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Old 15-01-2015, 15:03   #1
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Marvel Star Wars #1 - out now

I have mine on order - anyone else picking these up?

My son's been asking if there's any comics he should be reading. Can you recommend any well written / illustrated comics for a 11 year old?
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Old 16-01-2015, 08:01   #2
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Absolutely.

He's probably too old for the Adventure Time / Regular Show comics, so the next step up would be TV tie-ins like the Doctor Who series (published by Titan comics) and the Ninja Turtles run. Also, the new Star Wars series also has 2 or 3 spin-off series' (a Darth Vader one, and a Princess Leia series).

My personal favourite at the moment is a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe run published by DC Comics. They've been running for about 20 issues, but have just started a new storyline (The Infinity War) - really well written, and my son loves them (and so do I...).

If you're in York, pop into Travelling Man and ask them for some advice. They also have a 50p box of unsold back issues - just get your son a random sample of these to see what he likes...
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Old 16-01-2015, 11:00   #3
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Star Wars #1 - The story looks fun & the art's nice, but Marvel's current pricing structure on most of their books is ludicrous.

There's no way I'm giving them $4.99 per issue, especially as at least a third of it is adverts & 'preview pages' for their other upcoming Star Wars books.

If the indies like Image can manage to produce a similar sized book with no adverts & on better quality paper for $3.50 or less, then Marvel can too.

I'll wait for the trade.
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Old 16-01-2015, 11:26   #4
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Really appreciate the suggestions kevinsim, will check those out.

Aprout - will give it a try and see if the adverts get in the way!
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Old 16-01-2015, 12:30   #5
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Enjoyed the first issue and loving the art, just hoping they can keep the excitement going for a long run.

I know that the Darth Vader and Princess Leia are going to run alongside, but hoping they arent essential reading given the prices.
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Like Aprout Ill be waiting for the trades/hardbacks/omnibuses for these.

Talking of which the original Marvel run is being released in 3 oversized hardback omnibuses this year.
Vol 1 is due Jan 2015
Vol 2 is due May 2015
Vol 3 is tbc

They have a rep price of £95 each, good old Speedy Hen have vols 1 & 2 up for pre-order for £50.33 each (although Vol 2 has coming soon, rather than pre-order by it). Still a large lump sum, but does break down at just £1.12 per issue.

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Star Wars : The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol 1


Star Wars : The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol 2


Details for volume 1:
As the phenomenon dawned in 1977, Marvel Comics published the very first Star Wars comic-book series. Now, the House of Ideas is re-presenting those original adventures in its Wampa-sized Omnibus format! It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with A New Hope and ends with The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”).

Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! With all your old favorites and plenty of new faces — hello, Jaxxon! — there’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this one! Collecting Star Wars (1977) issues #1-44 and Annual #1, written by Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin, Archie Goodwin, Jo Duffy & Chris Claremont, pencilled by Howard Chaykin, Carmine Infantino, Walter Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Michael Golden, Al Williamson & Mike Vosburg, featuring covers by Howard Chaykin & Greg Hildebrandt.

