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The Next 'Star Wars' Comic Crossover Will Be: 'Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel'

Written by sdsichero on Thursday, February 09 2017 and posted in News with Benefits
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The Next 'Star Wars' Comic Crossover Will Be: 'Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel'

That doesn't sound ominous at all…


Source: Exclusive: Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron Reveal Marvel’s Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel Crossover

Just in time for Star Wars' 40th anniversary, the Marvel Comics version of the franchise will be having its second crossover event. The comics first crossed over back in 2015 with Vader Down, which ran the storyline through the two ongoing series at the time: Star Wars and Darth Vader. Well, in 2017 the same writers are back and since the Darth Vader series had ended, the crossover is between Star Wars and the Darth Vader spin-off title, Doctor Aphra, in a storyline called Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel.

As with Vader Down, The Screaming Citadel will launch with a one-shot before continuing off into the two series. The one-shot will be by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Marco Checchetto and arrives in May. The next chapter will be in Star Wars #31 by Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca and continues in Doctor Aphra #7 by Gillen and Checchetto. The crossover will be five issues total.

The writers are having fun pairing up the good-guy Luke Skywalker and the morally-questionable archaeologist Aphra. Aaron gives his view of the pairing:

"Aphra is the one who shows up and gets things rolling. She needs Luke to get what she wants, and Luke has been on a quest since the book began to become a Jedi — to become what he needs to be to win the war, to face Darth Vader."

 

Gillen chimes in:

"They have such different life experiences. You know, she’s a little older than he is, he’s still naive and she’s a cynical monster. And they go back and forth and they tease each other and, occasionally, they push each other’s buttons. But there’s an underlying similarity. They’ve both lost their families. They’ve both had completely different responses to the horror of the Star Wars universe, the big tragedy, and the push and pull of that is very much the heart of the book. But really, it’s just funny. It’s just fundamentally funny to see them go at each other."

 

They won't be alone though, as we find out when Aaron describes the story:

"It starts with them [Skywalker and Aphra] venturing into a very dark and scary situation on a faraway alien planet and winding up in the clutches of a sinister alien queen. There’s symbiotes involved. There are Aphra’s two murderous droids and best-friend Wookiee, and then, of course, the cast of my book. Han and Leia and Sana Starros come running into the fray, as well, and there are several new villains who are at play."

 

Gillen details the genre being employed in this story:

"… we’re going to lean very much to this particular genre that we haven’t seen in Star Wars before, and that’s a big part of the appeal. “Let’s do a horror story, and let’s do a horror story with this level of gothic fantasy to it.” It pretty much starts in a bar, which is as Star Wars as it gets. So it’s very grounded, we recognize it’s Star Wars. Then we travel with Luke and Aphra, and we go to this place. It’s instantly a Star Wars take on the trope of doing a village, and there’s a really weird castle up on the hill and it’s a bit suspicious, and they arrive there and [the people] seem very friendly but something is definitely off."

 

starwarsscreamingcitadelcvr.jpgStar Wars: The Screaming Citadel #001 cover by Marco Checchetto

 

screaming-citadel-concept-art-1-675x1024.jpgConcept art of the Screaming Citadel by Marco Checchetto

 

screaming-citadel-concept-art-2.jpgConcept art of the Screaming Citadel by Marco Checchetto

 

screaming-citadel-concept-art-3.jpgConcept art of the Screaming Citadel by Marco Checchetto

 

 

star-wars-31-666x1024.jpgStar Wars #31 cover by Marco Checchetto

 

doctor-aphra-7-666x1024.jpgDoctor Aphra #7 cover by Marco Checchetto

 

This crossover was actually first announced during StarWars.com's weekly web show, The Star Wars Show:

 

 





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