With The Force Awakens finally here, let’s take a look back at some of the best Star Wars comics of all time!
STAR WARS / DARTH VADER / PRINCESS LEIA (2015) – Marvel
Before ‘Star Wars’ premiered in 1977, Marvel Comics brought the movie to the page in a six-issue adaptation. The adventures of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo continued in comic book form for years before Darkhorse gained the rights to the Star Wars expanded universe… well that is until earlier this year when Disney brought that Galaxy far far away back to Marvel.
Fans of the previous Star Wars comics were skeptical at first… that is until they saw what was in store! The main title by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday takes place right after the original film and is an absolute must read.
The main series was followed by two other books: a mini-series following Princess Leia after the Battle of Yavin, dealing with the aftermath of Alderaan and an ongoing series about the Dark Lord of the Sith himself: Darth Vader!
One of my favorite parts of the Vader comic is that it begins with an opening crawl, except it’s from the Empire’s point of view!
STAR WARS (2012) – Darkhorse
This was the last hoorah from Darkhorse comics before Star Wars went back to Marvel and they went out with a bang! Just like the current series, this title brought Star Wars back to its roots with a story bridging the gap between Episode IV and V focused on Han, Luke and Leia.
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is one of the cornerstones of the original expanded universe (prior to the recent cannon purge). It was a story told in nearly every medium except for the big screen: there was a comic series, a novel, a video game, a series of action figures and even a sound track! In addition to some familiar faces, we’re also introduced to some new and interesting characters like Dash Rendar. The story takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – and shows what happened while Han was frozen in carbonite!
THE THRAWN TRILOGY
This was an 18-issue comic adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s trilogy of novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command) that took place after the events of Episode VI and established many of the story elements that would continue in that timeline for years to come, including The New Republic, Han and Leia’s marriage and the introduction of Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn!
This was the first storyline published by Darkhorse, which featured Luke temporarily turning towards the Dark Side and Emperor Palpatine being resurrected through a series of clones.
In the wake of the power vacuum left by the Battle of Endor, a power struggle ensues, told from the last survivor’s of Palpatine’s Royal Imperial Guards.
A series based on the exploits of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, after escaping the clutches of the Sarlacc pit, thanks to his Mandalorian armor, and teaming up with the infamous Dengar.
TAG AND BINK (ARE DEAD)
By far the weirdest and funniest Star Wars spin-off of all time, Tag and Bink is the story of two random guys in the Star Wars universe who inadvertently end up involved in every other major event throughout the saga. Without giving away too much, they’re the two Storm Troopers chatting away as Obi-Wan sneaks by on the Death Star!
STAR WARS INFINITIES
The Star Wars Infinities line was a series of ‘What If’ comics where the story of each movie deviated based on one critical moment. In ‘A New Hope’, the Death Star destroys Yavin before the Rebels claim victory, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ opens with the death of Luke, and ‘Return of the Jedi’ shows what happens when the plot to rescue Han doesn’t go according to plan!
STAR WARS TALES
This was an amazing anthology of mostly non-cannon stories from all corners of the Star Wars universe!
DAWN OF THE JEDI
An even longer time ago in that galaxy far, far away – the origins of both the Jedi and the Sith!
TALES OF THE JEDI
This series depicts the Golden Age and Fall of the Sith…
THE CLONE WARS
A much darker look at the conflict between Episode II and III. Told from the perspective of maverick Jedi, Quinlan Vos and Dark-Side assassin, Asajj Ventress.
DARTH VADER AND THE GHOST PRISON
Often considered one of the best Star Wars comics to date!
STAR WARS LEGACY
Over a hundred years after the original Star Wars trilogy…
STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE
The story that bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens!
Lando, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Rogue Squadron, The Force Unleashed, Knights of the Old Republic, the movie adaptations, the Manga, “The Star Wars”, etc
What are some of your favorite Star Wars comics?
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