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. 4: Daze of Hate, Knights of Suffering (3,963 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Issues)
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist(s): Dan Parsons, Michael Atiyeh, Colin Wilson, et. al.
“Daze of Hate” continues where volume three left off. Zayne and Jarael are still under the clutches of Adasca, a bio technician using Camper to improve the bio-weapon space slugs. Adasca wished to secure his place of power in the Republic by selling the dangerous creatures to the highest bidder. When Lucien, Zayne’s previous Jedi Master, enters the scene, enemies must work together to find an escape. When Camper regains his senses and self-control, he makes sure Adasca’s ship and experiments can no longer harm others. “Knights of Suffering” brings us back to Taris where the Padawans were murdered. Zayne has a run-in with the girl he likes whose brother he was accused of murdering. Raana Tey, one of the masters behind the murders, has the girl convinced of Zayne’s wrongdoing. Zayne tries everything to convince her that he didn’t kill anyone, but she doesn’t believe him…until Raana Tey admits to the crime. Perhaps Zayne is not the evil she had prophesied about, and Tey gives him a name to work off of as well as a noble farewell.
This volume was interesting in that the art was a bit different, sharper than previous volumes. The characters have a bit of a different appearance about them, and the drawing is somewhat inconsistent, which was both distracting and annoying. This aside, “Knights of Suffering” was an interesting segue into the next events. Rather than random story lines about Mandalorian’s or space slugs, we finally get back to the main story where Zayne will be seeking retribution and a claim of innocence. And now thanks to Tey, he has the name of someone to find and pursue in his endeavors.
Star Wars The Clone Wars, Vol. 6: On the Fields of Battle (21-20 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (7 Issues)
Writer: John Ostrander
Artist(s): Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson, Jan Duursema, Tomas Giorello
This volume collects issues 65-71 of the Republic era comics. “Republic 65: Show of Force, Part 1,” and “Republic 66: Show of Force, Part 2,”deal with the Jedi finding out that someone has put bounty on Jedi heads. When Mace Windu and his team find out that the Bounty Hunter’s Guild is behind the bounty, he demonstrates that placing a bounty on Jedi is not wise. Interestingly, Count Dooku is not pleased by this bounty wither, because it messes up the order of Sidious’s plans. In “Republic 67: Forever Young,” we find Anakin and Obi-wan on a mission to destroy an enemy facility. Master Tohno is with them. Anakin thinks he can save her, rather than have her fulfill a suicide mission, and it takes a great deal of coaxing to prevent Anakin from rushing in. “Republic 68: Armor” is told from the perspective of one of Aayla’s clone troopers. He is suspicious of Quinlan, and he should have acted on his suspicions, but his need to trust his commanding Jedi ruled. “Republic 69: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 1,” “Republic 70: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 2,” and “Republic 71: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 3,” involve a mission of peace gone sour. When negotiations with an enemy fleet lead tot he capture of Republic Jedi, Anakin charges in to save them. Quinlan, in Republic custody, escapes and helps out with the fight. Quinlan returns to the Jedi council to meet his fate while Anakin supposedly murders Ventress.
As some of you may know from previous review, Quinlan and Aayla continue to be more and more interesting and I have found that Quinlan is one of my favorite Jedi in the Clone Wars. We learn a great deal about his character, but we are never quite sure just what side he is on, giving him n air of mystery. This volume, overall, was pretty interesting and had a decent mix of “meh” stories with fantastic stories.
Star Wars Darth Vader: End of Games (0 ABY)
Publisher: Marvel (5 Issues)
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist(s): Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado
This is the 4th volume of the new Marvel Darth Vader series consisting of issues 20-25. This graphic novel has Darth Vader putting a pause on his agenda to find Luke Skywalker. He must focus on defeating Cylo, one of the other potential Sith candidates that the Emperor has pit against Vader. After defeating Cylo (and all his clones), Vader finds that Aphra has spoken of his plans to the Emperor (with the pursuing of Luke exempt). Upon this, Vader tosses Aphra out into free space, where the droids and Krrsantan save her from space.
While the art was still phenomenal in this series, as always, this volume was not quite as good as its predecessors. I am hoping with the other Sith apprentices out of the way, that this story will pick back up with Vader’s pursuit of Luke.
Star Wars Poe Dameron: Black Squadron (34 ABY)
Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues)
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist(s): Phil Noto, Joe Caramagna
In this series, we get to see more about what Poe Dameron was doing before the events of The Force Awakens. Poe has been hand-picked by General Leia Organa to find an explorer who knows the galaxy well, and if anyone, he might know where to find Luke Skywalker. Poe and his Black Squadron (Snap Wexley, Kare Kun, L’ulo, Jess Pava, and Oddy Muva) are some of the most skilled pilots of the New Republic. Following a lead to find the Explorer, Black Squadron finds they have been tracked by the New Order. Following yet another lead, to a prison and Grakkus the Hutt, Poe finds that Grakkus will give the whereabouts of the Explorer to Poe OR New Order Agent Terex, whoever can free Grakkus first. With Terex knowing to go to Grakkus without having been informed of the potential location of the Explorer, the thought of a spy in the Black Squadron makes Poe uneasy, because his people just wouldn’t do such a thing.
With the writer of Star Wars: Lando and the artists of Star Wars: Chewbacca, Star Wars: Poe Dameron is a new and exciting series related to the most recent media of the universe. While it was a bit of a slow start, the race to find the Explorer and the whereabouts of Luke makes the comic an interesting prequel to The Force Awakens.