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In some respects, Andor is a new frontier: a series that derives not only from the Skywalker Saga but specifically one of the two Star Wars Story films (in this case, Rogue One). The new series – the first three episodes of which premiere on Disney+ this week – is also largely disconnected from anything to do with the Police , the Jedi, or any of those flashy things with a lightsaber.

But that doesn’t do Andor completely unmediated territory. Many comics, novels, and even video games have explored the same time period in the saga, and the same ideas. If only three chapters whet your appetite for more stories from the earliest days of the conflict between the Galactic Empire and the nascent Rebellion, these comics will fill that void.

Star Wars: Rogue One – Cassian and K-2SO Special #1 (2017)

Andor it may be the origin story for a character whose end audiences have already seen Rogue One, but this isn’t the first time Star Wars fans have had the chance to see Cassian Andor at his best. For that special treat, check out this special issue released by Marvel to coincide with the film’s theatrical release in 2017. It’s essentially a comic revealing the first meeting between Andor and his robot companion , the snarky but ultimately heroic K-2SO. Except… maybe it’s not exactly heroic the first time the two meet.

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills: The Manga (2021)

Cassian Andor in the middle was just one of the motley crew Rogue One-and, arguably, the most boring of the whole bunch, if you can ignore the admittedly magnetic charm of actor Diego Luna. (After all, he is particularly watchful, I think we can all agree.) You might want to spend some time with two other characters from the film – Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe – through the This manga adaptation of Greg Rucka’s fan-favorite novel. Can Malbus and Îmwe keep Kyber Temple safe from invasion by the occupying Imperial forces? Can anyone really become one with the Force? Expect answers to at least one of those questions in this fun, fast-paced short story.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1-25 (2017-2019)

While Cassian’s origins are unfolding on one side of the Galaxy, as the Empire grows in strength and the Rebellion begins, something else is taking shape elsewhere – and Charles Soule’s wonderfully melodramatic, operatic streak is on the solo comic book Darth Vader shows it happening gloriously. , over the top fashion. Set right after Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, think of this as the flip side of the Andor series as Vader becomes the lover of the Dark Lord of the Sith. How extra is it, you might ask? The answer is simple: It reads like the perfect comic book version of John Williams’ “Imperial March” theme. I think you get what I’m saying.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1-6 (2018)

Meanwhile, the early days of the Empire/Rebel conflict are at the heart of this 2017 adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s book that brought the non-canon villain, originally created for the post-.Return of the Jedi novels, officially back into Star Wars. If Cassian is a surprisingly morally gray member of the Rebellion – a group traditionally filled with outright good guys, based on the morality of the franchise as a whole – then Thrawn is an equally complex baddie out there for more than one might initially suspect. It would be fun if he weasels his way into the Andor show in one form or another, wouldn’t it?

Star Wars: Han Solo — Imperial Cadet #1-5 (2018)

Okay, consider this a fun palette cleanser: If Andor is the grittier take on Star Wars that focuses heavily on the second half of the franchise title and the cost that comes into play from everyone involved, so Imperial Cadet I am not …. Spin out of one condensed scene in Solo, it’s a story set during the brief period when Han was a somewhat disgruntled, unconvinced member of the Imperial army—although he failed to be fully convinced by what he was trying to achieve. do It’s not exactly is a romp, and yet… it’s certainly a romp-adjacent. And, really, when it comes to Star Wars, isn’t that what we’re all really looking for, at least sometimes?

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