Star Wars Reading Order

I have to admit, when Disney acquired Star Wars from Lucas Arts, it didn’t even cross my mind that it might mean Marvel Unlimited subscribers would soon have Star Wars comics in their libraries. After all, Dark Horse Comics produced many of these excellent stories, and surely Marvel Comics wouldn’t just up and be able to repurpose all those stories as if they were…

Holy Sarlaacs! Marvel was completely able to repurpose Dark Horse Star Wars comics as if they were their own! While the comic fans among us can all agree we should pour one out for Dark Horse with every issue (Dark Horse is sitting here, like, I’m not dead!), it’s still a huge gain for Marvel Unlimited members.

As of the time of this initial reading order, there are 110 Star Wars series now available on Marvel Unlimited. This is both completely excellent (comics!) and completely intimidating (where do I start?).

Making matters more interesting, publication date has about as much to do with Star Wars chronology as lawn care does with Tatooine. Unlike the Marvel Universe, Star Wars comics do not flow in (relative) order with the progression of time. Instead, each story fits somewhere in the immensely elaborate chronology of the Star Wars Universe.

Star Wars the New Jedi Order

Below, you’ll find every Star Wars series within Marvel Unlimited placed within the context of the various eras and events of the Star Wars Universe. I’d reiterate two things before the guide: 1) This Star Wars reading order is entirely Marvel Unlimited specific. I’d love to hear suggestions about material Marvel should add to the library, but you won’t find that in the guide. And 2) Any and all feedback is very welcome! I’m much newer to Star Wars comics than Marvel, so I’m sure there are some holes here.

You can also check out my list of the Best Star Wars Comics to Read Before (or After) The Force Awakens!

Without further ado.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Index:

O) Star Wars Trade Collection Fast Track
I) Before the Republic
II) The Old Republic
III) Rise of the Empire
IV) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
V) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
VI) Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi & Aftermath
VII) New Jedi Order
VIII) Legacy
IX) The NEW Marvel Star Wars Comics (2015 – Present)

O) Star Wars Trade Collection Fast Track

Marvel Star Wars Omnibus Collections

Star Wars: The Marvel UK Omnibus

Collects: Star Wars Weekly 60, 94-99, 104-115; Empire Strikes Back Monthly 149, 151, 153-157; Star Wars Monthly 159; Ewoks Annual 1989; Star Wars: The Official Collectors’ Magazine; Material From Pizzazz 10-16

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1

Collects: Star Wars #1 to #44, Annual #1

Star Wars: Kanan Omnibus

Collects: Kanan The Last Padawan #1 to #12

Star Wars: Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca Omnibus

Collects: Darth Vader #1 to #25, Darth Vader Annual #1, Star Wars: Vader Down #1, Star Wars #13 to #14

Marvel Star Wars Comics Trade Reading Order

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan Vol. 1

Star Wars: Kanan Vol. 2: First Blood

Star Wars: Lando

Star Wars: Princess Leia

Star Wars: Chewbacca

Star Wars: Han Solo

Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1

Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets

Star Wars: Vader Down

Star Wars Vol. 3: Rebel Jail

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 4: End of Games

Star Wars Vol. 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 1

Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda’s Secret War

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 2: The Gathering Storm

Dark Horse Star Wars Trade Reading Order

Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm

Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan

Dawn of the Jedi: Force War

Tales of the Jedi Vol. 1

Tales of the Jedi Vol. 2

Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars – Lost Tribe of the Sith

