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Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Matthew Murray

A Quick Guide to the New Star Wars Comics Series

As of January 2015 Marvel regained the license to produce and reprint Star Wars comics. These have proved to be immensely popular, and with the new movie coming out this will surely continue. But Marvel has been releasing a huge number of Star Wars material, and you might not want all of it in your library!

All volumes listed below have already been released, unless they feature a date after their volume name.

New Ongoing Series

These collect ongoing series that will continue being published in 2016 (i.e. there will presumably be more volumes).

Star_Wars_Trade_Paperback_Volume_1_CoverStar Wars

Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes

ISBN: 978-0785192138

Volume 2: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon (January, 2016)

ISBN:  978-0785192145

Volume 3: Rebel Jail (August, 2016)

ISBN: 978-0785199830

Written by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen. Art by John Cassaday et al.

Set between Episodes IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Star Wars: Darth VaderStar_Wars_Darth_Vader_TPB

Volume 1: Vader

ISBN: 978-0785192558

Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets (January, 2016)

ISBN: 978-0785192565

Volume 3: [Title not yet released]

ISBN: 978-0785199779

Written by Kieron Gillen. Art by Salvador Larroca and Leinil Francis Yu.

Set between Episodes IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Star Wars: Vader Down (April, 2016)

ISBN: 978-0785197898

A cross-over between the Star Wars and Darth Vader titles that happens after the second volumes of both series.

 

Star_Wars_Kanan_the_Last_Padawan_TPBStar Wars: Kanan

Volume 1: The Last Padawan

ISBN: 978-0785193661

Volume 2: First Blood (May, 2016)

ISBN: 978-0785196037

Written by Greg Weisman. Art by Pepe Larraz.

Set during the Clone Wars, prior to Episode IV: A New Hope.

 

New Mini-Series

These are single volume series.

 

Star Wars: Shattered EmpireShatteredEmpireTPB

ISBN: 978-0785197812

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta, and Emilio Laiso.

Acts as a prequel to the new movie (Episode VII: The Force Awakens).

 

leiaStar Wars: Princess Leia

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Terry Dodson.

ISBN: 978-0785193173

Set between Episodes IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Star Wars: Lando (January, 2016)lando

Written by Charles Soule. Art by Alex Maleev.

ISBN: 978-0785193197

Set before his first appearance in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

 

chewbaccaStar Wars: Chewbacca (February, 2016)

Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Phil Noto.

ISBN: 978-0785193203

Set between Episodes IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back.

 

Star Wars: Obi Wan and Anakin (July, 2016)

Written by Charles Soule. Art by Marco Checchetto.

Set between Episodes I: The Phantom Menace and II: Attack of the CLones.

 

star-wars_omnibusStar Wars Omnibus

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1

ISBN: 978-0785191063

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 2

ISBN: 978-0785193425

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 3

ISBN: 978-0785193425

Star Wars: Droids & Ewoks Omnibus (June, 2016)

ISBN: 978-1302900854

Giant, oversize (and expensive!) hardcovers (similar to Marvel’s Omnibus’) reprinting Marvel’s Star Wars comics from the 1970s and 1980s.

 

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection

These reprint comics published by Dark Horse in the 1990s and 2000s. Many of them have similar contents to the Dark Horse produced Omnibus line, or have contents previous collected in trade paperbacks.

 

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Volume 1LegendsEpicCollection-TheOldRepublicVol1

ISBN: 978-0785197171

Collects the same material as the Dark Horse produced Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 1.

Set a long, long, long time ago, thousand of years prior to Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

 

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Rise of the Sith Volume 1

ISBN: 978-0785197225

Set prior to Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

 

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Volume 1

ISBN: 978-0785193982

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Volume 2

ISBN: 978-0785197249

Set after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

 

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Volume 1

ISBN: 978-0785197164

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Volume 2 (April, 2016)

ISBN: 978-0785197232

Set after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

 

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Infinities Volume 1 (December, 2015)

ISBN: 978-0785197256

Collects various “what if?” stories where events unfold differently than in the original three movies.

 

Star Wars Remasters

 

Star Wars A New Hope by Adi GranovStar Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

ISBN: 978-0785193487

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

ISBN: 978-0785193678

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

ISBN: 978-0785193692

These reprint the original Marvel comic adaptations of the movies from the 1970s-1980s in a new remastered/recolored format.


About the Author

Matthew recently completed his MLIS at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival & Information Studies in Vancouver, Canada. He currently spends his time co-organizing the librarian-focused Book Club for Masochists, acting as webmaster for the BCLA Readers' Advisory Interest Group and ASIS&T's Digital Libraries special interest group, content editing for the graphic novel review site No Flying No Tights, and organizing gaming events and the Zine Pavilion for American Library Association conferences. He's the editor of the fiction anthology zine Two-Fisted Librarians, is really into Raspberry Pi computers and maker stuff in general, will happily drive your character insane in Call of Cthulhu, and is willing to talk about why libraries are bad at cataloguing graphic novels for basically forever (or until they get better at it).



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