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Your Ultimate Guide To IDW's All-Ages Star Wars Comic Books

Your Ultimate Guide To IDW’s All-Ages Star Wars Comic Books

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Star Wars is one of the rare franchises that crosses over every generational barrier, with a massive fanbase of all ages. There are people who have been fans since 1977 and, thanks to the new movies, there are new fans created every day.

IDW Publishing has recognised that there are many young fans, and those young at heart, who are looking for their Star Wars fix. Subsequently, for the last few years, the publisher has put out many fun Star Wars comics suitable for all ages.

Find out everything you need to know about IDW’s all-ages Star Wars comics with this handy guide so that you or a young one in your life can enjoy the many adventures in a galaxy far, far away.

Where Can I Find IDW’s Star Wars Comics?

IDW’s Star Wars comics can be found at all good comics book stores, some book stores, your local library, eBay, online stores, and digitally on Comixology.

Star Wars #1 art by John Cassaday.
Star Wars #1 art by John Cassaday.

How Are These Comics Different To Marvel’s?

IDW is not the only comic book publisher releasing Star Wars comics. Marvel is also in on the action with their many canonical comics books. But what makes these different to the ones that IDW publish?

The main difference is the audience. IDW focuses on tales that are suitable for younger readers and those young at heart. Marvel’s comics are made with the intention of an older audience and tell different kinds of Star Wars stories as a result.

Where Do I Start?

You can start anywhere. The majority of these comics tell stand-alone stories so it’s not necessary to have read the previous issue or volume to understand what is going on.

The majority of these comics tell stand-alone stories so it’s not necessary to have read the previous issue or volume to understand what is going on. Some stories may require some knowledge of the movies, but they should still be an enjoyable read.

What Star Wars Comics Are Available?

Take a look below to find out more about IDW Publishing’s offering of Star Wars comics.

Star Wars Adventures #1 cover by Derek Charm.
Star Wars Adventures #1 cover by Derek Charm.

Star Wars Adventures (2017-2020 Series)

Star Wars Adventures is the ongoing Star Wars comic book series and tells short stories set in the different trilogies. Each story is self-contained so you can jump in almost anywhere and enjoy the adventures of your favourite heroes and villains.

Star Wars Adventures was the main ongoing series as part of IDW’s Star Wars line. It told short stories based on characters from all three movie trilogies. Each story is self-contained so you can jump in almost anywhere and enjoy the adventures of your favourite heroes and villains.

IDW announced that this series will be ending with issue #32 and replaced with a relaunched Star Wars Adventures series (see below). The final issue will be published in June 2020.

Below are all of the trade paperback collections that are available to read.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 1: Heroes of the Galaxy
Written by Landry Q. Walker, Cavan Scott, Elsa Charretier, and Pierrick Colinet. Art by Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva, and Elsa Charretier.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures Aschan, Star Wars Adventures #1-2.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 2: Unexpected Detour
Written by Landry Q. Walker, Alan Tudyk, Shannon Denton, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Delilah S. Dawson. Art by Eric Jones, Arianna Florean, and Annie Wu.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures #3-5.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 3: Endangered
Written by Delilah S. Dawson. Art by Derek Charm.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures #6-8.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 4: Smuggler’s Blues
Written by Cavan Scott. Art by Derek Charm.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2018, Star Wars Adventures 10-11, and “The Lost Eggs of Livomo” from Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 5: Mechanical Mayhem
Written by John Barber. Art by Chad Thomas.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures 9, and 12-13.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 6: Flight of the Falcon
Written by Michael Moreci. Art by Arianna Florean.
Collects: “The Flight of the Falcon” stories from Star Wars Adventures #14-18 and Star Wars Adventures: Flight of the Falcon one-shot.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 7: Pomp and Circumstance
Written by John Jackson Miller, John Barber, Jamas Gilarte, Kevin Burke, and Chris Wyatt. Art by Mauricet, Valentina Pinto, and Jon Sommariva.
Collects: “Chewie’s Day Off”, “An Unlikely Friendship”, “All Aces Battle Royale”, “Sector 7-E”, and “Mind Your Manners” short stories by Star Wars Adventures #14-17 and Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 8: Defend the Republic!
Written by Delilah S. Dawson, Cavan Scott, and Nick Brokenshire. Art by Derek Charm and Alain Mauricet.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures #18-20.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 9: Fight the Empire!
Written by Cavan Scott and Ian Flynn. Art by Derek Charm, Elsa Charretier and Tony Fleecs.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures #21-23.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 10: Driving Force
Written by Delilah S. Dawson and Cavan Scott. Art by Megan Levens, Derek Charm, and Margaux Saltel.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures #24-26.

