At the Dark Horse Comics Star Wars Panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday, line editor Randy Stradley revealed you'll be seeing a number of stories featuring Anakin Skywalker leading up to Episode III. The company will publish adaptations of Genndy Tartakovsky's "Star Wars: Clone Wars" series of shorts that will air on Cartoon Network. Art will be handled by Ben Caldwell. "Star Wars Tales" #18 will feature a Boba Fett story, followed by a Han Solo story in issue #19 that's "sure to upset some fans" according to Stradley. Issue #20 will be the last of the Dave Land edited "Star Wars Tales" and will feature a story contributed by Tony Millionaire. In a future issue of "Star Wars: Empire" Jeremy Barlow will author a story showing the perspective of a Storm Trooper in the Empire as he's transferred from his regular assignment to his new one on the Death Star. Finally, art for the Episode III adapatation will be handled by Doug Wheatley and started as soon as next month.
Caught up with the good folks at Devil's Due to find out what changes we can expect from them. "Voltron" will be taking a short break before returning in 2004, revealed in their panel on day one, but will also be returning as a series of mini-series. Ej Su and Clint Killinski will handle the art chores once the title relaunches. The company is now selling "G.I. Joe" Comics in Europe, something that was stopped for a short time due to problems with international distribution rights. There's also an Italian company that's showing interest in their title "Lovebunny & Mr. Hell." Finally, "Powers" and "Hammer of the Gods" artist Michael Avon Oeming will be contributing to future episodes of "Misplaced."
Fans in attendance at CCI on Saturday can stop by the AiT/PlanetLar at booth 1801 from 11:30 to 12:00 to get their copies of "Johnny Dynamite" signed by author Max Allan Collins.