Star Wars – Knight Errant

Star Wars – Rise of the Sith

Star Wars – Emissaries & Assassins

Star Wars: Quinlan Vos – Jedi in Darkness

Menace Revealed

Clone Wars Vol.1 – The Republic Goes To War

Clone Wars Vol. 2 – The Enemy On All Sides

Clone Wars Vol. 3 – The Republic Falls

Dark Times Vol. 1

Purge

Darth Vader & The Lost Command

Darth Vader & The Ninth Assassin

Darth Vader & The Ghost Prison

Dark Times Vol. 2

At War With The Empire Vol. 1

At War With The Empire Vol. 2

In The Shadow of Yavin

From the Ruins of Alderaan

Rebel Girl

Shattered Hope

Shadows of the Empire

Boba Fett

X-Wing Rogue Squadron Vol. 1

X-Wing Rogue Squadron Vol. 2

X-Wing Rogue Squadron Vol. 3

The Thrawn Trilogy

Dark Empire Trilogy

Crimson Empire Saga

Chewbacca

Invasion – Refugees

Invasion – Rescue

Invasion – Revelations

Star Wars: Legacy

Star Wars Reading Order


I) Before the Republic

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi

Encyclopedia style history of the origins of the Star Wars Universe.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force Storm

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force Storm

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Prisoner of Bogan

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Prisoner of Bogan

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force War

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force War

Knights of the Old Republic

II)The Old Republic

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Golden Age Of The Sith

Issues: #1 to #6

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Fall Of The Sith Empire

Issues: #1 to #5

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Freedon Nadd Uprising

Issues: #1 to #2

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of The Sith

Issues: #1 to #6

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Sith War

Issues: #1 to #6

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Redemption

Issues: #1 to #5

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Issues: #1 to #50

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – War

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – War

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith

Star Wars: Knight Errant

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Knight Errant

Star Wars: Knight Errant – Deluge

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Knight Errant – Deluge

Star Wars: Knight Errant – Escape

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Knight Errant – Escape

Darth Vader and Emperor stare at Death Star

III) Rise of the Empire

Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side

Star Wars: Jango Fett – Open Seasons

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jango Fett – Open Seasons

Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – The Autoorient Express

Issues: #1 to #2

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – The Autoorient Express

Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – Last Stand on Ord Mantell

Issues: #1 to #3

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – Last Stand on Ord Mantell

Star Wars: Jedi Council – Acts of War

Issues: #1 to

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi Council – Acts of War

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Issues:

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars (1998 – 2002)

Issues: #1 to #45

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (1998 – 2002)

Star Wars: Jedi Quest

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi Quest

Star Wars: Starfighter – Crossbones

Issues: #1 to #3

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Starfighter – Crossbones

Star Wars: Blood Ties

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Blood Ties

Star Wars: Jedi – Aayla Secura

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi – Aayla Secura

Star Wars: Jedi – Mace Windu

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi – Mace Windu

Star Wars: Jedi – Shaak Ti

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi – Shaak Ti

Star Wars: Jedi – Count Dooku

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi – Count Dooku

Star Wars: Jedi – Yoda

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi – Yoda

Star Wars: General Grievous

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: General Grievous

Star Wars: Obsession

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Obsession

Star Wars: Purge

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Purge

Star Wars: Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist

Issues: #1 to #2

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist

Star Wars: Purge – Seconds to Die

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Purge – Seconds to Die

Star Wars: Purge – The Hidden Blade

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Purge – The Hidden Blade

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006 – 2010)

Issues: #1 to #12

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Times (2006 – 2010)

Star Wars: Dark Times – Blue Harvest (2009)

Issues: #1 to #2

Collects two prologue stories to ‘Blue Harvest’ story begun in Dark Times #13

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Times – Blue Harvest (2009)

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006 – 2010)

Issues: #13 to #17

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Times (2006 – 2010)

Star Wars: Dark Times – Out Of The Wilderness (2011 – 2012)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Times – Out Of The Wilderness (2011 – 2012)

Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Cry Of Shadows (2013 – 2014)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Cry Of Shadows (2013 – 2014)

Star Wars: Dark Times – Fire Carrier (2013)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Times – Fire Carrier (2013)

Star Wars: Dark Times – A Spark Remains (2013)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Times – A Spark Remains (2013)

Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command (2011)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command (2011)

Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin (2013)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin (2013)

Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Ghost Prison (2012)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Ghost Prison (2012)

Star Wars: Droids

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Droids

C-3P0 and R2D2 with a family before the events of A New Hope.

