With the Expanded Universe gone and a new Star Wars canon taking its place, this state of transition has given rise to many questions. Chief of those questions are “What stories are canon and what order are they in?”
Well, we’re here to help you. In preparation for The Force Awakens, we’ve assembled every piece of released material for the new canon in order so you may get the full Star Wars experience. We’ve also thrown in stories that have yet to be released, though some (such as the upcoming Lando comic) we’re holding back on because their placement in the timeline is too ambiguous at present.
This list will be updated periodically as new material is introduced. Until then, enjoy your definitive guide to the new Star Wars universe!
[Updated: 10/26/2015] A series of stories taking place just before The Force Awakens have been added in its place in the timeline below!
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Set 32 years before Star Wars, this the earliest canon story we have. It may not be the most liked of the Star Wars films, but chronologically it does introduce us to the universe. We also meet Obi-Wan Kenobi, Palpatine, and Anakin Skywalker, arguably the three most important characters in the saga.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin
The first Marvel series in the new continuity set during the prequel era, Obi-Wan and Anakin tells the story between the first two episodes as a teenage Anakin and his mentor go on missions for the Republic and cement their friendship. Here’s the official statement:
“Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star… they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner,Anakin Skywalker. It’s been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young “chosen one,” but even as they have grown closer through training, it has been a difficult road. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point. Writer Charles Soule (Lando, She-Hulk, Daredevil) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Avengers World, Punisher) bring us a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power…”
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Ten years after The Phantom Menace, we take big strides toward the formation of the Empire with a secessionist movement and conspiracy that start the Clone Wars.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Show and Movie)
An amazing show. Say what you will about the prequels, The Clone Wars made sense of all the plot holes and lackluster characterizations from its parent films. The characters of Rex and Ahsoka are also the best things to happen to Star Wars in a long time.
However, this being the definitive chronological viewing order… we must warn you that the series itself (the first three seasons specifically) is actually not in chronological order. You can find that order on the official Star Wars site here. We highly recommend you view the show chronologically, as everything tends to make more sense that way and leads to an overall more enjoyable experience.
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir
Written from unused scripts of The Clone Wars, this comic is essentially an extension of the show taking place just after its run.
Star Wars: Dark Disciple
Released on July 7th, this book is also based on eight episodes worth of unused scripts from Clone Wars written by Katie Lucas. The story tells chronicles an alliance between Asajj Venturess and Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with the aim to take down Count Dooku.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
The final prequel, we finally see the end of the Clone Wars, the fall of the Jedi, the rise of the Empire, and Darth Vader’s rise to power. The best of the prequels.
Star Wars: Kanan – The Last Padawan
This comic prequel tells the early days of Kanan’s post Order 66 life, starting directing from the end of the Clone Wars shown in Revenge of the Sith.
Lords of the Sith
A recently released (and well reviewed) book about Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine being stranded on Ryloth together.
A character study of everyone’s favorite Grand Moff that tells the tale of how he actually received the title. While the plot is essentially “Dude, where’s my starship?” starring Vader and Tarkin, the back story and character work given to Tarkin makes this one worth a read.
A New Dawn
Here, we catch up with Kanan years after going into hiding after Order 66. We see his first meeting with Hera from the show and how Kanan decides to stand up to the Empire rather than run from it.
Untitled Han Solo Anthology Film
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. It’s a story about Han Solo’s early days and how he became the smuggler with a heart of gold we all know and love.
Star Wars: Story Before The Force Awakens
Well, if you can read Korean this one is for you. It’s a webcomic centering around Luke’s time on Tatooine. Check it out here.
Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
A prequel book to Rebels following the character of Zare Leonis and how he joins the Imperial academy.
Star Wars: Rebels
The currently running show about a Rebel cell in the early days of the Rebellion. The first season has been strong, with the promise of much more to come.
