Your Ultimate Guide To Marvel’s Star Wars Comics

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Your Ultimate Guide To Marvel's Star Wars Comics.

Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past 24 months you would know that the world is gripped in a Star Wars fever which hasn’t been since the release of The Phantom Menace. With The Force Awakens being such a hit, it’s hard to not see why everyone is so excited.

Marvel Comics are doing their part to give your Star Wars hit with their series of Star Wars comics which capture the essence of the original trilogy (with a few set before or after it) with a sense of adventure and fun. What’s even better is that Marvel have made a conscience effort to put some of their best writers and artists on these books, making them very enjoyable reads. Throw in the fact that all of these comics are part of official Star Wars canon and it’s no wonder they’ve been some of the publisher’s biggest selling comics.

If you haven’t had a chance to read any of Marvel’s Star Wars comics then the Ultimate Guide To Marvel’s Star Wars Comics aims to give you all the details you need to go out and read them. I’ve tried to make it as easy and helpful as possible by splitting it up into ongoing titles, miniseries and also different periods in the Star Wars timeline so you can find the right fit for you.

The Ultimate Guide To Marvel’s Star Wars Comics will be updated regularly with new information when it comes to hand from new comics and creators, to release dates of trade paperbacks and digital links. If you see any information that’s wrong or needs updating please let me know in a friendly manner and I’ll make sure to fix it right away.

Why Only Marvel’s Star Wars Comics?

This guide only includes the new Marvel Star Wars comics. This doesn’t include any Star Wars comics from the 1970/80s, this cool Korean webcomic, those published by Dark Horse Comics, or the subsequent reprints from Marvel under the Legends banner. This is mostly because it’s not considered by Lucasfilm and Disney to be canon any more*.

* Note: As commenter Raiden has noted, there is one comic which stayed in continuity which is Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir as it is based on unproduced scripts of Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Where Can I Buy Star Wars Comics?

You can find Star Wars Comics at any good comic book store, online stores such as Amazon and digitally at Comixology and Marvel Digital Comics store. You can find out more about these outlets in my guide to where you can buy comics.

Ongoing – Set Between A New Hope And The Empire Strikes Back

There are currently two Star Wars ongoing comics set after A New Hope which are Star Wars and Darth Vader. Both of these series run closely together for the first 6 issues, but can be read independently without any confusion.

Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes trade paperback cover by John Cassaday.

Star Wars

Written by Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen (Star Wars Annual #1 only), Kelly Thompson (Annual #2) and Chris Eliopoulos (Back-up story for #25). Art by John Cassaday (#1-6), Simone Bianchi (#7), Stuart Immonen (#8-12), Mike Deodato Jr (#13-14), Mike Mayhew (#15 and #20), Leinil Francis Yu (#16-19), Jorge Molina (#21-onwards), Emilio Laiso (Annual #2) and Chris Eliopoulos (Back-up story for #25).

This is the main Star Wars title and is set straight after the events of A New Hope and features Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, the droids and others as part of the Rebellion.

On occasion there are flashback stories. The most notable are the Obi-One Kenobi stories (Star Wars #8, #15, #20) and the upcoming Yoda arc (Star Wars #26-31).

Trade paperback Collections

Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes
Collects Star Wars #1-6.

Star Wars Volume 2: Showdown On Smugglers Moon
Collects Star Wars #7-12.

Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Jail
Collects Star Wars #15-19 and Annual #1.

Star Wars Volume 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger (Available from January 18th, 2017)
Collects Star Wars #20-25.

Star Wars Volume 5: Yoda’s Secret War (Available July 18th, 2017)
Collects Star Wars #26-31.

Hardcover Collections

Star Wars Volume 1
Collects issues Star Wars #1-12.

Star Wars Volume 2 (Available June 20th, 2017)
Collects issues Star Wars #15-25 and Star Wars Annual #1.

You can find single issues of Star Wars at your local comic book store and digitally.

Read preview pages for Star Wars #1.

