The Marvel Star Wars series ends with its next issue, according to the latest solicitation from the comics publisher. Recently, the series captured the attention of the press for finally nearing the Empire Strikes Back era. Famously, George Lucas said three years passed between the first two films. The Marvel Star Wars series told stories about what happened during those years. The series is one of the first expanded universe projects to debut after Lucasfilm’s story group promised that “everything” would be “canon” going forward. The series debut issue remains the only single print comic in the 21st century to sell more than one million copies. Yet, last year, the title sold slightly more than 50,000 issues per month. Nonetheless, the Marvel Star Wars series probably ends more for story reasons rather as much as sales reasons.
Why the Marvel Star Wars Series Ends When It Does
Star Wars, as a franchise, finds itself at a unique crossroads. They’ve announced the “end” of what they are calling the Skywalker saga. Put another way, Lucasfilm will free themselves from the shackles of their classic characters. So, they can do new things without worrying about drawing the ire of ultra-passionate fans (some of whom are toxic). Still, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are their most recognizable and bankable characters. Perhaps if every issue of the Marvel Star Wars series sold one million copies the series might continue.
As it stands, Lucasfilm probably believes that their most bankable characters’ stories shouldn’t be “set in stone” in a comic book only around 50,000 people read each month. Especially since they have success with more limited runs like the various Darth Vader series or the Poe Dameron comic. The Marvel Star Wars series ends a month before Rise of Skywalker debuts. When it does, there will only be a single ongoing Star Wars title: Doctor Aphra. Yet, Marvel Comics still has plenty of plans for Star Wars.
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What’s Next from Marvel Star Wars Comics
The stories about Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the original trilogy gang might be moving from comics to something else. This could be anything from novels to animated movies. It all depends on where Lucasfilm (and Disney) think they can be most profitable. So, the next ongoing Marvel Star Wars series will likely focus on their new characters and projects. A series set sometime in the sequel era, focusing on Rey, Finn, and Poe seems possible. Also, a comic series that ties into whatever worlds Rian Johnson, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss create for their forthcoming films. We may still see legacy characters, but probably only in limited series formats. There may be some legacy-adjacent characters, like Enfys Nest or Cassian Andor, who also show up comics projects.
In the meantime, the Hoth storyline will continue in the limited series Star Wars: Empire Ascendant. And a new Star Wars comic series will follow in 2020, along with in-depth looks at the rise and fall of Ben Solo in Rise of Kylo Ren.
Star Wars is a huge franchise with countless stories to tell across plenty of different media. As much as we all love the classic characters, it’s good to say goodbye to them from time to time. It’s also great for fans, because they will get all new stories, characters, and adventures set in the universe they love so much. Star Wars is forever. At least, that’s what Disney and Marvel are hoping.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.