May the 4th.
It is a day both long-remembered and one so very eagerly anticipated. Because, you see, (and if you didn’t already know) the date ties in to the global excitement around the Star Wars film franchise and the pun is cleverly derivative of “may the force be with you”.
That pun, according to Wikipedia, goes all the way back to British Parliament days and then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970’s, while organized Star Wars celebrations around this date began in Toronto (shout out to the 6!) in 2011.
Of course, that too is merely a Wikipedia entry. Sure, Torontonians love their Star Wars, as do fans around the world. But as you know, there’s more to Star Wars than just the films.
There are comic books too.
And today, on what is known as Star Wars Day, May the 4th, Marvel Comics is re-releasing enough of them to satiate an entire clone army!
Follow me after the jump for all the Star Wars comics you could possibly imagine!
Ten Star Wars comic books out today, all of them strategically released on May the 4th – otherwise known as Star Wars Day.
So, where do you start?
In truth, you can start with all of them, or just the ones that tickle your fancy. Each book, published by Marvel Comics, are reprints of first issues – some of them from last year while others are from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Which is where I’d start. But hey! Maybe you’re into something new.
The best part? They’re all available at a special price..$1.00! the force is strong – with your wallet!
There’s something for every Star Wars comic book reader on Star Wars Day. Under the banner of “True Believers”, here’s the rundown of what you’ll find at your local comic book shop today:
True Believers: Star Wars Classic #1: This is the reprint of the comic book that started it all in 1977. Classic Luke, Leia, Han and Darth Vader – all here like you remember them from the very first film!
True Believers: Vader Down #1: By Kieron Gillen, Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato.
True Believers: Droids #1: I remember this series affectionately from my youthful days in the 1980’s, based off of the cartoon of the same name. Follow the continuing adventures of C-3P0 and R2-D2 in what can only be described as nostalgic gold!
True Believers: Star Wars Covers #1: This book reprints all of your favourite Star Wars comic book covers and all of their variants. It’s a spectacular sci-fi gallery!
True Believers: Star Wars #1: A reprint of last year’s first issue of the new Star Wars ongoing monthly series by Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca.
True Believers: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire: By Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto, this is the story that led up to the recent Star Wars: the Force Awakens film, filling in some of the early story while shedding light on some of the characters we would first see in that movie.
True Believers: Lando #1: By Charles Soule and fan favourite artist Alex Maleev, it’s the first issue of Lando in his own series for the very first time!
True Believers: Darth Vader #1: By Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. It’s the reprint of the first issue of the Sith Lord in his only monthly series, bent on destroying the rebellion and cementing his place of one of the galaxy’s all-time great villains!
True Believers: Kanan The Last Padawan: By Greg Weisman and Mark Brooks. Follow the last Padawan student on his way to becoming a Jedi!
True Believers: Chewbacca #1: By Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto, it’s the Wookie’s first self-titled series! Grrrr-waaaaargggggh!
So make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up one, or two, or all of the Star Wars comic books at their great intro prices!
And May the fourth be with you. Always.