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n 1977 Marvel Comics published the very first Star Wars comic-book series. Now Marvel are re-presenting those original adventures in its over-sized Omnibus format with Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years collecting Star Wars (1977) #1-44 and Annual #1.
It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones! There’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this collection!
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- Phil Wheat
A lot of news came out of Comic Con 2014, but here’s a round-up of the cooler ones. Up first, it looks like Gareth Edwards will remain on the “Godzilla” train, with the “Monsters” director signed up to direct the sequel to the hit franchise reboot. But it won’t be for a while. Edwards, as you’ll recall, is on tap to direct one of the “Star Wars” stand-alone films for Disney, so that’ll come first before he moves on to “Godzilla 2.” This time around, Godzilla will be battling monsters Mothra, Rodan and Ghidora. Being that Comic Con started life as a comic book convention, you can bet Marvel’s panel was one of the biggest. Well they brought everyone, including the cast/crew of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” (check them out at a fan signing event) along with making some news elsewhere. Marvel »
Update – Confirmed from a source that J.J. Abrams landed in Kerry airport earlier today Update – New image of the crew boarding in Portmagee (scroll down) Update – New image of security in Valencia (scroll down for the image) Update – Apparently it’s the lesser known cast members that are to shoot on Skellig Michael, according to some reporters, but again, that depends on their knowledge. But if that’s anything to go by, don’t expect Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher or Luke Skywalker Update – Some filming has already take place very early this morning Update – It’s now confirmed that a helicopter will fly the cast and very possibly Jj Abrams to Skellig Michael. The helipad will fly from Valentia island. As the world knows by now, Star Wars Episode VII will have a 3 day shoot on Skellig Michael off the South Kerry coast. Boats will deliver crew and gear to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Dark Horse, the elder statesman of independent comics, continues to show no signs of slowing down during this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Even though Marvel now holds the rights to Star Wars, its biggest licensed comics property, Dark Horse struck back by announcing a several creator owned titles in different genres as well as an expansion to the Mignolaverse and a sequel to one of the most beloved novels of the past century. Dark Horse also won some Eisners in a wide variety of categories showing the company’s comics appeal to many types of readers from kids to people who wouldn’t normally read comics.
1. Hellboy and the Bprd Miniseries
Even though Batman has gotten most of the publicity, another comics character is celebrating a big anniversary. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Hellboy’s first appearance in the Seed of Destruction miniseries by Mike Mignola and scripted by John Byrne. »
- Logan Dalton
Last week, we reported that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was heading to Comic-Con 2014 to present his Dynamite comic book series that combines characters from his hit 2012 Western Django Unchained with the iconic Zorro character. During the panel, the filmmaker confirmed that he is moving forward with his new Western The Hateful Eight.
Deadline reported just before the panel began that the filmmaker is eyeing an early 2015 start date, which lines up with a report from earlier this month where Kurt Russell revealed shooting will begin early next year. The director wouldn't divulge any more details about the project at the Comic-Con panel.
As you may know, The Hateful Eight almost never made it off the ground after the script was first completed. We reported in January that the first draft of his script was leaked, which lead to the lawsuit he filed against Gawker Media. After initially talking about shelving the project indefinitely, »
As announced Saturday, Marvel Entertainment will visit a galaxy far, far Away in early 2015, with three new comic book series launching and solo series for both Darth Vader and Princess Leia joining a core title called, simply, Star Wars. Created by some of Marvel's most popular creators — Star Wars comes from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, while Star Wars: Darth Vader is the work of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, and Star Wars: Princess Leia is from Mark Waid and Terry Dodson — all three series take place between the original 1977 movie and 1980's follow-up, The
- Graeme McMillan
Legendary has announced a November 4, 2016 release date for King Kong: Skull Island, a film they described in a press release saying, "Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." A teaser for the movie was shown to the Comic Con audience described as featuring a rainy "island, and then a shot of, yup, King Kong beating his chest." In addition to this news, the production studio, which recently moved from Warner Bros. to Universal, also teased Godzilla 2 with a brief bit of footage of which was described as follows by ComingSoon.net: "They showed a bunch of old newsreel footage similar to the opening credits but it was interspersed with the tag: "There is still one secret that remains hidden, »
- Brad Brevet
On Saturday, Legendary Entertainment presented in Hall H its future film line-up with some added surprises, franchise announcements and special guests.
