Star Wars comics
Dark Horse Comics
|Formats||Original material for the series has been published as a set of ongoing series, limited series, and one-shot comics.|
|Publication date||April 1977 – present|
|Number of issues||Marvel (1st run): 138 issues|
Dark Horse Comics: 838 standard issues, 65 short issues and 35 graphic novels
Marvel (2nd run): 290 issues
IDW Publishing: 29 issues
Star Wars comics have been produced by various comic book publishers since the debut of the 1977 film Star Wars.[a] Marvel Comics launched an eponymous series in 1977 which began with a six-issue comic adaptation of the film and ran for 107 issues, included an adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back. Marvel also released an adaptation of Return of the Jedi and spin-offs based on Droids and Ewoks. A self-titled comic strip ran in American newspapers between 1979 and 1984. Blackthorne Publishing released a three-issue run of 3-D comics from 1987 to 1988.
Dark Horse Comics published the limited series Dark Empire in 1991, and ultimately produced over 100 Star Wars titles, including Tales of the Jedi (1993–1998), X-wing: Rogue Squadron (1995–1998), Republic (1998–2006), Tales (1999–2005), Empire (2002–2006), Knights of the Old Republic (2006–2010), and Legacy (2006–2010), as well as manga adaptations of the original film trilogy and the 1999 prequel The Phantom Menace.
The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012, and the Star Wars comics license returned to Marvel in 2015. Several new series were launched, including Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader, and Doctor Aphra. In 2017, IDW Publishing launched the anthology series Star Wars Adventures.
An eponymous series by Marvel Comics began in 1977 with a six-issue comic adaptation of the original film and ran for 107 issues and three Annuals until 1986, featuring stories set between the original trilogy films, as well as adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. From 1985 to 1987, Marvel published two short-lived series based on the Star Wars animated series Droids and Ewoks. Briefly, the publishing rights went to Blackthorne Publishing, which released a three-issue run of 3-D comics from 1987 to 1988. Then, three years later, the rights to publish Star Wars comics were acquired by Dark Horse Comics, who published the limited series Dark Empire in 1991 and ultimately produced over 100 Star Wars titles until 2014.
Following the October 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, in January 2014, it was announced that the Star Wars comics license would return to Marvel Comics in 2015 (Disney having previously purchased Marvel Entertainment and the Marvel Comics brand and publishing in 2009). In April 2014, Lucasfilm rebranded the majority of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as Legends, only keeping the theatrical Skywalker saga and the 2008 Clone Wars theatrical film and television series as canon. Most media released since then is considered part of the same canon, including comics.
|Star Wars #1–107||April 1977 – May 1986|
|Star Wars Annual #1–3||December 1979 – December 1983|
|Marvel Illustrated Books Star Wars #1–2||November 1981 – October 1982|
|Star Wars: Return of the Jedi #1–4||October 1983 – January 1984|
|Star Wars: Ewoks #1–14||May 1985 – July 1987|
|Star Wars: Droids #1–8||April 1986 – June 1987|
Lucasfilm publicity supervisor Charles Lippincott approached publisher Stan Lee at Marvel Comics in 1975 about publishing a Star Wars comic book prior to the film's release. Lee initially declined to consider such a proposal until the film was completed, and was only persuaded otherwise in a second meeting arranged by Roy Thomas, who wanted to edit the series. Since movie tie-in comics rarely sold well at that time, Lee negotiated a publishing arrangement which gave no royalties to Lucasfilm until sales exceeded 100,000. Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin adapted the events of the original film in issues #1–6 of Star Wars, with the first issue released for sale on April 12, 1977.[b] According to former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, the strong sales of Star Wars comics saved Marvel financially in 1977 and 1978. The series began featuring original stories with issue #7 (January 1978). Writer Archie Goodwin and artist Carmine Infantino took over the series as of #11 (May 1978). The series was one of the industry's top selling titles in 1979 and 1980. The 100,000 copy sales quota was surpassed quickly, allowing Lippincott to renegotiate the royalty arrangements. A six-issue adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back by Goodwin and artists Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon appeared in issues #39–44 (September 1980 – February 1981). Writer David Michelinie and artist Walt Simonson became the new creative team with issue #51 (September 1981). Ron Frenz became the regular artist of the title starting with #71 (May 1983). As of 1984, the Star Wars series was primarily written by Jo Duffy, and art for the final year and a half of the series was by Cynthia Martin. Marvel published the series until 1986, lasting 107 issues and three annuals.