Darth Vader vol 1: Vader trade paperback cover by Salvador Larocca. Marvel Star Wars.

Star Wars: Darth Vader

Written by Kieron Gillen. Art by Salvador Lacrocca (#1-25), Max Fiumara (Back-up story in #25) and Lenil Yu (Annual #1).

This is the other main Star Wars comic set directly after A New Hope. As the title suggest it focuses on Darth Vader and his selfish motives.

It ran for #25 issues, plus the Vader Down crossover and an Annual, where it came to a natural conclusion.

Trade Paperback Collections

Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1: Vader
Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader #1-6.

Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets
Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader #7-12.

Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 3: The Shu-Torun War
Collects Star Wars #16-19 and Annual #1.

Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 4: End of Games
Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader #20-25.

Hardcover Collections

Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1
Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader #1-12.

Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2 (Available February 20th 2017)
Collects Star Wars: Vader Down #1, Star Wars: Darth Vader #13-14, Star Wars #13-14, Darth Vader Annual #1 and Star Wars: Darth Vader #15-25.

You can find single issues of Star Wars: Darth Vader at your local comic book store and digitally.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 cover by Kamome Shirahama.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra

Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Kev Walker.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra is the spiritual sequel to Darth Vader, which stars the breakout character Doctor Aphra.

Trade Paperback Collections

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Volume 1 (Available July 3rd 2017)
Collects Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1-6.

Crossovers – Set Between New Hope And The Empire Strikes Back

In true comic book fashion the ongoing Star Wars comics will occasionally crossover. Below you can find out all the details on these crossovers.

Star Wars: Vader Down #1 cover by Mark Books.

Vader Down

Written by Jason Aaron and Keiron Gillen. Art by Mike Deodato and Salvador Larocca. 

Vader Down is a 6 part Star Wars crossover which will run through Star Wars and Darth Vader in November 2015 till January 2016.

This crossover is set after issue #12 of Star Wars and Darth Vader (or volume 2 if you’re reading in trade paperback).

You can see all of the issues involved in this crossover at the Star Wars: Vader Down Reading Order Checklist.

Trade Paperback

Star Wars: Vader Down
Collects Vader Down #1, Darth Vader #13-15 and Star Wars #13-14.

Ongoing – Tie-Ins to Star Wars Rebels

Along with the ongoing titles that are set in the original trilogy timeline Star Wars: Kanan is a comic which ties-in with the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Kanan Volume 1: The Last Padawan trade paperback cover by Mark Brooks.

Star Wars: Kanan

Written by Greg Wiesman. Art by Pepe Larraz.

This ongoing series is based upon the character, Kanan, from Star Wars: Rebels.

Star Wars: Kanan ended with issue #12.

Trade Paperback Collections

Star Wars: Kanan Volume 1: The Last Padawan
Collects Star Wars: Kanan #1-6.

Star Wars: Kanan Volume 2: First Blood
Collects Star Wars: Kanan #7-12.

Hardcover Collection

Star Wars: Kanan Omnibus
Collects Star Wars: Kanan #1-12.

You can find single issues of Star Wars: Kanan at your local comic book store and digitally.

Miniseries – Set Before The Phantom Menace

These are miniseries set before The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 cover by Rod Reis. Marvel Comics.

Star Wars: Darth Maul

Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Luke Ross.

Star Wars: Darth Maul is a five-issue miniseries which explores his training under Darth Sidious.

Star Wars: Darth Maul begins in February 2017.

Miniseries – Set Between The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars

These comics are set between The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 cover by Marco Checchetto.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin

Written by Charles Soule. Art by Marco Checchetto.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anikin is set between The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars and is told over 5 issues.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin
Collects issues Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1-5.

Miniseries – Set Between A New Hope And The Empire Strikes Back

Along with the two ongoing series, Star Wars and Darth Vader, Marvel have been released a string of miniseries between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. These are all self-contained and don’t require you to be reading the other Star Wars comics.

Star Wars: Princess Leia trade paperback cover by Terry Dodson. Marvel Star Wars.

