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 Post subject: Star Wars Comics Reading Order?
PostPosted: April 22nd, 2015, 9:51 am 
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With a treasure trove of 500+ Star Wars comics added to Marvel Unlimited recently, including some of the Dark Horse classics, I started looking around for a reading order. Does anyone know of one?

I saw that Maidel started a Star Wars Dark Horse comics reading order on these forums, and I've found some intense chronological reading orders (e.g., http://timelineuniverse.net/StarWarsTimeline.htm) and some trade chronological orders (e.g., http://www.swbooks.co.uk/timeline/graphic-novels.htm), but nothing that's a true reading order. Any tips?

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PostPosted: April 22nd, 2015, 10:16 am 
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http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_comics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_St ... omic_books

May help.

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I think Maidel kinda gave up on that when the old EU got tossed out........

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I think Maidel ran out of time...

Its on the to-do-pile...

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PostPosted: April 22nd, 2015, 11:26 pm 
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rocketraccoon wrote:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_comics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_St ... omic_books

May help.


Thanks! Those are chronological rather than a reading order, but the Wikipedia one in particular seems very useful.

CMRO has really spoiled me on the reading order vs chronological order thing. It seems like a good reading order is almost always hard to find.

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PostPosted: April 23rd, 2015, 6:42 pm 
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If you are interested, i have rough/uncorrected orders for:

Stuff that came out pre-Thrawn Trilogy
The Bantam Era (More or less the Thrawn trilogy-Union. I think this one has some stuff that still needs to be integrated, but the basic structure is there)
The New Jedi Order (including the Prequel era stuff that is directly relevant)
The Prequel Era

I personally feel that the Prequel and NJO stuff is best read separately as they are both mostly doing their own thing for their respective durations (aside from two of the Prequel era novels that make some references and one Prequel era novel that is more or less an NJO novel as well), so i didn't make a fully integrated order for them.
Also, you could just as easily read the prequel stuff first and then the NJO, since they both started right around the same time, but in many ways the NJO was decidedly built upon pre-Prequel conceptions of the Star Wars universe, so it makes more sense to me to have it first imo.

I also have rough/uncorrected orders for the following, but i feel like they should probably be broken up into additional parts, especially in the case of some of the Old Republic and Legacy era stuff. These are *definitely* much rougher than the first four eras of stuff:
The Old Republic Era (Bane of the Sith-The Old Republic)
(Empire)
The Dark Times
(Rebellion)
Legacy of the Force/Legacy/Fate of the Jedi/Lost Tribe of the Sith/etc.
Dawn of the Jedi

(Empire and Rebellion don't really need orders since they are each a single series of comics).
There is also stuff that needs to be integrated somewhere in here iirc (like Invasion)

The CG Clone Wars related stuff was already more or less ignoring the specifics of the old EU and almost acting like there had been an EU reboot, so trying to mix that in feels like it wouldn't be very pleasant honestly. Had things later on gone differently, it certainly would have been salvageable, but given the reboot it seems best to treat it as the start of the new/modern Star Wars universe in my opinion.

Edit: I forgot to mention that the novels and comics feed into each other a *lot* (games as well in some cases, Knights of the Old Republic being the big one).
The only eras you might be able to have a decent experience with while sticking solely to comics is the Prequel, Dark Times and Dawn of the Jedi eras, since the comics formed the spine for them and the Pre-Thrawn Trilogy era since it's mostly comics and the novels were either adapted into comics or they are background stories that take place years prior to the main narrative.


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PostPosted: April 25th, 2015, 11:35 pm 
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Sounds awesome, Azurfel. Are your orders for those first four eras the kind of thing you could PM me? Would be very interesting in seeing them.

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PostPosted: April 26th, 2015, 2:46 am 
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to be honest - the order listed in the back of the dark horse books is actually really good and was what my list was being based off. I would get back on with it again, but Travis has me chained up doing other stuff and he beats me if I get behind....

