Ever since Marvel took control of the expansive Star Wars comics, many characters have seen themselves thrust into the limelight for their own solo miniseries. The likes of Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Lando and Darth Maul have all had their own canon titles with up to five issues each and their commercial success is likely to warrant more in the future. Earlier this month, Marvel confirmed they'd be venturing into prequel territory with the five issue series Obi-Wan and Anakin, set during the ten year gap between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
However, as of yet, Marvel have not ventured outside of the time period set by the movies, with the exception of Shattered Empire which takes place just after Return of the Jedi. It has also stayed far away from less recognizable characters, focusing almost exclusively on heroes from the original trilogy.
Back before Disney bought the rights to Star Wars and purged the Expanded Universe, the comics were used primarily for world building and introducing new characters. Fan favorites such as Cade Skywalker and Zayne Carrick exist only within the pages of Star Wars' comic backlog and other characters, such as Boba Fett, have only seen major action as part of a miniseries.
Comics are a perfect medium to reintroduce old characters that may no longer be canon or expand on those that already are. The following characters that should have their own miniseries are in no particular order.
5. Asajj Ventress
Before Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ventress had only appeared on screen once or twice in the original Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon from 2003. However, her character had been thoroughly developed in several comic series set during the Clone Wars, giving her a full arc and several shots at redemption. However, with all those series deemed non-canon and the continuity of the cartoon series hanging in limbo, all Ventress has to go on now is her appearances in the TV show and the excellent Dark Disciple.
In rewriting her origin story, Ventress could be given an even stronger character arc, telling the whole story from her first encounter with Count Dooku to her eventual redemption and abandonment of the Dark Side. Due to the cancellation of The Clone Wars, Ventress' future beyond Dooku was never explored in detail. A miniseries would be a step in the right direction for bringing her character back to life.
4. Galen Marek
Ever since Star Wars Rebels, Sam Witwer's Galen Marek a.k.a. Starkiller has been sadly de-canonized. Marek's story as the illegitimate apprentice of Darth Vader was considered by many to be one of the better Expanded Universe plotlines and fitted nicely into the original canon. However, with the introduction of the Lothal Rebels and the Inquisitors, it doesn't seem like there's any need for Starkiller's story in the new canon.
But this is Star Wars, and if we've learnt anything from the last forty years it's that in a galaxy as vast as this, anything is possible. While an accurate rewrite of the original story is virtually impossible now due to the story of Rebels, introducing Marek into the fold may not be as difficult as you'd think. By writing him in as a rogue Inquisitor, Marek could bring a new twist into the mix, showing the Empire in yet another light.
While a solo comic series would be easiest, possibly crossing over with the ongoing Kanan series later in the story, there's also the possibility of giving him a cameo in the TV show as well. Sam Witwer is already a member of the Rebels cast as the voice of Emperor Palpatine and introducing Starkiller in season 3 could be a great way of giving the fans what they want.
3. Dash Rendar
Everyone's second favorite stuck-up, half witted, scruffy looking nerf herder, Dash Rendar, is almost begging for a miniseries. Introduced in Shadows of the Empire as a Han Solo stand-in, Dash soon became a fan favorite and became his own character, regularly appearing near the top of fan choice lists.
So far, none of the new Star Wars canon has ventured into the six month gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, meaning that for the most part, Dash's story can remain almost unchanged. However, aside from the Thrawn trilogy and anything related to Knights of the Old Republic, Shadows of the Empire is possibly one of the most well known additions to the EU. Dash's character is also very flexible, meaning that a brand new story running parallel to the original trilogy would be very easy to create without disrupting the timeline.
2. Mara Jade
The fact that Mara Jade often ranks higher than the likes of Boba Fett and Han Solo in character popularity polls really says it all. Despite never appearing on screen, Mara Jade is one of the most beloved, most cosplayed and most written character in the Star Wars universe. She has action figues, trading cards and countless other toys based on her but was sadly swept under the rug with the rest of the EU last year.
While her removal is understandable as her presence would have probably contradicted a lot of the new plot, her story up to meeting Luke Skywalker is more or less unblemished and could very easily tie in with the new canon. By writing her in as an overseer of the Inquisitors, similar to her role in the EU, she could easily slip into the narrative with her own miniseries to cement her place.
And who knows? Maybe if it's popular enough, we may just see Mara Jade again on screen. It's a big universe, after all.
1. Poe Dameron and Black Squadron
Admittedly, the name of Poe's squadron hasn't yet been confirmed but many sources point to Black Squadron being our new renegade fighters in the new trilogy. By the time Rey and Finn have met up with the Resistance, Poe Dameron has been on the front line for quite some time. It's pretty safe to say he's had his fair share of adventure already before Kylo Ren started making a fuss and what's the perfect way to tell that story?
When writing a comic series, the only limit is the artist's imagination. While a movie or a TV show may be constrained by budgets or timing, a comic can make anything happen. With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens intent on focusing more on Finn and Rey, it makes sense for Poe's character to be developed more off screen. With BB-8 at his side and a blaster on his belt, Poe Dameron could easily lead the new wave of Star Wars adventure comics and novels in the same way Wedge Antilles did during the original trilogy.
And let's face it; the more we can get of Oscar Isaac, in any form, the better.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in cinemas December 18th 2015.