Reading order & guide to Marvel’s Star Wars comics

Guide and reading order Marvel comics Star Wars

The recent series of Marvel Star Wars comics are an exciting expansion of the Star Wars narrative. But if you are not sure where to start or whether the series is for you, check out our full guide below.

Our guest contributor Matthew Cookson walks us through the series, providing the full Star Wars comics reading order and all the information you need.

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Introduction: How the Star Wars comics from Marvel expand the backstory of Star Wars characters

Since 2015, the year of the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, Marvel’s comics of Star Wars have been exploring the story of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo and their many friends, documenting the adventures of our heroes that took place in the years between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.

The writers and artists authentically capture the uniqueness and idiosyncrasies of the main characters and detail their emotions in more depth.

Leia’s drive to defeat the Empire to ensure the destruction of Alderaan was not in vain, and Luke’s desire to find out more about his Jedi heritage, and who he truly is, are aspects that are particularly well developed.

While the comics have been coming out for a number of years now, Marvel has collected the storylines into a series of graphic novels to ensure readers coming to the comics later don’t miss out.

There have also been a number of other spin off series, such as the ongoing Star Wars Darth Vader comic and Doctor Aphra comics, as well as some of our favourite characters, including Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca and Lando, all receiving shorter run series.

However, in this spoiler-free Marvel Star Wars graphic novels reading order guide, I am focusing on the main comics series itself. I also include the two crossover events between the main series and the spin-offs there have been so far, to ensure you can read them in order within the Star Wars comics timeline.

At a glance – an overview list of Star Wars comics in order

TitleWriters and ArtistsCoverAvailability and prices

Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes

By Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin et al.

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Star Wars Volume 2: Showdown on the Smugglers’ Moon

By Jason Aaron, Stuart Immonen and Simone Bianchi et al.

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Star Wars: Vader Down


By Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Mike Deodato, Salvador Larroca et al.

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Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Jail


By Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Leinil Yu, Angel Unzueta and Mike Mayhew et al.

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Star Wars Volume 4: Flight of the Harbinger


By Jason Aaron, Jorge Molina, Matt Milla, Mike Mayhew et al.

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Star Wars Volume 5: Yoda’s Secret War


By Jason Aaron, Kelly Thompson, Salvador Larroca, Emilio Laiso, Edgar Delgado et al.

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Star Wars: Screaming Citadel


By Kieron Gillen, Jason Aaron, Marco Checchetto, Salvador Larroca, Andrea Broccardo et al.

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Star Wars Volume 6: Out Among the Stars


By Jason Aaron, Dash Aaron, Jason Latour, Salvador Larroca and Michael Walsh et al.

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Star Wars Volume 7: The Ashes of Jedha


By Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca and GURU-eFX et al.

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Star Wars Volume 8: Mutiny at Mon Cala


By Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca and GURU-eFX et al.

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Star Wars Volume 9: Hope Dies


By Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca and GURU-eFX et al.

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Star Wars Volume 10: The Escape


By Kieron Gillen, Andrea Broccardo, Angel Unzueta and GURU-eFX et al.

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Star Wars Volume 11: The Scourging of Shu-Torun


By Kieron Gillen, Andrea Broccardo, Angel Unzueta and GURU-eFX et al.

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Star Wars Volume 12: Rebels and Rogues


By Greg Pak and Phil Noto et al.

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Star Wars Volume 13



(due for release March 2020)
By Greg Pak and Phil Noto et al.

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Why these graphic novels are so appealing to Star Wars fans

Like many other children of the 1970s and 1980s I was captivated by the Star Wars saga at a young age, and remain so to this day; The moment ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far far away’ appears on the screen of a new movie I am transfixed and transported back to my younger self.

The sheer audacity and imagination of the rebellion against the evil, totalitarian Empire thrilled me as a child and kept me coming back to the original movies time after time again and wanting to delve more into the story. Being able to read Star Wars comics Marvel has published helps to feed that craving.

Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes

Kicking off our Marvel Star Wars comics list, following the events of A New Hope and the destruction of the Death Star, the newly confident Rebel Alliance launch a series of attacks on Imperial targets in an attempt to ultimately defeat the Empire.

In one of these offensives, Luke, Leia and Han attempt to destroy a weapons’ facility but their old foe Darth Vader appears to ruin their plan.

Luke’s quest for his true identity is paralleled by Vader’s search for the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, and unbeknownst to the other both return to the place it began for them, Tatooine, as part of their individual investigations.

An exciting start to the series, this graphic novel collects Marvel Star Wars 1-6.

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Star Wars Volume 2: Showdown on the Smugglers’ Moon

Collecting issues 7-12, this storyline delves deeper into Luke’s attempts to discover what it means to be a Jedi. His naivety leads to him being captured and forced to fight for entertainment in a Jedi-obsessed Hutt’s arena.

Leia, Han and Chewbacca alongside Sana Starros, an original character who claims to be Han’s wife, must attempt a rescue. One of the issues is an intriguing excerpt from Obi Wan Kenobi’s Tatooine journal, which is now in Luke’s possession, detailing his time on the desert planet watching over the young Skywalker.

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Star Wars: Vader Down 

The first Marvel Star Wars crossover brings together the Marvel Darth Vader and Star Wars titles as Vader’s pursuit of Luke, who he is now aware is his son, intensifies.

The Sith lord and his new ally, the amoral archaeologist Doctor Aphra, track Luke to the ruined temple on the planet Vrogas Vas and attempt to capture him.

However, Vader flies into rebel manoeuvres and is shot down, giving the rebels an opportunity to end one of the Empire’s most dangerous weapons for good.

Despite the overwhelming odds against him, Vader’s powers mean that he soon becomes the predator rather than the prey.

