For other uses, see Star Wars Adventures.

Star Wars Adventures is an anthology comic book series set in the Star Wars canon. The IDW Publishing series features stories from the entirety of Star Wars and is intended for all ages. The first issue was released digitally on July 12, 2017 on StarWars.com and was later released physically as a part of a San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) promotion, while the regular series officially launched on September 6. On January 3, 2018, IDW also published a spinoff weekly miniseries based on the Forces of Destiny animated micro-series.[22] The trade paperback of the Weapon of a Jedi German comics published by Panini is titled Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi.[23]

Development[edit | edit source]

In early 2016, IDW Publishing presented the idea for a comic book series aimed at younger audiences to Lucasfilm. Artists like Derek Charm[24] and George Caltsoudas were commissioned by IDW to create art for their pitch.[25]

First look at Star Wars Adventures, shown at Celebration Orlando

The series was announced on April 14, 2017 at Celebration Orlando during the publishing panel as a new IDW ongoing comic book series that would tell stories from across the saga.[26]

A day later, in an interview with The Star Wars Show, IDW Publishing chief creative officer Chris Ryall talked more about the series. He revealed the fact that the book will have rotating creative teams and that each issue will feature a lead story about popular characters from the films and back-up stories with lesser known or fan-favorite characters, including the ones from the TV series, hosted by Maz Kanata as the narrator,[27] though other characters, such as C-3PO, were considered too.[28] Ryall also said that some of the back-up stories will not be entirely canon.[27]

On June 6, 2017, Ryall conducted an interview with the podcast Comics with Kenobi, where he spoke about the series. He said that a lot of people messaged him soon after the announcement about them wanting to do this their entire life. This allowed Ryall to make a large creative pool, from which he could pull from in the future. It was explained that while Marvel Comics still has the Star Wars comics license, they don't have any books aimed at beginner readers, which is where Star Wars Adventures would come in. Ryall also suggested that the usage of Maz Kanata as the back-up-story storyteller might have been dropped by this point.[29]

On June 14, 2017, IDW released their upcoming comics catalogue, which included the release information on the first and second issue of the series, excluding the SDCC Ashcan. Lead stories in both issues would be about Rey's adventures on Jakku prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while issue 2 particularly would star Unkar Plutt. Issue 1's back-up story would be a "comical tale of clone catastrophe,"[2] though the story would ultimately be about Obi-Wan Kenobi.[30]

Chad Thomas did a few try-out character designs, including Han Solo, Chewbacca,[31] Yoda[32] and Kylo Ren,[33] around this time to get to work on the series.[34] It was eventually announced that he would be doing the art for the back-up story of Star Wars Adventures 6.[7]

The character of Maz Kanata as the storyteller of the stories featured in the back-ups of each comic was eventually replaced by the adventurer Emil Graf, a new character created for the series.[14] These stories are titled Tales from Wild Space, after Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space, a series of novels by Cavan Scott, which feature characters Milo Graf and Lina Graf.[30]

The first volume was originally solicited to be released as a part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.[35] However, that idea was later dropped.[36]

Media[edit | edit source]

