Yesterday, we unveiled our candidates for the Summer Watching Project, and today--the Summer Reading Project candidates!
Each year, we pick a comic series to read together and discuss in weekly segments on the podcast. last year’s reading project was the Infinity Gauntlet. This year, we’re all about Star Wars!
There have been some amazing comics from both Marvel and Dark Horse over the years, and Dark Horse has collected many of them in omnibus editions. The great thing about a lot of these books is they explore parts of the expanded universe that many are unfamiliar with.
While all of these series should be available in print form, they are definitely available digitally. Each of collections on our list can be purchased right now on the Dark Horse Digital site for $14.99. Considering that most of them are over 300 pages long, that's a pretty sweet deal. We’ve picked a handful for you to choose from for our Summer Reading project (along with their solicits):
Tales of the Jedi--Vol. 1
Five thousand years before Luke Skywalker's successful assault on the Death Star, the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy. That is, until his death ignited a battle for ascension that would spell the end for his empire—and nearly the entire galaxy! It would be another thousand years before two young Jedi novices, Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider, would rise for the cause of justice, first in the case of a Jedi-killing Hutt, and then against a dark Jedi spirit threatening to engulf an entire planet!
X-Wing Rogue Squadron--Vol. 1
The greatest starfighters of the Rebel Alliance become the defenders of a New Republic in this massive collection of stories featuring Wedge Antilles, hero of the Battle of Endor, and his team of ace pilots known throughout the galaxy as Rogue Squadron!
Meet the Rogues for the first time and learn the fate of the galaxy immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi as the Rebellion's best pilots battle remnants of the Empire wherever its ugly agenda of fear and domination appears. Along with the critically acclaimed X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The Phantom Affair, this jam-packed volume contains tons of material never before collected!
Rise of the Sith
Before the name of Skywalker—or Vader—achieved fame across the galaxy, the Jedi Knights had long preserved peace and justice…and prevented the return of the Sith.
Collected in this newest Star Wars Omnibus are tales leading up to The Phantom Menace. First, Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi save a sinking ship in The Aurorient Express and investigate an unexpected death in Last Stand on Ord Mantell. The origins of bounty hunter Aurra Sing are revealed in "Aurra's Song." Then, in Jedi Council and Prelude to Rebellion, we follow two key Jedi Masters, Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi, as they face new foes that will try the Jedi ways to the very limit. And finally, in Darth Maul, the terrifying Sith apprentice leaves a trail of death in his efforts to keep the secrets of his Master.
This is our largest omnibus of never-before-collected and out-of-print Star Wars stories. Included here are one-shot adventures; short story arcs; specialty issues; and early Dark Horse Extra comic strips! All of these tales take place after Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and lead up to Episode II:Attack of the Clones.
In Jedi Quest, Anakin Skywalker will work to overcome his fears while on a mission to protect a freighter from pirates. Starfighter: Crossbones pits pirate against pirate, featuring the intimidating Captain Nym.
A long Time Ago--Vol 1
Collecting the first twenty-six issues of the Marvel Comics Star Wars series that launched in 1977 (the same year as the first film), this first volume ofStar Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago.… is a must-have for any Star Warsfan!
Quinlan Vos: Jedi in Darkness
From his first appearance as a mind-wiped amnesiac to his triumphant passage to the rank of Jedi Master, few Jedi had more brushes with the powers of the dark side and the evil of the underworld than Quinlan Vos. This volume includes over 120 pages of story that have never been collected, plus the introduction of Jedi Aayla Secura, who made the jump from the pages of the comics to appearances in the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
From now until April 24th, you can vote on which show we’ll be watching for our summer project. We plan on beginning the project on the week of May 6th.
Head to the forums and vote now!