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Three new Star Wars comics announced

Three new Star Wars comics announced
28 July 2014 - 07:16 AM

Marvel has announced three new Star Wars comic series at San Diego Comic Con 2014.

It was only a matter of time before Marvel jumped back into Star Wars after the deal with Dark Horse Comics ended last year, and at Comic Con we have seen the reveal of not one but three new series, which will be the first contributions to Star Wars from Marvel since the 1980s.

The first, simply titled Star Wars, seems to follow the heroes of the Rebel Alliance shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It will hit shelves in January 2015, written by Jason Aaron, and illustrated by John Cassaday.

Star Wars: Darth Vader will also follow the story past A New Hope, but this time focusing on the Dark Lord and his recovery from defeat after the destruction of the first Death Star. It is due out in February 2015, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca.

Star Wars: Princess Leia is a miniseries following everybody's favourite princess as she laments the destruction of Alderaan and grows as a leader of the Rebellion. Due in March 2015, it will be written by Mark Waid with art by Terry Dodson.

Mark Hamill shows his face

Mark Hamill shows his face
26 July 2014 - 10:01 AM

Mark Hamill has been spotted sporting a fine growth of facial hair worthy of a Jedi Master.

On the red carpet in London at the UK premiere of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy this week, Mark Hamill posed for cameras as he exhibited his masterful facial hair, reminiscent of the beard worn by Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba he explained that he was "contractually obliged" to grow the beard for his role in Star Wars Episode VII, and that it signified Luke Skywalker's role as the mentor figure, like Obi-Wan Kenobi before him.

Hamill also revealed how surprised he is to be returning to Star Wars all these years later, and says that he never intended to return to the galaxy far far away. But so far he seemed impressed with the talent of the new cast and is confident that the future of Star Wars is in good hands.

Rebels trailer debuts at Comic Con 2014

Rebels trailer debuts at Comic Con 2014
26 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

Disney has revealed new trailers this week revealing new information about upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.

The cast of Star Wars Episode VII may have been too busy to attend San Diego 2014, but that didn't stop Disney from showing off the latest trailer for the Star Wars Rebels animated TV series.

This complements the trailer released earlier this week, that revealed the appearance of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series. Rebels is set five years before A New Hope, and promises to carry on the way that The Clone Wars left off, with an all-action storyline that pits a band of rebels against the oppressive Galactic Empire.

The Clone Wars "veteran" James Arnold Taylor is reprising his role as the voice of Obi-Wan, and will be joined by Billy Dee Williams, who despite not being confirmed for Episode VII has now joined the cast of Rebels in his familiar role as scoundrel Lando Calrissian.

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Star Wars Expanded Universe Timeline

Check out the timeline! It's still under construction!

In the continuity of the Star Wars saga there are eight clearly defined eras into which every story fits, and you can see these listed below.

The earliest stories occur Before the Republic, and tales of the Sith Wars and Jedi Civil War take place during the Republic era. The time of the Star Wars prequels are nestled within the Rise of the Empire era, which comes to an end with the Battle of Yavin and the start of the Rebellion era. After the fall of the Empire comes a New Republic, but the galaxy is changed again when the Yuuzhan Vong invade the galaxy at the start of the New Jedi Order era. The future is unclear, but many tales have already been told in the Legacy era...

The final publishing category is Infinities, which are often alternate universe or other stories considered non-canon. We currently have not included these stories in our timeline.

As new stories are always being added, this is a continuous work in progress, so if you spot a mistake or omission please let us know!

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