On June 22, Marvel releases the first issue in a five-part comics version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, adapted by Chuck Wendig, with art by Luke Ross, and the publisher has released a range of variant covers by some of its biggest marquee names.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1 has a gorgeous cover by Esad Ribic, which unlike the toy lines will leave you with no doubt who the protagonist of this story is. There's also an equally beautiful and even more Rey-centric cover by Joe Quesada, and a movie poster-esque design by Phil Noto. The press release promises a variant by John Cassaday, but that's not included in the preview, sadly. There's also a movie poster variant, and sketch versions of the Ribic and Quesada covers.

If things were still like they were in the days of the original trilogy, this first issue would have come out the week before the movie, but the colors would have been off and Supreme Leader Snoke would have been drawn as an evil panda bear, because nobody making the comic would've been able to see the movie. So it's probably for the best we let them take their time with these things.


Variant Cover by Joe Quesada
Variant Cover by Phil Noto
Movie Variant
Sketch Cover by Esad Ribic

Here's the official word from Marvel:


The movie that took the world by storm is jumping from the silver screen to the comic page this June! Straight from a galaxy far, far away to the comic book page, Marvel is proud to bring you STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1 – the first chapter in a blockbuster 5-issue limited series! Marvel is rolling out the red carpet with covers and variants by some of the biggest names in the entire comic book industry. Featuring variants by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, chart-topping Star Wars™ artists John Cassaday & Phil Noto and a main cover by Secret Wars artist Esad Ribic – this is sure to be one of the biggest titles of the year!

From creators Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) and Luke Ross (Hercules) – it’s been decades since the Rebel Alliance destroyed toppled the Galactic Empire. But now, on the remote planet of Jakku, there’s been a stirring in the Force. A young scavenger named Rey, a deserting Stormtrooper named Finn, an ace pilot named Poe, and a dark apprentice named Kylo Ren. Their lives are about to collide. The awakening is happening at your local comic shop this June with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1!



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