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Star wars Legacy set to return!! 2013

Provided by the guys over at the CBR website 

“Next year, fans of the “Star Wars” franchise will still be reading comic stories set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but the latest round of stories from Dark Horse will be set a little less of a long time ago.The publisher today revealed exclusively to CBR News that “Star Wars: Legacy” will return in the new year. Set over 100 years after the events of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, the newest iteration of the book will be written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, best known for their well-received run on BOOM! Studios’ “Planet of the Apes” comics. Dark Horse provided this first look at the cover to issue #1 by artist Dave Wilkins:
Originally launching in 2006 from writer John Ostrander, “Legacy” shook up the Star Wars comics line by pushing the “expanded universe” timeline farther than it had gone before. That series starred Cade Skywalker, a Jedi-turned-smugler who had abandoned the honorable path set by his ancestor Luke.
Detail are scarce on how this new series will follow up on that previous, popular “Legacy” series, which lasted 50 issues with an additional mini series wrapping in early 2011, but one solid piece of info provided by Dark Horse is that this comic will carry the Skywalker bloodline in a new way. Namely, the series lead will be a young woman who is the great-granddaughter of original movie characters Han Solo and Leia Organa! While the pair have born twins in the previous expanded universe tales, the status and the outlook of this new face remain unknown.”

I am so excited to hear that the Legacy series is coming back next year. It will be interesting to see how they handle the other side of the family. Makes me wonder if it will be Jacen Solos descendant or Jaina and Jagged Fel?
What do you guys think? Post a comment, who do you think it will be?

Francesco Francavilla: The Black Beetle!


Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses is interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters—taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop. Who could pull off such a coup, and what danger might that murderous bomber do to Colt City and Black Beetle?
 New series from the Eisner Award winner!
Francesco Francavilla
Francesco Francavilla
Cover Artist:
Francesco Francavilla
If your a fan of classic Pulp magazines or more specifically the art style, than Francesco Francavilla is a man you should know more about. I want to start out by saying that I have seen his work in the past, on books I wasnt following and for some reason I never picked one up. His credits include the Shadow, Zorro, Black Panther: the man with out fear, the Spider, Scalped, Sorrow and Detective Comics just to name a few.
His latest project, which you can pre-order at your local comic shop or online store is The Black Beetle: No way out. This 4 issue mini-series is available from Dark Horse Comics in January 2013. If sales of this series are good, Francesco plans on continuing the adventures of the Black Beetle! So go order it already! Do yourself a favor and head over to his web site, check out his body of work .

Stan Lee’s Fireside editions! 1974-1979

The other night the wife and I where at Barnes and noble killing some time and I found a book I wanted to share with you. Going through the clearance section of the store I picked this book up for $5! This over sized trade collects various Hulk comics (along with Avengers and Fantastic Four issues) with an introduction by Stan Lee before a few of the stories story. This gives the reader a bit of insight  behind the story. It is  the coolest book I’ve seen in quite a while, The behind the scenes articles by Stan Lee makes it much more than another collected edition. Unfortunately the book doesnt list the issue numbers of the comics that appear in it, which does bother the collector in me, but for a first time reader of a character I can see why it wasn’t included or more importantly not necessary.

Wiki description: “The Marvel Fireside Books Series was a series of full-color trade paperbacks featuring Marvel Comics stories and characters co-published by Marvel and the Simon & Schuster division Fireside Books from 1974 to 1979.
The series enabled fans of the old comics to have access to the stories without having to pay exorbitant prices for the original back issues. It introduced new readers to the work of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and other Marvel creators, and packaged the material in a traditional book format that carried more caché than the flimsy pamphlet style of a typical comic book. Many of the books featured painted covers illustrated by such artists as Bob Larkin, John Romita, Sr., and Earl Norem. In this way, the series was an antecedent to the now common practice of packaging “classic” stories into archival editions and trade paperback collections including Marvel’s 1998 book Grandson of Origins of Marvel Comics.

Publishing History: Marvel Publisher Stan Lee came up with the idea of compiling the origins of some of their most popular characters in a book format similar to Jules Feiffer’s 1965 book The Great Comic Book Heroes. Teaming up with Fireside, a young-adult imprint of Simon & Schuster, Marvel initially produced Origins of Marvel Comics in 1974, featuring the origins of the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, and Doctor Strange. Like the books to follow, Origins featured a foreword by Lee, and short introductions to each section, which followed the format of presenting the character’s origin followed by a contemporary story by current Marvel contributors.
Origins of Marvel Comics was followed in 1975 with Sons of Origins of Marvel Comics, featuring the origins of the X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers, Daredevil, Nick Fury, The Watcher, and the Silver Surfer.
The two Origins books were followed by Bring on the Bad Guys, origins of a selection of Marvel villains; and The Superhero Women, featuring some of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes. Eventually, the series began straying away from origin stories and published collections of classic stories with individual characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Captain America, and Doctor Strange.
One of the Marvel Fireside Books superhero story editions was not a reprint but was an original story. 1978’s The Silver Surfer, by Stan Lee, with art by Kirby and Joe Sinnott, was a new take on the late 1960s icon; and is considered by many to be one of the first true “graphic novels.”[citation needed]
In conjunction with their reprint collections, Marvel and Fireside also produced a number of activity and game books, how-to books, and even a cookbook, again all featuring Marvel characters. The most well-known and popular book of this kind was 1978’s How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, which is still in print.
Marvel/Fireside published 24 different books, many with multiple printings in both hardcover and paperback.”

Now my plan is to try and find the rest of this series of books to add to my book shelf. If you have or have read any of these titles let me know what you think!