Today MTV had the exclusive reveal of Marvel Comic’s newest “Star Wars” title, and it is none other than everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca!
“Chewbacca” will be a new limited series that will be written by Gerry Duggan (“Deadpool”) and art by Phil Noto (“Black Widow”). The series will take place between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes” like most of the Marvel comics right now, and will be about Chewie crash landing on a planet, where he will team up with new characters, and probably run into a few familiar ones too.
Here is a portion of an interview MTV conducted with writer Gerry Duggan, as well as some cover images of the new comic series:
MTV: There’s certain challenges that a “Chewbacca” book lends itself to, particularly dialogue. How are you handling a character who basically just says, “Arraahahahahaharahah?”
Duggan: It’s one of the first things we talked about. That we were going to let Chewie be Chewie and not try and change anything that’s on the internal [dialogue], the caption boxes or anything like that.
But you know, a little bit of good news here is that Phil Noto is my collaborator on this book, and he’s gonna be able to tell the story whether or not there are any balloons or boxes at all.
Chewie is on a very important mission when we first meet him, and you’ll be able to tell that right away without hearing him speak. But script wise, what’s been very fun for me, I’ve been writing each roar and yell twice. Once for the letterer, to be printed exactly as it is on the page and then once in parentheses for the team that basically is Chewie’s whine in English.
And that’s just for internal use. That’s just so that everyone can be on the same page and know that, hey, we’re telling this story visually and anything that we do need to know… He’s got a friend on this planet, a young woman and she speaks the basic language — so we won’t be in the dark.
MTV: Well let’s talk about the story a little bit. What is Chewie’s mission, what’s going on with him — and what is the general character arc for our favorite fuzzball?
Duggan: Chewie is on an important mission when we first meet him. He would not use the term crash-landed, but Han would disagree. He’s obviously been marooned on this planet at least temporarily, with a loaner ship that he got from the rebellion. And their roadside service is not great, so he’s got a little bit of work to do there to get the ship back up and running.
This planet is at a crossroads. There are forces there that want — like the Empire — to strip it of its resources. And obviously [there] would be some people that would be very opposed to that, and Chewie throws in with, with the good guys. He’s gonna set aside his mission for the greater good of this planet, and this new friend.
Chewbacca sounds like another cool new Marvel “Star Wars” comic to check out, but I do wish more of their new comics would start to take place in different parts of the timeline, instead of just always being right after “A New Hope.”
Be sure to check out the full interview with Gerry Duggan over at MTV.