Star Wars: Droids

Issues: #1 to #8

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Droids

Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – The Gaar Suppoon Hit

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – The Gaar Suppoon Hit

Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – The Hunger of Princess Nampi

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – The Hunger of Princess Nampi

Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – The Dynasty Trap

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – The Dynasty Trap

Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – Betrayal

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt – Betrayal

Star Wars: Agent Of The Empire – Iron Eclipse (2011 – 2012)

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Agent Of The Empire – Iron Eclipse (2011 – 2012)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Enemy Of The Empire (1999)

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – Enemy Of The Empire (1999)

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead (2012)

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead (2012)

Boba gets a contract from Darth Vader. Baller.

Star Wars: Underworld – The Yavin Vassilika

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Underworld – The Yavin Vassilika

star-wars-a-new-hope

IV) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Begins as a faithful straight adaptation of the movie (1977). Nothing new to see here, but kind of fascinating to see Marvel’s licensed take on the property as it was becoming the biggest movie in the world. For example, in issue #2 Jabba looks totally different! Relatively faithful adaptation of the movie.

Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead (2001)

Issues: #1 to #2

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead (2001)

Two issue humor series.

Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Issues: #7 to #37

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Marvel goes off the beaten path (and occasionally off the rails) with their adventures of Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewie in between a New Hope and Empire Strikes back.

Star Wars Annual (1979 – 1983)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars Annual (1979 – 1983)

Published after Star Wars #8

Star Wars: Vader’S Quest (1999)

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Vader’S Quest (1999)

Star Wars: Splinter of The Mind’s Eye

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Splinter of The Mind’s Eye

Star Wars (2013 – 2014)

Issues: #1 to 20

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (2013 – 2014)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Overkill (2006)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – Overkill (2006)

Star Wars: Rebellion

Issues: #1 to #16

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Rebellion

Star Wars: Rebel Heist

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Rebel Heist

Came out in 2014 from one of my absolute favorite comic book creators, Matt Kindt. Highly recommend giving this series a look!

Star Wars: River of Chaos

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: River of Chaos

Star Wars: A Valentine’s Story

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: A Valentine’s Story

Star Wars: Boba Fett (1997)

Issues: #0.5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett (1997)

the empire strikes back

V) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Issues: #38 to #44

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Star Wars: Tag & Bink Ii (2006)

Issues: #1 to #2

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Tag & Bink Ii (2006)

Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Issues: #45 to #80

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Star Wars Annual (1979 – 1983)

Issues: #2

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars Annual (1979 – 1983)

Second annual issue was published the same week as Star Wars #65.

Star Wars Annual (1979 – 1983)

Issues: #3

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars Annual (1979 – 1983)

Published before Star Wars #77.

Star Wars: Shadow Stalker

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Shadow Stalker

Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire (1996)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire (1996)

Star Wars Ewoks

VI) Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi & Aftermath

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Issues: #81 to #107

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars (1977 – 1986)

Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Leader (2005)

Issues: #1 to #3

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Leader (2005)

Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor’s Hand

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Mara Jade – By the Emperor’s Hand

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Evolution

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire – Evolution

Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995 – 1998)

Issues: #1 to #35

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995 – 1998)

Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron Special (1995)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron Special (1995)

Star Wars: Heir To The Empire (1995 – 1996)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Heir To The Empire (1995 – 1996)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Twin Engines Of Destruction (1997)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – Twin Engines Of Destruction (1997)

Star Wars: The Jabba Tape

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Jabba Tape

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1997)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1997)

Star Wars: The Last Command (1997 – 1998)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Last Command (1997 – 1998)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Agent Of Doom (2000)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – Agent Of Doom (2000)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Bounty On Bar-Kooda (1995)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – Bounty On Bar-Kooda (1995)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Murder Most Foul (1997)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – Murder Most Foul (1997)

Star Wars: Boba Fett – When The Fat Lady Swings (1996)

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Boba Fett – When The Fat Lady Swings (1996)

