12:00pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic-Con: 'Chewbacca' Comic Book Series Announced by Marvel
After decades in the co-pilot's seat, Marvel Entertainment has announced that, finally, it's time to let the Wookiee win.
Announced during the Star Wars Publishing panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the comic publisher will be releasing a five-issue spotlight on Chewbacca launching this fall.
Written by Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan with art by Phil Noto, the new series will take place in the aftermath of George Lucas' original movie and feature the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon crash-landing on a planet controlled by Imperial forces and having to help out a young girl while plotting his escape.
The new series will be the latest in Marvel's massively successful Star Wars line, following Star Wars, Darth Vader, the Star Wars: Rebels tie-in Kanan and a Princess Leia mini-series, with Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire launching in September.
Perhaps surprisingly, this isn't the first time that Chewbacca has received his own comic book series; Dark Horse Comics released a four issue series titled Star Wars: Chewbacca in 2000, featuring characters from the original movie trilogy reminiscing about the character's adventures after his death. (Don't worry, Star Wars fans; with last year's revision of Star Wars continuity, Chewie's death has been wiped out of the mythology.)
Marvel's Chewbacca series will launch in October.