YES! I admit it, I was a skeptic when I heard that Marvel was taking back the Star Wars comic book license. They’ve quickly allayed those fears by putting out consistently good stories, true to the original, established characters. I’ve been enjoying both the Darth Vader and Princess Leia books, and the latest news out of Marvel makes me very happy: long denied his props at the awards ceremony at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, Chewbacca is getting his own book, penned by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by Phil Noto.
From Marvel: “Known for his big heart, short temper, and booming voice, Duggan plans to get to the core of what makes Chewbacca one of the strongest warriors in the Star Wars universe. Speaking with Marvel.com, Gerry Duggan says, “He’s a hero, plain and simple. He’s a giant-sized underdog. He’s faithful, fierce, and can be playful. At the beginning of the story he’s on a very important mission. One he sets aside to help those in need. By the end of this arc we’ll have met the soul of the Wookiee. We’ll understand what he fears, and we’ll know why he picked up his bowcaster. Yes, this story will be an action-packed thriller, but I think it has a very strong Wookiee heart, too.”
Accompanying Chewbacca in this brand new series is a young and feisty co-star, Zarro, whose home comes under attack from the Empire and Duggan and Noto are excited to show how this unlikely pair take on the ruthless grip of the Empire. “Zarro’s home is under threat, and when others shrink, she stands tall,” says Duggan. “At first glance, she sees Chewie as the extra muscle she needs. The brains attached to those muscles will be a surprise for her….and I think how Chewie and Zarro manage to deal with the threat will be a fun surprise for fans. Both Phil and I are so excited to be collaborating on a Star Wars comic. The term ‘dream project’ is probably overused, but there is simply no other way to describe the gig. If fans have half as much fun as we do, then everybody’s in for a fun ride.”
Don’t call him a fuzz ball. Don’t call him a walking carpet. This is Chewbacca – fierce and loyal warrior of Kashyyyk in a brand new Star Wars series coming from Marvel this October!
CHEWBACCA #1 Written by GERRY DUGGAN Art & Cover by PHIL NOTO Variant Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI On Sale in October!