How to Start Reading Star Wars Comics This Summer

by | Jun 2, 2022 | News Outside the Parks

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Not sure where to start? Summer 2022 is the perfect time to jump into Star Wars comics.

If the world of Star Wars comics isn’t on your radar, you are missing half the story. Star Wars comics take deep dives into the characters you know and love, expanding on their stories with little-known adventures—for example, the initial focus of The High Republic comic series was to fill in the gaps between the Star Wars movies.

And comics introduce new characters you’ve never seen before, but you might see one day on the big screen or in a Disney+ series. You never know!

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But Where Do You Even Start?

With new comics released on a schedule, it can be hard to know when to jump in so that you don’t miss an issue of your favorite story. Many a time, I have walked into a comics shop, picked up issue #33 of an interesting Star Wars comic, but wondered how the heck I was supposed to know what was going on in the story. 

Fortunately 2022 brings new titles and a new “phase” of The High Republic Adventures that make this a better time than ever to jump into the Star Wars comic world. Here’s your primer on comic releases and five series to jump into this summer and fall.

Types of Comic Releases

Before we dive into the world of Star Wars comic series, you may be wondering if they are all on #527 of a ten-year series. The answer is no! There are lots of different series run lengths, and even single-comic stories. It can be easy to jump into the story, even on ongoing series if you know where to start.

One Shot: This is a single-issue comic that has a self-contained story. No previous reading required!

Ongoing Series: This is a series of comics that are released on a fixed schedule, usually bimonthly or monthly. These series can run for decades if they are top-sellers. This is the kind of comic where it can be hard to jump right in, so publishers will typically put together compendiums of past issues in thick book form so you can catch up to the latest storyline.

Limited Series: A comic series with a planned limited run and finite story contained within the series.

1. Star Wars: Obi-Wan

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  • 💥Type: Limited series
  • 💥Why it’s easy to dive in: It’s only the second issue, so you can start today!

When Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan answer a distress call from across the Galaxy, they are brought to a devastated outpost.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1 came out on May 4, 2022, with #2 coming out on June 22, 2022. That gives you plenty of time to hop on for the rest of the 5-issue series. Pair that with the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ and you’re in for an obi-awesome summer.

2. Star Wars: Yoda

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  • 💥Type: Limited series
  • 💥Why it’s easy to dive in: This will be a new series!

A new limited series from Marvel Comics, Star Wars: Yoda was announced at the May, 2022 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim convention.

Star Wars: Yoda will take place before Luke Skywalker arrives on Dagobah, with the first story set long before, during the High Republic era. Three comic writers; Cavan Scott, Jody Houser, and Marc Guggenheim, will tell the story over three arcs.

Look for Star Wars: Yoda in October, 2022.

3. Star Wars: Dr. Aphra

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  • 💥Type: Ongoing series
  • 💥Why it’s easy to dive in: Three compendium volumes make this one an easy catch-up.

Dr. Aphra is a series that started in 2016, with a revival in 2020. It is written by Alyssa Wong, with art by Marika Cresta.

Dr. Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra is an Indiana Jones type of space archeologist, who along with her “murderbots,” Wookiee bounty hunter Krrsantan, and Vulaada Klam, adventure throughout the galaxy. The comic takes place between the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

New readers can jump into this series via the help of compendium volumes. A compendium is when lots of past comic issues are put together in a single book to tell an entire story arch. Dr. Aphra is a good example of how  volume collections can get you all caught up on a long-running comic series.

To catch up on Dr. Aphra, there are three volumes of past comics to grab:

4. Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories

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  • 💥Type: Ongoing series
  • 💥Why it’s easy to dive in: A new start to this series is starting up this summer!

The popular Star Wars: The High Republic series is entering a newbie-friendly Phase II this fall. Hyperspace Stories will be an all-new ongoing comic series, with some limited series peppered in. That means even the newest of the new Star Wars comic fans can start!

At the 2022 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim event, the fanfare was real: “We are thrilled to be working with Dark Horse — and with Cecil, Amanda, and Michael — on Hyperspace Stories,” says Lucasfilm Publishing’s Creative Director Michael Siglain. “Fans of all ages will be treated to action-packed, exciting, and emotional stories that just may be more connected than they seem.”

Look for the first issue of Hyperspace Stories on August 10, 2022.

5. Star Wars: Tales From the Rancor Pit

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  • 💥Type: One-shot
  • 💥Why it’s easy to dive in: This is a one-shot story encapsulated in a single issue.

Arguably the most anticipated Star Wars title, this one-shot graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics will take us deep into the dungeons of Jabba’s palace to tell three dark stories ripe for the Halloween season.

Pre-order for Tales from the Rancor Pit is available now for an October 19, 2022 release.

Ready to Start Some Star Wars Comics?

Aside from these titles, there are even more Star Wars comic series happening right now like The Mandalorian and the classic Star Wars series. I’ve chosen a few here that could be easy for zero-entry readers, but I encourage you to explore the world of ongoing series.

You can catch up via compendiums of comics that have come out in past years, or just walk into your local comic book store and explore their log of back-issues.

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Written by Rain Blanken

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Rain Blanken is a published author and leader in digital media. A DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, and former Disney Vacation Planner, Rain would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night.
Rain Blanken

Written by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is a published author and leader in digital media. A DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, and former Disney Vacation Planner, Rain would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night.