Hello everyone! This is your guide to the new Star Wars Universe. If you haven't checked my last article, which deals with the TV series, click here!
Star Wars is near and dear to our hearts. Most people love the original trilogy, others are disgusted by the prequels. I love the Saga as a whole, that includes, all the movies, TV series, and as of now, comic books.
As of January, Marvel have released several Star Wars comics all around the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. So to not waste any more time, lets get right in to them.
Star Wars - Written by Jason Aaron & Illustrated by John Cassidy
Released January 14, 2015, this story takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. The first three issues deal with Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, R2, and C-3PO, who are trying to destroy an Empire weapon factory but things don't go according to plan when Darth Vader shows up.
At the end end of the first issue, you see Luke and Vader confront each other for the first time, making their encounter in Empire (possibly) their second. In the beginning of the second issue Luke attacks Vader but Vader just toys with him and thinks of him as nothing more but a rebel. However Luke escapes and is able to wreak havoc on some Stormtroopers in the third issue.
The next three issues (4, 5, 6) have are heroes split up (again). Han and Leia are on the run from the Empire and hide from the Empire in a remote planet until an unlikely guest appears. Luke travels back to Tatooine where he ponders the fact if he'll ever be a Jedi, their he goes to Obi-Wan Kenobi's hut and find a package just for him, that is until Boba Fett arrives.
While Han and Leia are on the remote island, a ship parks right in front of them and a lovely, but deadly woman named Sana Solo walks out claiming to be Han's wife.
Also, at the end of issue six, their is another huge revelation that ties in with the Darth Vader comic, but to know that you're gonna have to click of the spoilers in Darth Vader
Issue seven comes out July 29 and it tells the story of Obi-Wan and his time on Tatooine. Protecting and watching over Luke as a young boy.
Star Wars: Darth Vader - Written by Kieron Gillen & Illustrated by Adi Granov
Everyone's favorite Sith Lord get's his own title and it is most people's favorite Star Wars comic thus far. It's personally my favorite.
Released February 11, this comic series has given us seven issues and we get to see Darth Vader be Vader, but we also get glimpses of Anakin Skywalker. The Emperor/his master has placed Darth Vader directly responsible for the destruction of the Death Star and Darth Vader is on the hunt to find the rebel who did so. He hires two bounty hunters, a wookie and Boba Fett to find him. While he unravels the Emperor's secret plan.
The Emperor has a secret and Darth Vader is quick to unravel it using reprogrammed battle droids from the Clone Wars to find out. He discovers that their are several beings who are being trained in the way of the force with technology enhancing their ability. The Emperor has given a test to Darth Vader, where Vader will have to defeat these beings and if he fails, he dies.
Right away you get to see what the relationship is like for the Sith and how the apprentice is constantly trying to prove himself.
Meanwhile, at the end of issue six, Vader is in his personal quarters when Boba Fett walks in and tell him the name of the Rebel who blew up the ship. Fett says Luke Skywalker and it is at that moment Vader realizes he has a son. This only enhances my viewing as we can now assume that in Episode V, Vader lied to his master not knowing of Luke.
I could literally go on and on, but I'm just going to say that if there is one comic you need to read, it's Darth Vader.
Star Wars: Princess Leia - Written by Mark Waid & Illustrated by Terry Dodson
Isn't it odd that Princess Leia had her home planet of Alderaan destroyed but yet she never showed her grief? Well this comic explains why!
Released March 4, Princess Leia is the first miniseries of the new canon and I'm sad to say that I'm glad it is. Of all the Star Wars comics, it has been ranked to be people's least favorite, not because the story is bad, but that it is bland.
The miniseries follows Leia on a mission with rebel pilot, and fellow Alderaanian Evaan Verlaine, as they try to find other Alderaanians, after the destruction of their home planet, and save them from the Empire.
It's a series that had great talent and a lot of potential but overall the comic felt bland. I wasn't a huge fan of the series, but I did love the art as it was unique and it felt like Star Wars.