Star Wars: Dark Empire (1991 – 1992)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Empire (1991 – 1992)

Star Wars: Dark Empire II (1994 – 1995)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Dark Empire II (1994 – 1995)

Star Wars: Empire’S End (1995)

Issues: #1 to #2

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Empire’S End (1995)

Star Wars: Crimson Empire (1997 – 1998)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Crimson Empire (1997 – 1998)

Star Wars: Crimson Empire Ii – Council Of Blood (1998 – 1999)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Crimson Empire Ii – Council Of Blood (1998 – 1999)

Star Wars: Crimson Empire Iii – Empire Lost (2011 – 2012)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Crimson Empire Iii – Empire Lost (2011 – 2012)

Star Wars: Jedi Academy – Leviathan

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Jedi Academy – Leviathan

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters – Aurra Sing

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters – Aurra Sing

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters – Kenix Kil

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters – Kenix Kil

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters – Scoundrel’s Wages

Issues: #1

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunters – Scoundrel’s Wages

Star Wars: Union

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Union

VII) New Jedi Order

Star Wars: Invasion

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Invasion

Star Wars: Invasion – Rescues

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Invasion – Rescues

Star Wars: Invasion – Revelations

Issues: #1 to #5

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Invasion – Revelations

Star Wars: Chewbacca (2000)

Issues: #1 to #4

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Chewbacca (2000)

star-wars-legacy

VIII) Legacy

Star Wars: Legacy (2006 – 2010)

Issues: #1 to #50

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Legacy (2006 – 2010)

Star Wars: Legacy – War (2010 – 2011)

Issues: #1 to #6

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Legacy – War (2010 – 2011)

Star Wars: Legacy (2013 – 2014)

Issues: #1 to #18

On Marvel Unlimited: Star Wars: Legacy (2013 – 2014)

2015 Star Wars relaunch

IX) New Marvel Star Wars Comics (2015 to Present)

It’s worth noting here that the entire whole enormous list above represents 90% Dark Horse Star Wars expanded universe titles, and 10% Marvel’s original Star Wars comics that came out as the original three movies were being released in theaters (see also: literally forever ago).

The below represents Marvel’s new take on the Star Wars universe, which is what we can now consider canon. Or, for those of you aren’t quite sure what medieval weaponry has to do with this, the new Marvel Star Wars comics (2015 onwards) are the comics that count.

Personally, I wouldn’t let this stop you from enjoying many of the expanded universe titles above (especially some of my favorites),  but it’s worth highlighting Marvel shapes what the Star Wars expanded universe looks like in the wake of The Force Awakens! (Note that the below list will be largely ordered based on what is available in Marvel Unlimited.)

During The Clone Wars

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 to #5

Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1 to #4

In an early, odd wrinkle, the last Star Wars comic published by Dark Horse is included as part of modern canon.

Fans of The Clone Wars animated series are the only ones who need apply, but I did want to make sure to include the series as part of the new canon. You will not be confused if you skip this series and leap ahead to the first new Marvel comics.

After Revenge of the Sith, Before A New Hope

Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 to #12

Kanan highlights the adventures of a Jedi Padawan who (miraculously) survives Lord Vader and Emperor Palpatine’s Jedi purge following the Revenge of the Sith.

The series begins to approach A New Hope, and offers a nice transition from the prequels (hey, stop throwing bantha dung, I’m just mentioning them!) to the original trilogy.

Lando #1 to #5

Charles Soule and Alex Maleev’s Lando miniseries exists in a semi-nebulous chronology, but it exists earlier in Lando’s career, likely before A New Hope.

After A New Hope

Princess Leia #1 to #5

Leia’s solo ongoing title begins in the immediate aftermath of A New Hope (those ceremonious medals are still warm), and continues largely unhampered by the ongoing continuity of Star Wars and Darth Vader. You can read the first full trade before either title, and imagine this is her first mission prior to her appearance in Star Wars #1.

