There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.
Jango Fett and Zam Wesell (27-22 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (Consecutive One-shots)
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist(s): Tom Fowler, Dan Jackson, Digital Chameleon
Jango Fett and Zam Wesell are two different stories that follow each other. The above photo is an image of the 30th anniversary hardcover release that has both of the comics in it. This is a beautiful edition and I highly recommend snagging this version.
Jango Fett gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a bounty hunter. Jango Fett does whatever he needs to do for his money and for his young son, Boba. Jango accepts a hunt for a special, rare artifact. It turns out that Jango wasn’t the only bounty hunter sent on the job. Shape-shifting Zam Wesell aims to fight Jango for the artifact.
Zam Wesell takes place a few years after the events of Jango Fett. In this graphic novel, Jango and Zam find out that the artifact that they had stolen was actually a Force utilizing icon that could potentially destroy a planet from within. Now Jango and Zam seek to stop the destruction of Coruscant while the Jedi council attempts its own infiltration. The Jedi that makes it to the planet core is able to remove the Force from the artifact before dying, and no one knows who else aided the Jedi.
I am not a bounty hunter fan by any means, but it was nice to see the relationships of Jango and Boba as well as Jango and Zam. The art is wonderful and the combat scenes have a really nice flow to them. The hardcover collection is also a beautiful edition to any Star Wars fan bookshelf.
Darth Vader: The Shu-Torun War (0 ABY)
Publisher: Marvel (4 Issues)
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist(s): Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado
This is the third volume in the Darth Vader series and contains Annual #1 and issues 16-19 of the series. While the previous volumes deal with Vader and his search for Luke, Luke is completely absent for this. This story revolves around the planet Shu-Torun, in which Vader makes sure the new queen abides by Empire rules. If Shu-Torun does not obey, it will end up being another Alderaan. Many of the people do not want to follow under their new queen, but they do not seem to understand what she does when it comes to the fate of their planet. Meanwhile, Vader still has to deal with some of those who are meant to possible replace him, but of course, he won’t let that happen. Behind the scenes, while Vader is involved in this planetary war, he has bounty hunters out looking for Aphra, but the man who finds her is not who Vader was expecting.
While the art is phenomenal, the story is not quite as good as the previous two volumes and Vader Down. It is definitely still worth the read, and the ending has me ready and waiting for the next issue/volume.