Color code key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
Issue Title Publication date Trade paperback Omnibus
0 Star Wars Adventures Ashcan
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Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy
October 31, 2017[1]
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Omnibus, Vol. 1
January 28, 2020[37]
1 Star Wars Adventures 1 September 6, 2017[2]
2 Star Wars Adventures 2 September 20, 2017[2]
3 Star Wars Adventures 3 October 18, 2017
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Vol. 2: Unexpected Detour
February 27, 2018[17]
4 Star Wars Adventures 4 November 29, 2017[38]
5 Star Wars Adventures 5 December 27, 2017[39]
6 Star Wars Adventures 6 January 17, 2018[40]
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Vol. 3: Endangered
July 17, 2018[6]
7 Star Wars Adventures 7 March 7, 2018[41]
8 Star Wars Adventures 8 March 28, 2018[42]
FCBD 2018 Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2018 May 5, 2018[43]
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Vol. 4: Smuggler's Blues
December 4, 2018[44]
10 Star Wars Adventures 10 May 9, 2018[45]
11 Star Wars Adventures 11 June 6, 2018[46]
Annual 2018 Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018 April 18, 2018[47]
9 Star Wars Adventures 9 April 18, 2018[48]
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Vol. 5: Mechanical Mayhem
March 12, 2019[49]
12 Star Wars Adventures 12 July 25, 2018[50]
13 Star Wars Adventures 13 August 29, 2018[51]
14 Star Wars Adventures 14 September 26, 2018[52]
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Vol. 6: Flight of the Falcon
July 16, 2019[53]
15 Star Wars Adventures 15 October 31, 2018[54]
16 Star Wars Adventures 16 December 19, 2018[55]
17 Star Wars Adventures 17 January 30, 2019[56]
18 Star Wars Adventures 18 February 20, 2019[57]
One-Shot Star Wars Adventures: Flight of the Falcon May 1, 2019[58]
14 Star Wars Adventures 14 September 26, 2018[52]
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Vol. 7: Pomp and Circumstance
November 12, 2019[59]
15 Star Wars Adventures 15 October 31, 2018[54]
16 Star Wars Adventures 16 December 19, 2018[55]
17 Star Wars Adventures 17 January 30, 2019[56]
Annual 2018 Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018 April 18, 2018[47]
18 Star Wars Adventures 18 February 20, 2019[57]
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Vol. 8: Defend the Republic!
February 18, 2020[60]
19 Star Wars Adventures 19 March 27, 2019[61]
20 Star Wars Adventures 20 April 17, 2019[62]
FCBD 2019 Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2019 May 4, 2019[63]
21 Star Wars Adventures 21 May 8, 2019[64]
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Vol. 9: Fight The Empire!
June 16, 2020[65]
22 Star Wars Adventures 22 June 5, 2019[66]
23 Star Wars Adventures 23 July 3, 2019[67]
Annual 2019 Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019 August 14, 2019[68]
24 Star Wars Adventures 24 August 21, 2019[69]
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Vol. 10: Driving Force
September 22, 2020[70]
25 Star Wars Adventures 25 September 11, 2019[71]
26 Star Wars Adventures 26 September 25, 2019[72]
27 Star Wars Adventures 27 October 30, 2019[73]
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Vol. 11: Rise of the Wookiees
January 26, 2021[74]
28 Star Wars Adventures 28 November 27, 2019[75]
29 Star Wars Adventures 29 December 18, 2019[76]
30 Star Wars Adventures 30 January 29, 2020[77]
31 Star Wars Adventures 31 March 18, 2020[78]
32 Star Wars Adventures 32 July 15, 2020[21]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy on Amazon.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Albert Ching (2017-06-14). Star Wars Adventures: First Storylines, Creative Teams Revealed. Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on January 10, 2019. Retrieved on June 14, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 IDW.png Star Wars Adventures #2 on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 IDW.png Star Wars Adventures #3 on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 IDW.png Star Wars Adventures #4 on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures Vol. 3: Endangered on Amazon.com (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 IDW.png Star Wars Adventures #6 on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Florian (2017-11-22). IDW: Star Wars Adventures startet im Februar einen Rebels-Zweiteiler (German). Jedi-Bibliothek. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved on November 22, 2017.
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  11. Florian (2017-08-24). IDW: John Jackson Miller schreibt Star Wars Adventures. Jedi-Bibliothek. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved on August 24, 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 IDW.png Star Wars Adventures #1 on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Chris Arrant (2017-07-18). FINN Out To Save Baby Creature from CAPTAIN PHASMA In STAR WARS ADVENTURES #3. Newsarama. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved on July 20, 2017.
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  15. Rich Johnston (2017-12-20). This Month's Loot Crate Has an Exclusive Comic Prequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Starring Rey. Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on April 21, 2019. Retrieved on December 20, 2017.
  16. IDW.png Star Wars Adventures #7 on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
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  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 July 2017 issue of PREVIEWS catalog
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  20. 20.0 20.1 StarWars.com Exclusive: Get a First Look at IDW's SDCC Star Wars Adventures 'Ashcan' Comic on StarWars.com (backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Star Wars Adventures (2017-2020) #32. Comixology. Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved on April 1, 2020.
  22. Holub, Christian (2017-10-06). Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny comic will highlight the saga's heroines. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on June 4, 2019. Retrieved on October 6, 2017.
  23. Ines (2017-11-14). Panini: Die Bücher und Comicbände im 1. Halbjahr 2018. Jedi-Bibliothek. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved on November 15, 2017.
  24. TwitterLogo.svg Derek Charm (@derek_charm) on Twitter: "Just found my first test page for Star Wars Adventures, from way back in 2016" (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  25. TwitterLogo.svg George Caltsoudas (@George_________) on Twitter: "A long time ago in a year far, far away.... in early 2016 (actually) IDW commissioned me to create this all ages art for them so they could pitch to get the Star Wars license. My lips were sealed as I watched controversy ensue months later. I am finally allowed to share it." (backup link)
