When it was first announced that Marvel would be publishing Star Wars comics in the wake of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, it was something of a homecoming for the galaxy far, far away. Now, that partnership has been continuing to dominate the comic book sales charts for the last five months.
According to recent sales figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors (via Bledding Cool), Marvel’s Star Wars comics continue to outsell major superhero event series from both Marvel and their direct competitor, DC Comics. Star Wars #4, the latest issue of the ongoing series by writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday, took the number one spot for the month. Darth Vader #4, by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, came in at number five for the month. Rounding out the top 10 was Princess Leia #4, by Mark Waid and Terry & Rachel Dodson.
The only comic book to crack the top 10 that wasn’t related to Star Wars or DC’s event series Convergence, was Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #40, which finished the “Endgame” story involving the Joker’s return to the DC Universe. Marvel’s various Star Wars series so far have been playing around different levels of established continuity, with the main series taking place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. The Darth Vader series also takes place during this time, and concerns Vader being punished by the Emperor for failing to stop the destruction of the first Death Star, as Vader scours the galaxy for the Rebel pilot that’s responsible. Princess Leia takes place immediately after the destruction of the Death Star, and concerns the young princess struggling with her new-found leadership role in the Alliance as the Empire continues to get closer to them.
All the series have been well-received critically thus far, and further cement the popularity of the franchise as we get closer to the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. Marvel also recently announced a series that will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, which will release its first issue this fall and follow until December when the film ultimately hits theaters.
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