The first original Star Wars stories not directly adapted from the films to appear in print form were Star Wars comics serialized in the Marvel magazine Pizzazz (1977–1979). The first story arc, titled "The Keeper's World", was by Thomas, Chaykin, and Tony DeZuniga.[c] The second story arc, entitled "The Kingdom of Ice", was by Goodwin, Simonson, Klaus Janson, Dave Cockrum, and John Tartaglione. The final two chapters were scheduled to be printed in issues 17 and 18, but the magazine was cancelled after the 16th issue. Marvel UK reprinted "The Keeper's World" in its Star Wars Weekly #47–50, and "The Kingdom of Ice" (including the previously unreleased chapters) in its Star Wars Weekly #57–60 between 1978 and 1979.[d]
Marvel's Star Wars comics were reprinted in the UK as a weekly black-and-white comics anthology.[e] The weekly UK issues split the stories from the US monthly issues into smaller installments, and it usually took around three weekly issues to complete a US monthly issue. The UK comic also published original Star Wars stories by British creators, including Alan Moore.[f] Star Wars Weekly #1 was published with a free cut-out X-wing fighter on February 8, 1978. It became The Empire Strikes Back Weekly from issue #118 in May 1980, and then became a monthly title from issue #140 in November 1980, reverting to the title Star Wars with issue #159 in July 1982.[g] The monthly comic ran until issue #171 in July 1983, when the numbering was reset at #1 for Return of the Jedi Weekly, which was the first time the UK comic had been printed in color. This is the title and format that remained until the last issue (#155) was published in June 1986. Further original content was published in issues #94–99, #104–115, #149, #153–157. Throughout this eight-year period, Marvel UK also published several Star Wars annuals and specials.
Marvel's adaptation of Return of the Jedi (October 1983 – January 1984) appeared in a separate, eponymous four-issue limited series as well as in Marvel Super Special #27 and in a mass market paperback. From 1985 to 1987, the animated children's series Ewoks and Droids inspired comic series from Marvel's Star Comics line.
Pendulum Press (1978)
In 1978, Pendulum Press, under their educational series Contemporary Motivators, also published a 31-page loose adaptation of Star Wars by Linda A. Cadrain and Charles Nicholas. Produced as part of a package which included an audio tape and a film strip, the comic was specifically designed for classroom use, with typeset instead of hand lettering, and vocabulary appropriate for children.
Newspaper strip (1979–1984)
A newspaper strip was published between 1979 and 1984, distributed by Los Angeles Times Syndicate and the Watertown Daily Times. The creative teams were revolving, but included Archie Goodwin, Williamson, Russ Manning, Steve Gerber, Alfredo Alcala, Carlos Garzon and letterer Ed King. Goodwin switched from writing Marvel's Star Wars series to the weekly newspaper comic strip after the release of The Empire Strikes Back (1980), becoming the first writer to draw from more than just the original film in establishing the era set between the two films. The strip was based on the storyline and characters established in the original trilogy, but never adapted any of the films, instead fleshing out the history between them. From October 1980 to February 1981, Goodwin and Alcala adapted Brian Daley's Han Solo at Stars' End (1979).
In 1991, Russ Cochran published a 2500-copy limited run of a three-volume hardcover boxset of all of Goodwin and Williamson's Star Wars comic strips from 1981 to 1984, signed by both creators, and featuring new cover illustrations by the latter. Dark Horse Comics collected colorized compilations of the newspaper strip in its Classic Star Wars series from 1992 to 1994. Between 2017 and 2018, The Library of American Comics published a three-volume reprint series of the complete comic strip.
Blackthorne Publishing released a three-issue series called Star Wars 3D from December 1987 to February 1988. The comics were later reprinted in a black-and-white, non-3-D format by Dark Horse in their 2013 Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space, Volume 1.
Dark Horse (1991–2014)
Film and television adaptations
|Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace #1–4||May 1999|
|Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones #1–4||April–May 2002|
|Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith #1–4||March–April 2005|
|The Clone Wars Legacy|
|Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir #1–4||May–August 2014|
Dark Horse also published miniseries adapting Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith . From 1998 to 1999, Dark Horse produced Star Wars manga, adapting the original trilogy and The Phantom Menace as manga with all the typical narrative and stylistic characteristics of the form.
|Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir (trade paper back)||Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1–4, material from Star Wars Tales #7–9||November 2017||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-846-4|
Legends novel adaptations
|Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #1–6||October 1995 – April 1996|
|Star Wars: Dark Force Rising #1–6||May–October 1997|
|Star Wars: The Last Command #1–6||November 1997 – July 1998|
|Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye #1–4||December 1995 – June 1996|
|Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End #1–3||March–May 1997|
Original series (Dark Horse comics)
Dark Horse subsequently launched dozens of series set after, in between, and before the original film trilogy, including Tales of the Jedi (1993–1998), X-wing: Rogue Squadron (1995–1998), Republic (1998–2006), the mostly non-canonical Tales (1999–2005), Empire (2002–2006), Knights of the Old Republic (2006–2010), and Legacy (2006–2010)
|Star Wars: Dark Empire #1–6||December 1991 – October 1992|
|Star Wars: Dark Empire II #1–6||December 1994 – May 1995|
|Star Wars: Empire's End #1–2||October–November 1995|
In the late 1980s, writer Tom Veitch and artist Cam Kennedy secured a deal to produce a Star Wars comic for Archie Goodwin at Epic Comics, a Marvel imprint. After the project was announced, Goodwin left Marvel, which dropped the comic. Dark Horse Comics subsequently published it as the Dark Empire sequence (1991–1995).
