Wednesday, April 17, 2024

What You Should Read Before Seeing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

So you’re pumped for The Last Jedi, but not quite sure if you’re totally is ready. You kind of remember all those characters and  backstories, but you’re not exactly sure you’re up to speed.

Well you’re in luck because we have a guide to help you get ready in time for you Last Jedi screening, whether that be tonight or around Christmas with the family. Check out these comics as preparation and you’ll be strong enough to pull the ears off a Gundark:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic Adaptation

Cover via Marvel

This is essentially a shot for shot comic book remake of the film The Force Awakens. Is it absolutely necessary that you read it? No. It doesn’t add any extra content, but the artwork is good and it’s cool seeing the movie in another format.

Only six issues long and collected in a graphic novel, reading this would be a worthwhile way to get ready for the film’s sequel that’s not just watching the movie again.

Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire

This is the Prequel Series Marvel produced for The Force Awakens. It’s 4 issues long, so not a huge investment in time or money. It takes place shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi and while it features the heroes of the films, the focus of the book is on Poe Dameron’s parents. Decidedly not a bad story, Shattered Empire is short, sweet and, serves as an origin for one of our new heroes.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron

Cover via Marvel

This is the book you really need to read to put yourself in the time and galaxy far far away that is the new film series. Focusing on Poe Dameron and his Black Squadron, the book takes place just before the events of The Force Awakens.

Though the book is action packed with great characters (including a new villain named Agent Terex), I mostly love this book because it gives a peek at where the galaxy is in the Cold War between the First Order and New Republic. You can feel free to skip Shattered Empire and start right here and you will not regret it.

So, these are the comics that’ll get you ready for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Can you read them in less than 12 parsecs? A parsec is actually a unit of distance so, no, no you can’t. But you can get ready to make the jump to light speed and go see a new Star Wars film. May the Force be with you!


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