In addition to Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ video thank you message to the fans at Comic-Con, where the re-imagination of Godzilla was first introduced in 2012, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull presented what is to come for the iconic monster and the cinematic universe that Legendary is creating.
Joining Godzilla in future franchise installments will be several other classic monsters from Toho Co., Limited, including three of the most popular monsters from the Godzilla universe: Rodan, Mothra, and the formidable King Ghidorah. During the panel it was also announced that filmmaker Edwards will direct the sequel to Godzilla after he finishes his installment in the expanded Star Wars franchise.
- Michelle McCue
Writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday will work on the main Star Wars title, which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and follows the adventures of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and their allies.
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will focus on the same period, but from the point of view of the Emperor's terrifying lieutenant.
Also set in the time period between Episodes IV and V, it will see Leia attempting to come to terms with the destruction of her home planet Alderaan. »
Legendary, the company who brought this years rather slick Godzilla reboot to life, took to San Diego Comic Con’s hallowed Hall H to spill what’s next on their agenda. Many had been hoping that there might be some Jurassic World footage but the studio chose to focus on it’s old school monsters.
The panel kicked off with a video from director Gareth Edwards confirming that he will be back to direct the Godzilla sequel, he just has ‘a little sci-fi film’ to finish first. Edwards was announced recently as being the director of the first Star Wars spinoff movie, so it seems once that’s out of the way he’ll be back in control of the giant iguana. He also shared a clip of Godzilla atop Alcatraz Island as a thank you to everyone that has made the film a worldwide success.
The first film has »
- Kat Smith
Written and directed by Luc Besson
Let there be no doubt: the concept which powers Luc Besson’s new film Lucy, that human beings use only 10% of their brain capacity on average, is pseudoscience garbage. However, that fact ought not disqualify the film immediately. In truth, a little pseudoscience can go a long way at the movies. If you can accept Tie fighters making sounds as they fly through airless space in Star Wars, or the mysterious and completely unscientific powers of the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, then Lucy should be no problem.
In fact, Lucy might be all the better for leaving “real” science behind. The Bradley Cooper vehicle Limitless also posited a person with the full 100% of his brain unleashed, but its commitment to realism made its hero uninteresting – superintelligent Cooper just wasn’t that different than regular Cooper. Freed from the constraints of the real world, »
- Mark Young
Legendary Pictures didn’t reveal any Jurassic World footage during their Comic-Con panel (boo!), but that might be because they’ve got plenty of other monsters on their slate. Gareth Edwards appeared via video message, joking that he’ll be busy with “a small little sci-fi film” (that’ll be his Star Wars spin-off), but he did confirm that he’ll be back to tackle the Godzilla sequel after that. He also introduced a brand new clip of Godzilla roaring (was he on top of Alcatraz Island?), as a thank you to the fans who have made it a huge...
- Matthew Leyland / Matt Maytum
As well as launching Guardians Of The Galaxy on film, Marvel have been handed the papery keys to an even bigger space opera property, a certain something called Star Wars. The franchise has a long and sometimes underwhelming history with comic books and Marvel played their part in the legacy, with hardback releases of their previous efforts due in January 2015. Now it has just been announced at San Diego Comic-Con that these will be accompanied by three major series that fill in some of the gaps between Episodes IV – V.
Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Princess Leia will follow on from the Death Star’s somewhat impromptu disassembling by Rebel Forces and reveal what happened to some classic characters. Did Chewy have to go into therapy? If he did, how the hell could the therapist work out what he was saying? Star Wars and »
- Steve Palace
It was bound to happen after Disney acquired Lucasfilms several years after purchasing Marvel. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, as reported by IGN, USA Today, and The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel announced three new Star Wars titles. Each title will be set after the events of the original 1977 film and will be written and drawn by some of the industry’s greatest talents. This is not the first time Marvel has produced Star Wars titles, as they had a monthly comic that ran from 1977 to 1986, which introduced Jaxxon, a green space rabbit, to the world.
