Wars book every month. Marvel should have really just handed the series over to him so that way he could at least sort of continue on with what he wanted to tell. Regardless I will still be picking this up, though I can only pray that it won't be childish like his Wolverine and the X-Men run.

This. Brian Wood's current Star Wars series has been great. I agree it's a bit of a slap in the face to relaunch the Star Wars series with exactly the same premise as the one that was currently running. Plus it honestly doesn't make me feel excited for Marvel's take on Star Wars either. I was hoping they'd try to bring something new to the table, but now not so much.

Posted by Ms-Lola

@nateb1211 said:

@zombietag said:

@manneffest said:

@mucklefluga said:

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

I know, poor guy :/

this. so terrible. its not jason's choice i'm sure, but it's kind of messed up that they aren't even bringing it up at all. it's literally the same premise exactly.

I too am bummed out about this since I look forward to his Star Wars book every month. Marvel should have really just handed the series over to him so that way he could at least sort of continue on with what he wanted to tell. Regardless I will still be picking this up, though I can only pray that it won't be childish like his Wolverine and the X-Men run.

This. Brian Wood's current Star Wars series has been great. I agree it's a bit of a slap in the face to relaunch the Star Wars series with exactly the same premise as the one that was currently running. Plus it honestly doesn't make me feel excited for Marvel's take on Star Wars either. I was hoping they'd try to bring something new to the table, but now not so much.

Sorry to extend this quote tree, but as someone who had intended to read Dark Horse's series because of Wood, I don't know if I should bother with this new book under Marvel. Do you think Wood might be invited to take over after a while?

Posted by Testament

@testament: Why do people have such a hard time spelling the word "definitely".

Do they think, herp derp, there's no read squiggly under it, must be the right way to spell it. Defiantly is the adverb for defiant. As in rebellious. So you're saying he rebelliously hits or misses with what he writes?

Yo calm down. Spell check bro, wasn't payin attention

Posted by munkieKONG

@josephheinbachle said:

@testament: Why do people have such a hard time spelling the word "definitely".

Do they think, herp derp, there's no read squiggly under it, must be the right way to spell it. Defiantly is the adverb for defiant. As in rebellious. So you're saying he rebelliously hits or misses with what he writes?

Yo calm down. Spell check bro, wasn't payin attention

Also, you grammar attacked someone and then used "read" instead of "red." It's like you didn't even read what you wrote before posting it! Only derps do that though, right?

Posted by munkieKONG

Moving on. So now we're basically paying $1.00 more for Marvel to take a book that's doing perfectly fine, screw over the writer that was responsible for the book doing perfectly fine, and then produce the same stories as said writer anyway. Seems legit.

Edited by Testament

@testament said:

@josephheinbachle said:

@testament: Why do people have such a hard time spelling the word "definitely".

Do they think, herp derp, there's no read squiggly under it, must be the right way to spell it. Defiantly is the adverb for defiant. As in rebellious. So you're saying he rebelliously hits or misses with what he writes?

Yo calm down. Spell check bro, wasn't payin attention

Also, you grammar attacked someone and then used "read" instead of "red." It's like you didn't even read what you wrote before posting it! Only derps do that though, right?

Haha thanks bro. This calls for a bro fist!

Posted by The Impersonator

I give 5 stars for this one.

Posted by LCazT1996

@ms-lola said:

@shirepanjshir said:

@nateb1211 said:

@zombietag said:

@manneffest said:

@mucklefluga said:

I feel sorry for Brian Wood, his recent Star Wars series has exactly the same core idea as this new one.

I know, poor guy :/

this. so terrible. its not jason's choice i'm sure, but it's kind of messed up that they aren't even bringing it up at all. it's literally the same premise exactly.

I too am bummed out about this since I look forward to his Star Wars book every month. Marvel should have really just handed the series over to him so that way he could at least sort of continue on with what he wanted to tell. Regardless I will still be picking this up, though I can only pray that it won't be childish like his Wolverine and the X-Men run.

This. Brian Wood's current Star Wars series has been great. I agree it's a bit of a slap in the face to relaunch the Star Wars series with exactly the same premise as the one that was currently running. Plus it honestly doesn't make me feel excited for Marvel's take on Star Wars either. I was hoping they'd try to bring something new to the table, but now not so much.

Sorry to extend this quote tree, but as someone who had intended to read Dark Horse's series because of Wood, I don't know if I should bother with this new book under Marvel. Do you think Wood might be invited to take over after a while?

I suppose it's possible, but I'd say it's unlikely.

Brian Wood probably knew going in (or after a little while) that they'd end up losing it to Marvel.

I seriously hope after a little while, they'll branch off and do either some Clone Wars stuff or Old Republic stuff. I'm sure, however, that there will end up being a series that takes place in the New Republic once the new movie comes out, and maybe one in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope once Star Wars: Rebels kicks into full-swing.