Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tuesday's Headlines | Star Wars Comics Look Ahead

George Lucas's Star Wars was inspired by comic books, and in the ’90s Dark Horse comics proved to be a fertile hotbed for the franchise's revitalization before the film series restart that continues to this day.

Marvel Comics is home to the key Star Wars comics for hardcore fans, as they're confirmed in-continuity with the movies and TV shows. The House of Ideas currently has five ongoing Star Wars titles - Star Wars, Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra, The High Republic, and Bounty Hunters.

The first four titles are all set in the time period between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and they'll be participating in a crossover centered around Boba Fett transporting Han Solo's carbonite-frozen body to Jabba the Hutt. Turns out, some people want to save him - but a couple of bounty hunters also want to snake that reward out from under Fett. This'll all happen in May and June with the crossover 'War of the Bounty Hunters.'

Meanwhile, IDW has been serving an all-ages counterpoint to those with several tremendous Star Wars ongoing's and limited series, including an adaptation of Greg Rucka's prose novel Smuggler's Run. Here's a week-by-week rundown of new Star Wars comics:

Wednesday, March 3:
Star Wars: The High Republic #3 by writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #2 by writer Daniel José Older and artist Harvey Tolibao
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection New Republic Vol. 5 TP Collects Star Wars: Dark Empire #1 - #6; Star Wars: Dark Empire II #1 - #6; Star Wars: Empire's End #1 - #2; Star Wars Handbook #1 and #3, along with material from Star Wars Tales #8, #11, #16, and #17.

Wednesday, March 10:
Star Wars #12 by writer Charles Soule and artist Ramon Rosanas
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Collects Doctor Aphra #1 - #40; Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1 - #3; Darth Vader #3, #4, #8, #21, #25; Star Wars #13, #19, #31, #32; Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1; and material from Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. 5 TPB Collects Star Wars: Dark Empire #1 - #6; Star Wars Dark: Empire II #1 - #6; Star Wars: Empire's End #1 - #2; Star Wars Handbook #1 and #3; and material from Star Wars #8, #11, #16, and #17.

Wednesday, March 17:
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #10 by writer Ethan Sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli
Star Wars Adventures #7 by writers Sam Maggs and Landry Q. Walker with artists  Liana Kangas and Nick Brokenshire

Wednesday, March 24:
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #8 by writer Alyssa Wong and artist Minkyu Jun

Wednesday, April 7:
Star Wars: The High Republic #4 by writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito 
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #3 by writer Daniel José Older and artist Harvey Tolibao 
Star Wars Vol. 2: Tarkin's Will TPB Collects Star Wars #7 - #11

Wednesday, April 14:
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #11 by writer Ethan Sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli 

Wednesday, April 21:
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #9 by writer Alyssa Wong and artist Minkyu Jung 

Wednesday, April 28:
Star Wars: Darth Vader #11 by writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco 

Wednesday, May 5:
Star Wars Adventures #8 by writers Sam Maggs and Danny Lore, with artists Liana Kangas and Arianna Florean 
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills: The Manga OGN by writer Jon Tsuei and artist Subaru, based on the prose novel by Greg Rucka
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 by writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #4 by writer Daniel José Older with artists Harvey Tolibao and Pow Rodrix

Wednesday, May 12:
Star Wars #13 by writer Charles Soule and Ramon Rosanas
Star Wars: The High Republic #5 by writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito

Wednesday, May 19:
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #12 by writer Ethan Sacks and Paolo Villanelli

Wednesday, May 26:
Star Wars: Darth Vader #12 by writer Greg Pak and artist Guiu Vilanova
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 by Alyssa Wong and artist Ray-Anthony Height
Star Wars Adventures #9 by writers Michael Moreci and Vita Ayala with artists Michael Avon Oeming and Devaun Dowdy
Star Wars Adventures: Weapon of a Jedi #1 (of 2) by writers Jason Fry and Alec Worley with artist Ruairi Coleman
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Vol. 4 trade paperback Collects Star Wars: The Old Republic #1 - #16, Star Wars: The Old Republic - The Lost Suns #1 - 5, Star Wars: The Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral #1 - #5, and material from Star Wars Visionaries and Star Wars Tales #17

Wednesday, June 9:
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters Vol. 2 - Target Valance trade paperback Collects Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #6 - #11.