Yesterday I posted a review for Shattered Empire the comic book that helps bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. I gave that particular book 2.5 out of 5 stars, so it’s not necessarily recommended. The Star Wars comics I do recommend are listed below.
Recommended Star Wars graphic novels:
Star Wars: Blood Ties – Jango and Boba Fett and Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead These books are both great stories about the Fett family. I highly recommend them. The only caveat is that these books tie into the LegendsEU not the NewEU, so they may not jive well with more recent material. I give both of these books 5 stars.
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison This book has a great little mystery and gives the reader a chilling look at a secret Clone Wars project. The story is imaginative and Darth Vader is spot on. I give this book 3 stars.
Star Wars: Kanan – the Last Padawan I really liked this book, however, I think it’s a better read after watching the first season of Star Wars: Rebels. I give this book 3 stars.
Star Wars: Princess Leia This book was a nice, new look at the role Leia played in the Rebellion. The movies are really Luke’s story, but this comic explores Leia and actually fills in some gaps in her story quite well. I give this book 3 stars.
Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Volume 2: Hard Targets (Volume 1, however, is not recommend) This is a great James Bond type story where an Imperial agent is trying to solve cases for the Empire. This is set before A New Hope and has a great little storyline. Again, this is a LegendsEU story, so not everything will mesh with the NewEU. I give this book 4 stars.
Star Wars by Brian Wood. This is a LegendsEU story that picks up directly after A New Hope. It continues the story and has some really great artwork. The first six covers are particularly amazing. Check this one out. I give this book 4 stars.
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence This story is a great one, it gives the reader a lot of story in one small volume. Darth Maul is great here, so if you like Maul, look into this. I give this book 4 stars.
The Star Wars by J. A. Rinzler. This is a version of Star Wars: A New Hope based off some early scripts. It’s a fun AU (Alternate Universe) telling of Star Wars and has some really great art. If you want to see a fresh take on an old story, this is a great read. I give this book 3 stars.
I think one of the things that appeals to me about Star Wars comics, more so than other comics or graphic novels, is that they are generally short stories. Especially under the Dark Horse years, almost every single one was a four to seven issue run of comics that were then collected into a trade paperback. It was easy to follow the storylines and a person didn’t have to know 75+ years of mythology before picking up a book. It made getting into comics a lot less intimidating and introduced me to some great authors and artists. If you haven’t read a Star Wars comic yet, give one a try.
Find these and more at your local library.