Classic Star Wars
Classic Star Wars is a series of comics which included compilations of weekly installments of the newspaper comics written by Archie Goodwin with art by Al Williamson.
|Classic Star Wars #1–20||August 1992 – June 1994|
|Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures #1–9||August 1994 – April 1995|
|Classic Star Wars: Devilworlds #1–2||August–September 1996|
|Star Wars: X-wing – Rogue Squadron #0–35||July 1995 – October 1998|
|Star Wars: X-wing – Rogue Leader #1–3||September–November 2005|
Star Wars: X-wing – Rogue Squadron is a comic book series of 35 issues released between 1995 and 1998. It follows the titular squadron beginning about one year after the events of Return of the Jedi.
X-wing – Rogue Leader is a three-part comic book series set approximately one week after the end of Return of the Jedi. Several participants in the destruction of the second Death Star are sent, a little while after the events of Bakura, to scout out Imperial activity in Corellian space.
Shadows of the Empire
|Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire #1–6||May–October 1996|
|Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Evolution #1–5||February–June 1998|
|Star Wars: Crimson Empire #1–6||December 1997 – May 1998|
|Star Wars: Crimson Empire II – Council of Blood #1–6||November 1998 – April 1999|
|Star Wars: Crimson Empire III – Empire Lost #1–6||October 2011 – April 2012|
The Crimson Empire trilogy follows Kir Kanos, one of Palpatine's Imperial guards, beginning about seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Set shortly after Dark Empire, it relates that Imperial Guard Carnor Jax betrayed the cloned Palpatine and his guards in an attempt to consolidate his own power. Kanos swears to stop him, coming close to New Republic Intelligence agent Mirith Sinn in the process.
Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan
|Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – Last Stand on Ord Mantell #1–3||December 2000 – March 2001|
|Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – The Aurorient Express #1–2||February–June 2002|
Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell is a three-part comics series written by Ryder Windham, published by Dark Horse Comics between December 2000 and March 2001. The story features Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi five years before Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan: The Aurorient Express is a two-part comics series written by Mike Kennedy, and published by Dark Horse Comics between February 2002 and June 2002. The series is set in the Star Wars galaxy six years before The Phantom Menace. A luxury cloud cruiser has slipped out of control and is going to crash over Yorn Skot. The two Jedi must board the runaway ship and regain control.
Knights of The Old Republic and The Old Republic
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #0–50||January 2006 – February 2010|
|Star Wars: The Old Republic #1–11||July 2010 – October 2011|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – War #1–5||January–May 2012|
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic are series set around the events of the game series of the same name, exploring its backstory.
|Star Wars: Legacy #1–50||June 2006 – August 2010|
|Star Wars: Legacy – War #1–6||December 2010 – May 2011|
|Star Wars: Legacy Volume 2 #1–18||March 2013 – August 2014|
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
|Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures #1–10 (graphic novels)||July 2004 – December 2007|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1–12||September 2008 – January 2010|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1–11 (graphic novels)||September 2008 – June 2013|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Act on Instinct #1–25 3-page||September 2009 – May 2010|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Valsedian Operation #1–26 3-page||September 2010 – April 2011|
Other original series (Dark Horse comics)
|Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi #1–35||October 1993 – November 1998|
|Droids #1–6 (Vol. 1, 1994), Special (1995), #1–8 (Vol. 2, 1995)||April 1994 – December 1995|
|Star Wars: Boba Fett #1–11||December 1995 – April 2006|
|Star Wars: Republic #0–83||December 1998 – February 2006|
|Star Wars Tales #1–24||September 1999 – July 2005|
|Star Wars: Empire #1–40||September 2002 – March 2006|
|Star Wars: Evasive Action – Reversal of Fortune #1–8||October 2004 – June 2005|
|Star Wars: Rookies – Rendezvous #1–3||February–June 2006|
|Star Wars: Rebellion #0–16||March 2006 – August 2008|
|Star Wars: Evasive Action – Prey #1–3||March–November 2006|
|Star Wars: Rookies – No Turning Back #1–4||June–October 2006|
|Star Wars: Dark Times #0–32||November 2006 – December 2012|
|Star Wars: Evasive Action – End Game #1–4||November 2006 – March 2007|
|Star Wars: Invasion #0–16||April 2009 – November 2011|
|Star Wars: Blood Ties #1–8||August 2010 – July 2012|
|Star Wars: Knight Errant #1–15||October 2010 – October 2012|
|Star Wars: Darth Vader #1–20||January 2011 – April 2014|
|Star Wars: Agent of the Empire #1–10||December 2011 – February 2013|
|Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #1–15||February 2012 – March 2014|
|Star Wars #1–20||January 2013 – August 2014|
- Star Wars: Agent of the Empire is a series set a few years before Episode IV – A New Hope, and focusing on an Imperial Intelligence agent named Jahan Cross. Trade paperbacks: Volume 1: Iron Eclipse (collects Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Iron Eclipse #1–5, 128 pages, October 2012, ISBN 1-59582-950-4)
- Star Wars: Invasion is a series set during the early days of the Yuuzhan Vong War, and dealing with how the New Republic is faring. The series, published by Dark Horse Comics, was written by Tom Taylor, and illustrated by Colin Wilson with color by Wes Dzioba. The first printed issue was published on July 1, 2009. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the series was set in the New Jedi Order era and depict the events of the Yuuzhan Vong War over 16 issues, plus a prologue issue. In January 2010, Star Wars: Invasion #0 was nominated for a 'Diamond Gem Award' in the '2009 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00' category.