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  27. 27.0 27.1 SWYTlogo.png Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Live Stream – Day 3 | The Star Wars Show LIVE! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  28. YouTube.png We Interview Cavan Scott! - Adventures in Star Wars (and Other Writings) on the The Star Wars Refuge YouTube channel (backup link)
  29. Meagan Navarro (2017-06-06). Comics With Kenobi #31. Coffee With Kenobi. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved on June 14, 2017.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Florian (2017-08-31). Star Wars Adventures und die Abenteuer im Wilden Raum (German). Jedi-Bibliothek. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved on August 31, 2017.
  31. TwitterLogo.svg Chad Thomas (@ChadAThomas) on Twitter: "Not a lot of free drawing time right now with work on the desk so here's an early character test of Han and Chewie I sent along last year. I'll post some more throughout this week!" (backup link)
  32. TwitterLogo.svg Chad Thomas (@ChadAThomas) on Twitter: "Yoda design I sent in last year for Star Wars Adventures. Would love to have a chance to do a story with him! #starwars #yoda #art #comicart" (backup link)
  33. TwitterLogo.svg Chad Thomas (@ChadAThomas) on Twitter: "Kylo Ren from last years Star Wars Adventures try outs! Threw some quick color on him since he looked a little bare without it. Still not quite sure how to do lightsabers right." (backup link)
  34. TwitterLogo.svg Chad Thomas (@ChadAThomas) on Twitter: "this was AFTER the announcement. I think I did all these characters sometime in July 17. They've been sitting around on my desktop forever and thought it was time to share!" (backup link)
  35. IDW.png Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW Combine Forces For New All-Ages Star Wars Comics on IDW Publishing's official website (backup link)
  36. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  37. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures Omnibus, Vol. 1 on Amazon.com (backup link)
  38. TwitterLogo.svg Comics with Kenobi (@ComicsWthKenobi) on Twitter: "Just a friendly reminder that #StarWarsAdventures #4 will be released Nov. 29, not Nov. 15, according to IDW. #StarWars #comics" (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  39. Rich Johnston (2017-09-19). IDW December 2017 Solicits Put A Love And Rocket Up Your Assassinistas. Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved on September 19, 2017.
  40. STAR WARS ADVENTURES #6 CVR B LEVINS. PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020.
  41. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures (2017-2020) #7 on Amazon.com (backup link)
  42. STAR WARS ADVENTURES #8 CVR A GALLOWAY. PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020.
  43. FCBD 2018 STAR WARS ADVENTURES - Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day. Archived from the original on July 28, 2019. Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  44. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 4: Smuggler’s Blues on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  45. STAR WARS ADVENTURES #10 CVR A CHARM. PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020.
  46. STAR WARS ADVENTURES #11 CVR A CHARM. PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020.
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  48. Star Wars Adventures #9 on Comixology
  49. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 5: Mechanical Mayhem on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  50. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures #12 on Amazon.com (backup link)
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  52. 52.0 52.1 STAR WARS ADVENTURES #14 CVR B MURPHY. Previews World. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved on June 21, 2018.
  53. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 6: Flight of the Falcon on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
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  55. 55.0 55.1 Star Wars Adventures #16. Comixology. Retrieved on November 15, 2018. (backup link not available)
  56. 56.0 56.1 Star Wars Adventures #17. ComiXology. Archived from the original on January 23, 2019. Retrieved on November 15, 2018.
  57. 57.0 57.1 Star Wars Adventures #18. ComiXology. Archived from the original on January 10, 2019. Retrieved on November 15, 2018.
  58. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures: Flight of the Falcon on Amazon.com (backup link)
  59. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 7: Pomp and Circumstance on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  60. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures Vol. 8: Defend the Republic! on Amazon.com (backup link)
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  62. Star Wars Adventures #20. Comixologyd. Archived from the original on January 18, 2019. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  63. FCBD 2019 Star Wars Adventures Droid Hunters. Free Comic Book Day. Archived from the original on October 19, 2019. Retrieved on December 21, 2018.
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  65. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9: Fight The Empire! on Amazon.com (backup link)
  66. Star Wars Adventures #22. Comixology. Archived from the original on June 3, 2019. Retrieved on June 3, 2019.
  67. Star Wars Adventures #23. Comixology. Archived from the original on June 3, 2019. Retrieved on March 22, 2019.
  68. Star Wars Adventures Annual 2019. Comixology. Archived from the original on July 30, 2019. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  69. Star Wars Adventures #24. Comixology. Archived from the original on July 30, 2019. Retrieved on June 3, 2019.
  70. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 10: Driving Force on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
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  73. Star Wars Adventures #27. Comixology. Retrieved on August 7, 2019. (backup link not available)
  74. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars Adventures Vol. 11: Rise of the Wookiees on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
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  78. Star Wars Adventures 31. Comixology. (backup link not available)

External links[edit | edit source]

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Trade paperbacks
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Flight of the Falcon
Destroyer Down
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Forces of Destiny
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Vader's Castle
Tales from Vader's Castle (1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · TPB · Box set)
Return to Vader's Castle (1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · TPB)
Shadow of Vader's Castle · Ghosts of Vader's Castle
Beware Vader's Castle
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