Chewbacca #1 to #5

Chewie’s first solo ongoing also occurs directly after the Battle of Yavin (A New Hope) and can be read prior to his appearances in Star Wars.

Han Solo #1 to #5

Star Wars & Darth Vader Begin

Star Wars #1 to #3

Darth Vader #1 to #3

Star Wars #4 to #5

Darth Vader #4 to #6

Star Wars #6

Collect Marvel’s Star Wars #1 to #6

Collect Marvel’s Darth Vader #1 to #6

Star Wars #7

Darth Vader #7

Star Wars #8

Darth Vader #8

Star Wars #9

Darth Vader #9

Star Wars #10

Darth Vader #10

Star Wars #11

Darth Vader #11

Star Wars #12

Darth Vader #12

Star Wars Annual #1

Darth Vader Annual #1

Collect Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon

Collect Darth Vader Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets

Vader Down Reading Order

Vader Down #1

Darth Vader #13

Star Wars #13

Darth Vader #14

Star Wars #14

Darth Vader #15

Collect Star Wars: Vader Down

Star Wars #16 to #19

Collect Star Wars Vol. 3

The Conclusion of The Gillen and Larocca Vader Run

Darth Vader #16 to #25

Collect Darth Vader Vol. 3

Collect Darth Vader Vol. 4

Star Wars #20 to #25

Collect Star Wars Vol. 4

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 1

Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda’s Secret War – Star Wars #26 to #31

After Return of the Jedi, Before The Force Awakens

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 to #4

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron #1 to #5

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 2: The Gathering Storm #6 to #12

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32 Replies to “Star Wars Reading Order”

  1. That is a very nice list and resource. You may want to make a separate page or annotation for comics that are part of the current canon. There are extremely few of these on Marvel Unlimited right now, though.

  2. Do Marvel Unlimited really not have star wars republic # 46-83? This is a successor to “Star Wars” that was retitled to Republic with issue 46 in 2002. This then gets replaced with Dark Times which is on your list, I just find it odd that Dark Times and Star Wars are on there but not the middle chapter.

    Also the Star Wars – Jedi issues are really an extension/tieins to the Republic stories and if you add Republic in them they hould be read in tandem. There is some cross-spoillage between Republic and Jedi.

    1. They have uploaded two huge chunks of issues starting in mid-April. Most of what is missing right now is Clone Wars comics. They will probably do another giant upload with all of the Republic issues, Clone Wars digests, and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.

  3. Any perspective on what is good/terrible?

    I have really been enjoying the Knights of the Old Republic series, and I am looking for a good series to burn through afterwards.

    1. I second this.

      Maybe a list of the ‘essentials’? I haven’t read anything and although the organization is nice, I’m still at a loss for where to begin and don’t want to pick a book that’s generally considered “bad”.

  4. I believe to reading order of the issues of Before the Republic is wrong.
    Force War should be after Prisoner of Bogan

    1. That’s right. I just read them and the order should definitely be:
      Fore Storm
      Prisoner of Bogan
      Force War.

      That said, as a newbie to this universe of comics, this list is super helpful. Thanks for all the work!

  5. Great list and video! A minor quibble, but it would also be great if you could comment on any notable writer/artist pairings from any of these comics? I’m curious if any comic creators I know had done any work in the Star Wars universe.

  6. So your missing all the canon comics…. the only comics that matter now..
    Just so you know, may want to make another tab or something on those….

    Kanan: The Last Padawan
    Princess Leia
    Star Wars
    Darth Vader
    Lando

    1. Saying that the Disney comics are “the only ones that matter now” is like saying the post-Secret Wars Marvel superhero comics are the only ones that matter now because the Ultimates line is ended. That doesn’t change the fact that the Ultimates line happened and still has plenty of great stories in it. I like to think of the Legends stories as similar to that line.

      Heck, some of the Legends stuff contains the best comics I’ve read. Legacy, Dark Times, Crimson Empire, and Tales are all fantastic and well worth reading! Better than Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, which is “canon”, but I really didn’t enjoy it.

