Marvel launches remastered editions of original Star Wars graphic novels

We already know that 2015 is going to be a very, very big year for Star Wars. A little more than a year from now, we'll all be in theaters watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that's just the capper to months and months of other fun stuff from a galaxy far, far away. There are new Star Wars novels coming, new toys will fill store shelves for the 2015 holiday season, and Star Wars will also be a major force in 2015 comics through a combination of the new and the old.

Marvel Comics, which announced the return of license for Star Wars comics to them earlier this year thanks to Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, already has plenty of projects in the works for the franchise. Back in July, the publisher announced not only that they'll be launching three new Star Wars titles (so far) next year, but that they're also re-releasing the original Star Wars ongoing series in a new omnibus format. Now fans of classic Star Wars comics have another reason to celebrate.

Marvel announced today that it will be re-releasing all three original comic-book adaptations of the original Star Wars trilogy in oversized hardcover format next year, beginning with the adaptation of Star Wars first published weeks before the film hit theaters in 1977. The new edition will feature remastered coloring of Howard Chaykin's original art by colorist Chris Sotomayor, and a new cover by Adi Granov. The Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope remaster will arrive in May, coinciding with the 38th anniversary of Star Wars' release, with the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi graphic novels following later in the year. 

So, if you're hoping to add to your Star Wars comic collection next year, you'll have no shortage of options, including these hardcovers. Check out Granov's cover, and a sample of Sotomayor's new coloring, in the gallery below.

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