“Star Wars” comics are back at Marvel after more than 20 years away from the publisher, and heralding the title’s homecoming is none other than Jaxxon, the giant green space rabbit who fought alongside Han Solo in the comic’s early years.
But don’t worry. It appears Jaxxon isn’t around to stay.
The character cameos on a variant cover for “Star Wars” No. 1, due out in January. The variant, by artist John Tyler Christopher, will only be available at the comic’s launch parties.
“We think old and new fans alike will be just as excited as we are to see Jaxxon, even if it’s only for this fun variant cover,” said Marvel’s David Gabriel in a press statement.
Unveiled Wednesday, the cover is meant to be “a callback to the original Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars’ series,” Gabriel said.
Marvel published the first “Star Wars” comics beginning in 1977 with the official movie adaptation by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin, followed by some off-kilter stories that introduced several eccentric characters to the “Star Wars” universe, including the oft-maligned Jaxxon.
The comic, by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin, is set immediately after the events of “A New Hope” and follows the adventures of Princess Leia, Luke, Han, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and more as the Rebel Alliance battles for freedom against the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire.
“Star Wars” No. 1 is the first title under a new agreement between Lucasfilm and Marvel, both owned by the Walt Disney Co. Dark Horse Comics, which took over the license in 1991, succeeded in making “Star Wars” series and graphic novels one of its flagship titles. The franchise’s return to Marvel comes the same year Disney will release a new “Star Wars” film, J. J. Abrams’ highly anticipated “Episode VII.”
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