  7. I still can’t believe they put up that much Star Wars material practically over night. I figured they would bury the dark horse stuff so it didn’t compete with their new lines.

    I even went out and bought some trades because i figured that i wouldn’t be able to get them in a couple years.

    Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics are what got me into comics in the first place. I really like the first half of Knights of the Old Republic, but you have to know what you’re getting into.

    It only has minor similarities with the video game series. Similar Locations and stuff like that. The first half of the series is really good. The second half is still worth reading but it feels like the series kind of loses its way. That being said it’s pretty much a self contained story so you don’t need any prior star wars knowledge to appreciate it.

    I find it really interesting that Marvel’s new series titles Star Wars takes place at the same time as Brian Wood’s star wars series that just wrapped up as Dark Horse lost the license.

    Both deal with the same time period and issues but Dark Horse’s series is more serious and Marvel’s is more crazy fun. Not saying one is better than the other, it’s all in what you like.

  8. You’re missing the Tales of the Jedi saga. In order:
    The golden age of the Sith
    The fall of the Sith empire
    Knights of the old republic (simply titled Tales of the Jedi on MU)
    The Freedon Nadd uprising
    Dark Lords of the Sith
    The Sith war
    Redemption

    Thanks for the guide, it’s really helpful!

    1. While I am at it, according to the timeline on wookieepedia (hope it’s OK to mention the competition on this blog!) there are some Star Wars Tales stories that go between Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War and Tales of the Jedi: Redemption (Shadow and light, first story in Tales #23) and between Kotor: War and The Old Republic (Unseen, unheard on tales #24, page 29).

      Since you don’t mention Tales of the Jedi anywhere in your reading order, I thought you might not have looked into it yet, so I’ll keep pointing these out as they come along (I just finished Kotor: War).

      Thanks again!

        1. You are most welcome!
          I just read another short story (Prototypes, on Star Wars Visionaries, p76), set between Lost Tribe of the Sith and Knight Errant.

          Since I am discovering the EU with the comics, I don’t really know how relevant those short stories are to the main continuity, but you might want to mention them for the sake of completeness. Your call 🙂

    1. Depends what you mean by ‘the end’. KotOR ends in 3962 before the battle of Yavin (that is, 2 years before the end of the Mandalorian Wars) but the next series in the timeline is the Old Republic, which starts about 300 years after that.

      So there’s stuff happening towards the end but nothing featuring the actual end of the war.

    1. If you’re referring to Star Wars: Infinities, those are “What If?” stories for each of the original trilogy movies. So if you really wanted to put them on the timeline, you would put them right after each of the movie headers.

  9. It would really be much appreciated to have some annotations as to authors and artists and perhaps even notability. Which are the “must reads” and which are not so good?

  10. For the new era of Star Wars comics what about Star Wars 11 and 12, and Vader 12? Also, can you updated to reflect the recent as well? 😀 thank you very much for this resource!

  11. Saw that the new canon portion isn’t up to date yet. So let me help out there. Note that I do the whole new canon, so pick out the comics if you want. (Additional note: If it’s your first time doing Star Wars, though, I recommend that you first watch the Original Trilogy.)

    – Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace (movie)
    – Anakin & Obi-Wan #1-5 (comic)
    – Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones (movie)
    – Star Wars – The Clone Wars (2008-2014 TV show, 1 movie, 6 seasons; look up the chronological order on StarWars[.]com!)
    – Star Wars – The Clone Wars story reels: Crystal Crisis on Utapau (4 unfinished episodes in so called “proxy animation” that have finished audio work and are canon.)
    – Star Wars – The Clone Wars story reels: The Bad Batch (4 unfinished episodes in so called “proxy animation” that have finished audio work and are canon.)
    – Dark Disciple Chapters 1-4 (book, adaption of 8 The Clone Wars scripts; highly recommend the Star Wars audio book, they really make an effort with those)
    – Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1-4 (comic, takes place concurrently with Dark Disciple)
    – Dark Disciple Chapters 5-8 (book)
    – Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (movie)
    – Ahsoka (upcoming book, tells the story of The Clone Wars character after the show finished)
    – Kanan: The Last Padawan #1-12 (comic, takes place during Episode III and TV show Rebels for some part)
    – Lords of the Sith (book)
    – Tarkin (book)
    – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (upcoming movie, while nothing is known about the story, this is the only place it will fit)
    – A New Dawn (book, prelude to the Rebels TV show, also introduces some new canon characters that’ll be mentioned in other works)
    – Star Wars: Rebels (2015 TV show, 4 five minute shorts, two seasons, third on the way; also has a number of comics, but those are too short to mention, in my opinion)
    – Thrawn (upcoming book about the iconic Expanded Universe character)
    – Lando #1-5 (comic; have long been on the fence on whether this plays before or after Episode IV, I now believe it is before)
    – Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel (upcoming book, prelude to the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
    – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (upcoming movie, first non-saga live action theater movie)
    – Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope (movie)
    – Princess Leia #1-5 (comic)
    – Smuggeler’s Run (junior novel; note that this has a pre-The Force Awakens intro and outro)
    – Chewbacca #1-5 (comic)
    – Han Solo #1-5 (comic)
    – Heir to the Jedi (book; if you’re short in time consider dropping this one, I found it really predictable and just a bad story)
    – The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Story (junior novel; note that this has a pre-The Force Awakens intro and outro)
    – Star Wars, Book I: Skywalker Striker/Darth Vader, Book I: Vader (comic)
    Star Wars #1-3, Darth Vader #1, Star Wars #4, Darth Vader #2-4, Star Wars #5, Darth Vader #5, Star Wars #6, Darth Vader #6, Star Wars #7
    – Star Wars, Book II: Showdown on the Smugglers’ Moon: #8-12 (comic)
    – Darth Vader, Book II: Shadows and Secrets #7-12 (comic)
    – Star Wars Annual #1 (comic)
    – Darth Vader Annual #1 (comic)
    – Star Wars: Vader Down (comic, crossover event)
    Star Wars – Vader Down #1, Darth Vader #13, Star Wars #13, Darth Vader #14, Star Wars #14, Darth Vader #15, Star Wars #15
    – Star Wars, Book III: Rebel Jail #16-19 (comic)
    – Darth Vader, Book III: The Shu-torun War / End of Games #16-19 (comic)
    – Darth Vader, Book IV: End of Games #20-25 (comic; conclusion)
    – Star Wars, Book IV: The Last Flight of the Harbinger #20-25 (comic)
    – Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (movie)
    – Battlefront: Twilight Company (book; starts before Episode IV, but goes on way after Episode V)
    – Moving Targets (junior novel; note that this has a pre-The Force Awakens intro and outro)
    – Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (movie)
    – Shattered Empire #1-4 (comic; might contain hints to Episode VIII, I mean, what’s the deal with those trees?!)
    – Aftermath (book)
    – Aftermath II: Life Debt (book; for those who couldn’t get through the first one, part II is a big improvement)
    – Aftermath III: Empire’s End (upcoming book)
    – Lost Stars (young adult novel, and really good one at that; starts before Episode IV, but goes one way after Episode VI)
    – Bloodline (novel, from the same author as Lost Stars, plays just years before Episode VII)
    – The Perfect Weapon (novella, about minor characters in Episode VII)
    – All Creatures Great and Small (novella, about minor characters in Episode VII)
    – The Crimson Coursair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku (novella, about minor characters in Episode VII)
    – The Face of Evil (novella, about minor characters in Episode VII)
    – High Noon on Jakku (novella, about minor characters in Episode VII)
    – C-3PO: The Phantom Limb (one-shot comic)
    – Poe Dameron (ongoing comic book series; at the moment of writing still before Episode VII)
    – Before the Awakening (book, plays just a short time before Episode VII)
    – Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens (movie)
    – Star Wars – Episode VIII (upcoming movie)
    – Star Wars – Episode IX (upcoming movie)

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