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When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a cool $4 billion, they added yet another huge franchise to their already impressive stable. After all, it was only a few years before this that they paid the same for Marvel.

Owning Star Wars AND The Avengers has put the studio on the path to box office glory, but it opens a lot of other doors as well. It may be a very, very long time before we see the Guardians of the Galaxy piloting the Millennium Falcon on the big screen, but in the comics? Well, fans aren’t holding their breath for that either.

However, that doesn’t mean the characters from a Galaxy Far, Far Away can’t have their own comic books. Marvel have a history with Star Wars, but after years with Dark Horse, the slate has been wiped clean (none of those past stories are canon) and a new wave of titles have been launched starting with Star Wars #1.

That was released in early January, and if you haven’t yet picked up a copy, you’re missing out! Why should you bother though? And what about the other titles being launched? Here’s why they’re so very essential…

10. Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels

if you’ve been enjoying Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, then this series will be a must buy for you when it goes on sale in April. Focusing on Kanan (the character voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) in his younger years during the height of the Clone Wars, it’s set to reveal how he and his master Depa Billaba escaped when the Clone Troopers they commanded would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66.

Interestingly, the official description for the first issue reveals that Kanan was known as Caleb Dume during this time, so it should be fascinating to see his evolution into the character we all know from Star Wars Rebels. The creative team on this one are writer Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels) and artist Pepe Larraz (Deadpool Vs. X-Force).

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