2:54pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel's First 'Star Wars' Collection to Top 225,000 In Orders
The Force continues to be with Marvel's Star Wars comic book line, with a report revealing that the first collected edition of the publisher's current Star Wars comic book series is expected to hit somewhere between 225,000 and 250,000 orders from comic book retailers, five times the average volume of a Marvel collected edition.
ComicBook.com had the news, along with a quote from Marvel's senior vp print, sales and marketing David Gabriel, who called the figure "an unheard-of number." Gabriel added that, "given the success that we've had with Star Wars since January, including the insurmountable 5MM units across all the Star Wars series, second prints and overprints, we don't see any issue in reaching such a number of printed copies of this highly anticipated collected edition."
When Star Wars No. 1 was released in January, it was estimated to have reached somewhere in the region of 985,000 copies ordered by retailers. Since then, the issue has gone through a number of reprints, and is currently in its sixth printing. The series has consistently been one of Marvel's top 3-selling titles since launch, settling into a sales level of around 150,000 copies each month.
The series, written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday takes place between the original Star Wars movie and The Empire Strikes Back, and crosses over with its sister title Star Wars: Darth Vader this November. The first collected edition, Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes, is scheduled for release in October.