- Star Wars: Dark Times, is a series set in the years after Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and showing former characters from Star Wars: Republic after Order 66.
- Star Wars: Knight Errant, a series set 1,000 years before The Phantom Menace, and dealing with a lone Jedi's war against the Sith.
- Star Wars: Blood Ties, a series set in varying time periods that shows the bonds between certain characters in the saga, such as Jango Fett and Boba Fett.
- Star Wars: Darth Vader, a series set almost immediately after Revenge of the Sith, and showing how Darth Vader is dealing with his past as Anakin Skywalker.
- Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, a series set thousands of years before Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and showing the origins of the Jedi and the Sith.
Limited series (Dark Horse comics)
After Knights of the Old Republic and Legacy ended in 2010, instead of publishing ongoing series, Dark Horse began publishing a "series of miniseries", including:
- Star Wars: Jedi, a series set a few decades before The Phantom Menace, and dealing with Qui-Gon Jinn in an undocumented area of his life.
|Dark Horse (limited series)|
|Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt #1–4||April 1995 – February 1996|
|Star Wars: River of Chaos #1–4||June–October 1995|
|Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor's Hand #0–6||July 1998 – February 1999|
|Star Wars: Jedi Academy – Leviathan #1–4||October 1998 – January 1999|
|Star Wars: Vader's Quest #1–4||February–May 1999|
|Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Adventures #1–5||May 1999|
|Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters #1–3||August–October 1999|
|Star Wars: Union #1–4||November 1999 – February 2000|
|Star Wars: Chewbacca #1–4||January–April 2000|
|Star Wars: Underworld – The Yavin Vassilika #1–5||December 2000 – June 2001|
|Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith #1–6||April–September 2001|
|Star Wars: Starfighter – Crossbones #1–3||January–March 2002|
|Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys "R" Us #1–4 10-page||May 2002|
|Star Wars: Jango Fett – Open Seasons #1–4||May–September 2002|
|Star Wars: Obsession #1–5||November 2004 – May 2005|
|Star Wars: General Grievous #1–4||March–July 2005|
|Star Wars: Evasive Action – Recruitment #1–6||August–December 2005|
|Star Wars: Purge #1–5||December 2005 – January 2013|
|Star Wars Adventures #1–6 (graphic novels)||October 2009 – August 2011|
|Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #1–5||August–December 2012|
|Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1–4||April–July 2014|
|Star Wars: Jedi Quest #1–4||September–December 2001|
|Star Wars: Jedi Council – Acts of War #1–4||June–September 2000|
|Star Wars: Jedi #1–5||March 2003 – July 2004|
|Star Wars: Jedi #1–5||May–September 2011|
|Star Wars: Darth Maul #1–4||September–December 2000|
|Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence #1–4||July–October 2012|
One-shots (Dark Horse comics)
|Publishing company||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||May 6, 2006|
|No. of pages||10|
|Era||Rise of the Empire|
|Galactic Year||20 ABY|
|Script writer||Randy Stradley|
|Cover artist(s)||Sean McNally|
|Letterer(s)||Michael David Thomas|
|Assistant editor(s)||Dave Marshall|
|Classic Star Wars: The Vandelhelm Mission one-shot||March 1995|
|Star Wars: Tales from Mos Eisley one-shot||March 1996|
|Star Wars: This Crumb for Hire one-shot 10-page||August 1996|
|Star Wars: The Protocol Offensive one-shot||September 1997|
|Star Wars: Shadow Stalker one-shot||November 1997|
|Star Wars: The Jabba Tape one-shot||December 1998|
|Star Wars: Hard Currency one-shot 8-page||March 2000|
|Star Wars: Aurra's Song one-shot 12-page||June 2000|
|Star Wars: Heart of Fire one-shot 3-page||May 2001 – July 2002|
|Star Wars: Poison Moon one-shot 6-page||February–May 2002|
|Star Wars: Jango Fett one-shot TPB||March 2002|
|Star Wars: Zam Wesell one-shot TPB||March 2002|
|Star Wars: A Valentine Story one-shot||February 2003|
|Star Wars: Brothers in Arms one-shot||May 2005|
|Star Wars: Routine Valor one-shot 10-page||May 2006|
|Star Wars: Clone Wars (PhotoComic) one-shot TPB||May 2008|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Gauntlet of Death one-shot 8-page||May 2009|
|Star Wars: Tales from the Clone Wars one-shot TPB||August 2010|
|Star Wars: The Third Time Pays for All one-shot 8-page||April 2011|
|Star Wars: The Art of the Bad Deal one-shot 10-page||May 2012|
|Star Wars: The Assassination of Darth Vader one-shot 8-page||May 2013|
|Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor one-shot TPB||November 2013|
|The Force Unleashed|
|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed one-shot TPB||August 2008|
|Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II one-shot TPB||September 2010|
Routine Valor is a comic book one-shot released on May 6, 2006 by Dark Horse Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2006 as part of a Star Wars-Conan flipbook. The story is set during the end of the Clone Wars, approximately one year before the events of Revenge of the Sith (and 20 years before the events of A New Hope). Characters include Obi-Wan Kenobi, along Clone troopers Commander Cody, CT-8867, CT-8868, and CT-8869
|The Star Wars|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|No. of issues||8|
|Written by||J.W. Rinzler|
|Star Wars Infinities #1–12||May 2001 – March 2004|
|Star Wars: Visionaries one-shot TPB||April 2005|
|The Star Wars #0–8||September 2013 – May 2014|
While non-canonical to the Expanded Universe, Star Wars Infinities shows alternate storylines for the original trilogy films, and Visionaries featured stories by artists who worked on Revenge of the Sith.