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I'll just post them here so whoever is interested can take a look and offer their thoughts and suggestions.


Pre-Thrawn Trilogy:

Star Wars
Splinter of the Mind's Eye
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Marvel Star Wars Years (1-38)
Comic Strip Russ Manning Years
Comic Strip Archie Goodwin Years
UK Exclusive Marvel Comics
The Han Solo Adventures
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Marvel The Empire Strikes Back Years (39-80)
The Lando Calrissian Adventures
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Marvel Return of the Jedi Years (RotJ & 81-107)
Star Wars: Droids
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Star Wars: Ewoks
Star Wars 3-D
Pre-Thrawn Trilogy West End Games Material


The Archie Goodwin comic strips technically came out after Empire, but it flows waaaaaaaay better this way to the point that it's worth fudging imo.
If you are willing to use black magic, i suggest reading the comic strips in their original form rather than the versions Dark Horse edited together into standard comics.


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The Bantam Era:

Thrawn Trilogy
Dark Empire Trilogy
Side Story: Jedi Prince Series
Side Story: Tales of the Jedi
Side Story: Boba Fett: 10 ABY (Bounty on Bar-Kooda, When the Fat Lady Swings and Murder Most Foul)
Side Story: The Truce at Bakura
Side Story: The Courtship of Princess Leia
The Jedi Academy Trilogy
Side Story: Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising
Side Story: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
Side Story: Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
The Callista Trilogy
The Crystal Star
Side Story: Tales from the Mos Eisley
Side Story: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Side Story: Tales from Jabba's Palace
(Side Story: Junior Jedi Knights)
(Side Story: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Shadow)
The Black Fleet Crisis
(Side Story: Shadows of the Empire)
(Side Story: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Sunrise)
The New Rebellion
(Side Story: The Han Solo Trilogy)
(Side Story: Young Jedi Knights: The Fall of the Diversity Alliance)
The Corellian Trilogy
Side Story: Tales of the Bounty Hunters
Side Story: Tales from the Empire
(Side Story: X-Wing Series)


[Side Story: The Han Solo Trilogy]
Side Story: Droids
<Droids Special>
<Droids: The Kalarba Adventures>
<Droids: Artoo's Day Out>
<Droids: Rebellion>
<Droids: Season of Revolt>
<Droids: The Protocol Offensive>
Side Story: Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal
Side Story: Galaxy of Fear
Side Story: River of Chaos
Side Story: Shadows of the Empire
[Side Story: The Bounty Hunter Wars]
[Side Story: X-Wing Series]
[Side Story: Junior Jedi Knights]
[Side Story: Young Jedi Knights]
Side Story: Other Short Stories


Crimson Empire Trilogy
<Crimson Empire>
<Crimson Empire II>
<(The Bounty Hunters: Kenix Kill)>
<Hard Currency>
<The Third Time Pays for All>
<Crimson Empire III>
The Hand of Thrawn Duology
Side Story: Luke Skywalker's Walkabout
Side Story: Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand
(Side Story: The Bounty Hunter Wars)
(Side Story: Young Jedi Knights: Under Black Sun)
Side Story: Tales from the New Republic
Union


Stuff that needs to be placed (i'll look at this later today and see if i can do so easily):

Boba Fett - Twin Engines of Destruction
Shadow Stalker
This Crumb for Hire
The Jabba Tape
Boba Fett 1/2: Salvage
Shadows of the Empire Evolution
Jedi Academy: Leviathan
Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire
Vader's Quest
The Bounty Hunters: Scoundrel's Wages

Death Star Pirates
Imperial Spy
The Rebel Thief
X-Wing Marks the Spot
The Gambler's Quest
Star Wars: The Mixed-Up Droid

Star Wars Missions
Star Wars Journal
The Lost Jedi

X-wing
Star Wars: Rebel Assault
TIE Fighter
Star Wars: Dark Forces
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire
X-wing vs. TIE Fighter
Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Star Wars: DroidWorks
Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
Star Wars: Force Commander


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