New Comic Wednesday: February 15, 2012
“Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #1” cover. Writer: John Ostrander; penciler: Jan Duursema; inker: Dan Parsons; colorist: Wes Dzioba; cover artist: Gonzalo Flores.
February 15th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: February 15, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

Dark Horse Comics and writer John Ostrander are teaming up again for “Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #1.” While the recently released MMO “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is set long before the events in the “Star Wars” films, “Dawn of the Jedi #1” is set earlier still (long, long ago, if you will), dealing with the very foundation of the Jedi order and the events that helped shape their philosophies.

You can easily see a direct line between this story and story of Luke eventually finding Obi-Wan Kenobi in the deserts of the planet Tatooine. Our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, has high hopes for the book.

“My store sees a lot of ‘Star Wars’ fans. It seems like every week, I have five new ‘Star Wars’ comics come out and I have customers who not only buy them all, but who would also buy more. My love of ‘Star War’s isn't quite as oceanic, but the waters do run deep.”

I'm a fan of new releases like comics, novels and video games that take thematic elements from the original “Star Wars” story but divorce them from the so-called “Expanded Universe” that acts as a sort of official timeline.

It allows developers and writers to tell an engaging, multidimensional story using elements so familiar that even people who haven't seen "Star Wars" will recognize them - but without the audience feeling like they have to track down random other bits of “Star Wars” lore to understand and enjoy it.

“I had a teacher who liked to say the reason ‘Star Wars’ was such a hit was because it was about good and evil, and everybody can appreciate good and evil," Dean said. "I don't think that's true. I think if you go back to that first movie, “Episode IV A New Hope,” it is an individual's capacity for good or evil, and the fact that they aren't mutually exclusive, which makes the characters and trappings really stick with people.”

“Dawn of the Jedi” takes readers back to a time when adherents to the Jedi order learned this lesson the hard way. It shows how early events shaped the views, and future actions, of the order.

This book offers a lot of good lore, a couple of “Expanded Universe” nods, an ominous antagonist and a big bad-guy throw-down.

And of course we get John Ostrander, who has been writing “Star Wars” titles for Dark Horse for more than a decade. So, yeah, I think those five-a-week "Star Wars" customers might have just added a sixth book.

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people. And the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on February 15, 2012. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

DARK HORSE COMICS

BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH #1 FEGREDO CVR, $3.50
STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE STORM #1 DUURSEMA CVR, $3.50

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1, $2.99
ANITA BLAKE CIRCUS DAMNED SCOUNDREL #4 (OF 5) (MR), $3.99
ANNIHILATORS TP, $19.99
ASTONISHING X-MEN WHEDON CASSADAY ULT COLL TP BOOK 01, $29.99
AVENGERS #22, $3.99
AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 2ND PTG DELLOTTO VAR (PP #1006), $4.99
AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 JRJR CVR, $99.99
AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 KIRBY DM VAR ED, $99.99
AVENGERS X-SANCTION #2 (OF 4) 2ND PTG MCGUINNESS VAR, $3.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #4 WITH DIGITAL CODE, $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA BY DAN JURGENS TP VOL 03, $29.99
DAREDEVIL #9, $2.99
DAREDEVIL REBORN TP, $16.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION #3 (OF 5), $3.99
ESSENTIAL HULK TP VOL 01 NEW ED, $19.99
FEAR ITSELF DEADPOOL FEARSOME FOUR PREM HC, $24.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #9 (OF 12), $2.99
FORMIC WARS SILENT STRIKE #3 (OF 5), $3.99
GENERATION HOPE #16 XREGB, $2.99
HALO FALL OF REACH INVASION #2 (OF 4), $3.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513, $3.99
MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME TP, $16.99
NEW AVENGERS #21, $3.99
SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-ISLAND COMPANION HC, $39.99
STAND NIGHT HAS COME PREM HC, $24.99
THUNDERBOLTS #170, $2.99
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01, $24.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #7 WITH DIGITAL CODE, $3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 02 DEATHLOK NATION, $15.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #7, $3.99
VENGEANCE HC, $24.99
VENOM #13.2, $2.99
WINTER SOLDIER #2, $2.99
WOLVERINE #301, $3.99
X-FACTOR #232 XREGG, $2.99
X-FACTOR SUPER UNNATURAL PREM HC, $19.99
X-FORCE NECROSHA TP, $19.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Amazing Spider-Man #679.1
Avenging Spider-Man #4
Fear Itself: The Fearless #9
Formic Wars: Silent Strike #3
Generation Hope #16
Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #2
Ultimate Comics X-Men #7
Uncanny X-Men #7
Venom #13.2
Wolverine #301
X-Factor #232