The Star Wars is a non-canonical series based on George Lucas's discarded 1974 draft for the original film. Adapted by J. W. Rinzler, Dark Horse released it as an eight-part comic book series beginning in September 2013. In this version, Luke Skywalker is more mature and a Jedi, and the main protagonist is named Annikin Starkiller. The series received mostly positive reviews.
Return to Marvel (2015–present)
Following the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company in 2012, it was announced in January 2014 that the Star Wars comics license would return to Marvel Comics in 2015. Disney had purchased Marvel's parent company, Marvel Entertainment, in 2009. Meanwhile, with the sequel film The Force Awakens in production, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise in April 2014.
Early reports in May 2014 suggested that Marvel would announce two new ongoing Star Wars comic series at the San Diego Comic-Con. In July 2014, Marvel announced three new series at SDCC: Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader, and the limited series Star Wars: Princess Leia.
The ongoing series Star Wars: Poe Dameron was announced in January 2016. Featuring X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron introduced in The Force Awakens, the series debuted on April 6, 2016. A six-issue comic adaptation of The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig began publication in June 2016. In 2017. A second volume of the Marvel Darth Vader comic, subtitled Dark Lord of the Sith, began in June 2017 from writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
In August 2019, Marvel announced that the main Star Wars series that started in 2015, which has narratively caught up to the timeframe of the events of The Empire Strikes Back, would end in November 2019 with issue #75. A 56-page one-shot called Star Wars: Empire Ascendant, written by Soule, Greg Pak, Simon Spurrier, and Ethan Sacks, was released in December 2019 to wrap up the series.
At New York Comic Con in October 2019, Lucasfilm and Marvel announced the main Star Wars title would relaunch with a new ongoing series beginning in January 2020. Written by Soule, the flagship series will explore the time between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It will expand on stories like how the demoralized ragtag band of rebels grows into the massive fleet that attacks the second Death Star, how the plan to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt is formed, how Leia balances her personal desires to save Han with her responsibilities to the Rebellion, Luke's growth as a Jedi while coming to an understanding of Darth Vader's reveal of his heritage, and the evolution of Lando Calrissian from selfish betrayer to trusted general.
First announced as Project Luminous at Star Wars Celebration in April 2019, full details of a publishing initiative called Star Wars: The High Republic were revealed in a press conference in February 2020. Involving the majority of the current officially licensed publishers, a new era set 200 years before the Skywalker Saga will be explored in various books and comics, including an ongoing Marvel title written by Cavan Scott that was originally set to premiere in August 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch of The High Republic was pushed to January 2021 with the release date of the ongoing comic title yet to be revealed.
