Today writer and artist Chip Zdarsky tweeted out a link to his variant cover for Vader Down #1, which is Marvel's first Star Wars crossover, pitting a stranded Darth Vader alone against the forces of the Rebel Alliance. Zdarksy's image does not show a singular Vader or hordes of Rebels though, but a character from Marvel's first run on Star Wars:
My STAR WARS cover! Giving Jaxxon the respect he DESERVES: https://t.co/6bScA7Pz8q— Chip Zdarsky ;) (@zdarsky) October 20, 2015
Yes, that silhouetted character facing off against Vader is Jaxxon, the green leporine smuggler who first appeared in Marvel's Star Wars vol.1 #8.
Zdarsky is not the first artist to put Jaxxon on a variant cover in the new Star Wars comic series, John Tyler Christopher had the character on a variant cover for the first issue:
Still, Jaxxon hasn't appeared in the new comics so is not really a part of the new unified canon. Though his species has been hinted at in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series' fifth season episode "A Sunny Day In The Void". In that episode, a skeleton can be seen that looks an awful like the species that Jaxxon was, a Lepi with a familiar looking uniform.
Officially, the skeleton was not identified a specific species. Clone Wars is part of the new canon though, so there is a hope for Jaxxon.
Perhaps a bigger ray of hope for Jaxxon though, is the writer of the current Star Wars comic, and Vader Down #1, Jason Aaron. Aaron, who recently extended his contract with the Marvel, had this to say when the comic was announced and was asked what one element he'd bring back:
"The giant bunny rabbit, of course."
How about Zdarsky on a Jaxxon ongoing Marvel? You can Chip Zdarsky's variant cover in stores when Vader Down #1 crashes in November.
VADER DOWN #1 ZDARSKY JAXXON VARIANT (SEP158170)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
FOC – 10/26/15, On-Sale – 11/18/15