A movie about a Rebel cell tasked with stealing the Death Star Plans. Given the subject matter, it’s probably set very close to the events of A New Hope. To be released December 16th, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
The original film. Luke, Han, and Leia meet. The Death Star is also destroyed. Good times all around.
Star Wars: Princess Leia
A comic series focused on Leia as she deals with the destruction of her homeworld during her efforts to find survivors of the attack scattered across the galaxy.
Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
A YA novel about Han and Chewie on a mission for the Rebellion.
Star Wars: Chewbacca
Chewie gets his own comic about a side adventure helping a town against the Empire.
Heir to the Jedi
A Luke Skywalker centric book where he learns more about his Force abilities during a mission to rescue a brilliant cryptographer from the Empire’s clutches.
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
A young adult novel about Luke Skywalker’s first ever lightsaber duel.
The ongoing comic series that’s been getting rave reviews. Set during the same era as the classic Marvel comics, we get to see the early days of Luke, Han, and Leia’s friendship during the Rebellion’s struggles against the Empire.
Star Wars: Darth Vader
This comic centers on Vader as he deals with the fallout from the Death Star’s destruction. It also runs concurrently with the main Star Wars comic, with events sometimes overlapping.
Star Wars: Vader Down
A six issue mini-series taking place inside the events of the ongoing Darth Vader and Star Wars comic series. Vader has been shot down and the Rebel Alliance knows he’s vulnerable, so they throw everything they have against him. A survival story that will show Vader using the full extent of the Force to survive. Issue #1 will be released on November 18th, 2015.
Star Wars: Lando
A comic about Lando’s adventures before becoming the baron administrator of Cloud City.
Star Wars: Battlefront Twilight Company
A war novel about a Rebel company of soldiers on a mission against the Empire in the Mid Rim.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Arguably the best of the films, we get to see Luke learning the ways of the Force, Darth Vader at the height of his villainy, and some very desperate Rebels fleeing for their lives.
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
A young adult novel about Leia leading a rag tag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the Empire.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
The Sith are destroyed, Luke becomes a true Jedi, and the Rebel Alliance deals a massive blow to the Empire. The end of the original trilogy.
Technically, this book runs about four years that start during the original trilogy up until the campaigns after Return of the Jedi… so we’re giving it this spot due to its longer timeframe. It follows two childhood friends that joined opposite sides of the Galactic Civil War and how their duty effects their friendship.
Star Wars: Shattered Empire
A four part comic series set after Return of the Jedi detailing the immediate aftermath of the battle of Endor.
A mobile RPG that takes place in the wake of the second Death Star’s destruction as the Rebels work to take over the Anoat Sector from the Empire’s grasp.
Star Wars: Aftermath
“The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, and rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire in in chaos. Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side. And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a long Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting…”
Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt
The second novel in the Aftermath trilogy. Possibly about Han and Chewbacca liberating Kashyyyk from the Empire.
Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End
The third novel in the Aftermath trilogy. Possibly about the end of hostilities between the New Republic and the Empire.
Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens – 3-CPO
We don’t know much about this one other than it’s set after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens. It also centers on C-3PO. To be released December 18th, 20th.
New Republic: Bloodline
Written by Claudia Grey. Takes place six years before The Force Awakens.
All Creatures Great And Small
A short novel about a storyteller on Jakku.
The Crimson Corsair And The Lost Treasure Of Count Dooku
A short novel about a crew of pirates led by Captain Ithano searching for, well, the lost treasure of Count Dooku.
The Face Of Evil
A short novel about a thief on Jakku.
High Noon On Jakku
A short Jakku set novel about Constable Zuvio.
Before The Awakening
An anthology novel containing stories about the lives of Finn, Rey, and Poe before the events of The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
The film about events approximately 30 years after The Battle of Endor.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
The second film in the new trilogy. To be released May 26th, 2017. Check out our up to date FAQ to know more.
Star Wars: Episode IX
To be released in 2019.