The first series to be released and the main title of the bunch will be simply titled Star Wars. Written by Thor: God of Thunder and Scalped writer Jason Aaron, and drawn by Astonishing X-men’s John Cassaday, Star Wars will follow the classic group of characters we all know and love from the original. The »
- Max Molinaro
Filmmaker and artist Dave Filoni is right at home among the fans here at Comic-Con. It’s obvious from the moment he starts talking that he’s a keen consumer of pop culture, and that passion served him well as supervising director of the animated series The Clone Wars, which lasted six seasons on Cartoon Network. Now, he’s found another creative outlet in his latest project, Star Wars Rebels for Disney Xd. We had a chance to sit down with Filoni one on one to talk about Star Wars Rebels and how it relates to the rest of the Star Wars universe. Read the full interview after the jump. Set in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels follows the ragtag crew of The Ghost as they travel around the galaxy, evading the Empire and sewing the seeds of rebellion wherever they can. In »
- Cindy White
Marvel Comics announced at the annual Saturday Cup Of Joe panel at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International a new Star Wars 5-issue limited series comic book Star Wars: Princess Leia. The series by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will follow the famous now-Disney princess as she comes to terms with the destruction of her […]
The post First Look: Star Wars Princess Leia Comic Book, Two New Series Revealed [Comic Con 2014] appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
During Marvel’s Cup O’Joe panel at the San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon, it was announced that the publisher is set to kick off its Star Wars license with three new titles – Star Wars by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, Star Wars: Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca, and Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson. Both Star Wars and Darth Vader will be ongoing titles, while Princess Leia is set for a five-issue miniseries. Here’s some cover artwork for the three books…
Jason Aarons: We get to start with that Original Film and I want everyone who reads this book to feel like how I did when I was a kid: that childhood wonder and glee. That’s what I feel like when I sit down to write.
John Cassaday: We’re treating this as an in-between story, as »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel have announced three new Star Wars comic books for next year. The first will launch in January and is simply titled Star Wars. It comes from the creative team of Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder) and John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers) and takes place after the destruction of the first Death Star as Luke, Han and Leia battle Darth Vader. In February, we'll get Star Wars: Darth Vader from Kieron Gillen (Iron Man) and Salvador Larroca (Cable and X-Force), with covers by Adi Granov. That takes place from the perspective of the iconic villain as he atempts to regain control over the Empire after their defeat at the hands of the Rebels in A New Hope. Finally, March will see the debut of Star Wars: Princess Leia from Mark Waid (Daredevil) and Terry Dodson (X-Men). Following the battle of Yavin, it picks up with the princess as »
Edwards will of course be busy with one of the secret Star Wars spin-off movies for the next couple of years, but the fact that he will return to helm the follow-up to his reboot of the franchise is great news.
However, those of you who thought that the movie wasn’t quite action-packed enough will be glad to hear that some familiar monsters will be joining Gozdilla in the sequel. Those have been confirmed as Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah! There’s also talk of others appearing, but this is one heck of a good start.
That wasn’t the only surprise Legendary had though. They revealed that Skull Island will be released on November 4th, »
- Josh Wilding
Legendary Pictures was at San Diego Comic-Con today presenting several of their upcoming film projects. During the presentation, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull confirmed earlier reports that Gareth Edwards would be coming back to direct Godzilla 2. The lineup of monsters we will see in future installments of the franchise were also revealed in a fun video presentation from Project Monarch. Those additional monsters include Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. The crowd got pretty damn excited about these monsters coming in to join Godzilla. Edwards will start working on the project as soon as he's finished directing his Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm.
At the end of the panel, Legendary had a big surprise for attendees.The studio ended the panel with a teaser for a film called Skull Island, which will tell an origin story of another great beast... King Kong. The teaser takes us through the island and ends »
- Joey Paur
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