Star Wars and Marvel Comics have just announced epic new variant covers celebrating the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones. Releasing as an entire collectible series, the new covers will showcase some of the most iconic moments from one of the Skywalker saga’s most pivotal chapters.
In 2002’s Attack of the Clones, Anakin Skywalker has grown up to become the impulsive Jedi apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi, tasked with protecting Senator Padme Amidala who has become a political target in a series of assassination attempts. What follows is the secret romance between Anakin and Padmé, one that ultimately results in the fall of the Republic and Jedi Order but also the birth of the galaxy’s new hope. Episode II marks the dawn of the Clone Wars, a massive civil war with both sides being orchestrated and manipulated by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, paving the way for the birth of his Empire.
As announced by StarWars.com, Marvel Comics will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Attack of the Clones with special variant covers for each of their December titles (as well as one in early January). Coming from artist Caspar Wijngaard, the 5 covers will feature key moments such as Yoda dueling Count Dooku, Jango Fett facing off with Mace Windu in the gladiatorial arena, the shape-shifting bounty hunter Zam Wessell, a clone commander giving orders on Geonosis, and Obi-Wan Kenobi hanging onto a flying droid for dear life as he hurtles through the streets of Coruscant. Check out the amazing new variant covers below:
As revealed by the new announcement, the variant covers will be available with the upcoming Bounty Hunters #29, Doctor Aphra #27, Han Solo & Chewbacca #8, and Star Wars #30 (though that title will release in January 2023). However, it should be noted that Yoda #2 will have the variant cover depicting the Jedi Grand Master’s impressive lightsaber duel with Count Dooku. Star Wars and Marvel’s new Yoda series will be releasing its first issue this November from writer Cavan Scott and artist Nico Leon.
While Star Wars and Lucasfilm have already done quite a bit to celebrate the milestone anniversary for Attack of the Clones such as interviews, exclusive merchandise, and cast reunion panels at this summer’s recent Star Wars Celebration, it’s exciting to see Marvel Comics getting in on the fun and paying tribute to such a major film in the saga. The special variant covers will go on sale in December and early January.