All-Star Artists Covering ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ #1

How times have changed. Back in 1977, Star Wars #1 from Marvel came out three months before the movie. Granted, the finished product had some differences in character design from the film, and Star Wars wasn’t so much a juggernaut as a calculated risk by Roy Thomas. We’ve heard this week that a prequel series to Star Wars: Rogue One was cancelled because of so many levels of approvals getting in the way of scheduling, budget, and availability of the appropriate level of talent. (Seriously, the thing that keeps Marvel’s books from seeming like cash grabs is that they are consistently some of the best books Marvel has.) So they played it safe with this adaptation and waited a few months after the movie to release it. Is it too late?

All that being said, it’s probably pretty good; I just don’t know what new it has to offer. Chuck Wendig has done some good comics work, though his Aftermath novels have had mixed reviews. At the very least, these covers are beautiful.

From Marvel:

The movie that took the world by storm is jumping from the silver screen to the comic page this June! Straight from a galaxy far, far away to the comic book page, Marvel is proud to bring you STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1 – the first chapter in a blockbuster 5-issue limited series! Marvel is rolling out the red carpet with covers and variants by some of the biggest names in the entire comic book industry. Featuring variants by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, chart-topping Star Wars™ artists John Cassaday & Phil Noto and a main cover by Secret Wars artist Esad Ribic – this is sure to be one of the biggest titles of the year!

From creators Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) and Luke Ross (Hercules) – it’s been decades since the Rebel Alliance destroyed toppled the Galactic Empire. But now, on the remote planet of Jakku, there’s been a stirring in the Force. A young scavenger named Rey, a deserting Stormtrooper named Finn, an ace pilot named Poe, and a dark apprentice named Kylo Ren. Their lives are about to collide. The awakening is happening at your local comic shop this June with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1!

Sketch Variant by ESAD RIBIC (APR161043)
Variant covers by JOE QUESADA (APR161047),
PHIL NOTO (APR161042), and JOHN CASSADAY (APR161045)
Movie Variant Also Available (APR161049)
Cassaday Sketch (APR161045) & Quesada Sketch (APR161048) Also Available
FOC – 05/30/16, On Sale – 06/22/16

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About Derek McCaw
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at