|Star Wars (2015) #1–75, four Annuals||January 2015 – November 2019|
|Star Wars: Darth Vader v1 #1–25, one Annual||February 2015 – October 2016|
|Star Wars: Kanan #1–12||April 2015 – March 2016|
|Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1–31, two Annuals||April 2016 – September 2018|
|Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1–40, three Annuals||December 2016 – December 2019|
|Star Wars: Darth Vader v2 #1–25, one Annual||June 2017 – December 2018|
|Star Wars (1977) #108||May 2019 |
|Star Wars (2020) #1–present||January 2020 – present |
|Star Wars: Darth Vader v3 #1-present||February 2020 – present|
|Star Wars: Doctor Aphra v2 #1-present||May 2020 – present|
|Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1-present||May 2020 – present|
|Star Wars: The High Republic #1||January 2021 – present|
|Ongoing series related one-shots|
|Star Wars: Vader Down one-shot||November 2015|
|Star Wars: Screaming Citadel one-shot||May 2017|
|Star Wars: Empire Ascendant one-shot||December 2019|
|Star Wars Saga one-shot||December 2019|
Trade paperback collections
Star Wars (2015)
|Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes||Star Wars #1–6||October 2015||160 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-213-1|
|Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on Smuggler's Moon||Star Wars #7–12||January 2016||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-214-X|
|Star Wars Vol. 3: Rebel Jail||Star Wars #15–19; Annual #1||August 2016||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-983-7|
|Star Wars Vol. 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger||Star Wars #20–25||January 2017||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-984-5|
|Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda's Secret War||Star Wars #26–30; Annual #2||July 2017||145 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-265-2|
|Star Wars Vol. 6: Out Among the Stars||Star Wars #33–37; Annual #3||December 2017||112 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-553-8|
|Star Wars Vol. 7: The Ashes of Jedha||Star Wars #38–43||April 2018||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-052-3|
|Star Wars Vol. 8: Mutiny at Mon Cala||Star Wars #44–49||August 2018||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-053-1|
|Star Wars Vol. 9: Hope Dies||Star Wars #50–55; Annual #4||December 2018||185 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-054-X|
|Star Wars Vol. 10: The Escape||Star Wars #56–61||April 2019||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-449-9|
|Star Wars Vol. 11: The Scourging of Shu-Torun||Star Wars #62–67||August 2019||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-450-2|
|Star Wars Vol. 12: Rebels and Rogues||Star Wars #68-72||November 2019||120 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-451-0|
|Star Wars Vol. 13: Rogues and Rebels||Star Wars #73-75; Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1||March 2020||128 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30292-168-1|
|Star Wars: From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi||Star Wars #7, 15, 20, 26–30; material from Star Wars #37||November 2020||192 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30292-528-8|
Star Wars (2020)
|Star Wars Vol. 1: The Destiny Path||Star Wars #1–6||November 2020||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30292-078-2|
Darth Vader (2015)
|Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader||Darth Vader #1–6||October 2015||160 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-255-7|
|Darth Vader Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets||Darth Vader #7–12||January 2016||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-256-5|
|Darth Vader Vol. 3: The Shu-torun War||Darth Vader #16–19, Annual #1||August 2016||128 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-977-2|
|Darth Vader Vol. 4: End of Games||Darth Vader #20–25||December 2016||168 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-978-0|
|Darth Vader||Darth Vader #1–25; Annual #1; Vader Down #1; The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and BeeTee; Coda; Star Wars #13–14||September 2017||736 pages||Hardcover||ISBN 978-1-302-90821-8|
Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith
|Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1: Imperial Machine||Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #1–6||December 2017||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-744-1|
|Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2: Legacy's End||Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #7–12||April 2018||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-745-X|
|Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 3: The Burning Seas||Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #13–18||September 2018||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-056-6|
|Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 4: Fortress Vader||Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #19–25||January 2019||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-057-4|
|Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1||Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #1–12||November 2018||280 pages||Hardcover||ISBN 1-30291-360-3|
Darth Vader (2020)
|Darth Vader Vol. 1: Dark Heart of the Sith||Darth Vader #1–5||November 2020||128 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30292-081-2|
|Doctor Aphra Vol. 1: Aphra||Doctor Aphra #1–6||July 2017||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302906771|
|Doctor Aphra Vol. 2: Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit||Doctor Aphra #9–13, Annual #1||February 2018||168 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302907631|
|Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered||Doctor Aphra #14–19||July 2018||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302911522|
|Doctor Aphra Vol. 4: The Catastrophe Con||Doctor Aphra #20–25||January 2019||152 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302911539|
|Doctor Aphra Vol. 5: Worst Among Equals||Doctor Aphra #26–31||June 2019||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302914875|
|Doctor Aphra Vol. 1||Doctor Aphra #1–8; Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1; Star Wars (2015) #31–32||October 2018||272 pages||Hardcover||ISBN 978-1302913212|
|Kanan Vol. 1: The Last Padawan||Kanan #1–6||November 2015||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-589-0|
|Kanan Vol. 2: First Blood||Kanan #7–12||May 2016||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-589-0|
|Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron||Poe Dameron #1–6||December 2016||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-110-9|
|Poe Dameron Vol. 2: The Gathering Storm||Poe Dameron #8–13||June 2017||144 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-111-7|
|Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legends Lost||Poe Dameron #7, #14–19||November 2017||160 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-742-5|
|Poe Dameron Vol. 4: Legend Found||Poe Dameron #20–25; Annual #1||May 2018||168 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30290-743-3|
|Poe Dameron Vol. 5: The Spark and the Fire||Poe Dameron #26–31; Annual #2||December 2018||160 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30291-170-8|
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters
|Star Wars: Bounty Hunters Vol. 1: Galaxy's Deadliest||Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1-5||November 2020||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 1-30292-083-9|
|Vader Down||Vader Down #1, Star Wars (2015) #13–14, Darth Vader (2015) #13–15||April 2016||152 pages||Softcover||ISBN 0-78519-789-3|
Limited series and one-shots
Princess Leia released in March 2015. Chewbacca (October–December 2015), Obi-Wan & Anakin (January–May 2016), and Han Solo (June–November 2016), as well as the one-shots Vader Down (November 2015) and C-3PO (April 2016). Several other limited series followed, including Kanan (April 2015 – March 2016), Lando (July–October 2015), Shattered Empire (September–October 2015),
In 2017, limited series Darth Maul, Mace Windu, and Captain Phasma, as well as further one-shots, continued to expand the Star Wars universe. The comic adaptation of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was also released. Both the Poe Dameron and the second Darth Vader comics ended their runs in 2018, in September and December respectively.
