20th March 2019 will see the 300th Marvel Star Wars comic released in the new canon era. Solo: A Star Wars Story #6 and Star Wars #63 take the mantle, with both released on the same day.
Star Wars #1 was the first Marvel Comic to be released on the 14th January 2015, followed by Darth Vader (2015) #1 on the 11th February. However, the first canon comic was Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, released by Dark Horse comics on 21st May 2014. This was after the Disney buyout but before Marvel regained the licence. Marvel then republished the trade paperback under their own banner in 2018.
On its release, Star Wars #1 was not only the best selling comic of January (985,976 copies) and 2015 (1,073,027 copies) but also the best selling comic in nearly 20 years.
2016 saw three titles in the top 50. Poe Dameron (20), Han Solo (24) & C-3PO (48) with Star Wars coming in at 54.
2017 saw two titles in the top 50. Darth Vader 2017 (21) and Darth Maul (25) with Star Wars way down at 98.
In 2018 Star Wars just scraped into the top 200 with Star Wars #50 in at 181 with the next title, Darth Vader 2017 topping out at 246.
When Dark Horse Comics released Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir in 2014 it averaged 146th in the best sellers between May and August. Marvel released the trade paperback version in 2017 which reached 9th in the best sellers for November and 272 for the year.
It would be fair to say that some titles and storylines have been met with some criticism for being inconsequential. In a galaxy where every medium is considered canon, it must be difficult to create a story that sets that time period in stone and possibly affect a future on screen development.
Overall there has been some great content. Darth Vader Volume 2 is a particularly popular title, along with Han Solo and Doctor Aphra. Off the back of Darth Vader Volume 2 the recently released Vader: Dark Visions series has been hotly anticipated and looks set to be popular, while the Age of Republic mini series has received mixed reviews.
There’s no signs of Star Wars comics slowing down and with the end in sight for the Skywalker saga in Episode IX, we can look forward to spin-offs from that, two new TV series and maybe more from The Clone Wars.
As of the 20th March there will have been 7 series, 18 miniseries and 18 one shots (10 of which are annuals) released.
Below is a brief run down of the comics released so far.
Darth Maul comprises of 2 miniseries.
Son of Dathomir is a 4 issue mini series originally released by Dark Horse comics between May & August 2014. The Son of Dathomir storyline was written for The Clone Wars animation series but when the series was cancelled after the Disney buyout it was turned into a comic. This is why it is still considered canon. Marvel rereleased the comic under their own banner in 2018
Darth Maul is a 5 issue miniseries released between February & June 2017
Darth Vader comprises of 2 series which are differentiated by their release year.
Darth Vader 2015 ran from February 2015 to October 2016 and has 25 issues (separated into 5 books) and 1 annual. Issues 13 to 15 crossover with the Star Wars series called Vader Down.
Darth Vader 2017 ran from June 2017 to December 2018 and has 25 issues (separated into 6 books) and 1 annual.
Han Solo comprises of 2 mini series.
Han Solo is a 5 issue miniseries released between June & November 2016.
Han Solo – Imperial Cadet is a 5 issue mini series released between November 2018 & March 2019.
Kanan is a 12 issue series (separated into 2 books) released between April 2015 & March 2016. Although the stories focus on Kanan as an adult, issues 6 & 12 are set before and shortly after the events of Order 66.
Lando comprises of 2 miniseries.
Lando is a 5 issue miniseries released between July & October 2015.
Lando: Double or Nothing is a 5 issue mini series released between May & September 2018.
Star Wars includes 2 crossover books. Issues 13 & 14 crossover with Darth Vader (2015), Vader Down and 32 & 32 crossover with Doctor Aphra, The Screaming Citadel.
Sources, data and acknowledgments:
Eddie @ http://starwarstimeline.com/
www.marvel.com and the Marvel app.