We’re excited to see what the future has to hold in Marvel’s new Star Wars comics that are launching early next year, which will spin new stories of Han, Luke, and Leia (not to mention Darth Vader himself). But if the wait until January just seems unbearably long and you need a Star Wars comics fix stat, why not dive into the past? Specifically into Dark Horse’s extensive back catalog of Star Wars titles. Now you’ve got a perfect way to do so, as this month’s Humble Bundle includes nearly $200 worth of Star Wars awesomeness…and you can decide how much you want to pay for the lot of it.
If you’re not familiar with the whole Humble Bundle concept, here’s how it works. This month’s Humble Bundle includes 89 comics from a dozen different Star Wars series, each giving you the first few issues so you can get a feel for which series you might want to read further. All the titles are available in a variety of formats, and all are DRM free. As I said above, you get to decide how much you want to pay for the Bundle. So you could technically pay $0.01, but only if you’re a dick, because this thing benefits charity. Specifically the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which fights censorship and defends the first amendment rights of comic creators. You can even decide how you’d like your donation to be divided between the Dark Horse creators and the CBLDF.
Plus, being generous has its less noble benefits as well. If you pay more than the average donation (currently sitting at $10.31), you get more comics, including several more mystery titles that haven’t been revealed yet. Pay more than $15 and you’ll get another bonus: the first six issues of Dark Horse’s excellent 2013 Star Wars ongoing, set after the events of A New Hope. Check out the full rundown of titles below.
Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… Vol.1
Collecting the first twenty-six issues of the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this first volume of Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… is a must have for any Star Wars fan!
Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 1 – Betrayal
In the weeks before the events in Star Wars: A New Hope, as the Death Star is readied for its fateful first mission, a power-hungry cabal of Grand Moffs and Imperial Officers embark on a dangerous plan to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, seizing control of the Empire!
When word that a ‘Jedi’ has made an appearance on a backwater world lures Vader away from his master, the cabal makes its move. But even the galaxy isn’t enough of a prize to sate the ambitions of some of the conspirators, and before long the would-be assassins are turning on one another. Their plans are further complicated by the actions of bounty hunter Boba Fett. And, of course, they may have fatally underestimated the cunning of their primary target: Emperor Palpatine!
Star Wars: Jedi, Vol. 1 – The Dark Side
Following a shocking political assassination, young Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan, Xanatos — whose father is king. For the headstrong Xanatos, this return to his home has dredged up hidden resentments and passionate emotions. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side and start him on a quest that will have a major impact on the future of the Jedi Order!
Star Wars: Crimson Empire, Vol. 1
Kir Kanos is the last surviving member of the elite Imperial Guard. He’s on the run and the Empire will stop at nothing to destroy him! It’s the combined might of the Empire against a single man. Crimson Empire combines the dynamic artistic talents of comics superstars Paul Gulacy (Batman vs. Predator III) and P. Craig Russell (Elric: Stormbringer) and featuring a new cover painting by master Star Wars illustrator Dave Dorman.
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence
Fearsome Sith Lord Darth Maul, rescued and restored after surviving his confrontation with Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, wreaks havoc through the galaxy with his brother Savage Opress!
When the brothers’ murderous rampage is interrupted by a bounty placed on their heads by Ja’Boag, the duo decides to target him — only to be met by a team of Jedi and Ja’Boag’s own private army!
Collects the four-issue miniseries.
Star Wars: Blood Ties – Jango and Boba Fett
Here begins a multi-generational tale of honor and redemption, starring two of the heaviest hitters in the Star Wars galaxy — the father-and-clone team of Jango and Boba Fett!
A mission that begins with Jango Fett — before the Clone Wars — will affect the course of Boba Fett’s life some twenty years into the future. When an important assignment with a big payday from Count Dooku goes awry for Jango, Boba will be tasked with picking up the pieces…
This volume full of Mandalorian mayhem contains issues #1–#4 of the comics series Blood Ties!
Pay more than the average and you also get…
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command
Still haunted by the death of Anakin Skywalker’s beloved Padmé in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader is tasked with a mission to locate a lost Imperial expeditionary force — led by the son of Vader’s rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin. But the perils of Vader’s journey into the unexplored Ghost Nebula are compounded by traitors among his crew and the presence of the system’s religious leader, Lady Saro.
- Collects the five-issue miniseries.
- Written by The Force Unleashed‘s Haden Blackman!
- Art by Rick Leonardi of Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War!
Star Wars: The Old Republic, Vol. 1 – Blood of the Empire
After hundreds of years, the Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy, determined to crush the Republic that sent them into exile. For young Sith Teneb Kel, it is his only chance to rise above his lowly beginnings as a slave and prove his worth to the Dark Council. Yet their mission for him is unexpected. He will not hunt Jedi, but rather a fellow Sith — the Emperor’s apprentice!
- Introduces major events and characters from LucasArts and BioWare’s massive multiplayer online game The Old Republic!
- Written by Alexander Freed, a senior writer behind the game.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Vol. 1 – Commencement
Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker would destroy the Death Star in that fateful battle above Yavin 4, one lone Padawan would become a fugitive hunted by his own Masters, charged with murdering every one of his fellow Jedi-in-training!
From criminals hiding out in the treacherous undercity of the planet Taris, to a burly, mysterious droid recovered from the desolate landscape of a cratered moon, Padawan Zayne Carrick will find unexpected allies in his desperate race to clear his name before the unmerciful authorities enact swift retribution upon him!
- Collects Knights of the Old Republic #0-#6.
- Set during the era of the smash-hit video games, Knights of the Old Republic features all-new characters in an action-packed adventure essential to any serious Star Wars devotee and the perfect introduction for anyone interested in exploring the universe beyond the movies!
Star Wars: Legacy, Vol. 1
The future of Star Wars is here in an all-new adventure set more than a century after Return of the Jedi and the New Jedi Order!
The Jedi Temple is attacked, an Emperor is betrayed, and the Sith are born anew! A lot can happen in a hundred years, but that’s just the beginning of the story! Not since Luke Skywalker first stepped aboard the Millennium Falcon has the galaxy seemed like such a vast, exciting, dangerous place!
Readers will meet a host of new characters, see fleets of new spaceships, and visit scores of exotic locations — some new and some familiar.
Star Wars: Dark Times, Vol. 1 – The Path to Nowhere
Jedi Dass Jennir and his companion Bomo Greenbark survived the Clone Wars, but the fate of Bomo’s wife and daughter remains a mystery. The two friends are determined to find them, but their path leads them from danger to darkness — where each of them stands to lose more than they may hope to gain.
Meanwhile, Darth Vader must deal with some unpleasant realities and memories of his own. Though he is a Dark Lord of the Sith, even he must bow before the power of the Emperor.
Collecting issues #1-#5 of the darkest series in the Star Wars line!
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Star Wars, Vol. 1 – In the Shadow of Yavin
After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebels are hounded by the Empire. Suspecting a spy in their ranks, Princess Leia forms a secret X-wing squadron — which includes Luke Skywalker — to expose the spy and find a safe home. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca are sent on a covert mission! Collects Star Wars #1–#6 and Free Comic Book Day 2013.