In 2018, Marvel adapted the events of author Timothy Zahn's Star Wars: Thrawn novel in a limited series. The character had been introduced by Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy in the early 1990s, now part of the Legends line, and was re-introduced in the new canon in Star Wars Rebels. Adaptations of both The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story were released, and the timeframe of Solo was explored further in the Beckett one-shot and in limited series featuring young Lando (Double or Nothing) and Han's time in the Empire (Imperial Cadet). Marvel announced in October 2018 that a five-issue, Wendig penned miniseries, Star Wars: Shadow of Vader, would be released starting in January 2019. The series would be an anthology told from the perspectives of those who had encountered Darth Vader. After three issues had been written, Wendig was removed from the miniseries (and future projects) by Marvel over concerns of his use of social media, and ultimately the miniseries was cancelled. In December 2018, a new miniseries with a similar premise, Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions, was announced to be written by Dennis Hopeless with art from Paolo Villanelli and Brian Level and was launched in March 2019.
For 2019, Marvel announced a number of new limited series. As a companion to Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, a novel by author Alexander Freed centered on a New Republic squadron of various Rebel ships (an A-wing interceptor, B-wing heavy assault fighter, U-wing transport, X-wing starfghter, and Y-wing bomber) in the wake of the Battle of Endor, a five-issue series called Star Wars: TIE Fighter will explore the fallout of the battle from both the New Republic and Imperial Remnant sides. A five-issue miniseries titled Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will feature stories of the Black Spire Outpost on the Outer Rim planet Batuu and tie into the theme park experiences set to open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. In May 2019, a one-shot by writer Matthew Rosenberg and various artists called Star Wars #108 will pick up the story of the original Marvel Star Wars comic run that ended in 1986.
In connection with the forthcoming video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order by Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment, a five-issue miniseries called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple was announced in June 2019 to start publishing in September. At a panel discussing the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing program at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the four-issue Star Wars: Journey to The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance miniseries was announced. It will help cover a one-year period during the time between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Charles Soule was announced to be writing a four-issue miniseries exploring the backstory of Ben Solo's transition into Kylo Ren. Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren premiered on December 16, 2019.
|Star Wars: C-3PO one-shot||June 2016|
|Star Wars: Droids Unplugged one-shot||June 2017|
|Star Wars: Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO Special||August 2017|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait one-shot||December 2017|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi – DJ – Most Wanted one-shot||January 2018|
|Star Wars: Beckett one-shot||August 2018|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1–6||June–November 2016|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1–6||April–September 2017|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation #1–6||May–September 2018|
|Solo: A Star Wars Story #1–7||October 2018 – April 2019|
|Star Wars: Princess Leia #1–5||March–June 2015|
|Star Wars: Lando #1–5||July–October 2015|
|Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1–4||September–October 2015|
|Star Wars: Chewbacca #1–5||October–December 2015|
|Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1–5||January–May 2016|
|Star Wars: Han Solo #1–5||June–November 2016|
|Star Wars: Darth Maul #1–5||February–July 2017|
|Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1–5||August–December 2017|
|Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1–4||September–October 2017|
|Star Wars: Thrawn #1–6||February–July 2018|
|Star Wars: Lando – Double or Nothing #1–5||May–September 2018|
|Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1–5||November 2018 – March 2019|
|Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #1–5||March–June 2019|
|Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1–5||April–August 2019|
|Star Wars: TIE Fighter #1–5||April–August 2019|
|Star Wars: Target Vader #1–6||July–December 2019|
|Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple #1–5||September–December 2019|
|Star Wars: Journey to The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance #1–4||October 2019|
|Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1–4||December 2019–March 2020|
|Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1–6||May–October 2021|
Age of Star Wars Maxiseries
At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Marvel announced Age of Star Wars, a 27-issue maxiseries starting in December 2018 that would span all three eras of the Star Wars saga. Star Wars: Age of Republic by writer Jody Houser will focus on the time of the Galactic Republic and the Clone Wars during the prequel trilogy era; Star Wars: Age of Rebellion by writer Greg Pak will focus on the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance during the original trilogy era; and Star Wars: Age of Resistance by writer Tom Taylor will focus on the fall of the New Republic and the struggle between the Resistance and the First Order during the sequel trilogy era. At the time of release, Age of Republic was revealed to have eight one-shots spotlighting individual characters and a special anthology issue with up to four stories by different creative teams.