Collects Vader Down issue 1, Star Wars 13 and 14, and Darth Vader 13 – 15.

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Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Jail

This graphic novel contains Star Wars annual 1, which is the story of Eneb Ray, the Alliance’s undercover spy on Coruscant and a desperate mission to end the Galactic War.

The main storyline is Rebel Jail, which focuses on Leia and Sana’s attempt to imprison Doctor Aprha in the Alliance’s secret prison.

However, someone from Leia’s past has knowledge of the jail’s location, meaning things, as ever, don’t go to the Princess’s plans.

Collecting issues 15-19, including another extract from Obi Wan’s journals.

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Star Wars Volume 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger

In an attempt to break the Empire’s siege of a sympathetic planet, Han, Luke and Leia hijack an Imperial star destroyer. Darth Vader and his elite group of Storm Troopers known as Scar Squadron are continuing their hunt for Luke, meaning that complications soon emerge for the rebels.

One of the issues unusually explores the motivations of Scar Squadron’s leader Commander Kreel and his devotion to the Empire.

The collection brings together Star Wars issues 20-25, with another excerpt from Obi Wan Kenobi’s journal.

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Star Wars Volume 5: Yoda’s Secret War

Three parallel Jedi narratives converge in this collection of Star Wars 26-30 as Luke continues reading Obi Wan’s journal, which describes Yoda’s visit, before the rise of the Empire and the fall of the Jedi, to a secret planet where children rule after the Jedi master feels the force calling him.

The children of the planet have a mysterious power that seems to be connected to the blue crystals of a mountain that dominates the region. Yoda must humble himself to stop the world’s destruction as must Luke and Obi Wan as their separate stories come together.

This collection also includes Star Wars annual 2, in which an ambivalent protagonist is forced to choose sides in the Galactic War after coming across a wounded Princess Leia.

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Star Wars: Screaming Citadel

The second crossover event in the Marvel Star Wars world sees Luke team up with the untrustworthy former Vader ally Doctor Aphra to visit the Screaming Citadel where a mysterious and powerful queen holds court once a year. They wish for her to help unlock a Jedi artefact, but she seems much more interested in the powers that Luke possesses.

As always, our hero’s friends have to fly in to make a daring rescue attempt.

This volume comprises Screaming Citadel 1, Star Wars 31 and 32 and the Doctor Aphra comics 7 and 8.

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Star Wars Volume 6: Out Among the Stars

In a departure from previous collections Out Among the Stars (bringing together Star Wars 33-37) is a series of one off stories – which are related to the wider story arc – focusing on one or two characters, slowing the pace down and revealing new depths to each individual: Luke and Leia are stranded on a remote planet giving them time to reflect on their lives and goals.

Sana seeks out Lando to help her perform a heist. Han and Chewie escort the dangerous Grakkus Hutt to an alliance prison. R2-D2 attempts a heroic rescue mission to free C-3PO from Imperial clutches. Scar Squadron track down a rebel base.

There is also another extract from Obi Wan Kenobi’s diaries, which looks at the lives of the Sand People of Tatooine in a sympathetic way. Also included in the collection is Star Wars annual 3 in which Han’s past catches up with him.    

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Star Wars Volume 7: The Ashes of Jedha

The echoes of the Rogue One movie are heard as the Empire return to the ruined planet of Jedha, which was devastated by the Death Star, to resume mining Khyber crystals for an unknown purpose.

In an effort to hamper Imperial forces, the rebel triumvirate of Luke, Leia and Han attempt to make contact with the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s guerrillas, including his second-in-command Benthic.

An added complication is the fact that the destruction of the Jedi temple on the planet has created a rift in the Force, which has a strong effect on Luke. Collects issues 38-43 together.

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Star Wars Volume 8: Mutiny at Mon Cala

In her drive to create a more efficient and purposeful Rebellion, Leia plans to liberate Mon Cala, Admiral Ackbar’s homeworld, from the Empire’s dominance as this will give the Rebel Alliance the fleet it so desperately needs.

However, the regent of the planet does not want to risk open rebellion, meaning that Leia plans to rescue the captive but defiant king, though first she needs to discover where the Empire are keeping him. Collects issues 44-49.

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Star Wars Volume 9: Hope Dies

With the Rebels boosted by the Mon Cala uprising, and advanced Shu-Torun engineering, the Alliance seems to be on the verge of a major breakthrough.

But as they are about to launch their new fleet in a dramatic ceremony, betrayal leaves the Alliance caught in Darth Vader’s trap with no way to communicate with one another.

Desperate efforts to escape must be made or the Rebellion is doomed and the hope that they have sparked in the galaxy will be extinguished.

Alongside issues 50-55, this graphic novel also includes Star Wars annual 4, which sees Luke and Sana caught up in parallel adventures due to the discovery of ancient Sith lightsabers.

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Star Wars Volume 10: The Escape

After their dramatic flight from the clutches of the Empire, Han, Luke and Leia are left stranded on the remote moon of Hubin. There they meet the isolationist Makona clan whose past is shrouded in secrecy.

Tensions develop as an impatient Luke desperately plots to find a way off the planet to get back to fighting the Empire while Leia holes up planning a future offensive.

This collection is made up of issues 56-61 of Star Wars.

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Star Wars Volume 11: The Scourging of Shu-Torun

Collecting Star Wars 62-67, this graphic novel sees Leia’s plot to wreak revenge those who have betrayed her, and damage the Empire’s production, come to violent fruition.

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Upcoming Star Wars comics

The series of Star Wars comic books is set to continue with the following releases in late 2019 and Spring 2020.

Star Wars Volume 12: Rebels and Rogues

Rebels and Rogues is due for release November 2019.

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Star Wars Volume 13

The run of some of the best Marvel Star Wars comics continues with Volume 13, due for release in March 2020.

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