Marvel’s New York Comic Con announcements included new creative teams for three superhero series and a reboot for their flagship Star Wars series that will take it into new era of the story. All four series will kick off in January 2020 with new #1 issues.
The new Star Wars
arc, by writer Charles Soule and artist Jesús Saiz, will be set in the period between The Empire Strikes Back
and Return of the Jedi
, after the main characters’ defeat and the revelation that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. Now Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and their allies are faced with the daunting task of returning to the Rebel Alliance, this time with a new foe, Imperial Commander Zahra, scheming to take them down.
Iron Man 2020
promises big changes for the iconic superhero, starting with a new identity: Tony Stark is gone, and his long-lost brother, Arno Stark, will take on both the suit and the responsibilities that come with it. Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage, with art by Pete Woods, the six-issue series will also explore the boundaries between humans and robots, and robotic characters including Vision, Jocasta, and Albert and Elsie-Dee will make appearances. Other comics will tie in, and executive editor Tom Brevoort promises Iron Man 2020
will be a big deal: “Here, all of the larger themes we’ve been playing with will come to the fore in a big, sweeping, epic action movie that anyone can enjoy!” Woods’s main cover for the first issue will feature a fifth color fluorescent ink effect.
will get a new creative team and a new look when writer Donny Cates and artist Nic Klein take the reins. As the story kicks off, Thor is the king of Asgard and peace reigns in the kingdom, but a new journey begins with the rise of an ancient enemy, The Black Winter. Cates promises both adventure and mystery in the new arc, which takes over where Jason Aaron’s run as the writer leaves off.
Guardians of the Galaxy
will also get a new creative team when Immortal Hulk
writer Al Ewing and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
artist Juann Cabal come on board with the new issue #1. Ewing describes the story as “a high-octane spy-fi action-adventure set against an evolving backdrop of interstellar politics, intrigue and suspense,” and the new series will double down on that with a new intergalactic war and the return of the reborn Dark Gods of Olympus.