One of the ways Star Wars keeps telling stories is that they put an entire lifetime of adventures between the different films. Yet, Because Episodes VI and VII take place so close together, fans don’t know much about the state of the galaxy after the rise of the First Order. Now, thanks to the Star Wars Adventures comic series, we’ll learn more about this unknown era. Starting in Issue #27, writer John Barber and artist Derek Charm tell a three-part story about the First Order’s attack on the Wookiees. Starring Chewbacca (and a friendly Porg), everyone’s favorite walking carpet will do battle with the dreaded First Order to free his family and friends on his home planet of Kashyyyk. Also, another tale in the book will focus on the drods, R2D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 recruiting for the Resistance, written by Michael Moreci and drawn by Tony Fleecs.
Star Wars Comics: Marvel and IDW
Star Wars is owned by Lucasfilm who, in turn, is owned by Disney. Marvel Comics also falls under Disney’s purview, so it makes sense that most Star Wars comic series are under the Marvel banner. For example, this month the 69th issue of the main Star Wars series will debut from Marvel. And this “canon” comic only just reached the end of the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Yet, no time at all passes between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So, the goings-on of a galaxy far, far away after the destruction of Starkiller Base and the apparent death of Luke Skywalker remains unknown. While it’s certain Marvel comics will participate in the run-up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it seems one of the first post-Last Jedi stories goes to IDW.
The Star Wars Adventures Comic Series from IDW
The Star Wars Adventures comic series comes from publisher IDW, telling stories for younger kids that are canonically questionable. While they featured tales about sequel trilogy characters before, none yet take place after the events of the last film. So, even though the drama and the comedy of the story will be cartoonish and for kids, adult fans may want to check out these issues as well. This marks only the beginning of the extended universe push to Star Wars episode IX. Before the past two films, Lucasfilm released a “Journey to” to the film with comics, books, toys, and everything else meant to inform fans about the story awaiting them in the movie. With at least a year of time passing between Episodes VII and IX, there will be plenty of stories to tell.
IDW comics have a long history with Star Wars, before Lucasfilm’s purchase by the House of Mouse. They published hundreds of comics that told stories set in between the prequel films, after the original trilogy, and even set thousands of years before the movies. When Disney chucked out the Expanded Universe so as not to limit their own creatives’ ability to tell stories, the IDW comic series were what many Star Wars fans mourned the most.
What do you think? Are you going to check out the Star Wars Adventures comic series to find out what’s happening? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.