Marvel’s Star Wars solicitations for May. Princess Leia #4, Darth Vader #5, Star Wars #5 and Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 are on the docket.
One of every seven comic books sold in January was a copy of Star Wars #1, per Comic Book Resources. It sold nearly 10 times as much as the next book in the sales lineup.
It feels like Marvel’s Star Wars #1 just came out (this may because I only read it last week) but here we are again, with Star Wars #2 in the shops (and online) on Wednesday. Like #1, this one does have a number of variant covers… Although not quite as many. Props to everyone who can actually keep track of them.
If you’re collecting the Star Wars #1 reprints, the second printing will also be in shops this week. It has a black background in place of white, and we learned today that the third printing will be red.
Also due later this month is Darth Vader #1 and #2, or so the solicitation leads me to believe. Presumably in different weeks, but we’ll see when the distribution lists come in!
Now that the million or so copies of Marvel’s Star Wars #1 have hit the comic books shops, let’s see what people are saying:
- IGN: “There’s an emphatic “Give the people what they want!” feel to this issue, and the creative team certainly delivers.”
- iDigitalTimes: “…the best character work is Princess Leia…” (spoilers)
- /film:”Not only does Vader make a great dramatic entrance but theres a very cool tense sequence that feels ripped out of Homeland (this is a strong compliment) and Vader’s response is nothing short of bad ass.”
- Nerdist: “Writer Jason Aaron perfectly captures the pacing, action, and humor of the original Star Wars in a way that a lot of the comics haven’t for a long time it seems.”
- Jedi News: “The true test of any comic script is does it leave you longing for more, and I can’t imagine anyone reading this issue and not being absolutely compelled to pick up issue #2.”
- Tosche Station: 4/5 – “At times, it was difficult to NOT hear the actors’ voices inside my head reading the lines.”
- Big Shiny Robot (a double review from Bryan and myself): “It brings us to familiar territory while still feeling fresh.”
- Coffee with Kenobi: “Reading “Star Wars” No. 1 is like watching a movie.”
- EUCantina.net: “Marvel knew they had to make a big impression with their first Star Wars issue, and they have succeeded.”
Talking with the creators:
- Star Wars editor Jordan D. White chats with Dynamic Forces about this series and how it connects to the Darth Vader and Princess Leia series.
- Coffee with Kenobi also chats with Jordan D. White
- Artist John Cassaday opens his sketchbook and talks Star Wars to Marvel.com (part 1) and StarWars.com (part 2)
It’s not the only Marvel release this week either, per Diamond. There’s also the first volume of Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years, an 880-page hardcover that collects Star Wars #1-44 and the series’ first Annual. Amazon lists it as coming out January 27, but your comic shop may have it Wednesday.
Entertainment Weekly previews Star Wars #1. The first look at fully-lettered pages from Marvel’s first new Star Wars comic since the ’80s is due out next Wednesday.
Marvel’s David Gabriel has confirmed last week’s report that the new Star Wars #1 has sold more than a million copies to comic retailers. He tells Comicbook.com (who originated the report) that it’s due mainly to “the strength of the Star Wars brand” and says it’s been “one of the easiest sells in a long time.”
Meanwhile, Jedi News has a rundown of the variant and exclusive editions of the comic, because that stuff is crazy and as an avowed non-collector, I Simply Cannot.
Comicbook.com claims today that Marvel’s new Star Wars #1 will sell over a million copies. Or rather, that comic retailers have ordered a million copies – who knows how many will find themselves in the hands of readers.
According to the story, no comic has broken the 1M mark since 1993’s Batman #500, and “fewer than fifty comics have sold more than 200,000 copies” in the last 15 years. The bestselling comic book in that period sold only about 530,500 copies, per Comichron. (Though it’s worth noting those numbers, through the comic shop distributor Diamond, don’t include digital sales – everything here reflects the ‘direct market,’ aka actual comic shops.)
Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics sold steadily, but they weren’t exactly topping the charts regularly. Their 2013 Star Wars #1 clocked in at nearly 100,000 copies, per writer Brian Wood, and was reprinted multiple times. Marvel has the benefit of heightened interest in the franchise due to The Force Awakens. But will it bring people into the shops? The retailers seem to think so…
In any case, StarWars.com just posted a preview of Star Wars #1. The comic will be on sale January 14 – and I doubt you’ll have a hard time tracking down a copy.
Marvel acknowledges their goofy Star Wars past with yet another variant cover. You knew we weren’t going to get through this without seeing Jaxxon…