Star Wars: Princess Leia

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Terry Dodson.

The 5-part Leia-centric miniseries explores how the princess copes with the destruction of Alderaan and how she tries to find her place within the universe.

Trade Paperback Collection

Star Wars: Princess Leia
Collects issues Star Wars: Princess Leia #1-5.

This will also be part of the Star Wars: Heroes For a New Hope hardcover collection with the Lando and Chewbacca miniseries.

You can find the issues of this miniseries at your local comic book store and digitally.

Star Wars: Lando #1 cover by Leinil Francis Yu. Marvel Star Wars comics.

Star Wars: Lando

Written by Charles Soule. Art by Alex Maleev.

This five-part miniseries tells a tale of Lando before he became Baron Administrator of Cloud City. If you’re a Lobot fan, you’ll be happy to know he is featured in this comic too.

Trade Paperback Collection

Star Wars: Lando
Collects issues Star Wars: Lando #1-5.

This will also be part of the Star Wars: Heroes For a New Hope hardcover collection with the Princess Leia and Chewbacca miniseries in November 2016.

You can find the issues of this miniseries at your local comic book store and digitally.

Star War: Chewbacca #1 cover by Phil Noto. Marvel Star Wars.

Star Wars: Chewbacca

Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Phil Noto.

This five-part miniseries tells a story of Chewie stranded on a planet during a mission for the Rebellion.

Trade Paperback Collection

Star Wars: Chewbacca
Collects issues Star Wars: Chewbacca #1-5.

This will also be part of the Star Wars: Heroes For a New Hope hardcover collection with the Lando and Chewbacca miniseries in November 2016.

Star Wars: Han Solo #1 cover by Lee Bermejo.

Star Wars: Han Solo

Written by Marjorie Liu. Art by Mark Brooks.

This is a five-part miniseries starring everyone’s favourite smuggler, Han Solo.

This is the comic that George Lucas loved so much that he bought a big chunk of the original art.

Trade Paperback Collection

Star Wars: Han Solo
Collects Star Wars: Han Solo #1-5

Miniseries – Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens are Star Wars comics which are set after Return of the Jedi and lead-up in one way or another to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1 cover by Phil Noto. Journey to Star War: A Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Shattered Empire

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Marco Checchetto.

Star Wars: Shattered Empire is set after Return of the Jedi and was told over 4 issues in 2015.

Trade Paperback Collection

Star Wars: Shattered Empire
Collects issues Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1-4.

Hardcover Collection

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire
Collects issues Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1-4 and Star Wars Special: C-3PO.

You can find the issues of this miniseries at your local comic book store and digitally.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO cover by Tony Harris.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO

Written by James Robinson. Art by Tony Harris.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO is a one-shot comic special which tells the story of how C-3PO received his red arm.

I highly recommend it, it’s really good!

This will also be available in Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire Hardcover collection.

Ongoing – The Force Awakens Era

These are ongoing series set around the period of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring the new set of characters.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 cover by Phil Noto.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron

Written by Charles Soule. Art by Phil Noto.

Set before The Force Awakens, this miniseries will follow ace pilot Poe Dameron.

Trade Paperback Collections

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Volume 1: Black Squadron
Collects issues Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1-6

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Volume 2: (Available in June 2017)
Collects issues Star Wars: Poe Dameron #7-?

Movie Adaptations

These are comics that adapt the films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 cover by Esad Ribic.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Written by Chuck Wendig. Art by Luke Ross.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a comic miniseries which adapts the comic of the same name.

Trade Paperback Collections

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Collects issues Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens #1-5

Star Wars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1 comic cover by Phil Noto.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Written by Jody Houser. Art by Emilio Laiso.

This will adapt the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story into a 6-part miniseries beginning in April 2016.

Have Your Say On Marvel’s Star Wars Comics

Have you read any of Marvel’s Star Wars comics? Are you a fan of what they’ve done so far? You can let me know in the comments below or via Twitter or Facebook.

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Trevor Van As

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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