Dark Horse Comics Trade Paperback Guide

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Star Wars comics will be moving to Marvel Comics in 2015. Due to licensing agreements, this means that Dark Horse Comics, the current license holder, must sell all of their Star Wars stock to retailers by then. While this doesn’t mean that stores won’t be selling any Dark Horse Star Wars comics after that deadline, it means that once their stock runs out, they’re out for good.

This has lit a fire under me to buy what I’m missing, so I’m putting together a list of Dark Horse Star Wars collections. This post will focus on trade paperbacks that haven’t been collected into one of Dark Horse’s Star Wars omnibuses. Trades that are solicited but not yet released are also included.

For a list of omnibuses, check here.

Star Wars Trade Paperbacks

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire, Rebel Agent, and Jedi Knight

Starting out this list on a bit of an odd note, these Dark Forces stories aren’t traditional comics. These three volumes are prose novellas with twenty-five full color illustrations a piece. Written by William C. Dietz, these stories are based on the Dark Forces and Jedi Knight video game series following the character Kyle Katarn.

Jedi Academy: Leviathan

This story by Kevin J. Anderson follows a few of Luke Skywalker’s first Jedi training group on one of their early missions.

Republic: Honor and Duty

This volume collects the very few issues of the Republic series that aren’t in an omnibus.

Star Wars Tales Volumes 1 – 6

Star Wars Tales is an anthology series with stories that, for the most part, aren’t “official canon.” Many of these issues are a lot of fun, so overlooking them due to any kind of canon status would be a mistake.

Union

This four-issue series showed the marriage of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade. The series was written by Michael A. Stackpole.

Chewbacca

This series serves as a eulogy for Chewbacca. Recently killed in Vector Prime, the first New Jedi Order novel, Chewbacca has his friends and family telling stories of the brave Wookiee.

Jedi vs. Sith

Essentially the comic version of the first Darth Bane novel, showing the origins of the Sith Rule of Two.

Clone Wars Adventures Volumes 1 – 10

This series of digest sized comics ties into the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon.

The Clone Wars graphic novellas

Another series of digest size comics, this time linked to the 2008 series The Clone Wars. You can see a full list of releases here.

The Clone Wars

This twelve issue series also ties into The Clone Wars and has been collected in three volumes: Slaves of the Republic, In Service of the Republic, and Hero of the Confederacy. Slaves of the Republic was eventually adapted into an arc for the show.

Purge

Collects the three Purge one-shots and the two-issue series Purge: Tyrants Fist. These stories follow Darth Vader as he tracks down survivors of Order 66.

The Force Unleashed & The Force Unleashed II

Adaptations of the video game series following Darth Vader’s secret apprentice Starkiller in the time before A New Hope.

The Old Republic Volumes 1 – 3

Volumes 1 and 2 of this tie-in to the Bioware developed MMO game were originally released as webcomics.

Invasion Volumes 1 – 3

This series is set in the New Jedi Order era and tells new stories of the Yuuzhan Vong War. Rather than retell the novel series, Invasion tells the story of the Galfridian family. An interesting side note, before the New Jedi Order book series started, Dark Horse Comics was developing a Star Wars story about extragalactic invaders.

Blood Ties Volumes 1 & 2

These stories by writer Tom Taylor and artist Chris Scalf focus on the formidable Fett family.

Knight Errant Volumes 1 -3

Written by John Jackson Miller, this series follows Jedi Kerra Holt as she’s trapped in Sith space one thousand years before The Phantom Menace.

Darth Vader and the Lost Command

The first in a series of popular Darth Vader-centric miniseries.

Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison

This story follows Darth Vader as he attempts to save the Emperor’s life after a terrorist attack.

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin

As you can guess from the title, this series tells the story of Vader’s battle against the ninth in a series of assassins sent to kill him.

Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows

This arc only has two issues released at this point, with the final issue scheduled for April 2014. It’s a reasonable bet to think that Dark Horse will collect these before the end of the year, but it’s not guaranteed.

Jedi – The Dark Side

A tale of Qui-Gon Jinn and one of his early padawans, Xanatos.

Agent of the Empire Volumes 1 & 2

Star Wars meets James Bond. This series by John Ostrander tells the story of Imperial Intelligence agent Jahan Cross.

Darth Maul – Death Sentence

Takes place after Maul’s resurrection in The Clone Wars Season 4, and before his appearances in Season 5.

Dawn of the Jedi Volumes 1 – 3

The earliest material in the Star Wars timeline. Created by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, Dawn of the Jedi shows the development of the Je’daii Order on the planet Tython. Volume 3 is currently scheduled for release on June 11, 2014.

Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral

Spiral tells an early story of the Lost Tribe of the Sith, a group first seen in the Fate of the Jedi book series. This story is written by John Jackson Miller, who also wrote a series of Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas.

Star Wars

Set shortly after A New Hope, this series by Brian Wood focuses on the major Original Trilogy characters. Only one volume has been released at this time. Volume 2 is scheduled for April 16th, 2014. Star Wars is currently ongoing and will end with issue #20, so expect at least one or two more trades before the year is out, depending on how Dark Horse decides to collect the remaining issues.

Legacy Volume II

The awkwardly titled Legacy Volume II follows Ania Solo and is set shortly after the previous Legacy comics. Volume 1 is already available, with Volume 2 scheduled for May 21, 2014. Like Star Wars, Legacy Volume II is still putting out issues, and is scheduled to end with #18. Again, we can hopefully expect one or two more trades depending on how the remaining issues are collected.

Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

A recently released digest that ties into the 80′s cartoon series.

The Star Wars

This eight-issue series adapts an early draft of the screenplay for A New Hope. The Star Wars is currently scheduled to release in hardcover and paperback on July 22, 2014. There will also be a special deluxe edition containing the series, the #0 issue, and prints of the comic covers.

Rebel Heist

Rebel Heist is a four-issue miniseries scheduled to begin in April 2014. The series shows how the ‘regular people’ of the Rebellion view larger-than-life heroes like Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca. This series is going to be cutting it close to the deadline if it’s going to be collected in trade, but I’d be surprised if it isn’t.

Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir

Due to the cancellation of The Clone Wars television series, the fate of Darth Maul is still unknown. Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir is adapted from the scripts written for the show that would have told that story. The four-issue series is scheduled to begin in May 2014. Like Rebel Heist, this series will be right up against the license transfer deadline, but I fully expect such an important story to be collected in trade.

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About the Author

Brian joined EUCantina in 2012 as a news reporter. He saw the Original Trilogy when he was so young that he can’t even remember the first time he saw them. His earliest EU memory is listening to audio books of the Jedi Academy trilogy with his family, and since then he has gotten his hands on as much EU material as he can, loving the novels, comics and video games.