Read a Good "Star Wars" Comic in Line for "The Force Awakens"


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters tomorrow and many readers out there will be standing in line for hours with plenty of time to burn. With the advent of smart phones, almost everyone has unlimited data these days. Why not put that data to good use and download a couple of comic books that will take you to a Galaxy Far, Far Away while you wait.

Marvel began publishing “Star Wars” comic books in 2014 after reclaiming the rights from Dark Horse. It all sort of makes sense, seeing that the same company owns both properties now. I have two suggestions for your reading pleasure.

“Star Wars Movie Sampler #1” contains previews of most of the titles being published by Marvel right now. A few pages from “Star Wars,” “Darth Vader,” “Princess Leia,” “Kanan: The Last Padawan,” “Lando,” “Journey to the Force Awakens - Shattered Empire,” and the newest 6-part crossover event “Vader Down.” Each book takes place during different times.

“Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens - Shattered Empire” will no doubt be the comic you’ll most be interested in as it takes place right after “Return of the Jedi.” Once you’ve perused the different titles within the sampler, you can decide which ones you want to finish reading. I can’t imagine any “Star Wars” fan not wanting to read every one of these.

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Infinities” is a 528-page collection of some of the most interesting graphic novels ever published through Dark Horse. “Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope #1-4,” “Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back #1-4,” “Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi #1-4,” and “The Star Wars #0-8” all take the familiar tales we’ve grown up with and spin them out of control.

The “Star Wars: Infinities” books explore how “A New Hope” might have gone if Luke Skywalker missed the target in his attack on the Death Star? What would have become of the Rebel Alliance if Luke perished in the icy wastelands of Hoth during “The Empire Strikes Back?” What if “Return of the Jedi's” rescue of Han Solo had gone badly wrong?

In one of the most anticipated alternate takes on the “Star Wars” Universe, we follow Annikin Starkiller into battle as he takes a hero’s journey based on the original draft of George Lucas' screenplay! Many of your most beloved characters are here. They might not look or act the way you expect them to, though, in “The Star Wars.”

Either one of these great books will provide you with enough entertainment and excitement to gear you up for the latest chapter in George Lucas’s epic space saga. I know there are those out there who absolutely refuse to pick up a comic book and read it. The “Star Wars Movie Sampler #1” and “Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Infinities” might just take you into a larger world. See what I did there? (Obi-Wan Kenobi quote - nudge and a wink).

“Star Wars Movie Sampler #1” is available now for free as a Digital Download.

“Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Infinities” is available now in print and Digital editions.