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.
Knights of the Old Republic Vol. 3: Days of Fear, Nights of Anger (3963 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Issues)
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist(s): Michael Atiyeh, Harvey Tolibao, Brian Ching, et. al.
This one was pretty interesting and heavily focused on Jarael and Camper. When Camper falls ill, Jarael and the crew head to his home-world, Arkania, where a cure might be found. Upon returning to this planet, Jarael finds that there is a great deal of segregation between the Arkanian’s. One of the lead scientist’s hears of Camper’s close vicinity and sends a team to capture him. It turns out Camper was once a scientist who discovered the Exogorths, creatures that can eat and eat and eat. The use of these creatures is clear: Arkania wants to be the most powerful planet in the galaxy. Now Zayne and Jarael must figure out a way to stop these crazy scientists!
Star Wars: Rite of Passage (28 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (4 Issues)
Writer: John Ostrander
Artist(s): Jan Duursema, Brad Anderson, Ray Kryssing, Dave McCaig
In my review of Clone Wars Vol. 4: Light and Dark, I mentioned that it was by far the most interesting of the Clone Wars graphic novels, mainly because of the featured Jedi in those issues: Aayla Secura and Quinlan Vos. When I saw Rite of Passage on the shelf t a comic book store, I was immediately interested since it features those two characters. We get to see how Quinlan met Aayla on the Twi’lek planet, Ryloth, when they were children. While Quinlan was with his master attempting to divulge a plot in the Ryloth government, Quinlan sensed that little Aayla was in trouble and went to save her. With her sensitivity to the force, Aayla was taken for Jedi training. Many years later, another mission to Ryloth presents itself, and Aayla is the perfect undercover agent. When she seeks Quinlan’s help to save their master, we find that both Aayla and Quinlan undergo their rite of passage to become Jedi Knights.
This book is done by the same tem who does many of the Clone Wars comics, so the art had a Clone Wars tone to it. Getting to see the relationship between Quinlan and Aayla and the relationship they share with their master was a really interesting back story and addition to their character development that we really do not see elsewhere with these awesome Jedi.
Star Wars The Clone Wars, Vol. 5: The Best Blades (21 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Issues)
Artist(s): Various, Brad Anderson
This volume contains Republic issues 60, 61, 62, 64, and Jedi: Yoda. Each issue in the collection has various artists and writers. In “Republic 60: Hate and Fear,” Obi-wan and Alpha aim for a daring escape from Ventress. We also learn a little bit about Ventress’s origins and how she became so hateful. In “Republic 61: Dead Ends,” Bail Organa’s ship is attacked by pirates. It is speculated that Palpatine set it up in order to bring back a certain law. Bail is warned against opposing Palpatine, but he also knows that he, too, has great influence in the Senate, making him a great threat to Palpatine’s growing power. In “Republic 62: No Man’s Land,” after Obi-wan and Alpha’s escape from Ventress, they encounter a number of bounty hunters that Ventress has sent after hem. With the aid of the Force, Obi-wan is able to escape and be reunited with Anakin, who sensed Obi-wan vitality through the Force, knowing he was surely still alive. In “Republic 64: Bloodlines,” we meet Jedi Rhonr Kim, who aims to befriend Palpatine. Being a Jedi, Rhonar has always been distant from his family, and his father was always concerned about their bloodline living on. When It is suggested that Palpatine have his midi-chlorian count be taken as an example to find the Sith Lord, Palpatine finds this threatening and assures Rhonar’s defeat on his next mission. In “Jedi: Yoda,” Toda takes a personal mission to meet with n old friend whose planet refuses to aid the Republic. Through this meet-up, Yoda works with a young Padawan involved in the war on that planet, and they find themselves being hunted down by a relative of the king. Yoda is saddened that peace could not be made.
“Jedi: Yoda” was definitely the best of this bunch, with an interesting story to part of Yoda’s past and a unique anime-esque art style that differs from previous issues. The other stories were still good, demonstrating some of the political issues and things going on behind the scenes with Palpatine and other senate and Jedi members, but we do not see a whole lot of front lines or interesting Jedi in this volume. At least we finally found out what happened to Obi-wan!
Star Wars: Princess Leia (0 ABY)
Publisher: Marvel (5 Issues)
Writer: Mark Waid, Edited by Jordan D. White
Artist(s): Terry + Rachel Dodson, Joe Caramagna, Jordie Bellaire
After the destruction of Alderaan, Leia seeks out and Alderaanians that were off-planet during the time of its destruction. She wishes to keep the culture alive by ensuring that the people are safe. When one Alderaanian that Leia brings under her wing sends information to her sister, and agent of the Empire, Leia and her Alderanian kin are in danger. Not only does Leia have to continue to thwart off the Empire, but she is assisted by Evaan, a girl who believes Leia to have no real respect for her family or planet since she was a pampered princess and did not cry upon the planet’s destruction.
This was actually a really interesting piece featuring Leia. The rat wsa different (in a good way) than some of the newer Marvel Star Wars, and we got to see more about the destruction of Alderaan and how Leia really felt about it, something we did not really get to see with the movies.