DC COMICS

BATMAN #6, $2.99
BATMAN #6 COMBO PACK, $3.99
BIRDS OF PREY #6, $2.99
BLUE BEETLE #6, $2.99
CAPTAIN ATOM #6, $2.99
CATWOMAN #6, $2.99
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #23, $2.99
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #6, $2.99
DEADMAN TP VOL 02, $14.99
END OF NATIONS #4 (OF 4), $2.99
FABLES #114 (MR), $2.99
FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 04 (MR), $29.99
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6, $2.99
HELLBLAZER #288 (MR), $2.99
HELLBLAZER PHANTOM PAINS TP (MR), $14.99
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA MONUMENT POINT TP, $14.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6, $2.99
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #5 (OF 6), $3.99
NIGHTWING #6, $2.99
POWER GIRL OLD FRIENDS TP, $19.99
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #6, $2.99
SUPERGIRL #6, $2.99
WONDER WOMAN #6, $2.99
YOUNG JUSTICE #13, $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Batman #6
Batman Beyond #1
Birds of Prey #6
Blue Beetle #6
Captain Atom #6
Catwoman #6
DC Universe Online Legends #23
DC Universe Presents #6
End of Nations #4
Green Lantern Corps #6
Legion of Super-Heroes #6
My Greatest Adventure #5
Nightwing #6
Red Hood and the Outlaws #6
Supergirl #6
Wonder Woman #6
Young Justice #6

IDW PUBLISHING

STEPHEN KING JOE HILL ROAD RAGE #1 (OF 4), $3.99
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE ONGOING #2, $3.99
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DRIZZT #5 (OF 5), $3.99
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #6, $3.99
GI JOE 2 RETALIATION MOVIE PREQUEL #1, $3.99
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #12, $3.99
INFESTATION 2 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #1 (OF 2), $3.99
INFESTATION 2 TRANSFORMERS #2 (OF 2), $3.99
JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER TP, $19.99
PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES HC LTD ED (PP #996), $39.99
STAR TREK CLASSICS TP VOL 2 ENEMY UNSEEN, $21.99
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #5 (OF 6), $3.99
TRANSFORMERS TP VOL 06 CHAOS POLICE ACTION, $17.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Dungeons & Dragons: Drizzt #5
Ghostbusters: Ongoing #6
G.I. Joe 2: Movie Prequel #1
Infestation II: Dungeons and Dragons #1
Road Rage #1
Star Trek: Legion of Superheroes #5
Transformers: Infestation II #2
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #2
Transformers: Autocracy #3

IMAGE COMICS

ACTIVITY #3, $3.50
DARKNESS #99 CVR A HAUN (MR), $2.99
DARKNESS #99 CVR B MITCHELL (MR), $2.99
GLORY #23 CAMPBELL CVR, $2.99
MORIARTY #9, $2.99
NETHERWORLD #1 (OF 5) SHASTEEN SGN ED (MR), $14.99
PETER PANZERFAUST #1 (MR), $3.50
PIGS TP VOL 01 HELLO CRUEL WORLD (MR), $12.99
SUPER DINOSAUR #8, $2.99
WITCHBLADE #151 FOIL STAMP & SGN ED, $14.99
WITCHBLADE #153 CVR A CHRISTOPHER, $2.99
WITCHBLADE #153 CVR B BERNARD & BENES, $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Activity #3
The Darkness #99
Glory #23
Mondo #1
Moriarty #9
Peter Panzerfaust #1
Super Dinosaur #8
Witchblade #153

Dynamite Entertainment

ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #1, $3.99
FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #3, $3.99
QUEEN SONJA #27, $3.99
ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #21, $3.99
VAMPIRELLA #14, $3.99
WAREHOUSE 13 #4, $3.99
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #10 (MR), $3.99
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS TP VOL 02 PIRATE QUEEN (MR), $17.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Army of Darkness #1
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #3
Queen Sonja #27
Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time: Eye of the World #21
Vampirella #14
Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #10

BOOM! Studios

HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #8 (MR), $3.99
PLANET OF THE APES #11, $3.99
ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #5, $3.99

Archie Comics

BETTY & VERONICA #258, $2.99
SONIC UNIVERSE #37, $2.99
SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER, $11.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Archie Marries Betty #17
Archie Marries Veronica #17
Betty & Veronica #258
Sonic Universe #37

Comic List is via Previews World
Digital List is via Comixology

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