I would recommend reading it, solely for the purpose to see why Leia didn't break when her home planet was destroyed.
Kanan: The Last Padawan - Written by Greg Weisman & Illustrated by Pepe Larraz
If you are a fan of the show Star Wars: Rebels, then you will love this comic following fan favorite, Caleb Dume, or better known as Kanan Jarrus. Released April 1, get ready to see the transformation from Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume to lovable scoundrel, Kanan Jarrus.
As of now there are only four issues, but the first five tell his origins. The first issue we have young Caleb Dume fighting alongside his master Depa Billaba against the Separatist on the planet Kaller. They gain a victory and Caleb has some fun with Clone Commander Grey and Clone Captain Styles. But the fun doesn't last as the last page shows the two clones have been given the order to execute Order 66.
From that point on Caleb and Billaba try to fight them off but they prove to much by number and she tells her apprentice to run, which he does. From that point on Caleb lives alone and is on the run until he meets a Kalleran smuggler named Janus Kasmir. At first, Janus finds Caleb annoying but soon, they begin to have a bond and actually become friends. Pulling heist and smuggling supplies across the galaxy, in doing so, Caleb slowly beginds to lose the Jedi ways. However, nothing last forever as Commander Grey and Captain Styles are still on the hunt for Caleb Dume and the end of issue 4 will leave you hanging.
This is easily my second favorite comic, with many great moments and I cannot recommend it enough.
Star Wars: Lando - Written by Charles Soule & Illustrated by Alex Maleev
Like Princess Leia, Lando will be a five issue miniseries following Lando before the events of Empire. Released July 8 and only one issue in, Lando seems to have more positive reviews then the Leia comic.
The comic starts with Lando being the scoundrel that he is by sleeping with a female Imperial Officer to get information that he needs. The comic follows him and Lobot as they try to pay off someone. In order to do that they have to steal an important Imperial ship.
The Emperor's private ship, to be exact and you can bet he's not happy.
We are only one issue in and the comic has good reviews and it shows Lando doing, what he does best. A great book with the second issue coming out August 12.
Comics Coming Soon!
Star Wars: Shattered Empire - Written by Greg Rucka & Illustrated by Marco Checchetto
A four issue miniseries where we find out what happens to the Empire after the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of their Emperor.
Released by Marvel themselves, the synopsis is as follows:
Emperor Palpatine’s twenty-year reign of terror came to an abrupt and fiery end in the skies above the forest moon of Endor. A decisive victory for the Rebel Alliance, to be sure, but even with the loss of its leadership, the Empire’s Moffs and regional governors retained their hold on important systems from the Core to the Outer Rim, thanks to the might of the Imperial Starfleet. Now, with a power vacuum atop the Empire, those Moffs will jockey for position and control, and the heroes of the Rebel Alliance will soon discover that a wounded and fractious Empire may be more dangerous than any threat they faced before!
The comic will hit shelves September 4.
Star Wars: Chewbacca - Written by Gerry Duggan & Illustrated by Phil Noto
Chewie's getting his own comic and it will be on a mission set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. MTV news was able to interview writer Duggan and here's what he had to say:
We're going to let Chewie be Chewie and not change anything that's on the internal (dialogue), the caption boxes or anything like that.
So basically, don't expect a translation of Chewie's dialogue in the comic.
Chewie is on a very important mission when we first meet him, and you’ll be able to tell that right away without hearing him speak. … He’s obviously been marooned on this planet at least temporarily, with a loaner ship that he got from the rebellion. And their roadside service is not great, so he’s got a little bit of work to do there to get the ship back up and running. This planet is at a crossroads. There are forces there that want — like the Empire — to strip it of its resources. And obviously [there] would be some people that would be very opposed to that, and Chewie throws in with, with the good guys. He’s gonna set aside his mission for the greater good of this planet, and this new friend.
Chewbacca will come out some time in October of this year, so be sure to get it.
Thanks for reading! Hope you guys found this helpful and will pick up these comics. Next up, the new Star Wars canon books!
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