Star Wars Adventures Volume 11: Rise of Wookiees
Written by John Barber and Michael Moreci. Art by Tony Fleecs.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures #27-32.

Star Wars Adventures (2020 Onwards Series)

This is an upcoming Star Wars ongoing series that carries on the spirit of the previous Star Wars Adventures series. While this series will still explore characters from all three trilogies, the main point of difference is that this series will include stories that are set after The Rise of Skywalker.

It was set to begin in May 2020 but due to COVID-19 was delayed until the backend of 2020.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures

The High Republic is a brand new era of Star War history set approximately 200 years before The Phantom Menace. It is meant to be the period of time where the Jedi was at it’s peak.

This newly announced era will be supported by novels and comics, including an all-ages series from IDW Publishing.

This section will be updated when there is more information available.

Star Wars: A New Hope Graphic Novel Adaptation cover by Eric Jones.
Star Wars: A New Hope Graphic Novel Adaptation cover by Eric Jones.

Movie Adaptation Graphic Novels

The following are graphic novels that adapt the Star Wars movies for a younger audience. These were originally made for the European market but IDW Publishing has translated for the English market.

These graphic novels retell the movies in ~80-page editions and retail for $9.99.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Various.

Star Wars: Solo Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Roberto Santillo.

Star Wars: A New Hope Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Alessandro Pastrovicchio, Davide Turotti, Igor Chimisso, Kawaii Studio, and Matteo Piana.

Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Andrea Parisi, Igor Chimisso, and Matteo Piana.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Andrea Parisi, Igor Chimisso, and Matteo Piana.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Andrea Parisi, Igor Chimisso, and Matteo Piana.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Alessandro Pastrovicchio, Davide Turotti, Igor Chimisso, Kawaii Studio, and Matteo Piana.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Graphic Novel Adaptation
Written by Alessandro Ferrari. Art by Stefano Simeone, Davide Turotti, Igor Chimisso, Kawaii Studio, and Massimo Rocca.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny cover by Elsa Charretier.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny cover by Elsa Charretier.

Miniseries

Along witht eh ongoing Star Wars Adventures series, IDW has also published a few miniseries too. These run for 3-5 issues each and usually revolve around a theme. Find out about each of these stories below.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
Written by Jody Houser, Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Devin Grayson, and Pierrick Colinet. Art by Elsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari.
Collects: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Rey, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Hera, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Ahsoka & Padmé, and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Rose & Paige

Forces of Destiny is a 5-part miniseries which is inspired by the online animated series. Each issue focuses on female characters from different points in Star Wars history.

Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down
Written by Scott Beatty. Art by Derek Charm and Jon Sommariva.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #1-3

Destroyer Down is set shortly before The Force Awakens and stars Rey as a time as a scavenger on Jakku.

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s
Written by Cavan Scott. Art by Derek Charm, Charles Paul Wilson III, Chris Fenoglio, Kelley Jones, Corin Howell, and Robert Hack.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s #1-5

Tales from Vader’s is a 5-part miniseries which tells spooky Star Wars stories.

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle
Written by Cavan Scott. Art by Megan Levens, Kelley Jones, Nick Brokenshire, Nicoletta Baldari, and Charles Paul Wilson III
Collects: Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle #1-5

Another 5-part miniseries full of spooky Star Wars stories. IDW has also published Star Wars Adventures: Shadow of Vader’s Castle in November 2020, which is a one-shot that continues on the style of story.

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales
Written by Michael Moreci. Art by Arianna Florean, Megan Levens, Valentina Pinto, Davide Tinto, and Philip Murphy.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales #1-5

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales is available January 26th.

Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run
Written by Greg Rucka and Alec Worley. Art by Ingo Römling.
Collects: Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run #1-2

Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler’s Run adapts the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure novel. It will be released between December 2020 – January 2021 and will be collected later on.

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