Happy Star Wars Day to all of you wonderful Geeks, Nerds, Dorks, and sundry Freaks! Every year, the Mustache and the Beard lead our followers in a celebration of one of our favorite properties. So, welcome to May the 4th, 2022. Let me be the first to say, “May the 4th be with you!!!”
Because Star Wars arrived as a movie property, most people usually celebrate by watching one or more of the movies on this day. However, Disney has made that especially easy, because they curate most of the Star Wars content right there on Disney Plus! Consequently, there is no need to wait for a special occasion. We can watch all things Star Wars, anytime. Let’s get started because this will be quick, today.
This year, I wanted to share something different. Because I like to invite readers to my Reading Sanctum, I thought that it might be nice to have a quieter celebration this year that would involve reading instead of watching movies.
It came to my attention that Dark Horse Comics created an entire Omnibus Collection of graphic novels to curate their years of Star Wars content. In fact, currently there are exactly 35 volumes available. There are droves of stories in these volumes and most of them run 300 pages in length.
The Omnibus series is not exclusive to Star Wars. If you have ever collected any of Dark Horse’s content, you will recognize that the company has a model that takes many established franchises and creates crossovers that could only occur on a neutral platform. Hence, Aliens versus Predator, Robocop versus Terminator, and the like. Also, there are many expanded storylines which are all catalogued and curated in the multiple Omnibi.
The first three Star Wars Omnibus books are X-Wing Rogue Squadron, Volumes 1, 2, and 3. They are not necessarily chronological collections of disparate Dark Horse Comics, more so they are organized by the editorial staff in a way that is cohesive and faithful to the overarching Star Wars continuity.
What should be clear is that by compiling these comics in this order, Dark Horse is attempting to continue to augment and amplify the Star Wars property. Collected in X-Wing Rogue Squadron, Vol. #1 are: Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Leader #1-3, Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron #1-4, The Rebel Opposition #1-4, Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The Phantom Affair, and Star Wars Handbook: Rogue Squadron.
Star Wars Omnibus X-Wing Rogue Squadron Volume 2 compiles: Star Wars: X-Wing — Rogue Squadron Special, Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron issues #9-20. It also features a foreword by Timothy Zahn and Hella great artwork by John Nadeau.
In Star Wars Omnibus X-Wing Rogue Squadron Volume 3 can be found Star Wars: X-Wing — Rogue Squadron issues #21-35. Here John Nadeau continues his phenomenal work, adding a few painted pages to class up the joint even further. In all three volumes, there are numerous aerial battles consistent with what can be experienced in the movies and videogames.
I could tell you about all 35 of the Star Trek Omnibus compilations, but I think it would be a lot more fun finding out about them all for yourself and today would be the perfect holiday to experience these. All 35 of the Star Wars Omnibi are on a site that you can read comic online .li for free that’s no lie.
I am not allowed to disclose free sites that curate paid content, so I have to be cagey with the way information is disseminated, but I don’t understand the whys. I mean, Tubi is a free site that contains content that on other sites is “for pay” so this stuff doesn’t make sense to me, so I try to abide by the rules.
So, anyways, Happy Star Wars Day! Don’t forget to do something Star Wars related. Watch some movies, or a TV show. Play a videogame. Read a novel or a comic book. Just don’t let the day pass. I’m sure you will get lots of “May the 4th Be with Yous,” on Facebook. Don’t forget to respond with, “And also with you!”
As always, thanks for reading our content. We are extremely grateful. We love you, so please take care of yourselves and each other. I like to say, Seeya later. Take it easy. Peace.