|Age of Star Wars Maxiseries|
Star Wars: Age of Republic
|Qui-Gon Jinn #1||December 2018|
|Darth Maul #1|
|Obi-Wan Kenobi #1||January 2019|
|Jango Fett #1|
|Anakin Skywalker #1||February 2019|
|Count Dooku #1|
|Padmé Amidala #1||March 2019|
|General Grievous #1|
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion
|Princess Leia #1||April 2019|
|Grand Moff Tarkin #1|
|Han Solo #1||May 2019|
|Boba Fett #1|
|Lando Calrissian #1|
|Jabba the Hutt #1|
|Luke Skywalker #1||June 2019|
|Darth Vader #1|
Star Wars: Age of Resistance
|Finn #1||July 2019|
|Captain Phasma #1|
|Poe Dameron #1||August 2019|
|General Hux #1|
|Rose Tico #1||September 2019|
|Supreme Leader Snoke #1|
|Kylo Ren #1|
- Age of Star Wars tradepaperbacks:
|Age of Republic – Heroes||Age of Republic: Anakin Skywalker #1, Age of Republic: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1, Age of Republic: Padme Amidala #1, Age of Republic: Qui-Gon Jinn #1||May 2019||112 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302917104|
|Age of Republic – Villains||Age of Republic: Count Dooku #1, Age of Republic: Darth Maul #1, Age of Republic: General Grevious #1, Age of Republic: Jango Fett #1, Age of Republic Special #1||May 2019||128 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302917296|
|Age of Rebellion – Heroes||Age of Rebellion: Han Solo #1, Age of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1, Age of Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1, Age of Rebellion: Princess Leia #1||August 2019||112 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302917081|
|Age of Rebellion – Villains||Age of Rebellion: Boba Fett #1, Age of Rebellion: Darth Vader #1, Age of Rebellion: Jabba the Hutt #1, Age of Rebellion: Grand Moff Tarkin #1, Age of Rebellion Special #1||August 2019||128 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302917289|
|Age of Resistance – Heroes||Age of Resistance: Finn #1, Age of Resistance: Rose Tico #1, Age of Resistance: Poe Dameron #1, Age of Resistance: Rey #1, Age of Resistance Special #1||November 2019||136 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302917128|
|Age of Resistance – Villains||Age of Resistance: Captain Phasma #1, Age of Resistance: General Hux #1, Age of Resistance: Kylo Ren #1, Age of Resistance: Supreme Leader Snoke #1||December 2019||120 pages||Softcover||ISBN 978-1302917302|
In mid-2014, Marvel stated that it would publish collected volumes of past Star Wars comics, beginning with Volume 1 of Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years in January 2015, and Volume 1 of Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire in April 2015, which reprinted Dark Horse's Star Wars comics. In December 2019, Marvel reprinted the first issue of the 1977 series as Star Wars #1 – Facsimile Edition.
A series of reprints under the title True Believers: Star Wars was released in April and May 2019, celebrating Marvel's 80th anniversary. A second collection of True Believers: Star Wars titles was released in December 2019.
|True Believers: Star Wars Reprints|
|True Believers: Star Wars – Skywalker Strikes #1
Reprints Star Wars (2015) #1
|True Believers: Star Wars – The Ashes of Jedha #1
Reprints Star Wars (2015) #38
|True Believers: Star Wars – Darth Vader #1
Reprints Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #1
|True Believers: Star Wars – The Original Marvel Years #107
Reprints Star Wars (1977) #107
|True Believers: Star Wars – Ewoks #1
Reprints Star Wars: Ewoks (1985) #1
|True Believers: Star Wars – Thrawn #1
Reprints Star Wars: Thrawn (2018) #1
|True Believers: Star Wars – Darth Maul #1
Reprints Star Wars: Darth Maul (2017) #1
|True Believers: Star Wars – Rebel Jail #1
Reprints Star Wars (2015) #16
|True Believers: Star Wars – Death Probe #1
Reprints Star Wars (1977) #45
|True Believers: Star Wars – Vader vs. Leia #1
Reprints Star Wars (1977) #48
|True Believers: Star Wars – According to Droids #1
Reprints Star Wars: Droids (1986) #6
|True Believers: Star Wars – The Hunter #1
Reprints Star Wars (1977) #16
|True Believers: Star Wars – Hutt Run #1
Reprints Star Wars (2015) #35
IDW Publishing (2017–present)
In November 2018, IDW released Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down. This three-issue miniseries reprinted the previously released Loot Crate special from December 2017.
IDW has also published graphic novel adaptations of each Star Wars film since The Force Awakens.
|Star Wars Adventures #0–32, two Annuals, FCBD '18 and '19 Specials||September 2017–present|
|Limited Series and One-Shots|
|Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny #1–5||January 2018|
|Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader's Castle #1–5||October 2018|
|Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #1–3||November 2018 – January 2019|
|Star Wars Adventures: Flight of the Falcon one-shot||January 2019|
|Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle 1–5||October 2019|
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