Marvel, hardback, 880 pages
Star Wars 1
Star Wars 2: Six Against the Galaxy
Star Wars 3: Death Star!
Star Wars 4: In Battle with Darth Vader
Star Wars 5: Lo, The Moons of Yavin!
Star Wars 6: Is This the Final Chapter?
Star Wars 7: New Planets, New Perils!
Star Wars 8: Eight for Aduba-3
Star Wars 9: Showdown on a Wasteland World!
Star Wars 10: Behemoth from the World Below
Star Wars 11: Star Search!
Star Wars 12: Doomworld!
Star Wars 13: Day of the Dragon Lords
Star Wars 14: The Sound of Armageddon
Star Wars 15: Star Duel
Star Wars 16: The Hunter
Star Wars 17: Crucible
Star Wars 18: The Empire Strikes
Star Wars 19: The Ultimate Gamble
Star Wars 20: Deathgame
Star Wars 21: Shadow of a Dark Lord
Star Wars 22: To the Last Gladiator
Star Wars 23: Flight Into Fury
Star Wars 24: Silent Drifting
Star Wars 25: Siege at Yavin
Star Wars 26: Doom Mission
Star Wars 27: Return of the Hunter
Star Wars 28: What Ever Happened to Jabba the Hut?
Star Wars 29: Dark Encounter
Star Wars 30: A Princess Alone
Star Wars 31: Return to Tatooine
Star Wars 32: The Jawa Express
Star Wars 33: Saber Clash
Star Wars 34: Thunder in the Stars
Star Wars 35: Dark Lord's Gambit
Star Wars 36: Red Queen Rising
Star Wars 37: In Mortal Combat
Star Wars 38: Riders in the Void
Star Wars 39: The Empire Strikes Back: Beginning
Star Wars 40: The Empire Strikes Back: Battleground Hoth
Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit
Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi
Star Wars 43: The Empire Strikes Back: Betrayal at Bespin
Star Wars 44: The Empire Strikes Back: Duel a Dark Lord
Star Wars Annual 1: The Long Hunt


Details for volume 2:
The very first Star Wars comic-book series continues! After the events of The Empire Strikes Back, loveable rogue Han Solo is lost, frozen in carbonite. But as the search for Solo begins, Imperial Forces and other troubles keep getting in the way. Princess Leia clashes with Darth Vader! Luke Skywalker goes on trial for treason! C-3PO and R2-D2 face danger on a droid moon! Lando Calrissian finds Cloud City deserted! If the Crimson Forever doesn’t get the rebels, maybe the new Imperial super-weapon will! And a new member joins the gang, with a crush on a certain handsome Jedi!

Meanwhile, the discovery of a gold statue of Han reveals a hidden story from his and Chewbacca’s past. And who are the Hoojibs? It’s Star Wars in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Collecting Star Wars (1977) issues #45 to 78 and Annual #2. Written by Archie Goodwin, Wally Lombego, Larry Hama, Mike W. Barr, David Michelinie, Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Jo Duffy and others, pencilled by Carmine Infantino, Walter Simonson, Al Williamson, Joe Brozowski, Ron Frenz, Gene Day, Kerry Gammill & Luke McDonnell, with variant covers by by Gene Day and Greg Hildebrandt.

Marvel, hardback, 848 pages

Star Wars : The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol 1


Star Wars : The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol 2
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I've enjoyed 1 and 2, and issue 1 of Darth arrived today.
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Really like the style and direction of these so far; especially Vader which was fantastic.
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Old 20-02-2015, 22:00   #9
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Yep, really like the crossover story into Vader.
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Old 22-02-2015, 15:23   #10
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Vader was very good. Kieron Gillen is a great writer. I really recommend his Wicked and Divine comic published by Image.
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Old 11-03-2015, 18:55   #11
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Not a fan of the Princess Leia comic. But will stick with Vader.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:32   #12
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Does anyone know what the normal TPB route for these will be? 1-6, 1-10 or otherwise?
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I've never read comics before, but my Star Wars love is reaching fever pitch now and since the trade paperback collections are about to start releasing, I think this is where I will begin!

There seems to be quite a bit to keep track of, but most of the releases sound like short one-off runs.
Wookiepedia has a nice list of proper reading order: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_canon_comics

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Old 27-08-2015, 11:10   #14
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I've been really enjoying them so far.

Certainly the main Star Wars title has been good fun, and Marvel haven't shied away from putting some of their top tier onto creative duties. Having John Cassaday on the first arc and now Immomen, that's two of my favourites right there.
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Not part of the new marvel range, but notice this is now testing in France:


Star Wars Légendes: la collection de référence — Star Wars Legends: the reference collection

Love the spine artwork
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If I haven't read whatever story is released first I'll probably nab it as I expect it'll be about £2.
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