May 4, 2015 • Cee • Lists

May Fourth—aka Star Wars Day—the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.

We all know it’s gonna be a puntastic day!

You can tell how beloved this franchise through many different ways—discussions, books, video games, merchandises— and it’s amazing to see people keeping it alive.

With the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens at the end of the year, my excitement for this epic space opera is 110% through the roof. I want to talk about everything and celebrate its awesomeness. I want to devour every piece of media I can get my greedy hands on. That’s why I wanted to talk about the Star Wars graphic novels and books I plan to read.

 

PRINCESS LEIA

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire—the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world?

Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia’s quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy. — Source

That’s right. Princesss Leia has her very own comic series! Eeep.

Who wouldn’t want to see badass Leia in action? She’s not a damsel in distress. She can kick ass, and hopefully, this comic series shows Leia doing so.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: BOBA FETT 

Boba Fett, the most feared, most respected, and most loved bounty hunter in the galaxy now has all of his comics stories collected into one massive volume!

In these stories, Boba Fett gets caught between the Rebellion and the Empire; seeks a mysterious relic from a wrecked Star Destroyer; settles a diplomatic dispute — with extreme prejudice; takes part in a bounty-hunter free-for-all; fights Darth Vader; and even goes up against a Boba Fett imposter! There’s no job too deadly for the man in Mandalorian armor! — Source

BOBA. FETT.

‘Nuff said.

 

DARTH VADER

It is a period of insurgence. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base on a moon of Yavin, have won a shocking surprise victory against the rightful reign of the Galactic Empire.

The Empire’s ultimate peacekeeping force, THE DEATH STAR, was destroyed due to an unforeseen design flaw. Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in danger. Chaos looms!

For the nineteen years after the vanquishing of the Jedi and his painful rebirth on volcanic Mustafar, Sith Lord DARTH VADER has faithfully served his master. But now, he has failed the Emperor and must pay the price….

Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! — Source

*inserts Darth Vader’s theme song*

Oh boy, I’m incredibly excited about this series because 1. freakin’ Darth Vader! and 2. Kieron Gillen is writing this (who also writes my favorite comics series ever, The Wicked + The Divine). Darth Vader is one of the most fascinating villains ever created, and I want to see how Gillen develops him.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for. — Source

Have you ever wondered what the Star Wars series would sound like if Shakespeare had written it? Well, this series of Ian Doescher is what we’ve been looking for! This reimagining sounds so fun!

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: TALES OF THE JEDI

Five thousand years before Luke Skywalker’s successful assault on the Death Star, the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy. That is, until his death ignited a battle for ascension that would spell the end for his empire and nearly the entire galaxy! It would be another thousand years before two young Jedi novices Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider would rise for the cause of justice, first in the case of a Jedi-killing Hutt, and then against a dark Jedi spirit threatening to engulf an entire planet!

In a time when Jedi were numerous and the Sith Empire but a bitter memory, an ancient evil rose again, corrupting one of the Jedi’s finest and igniting a war that ravaged worlds. The Sith were reborn, ties of friendship and family were betrayed, and the lives of Jedi Nomi Sunrider and Ulic Qel-Droma were changed forever.

This along with Knights of the Old Republic (below) are a favorite of many comic readers. And why wouldn’t they love this series? It tells of the earliest days of the Jedis and Siths and their conflict, which sounds fascinating.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

Padawan Zayne Carrick is suddenly a fugitive framed for the murder of his fellow Jedi-in-training. Little does the galaxy know, Zayne’s own Masters are behind the massacre and dead set on recovering him before he can reveal the truth. Zayne will find unexpected allies in his travels – a scheming con man, a senile genius and his fierce protector, enemy droids, and even a Mandalorian!

After Zayne Carrick is framed for the murder of his fellow Jedi in training, his poor luck prevents him from clearing his name and throws him into dangerous situations all over the galaxy, leading to his final confrontation with the Jedi Masters who massacred their own Padawans!

As I’ve said above, this omnibus along with Tales of the Jedi are beloved series that comic readers enjoy. New story, new characters? Yes please. I’ve heard it’s also amusing and fun to read. I think I’ll really enjoy this one. ;)

Have you read any of these Star Wars books? Which ones are you interested in reading?

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5 Responses to “HAPPY MAY THE FOURTH! | Star Wars Comics + Books I Plan to Read”

  1. acps927 says:

    I think a book about Princess Leia would be a fun read! Have you seen the children’s books Darth Vader and Son, Darth Vader’s Little Princess, etc.? Those are really cute!

  2. i really want to pick up the Shakespeare reimagining of Star Wars. They look fantastic. Also, I saw the Princess Leia comics at books a million and they have a really awesome alternate cover!

  3. “The Empire Striketh Back” — for some reason that cracked me up so much! I’m not really a Shakespeare person, but just the fact that it’s STAR WARS (read: the definition of epicness) is making me want to see what the story would have been like if Shakespeare had written it. I’m guessing a lot more emphasis on revenge and betrayal and maybe some over-the-top romance…

    I would so totally read a comic about Princess Leia, and I love the last line of the blurb, too: “What is a princess without a world?” I’m looking forward to some badass fighting scenes. You better get your hands on it soon, Cee, because I can’t wait to hear what you think!! Same goes for Darth Vader. I agree, he’s probably one of the most interesting villains I’ve ever come across so it would be super interesting and insightful.

    I swear this year is the year of movies. Hopefully I’ll find the time to rewatch the previous Star Wars films before seeing the latest one!

  4. I’m going to wait for the Star Wars comics to come out in trade paperbacks. I grabbed the first few issues of Star Wars and Darth Vader, but they didn’t pull me in the way I hoped they would. So I’m going to save money and just wait 6 months, lol. Hopefully Princess Leia turns out to be a keeper, I was sad when they wiped the EU and got rid of her amazing adventures and badass stories. I also need to grab the Dark Horse omnibus before they go out of print, especially the Boba Fett one.
    The Shakespeare’s Star Wars is really fun! I’ve read the first one and pretty much laughed the entire way through it.

  5. Lola says:

    I fell in love with Star Wars last year when i watched the movies for the first time and it amazes me how many books and comics and more there is in this universe beside the movies. I just ordered a paperback that takes place before Star Wars Rebels. I also would love to get my hands on some of these comics as they sound great!


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