Star Wars: Hidden Empire Reading Order and Checklist

Consider this reading order and checklist post your home base for the upcoming Star Wars: Hidden Empire series.

Hi there everywookiee! Consider this reading order and checklist post your home base for the upcoming Star Wars: Hidden Empire series.

Star Wars: Hidden Empire, a five-issue miniseries starting in November 2022, will be the third and final installment in writer Charles Soule’s unofficial Qi’ra trilogy. The series, illustrated by Steven Cummings, will find Qi’ra and the Emperor on a collision course. “This is my hidden empire,” she defiantly declares in Crimson Reign #5, in a tease of what’s to come.

Much like Part 1: The War of the Bounty Hunters and Part 2: Crimson Reign, Star Wars Hidden Empire will be crossover story that will have the main story tied into issues from Darth Vader, Bounty Hunters, Doctor Aphra, and the main Star Wars run (also written by Charles Soule).

Time will tell how essential it is to read every single crossover issue from every single run to get the full Star Wars Hidden Empire story but for now I am going to list out everything in order as they are released here on this page. So, if you don’t want to miss a thing, be sure to bookmark this page.

Star Wars Hidden Empire Reading Order: Collected Editions

The best way to read Star Wars: Hidden Empire without having to buy every individual issue is by buying the Hidden Empire Trade Paperbacks. At the moment we do not have release dates for these but I wanted to reserve this space to add them to once we get more details.

For those wanting to buy the individual issues of Star Wars: Hidden Empire then just scroll a few inches down.

Star Wars Hidden Empire Reading Order: Individual Issues

A few notes to start…

I am starting off the reading order with Darth Vader #28 that hits stores in October 2022 because it is not included in the Star Wars Darth Vader by Greg Pak Vol. 5 Trade Paperback that collects the Darth Vader issues in between Crimson Reign and Hidden Empire. Leading me to the conclusion that issue #28 will be a Star Wars: Hidden Empire crossover issue.

I’ve also included Star Wars: Revelations #1 one-shot since it’s been promoted as a teaser for the future of Star Wars comics. Since it is released the same month as Star Wars Hidden Empire #1 it’s safe to assume that it will tie into the series in some way.


Star Wars Darth Vader #28 – Oct, 19, 2022

GREG PAK (W) • LUKE ROSS (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH

THE SHADOW IN THE FIRE! For decades, Sabé, Handmaiden of Padmé, schemed to assassinate Darth Vader, whom she believed murdered her queen. But Sabé has learned Vader’s greatest secret, and now she fights at his side, believing that someday, she may prove there is still good in him. What happens when the Handmaiden finally comes face-to-face with the Emperor, who knows all of her secrets? The Queen’s Shadow enters the crucible! Will Vader let her burn?

In Shops: Oct 19, 2022

$3.99

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Star Wars Bounty Hunters #28 – Nov 2, 2022

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

PANIC AT THE ACCRETION DISCO!
• The bounty hunters are locked in a desperate attempt to escape the pull of a black hole!
• To make matters worse, the Pykes are out to kill them first!
• Meanwhile, what will Valance have to sacrifice to serve the Empire?

In Shops: Nov 02, 2022

$3.99

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Star Wars #29 – Nov 02, 2022

CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST

The REBEL ALLIANCE is in crisis!
• With their supply lines in jeopardy due to unfulfilled promises from CRIMSON DAWN, GENERAL LEIA ORGANA knows it is just a matter of time before the Rebels run out of crucial supplies.
• Fortunately, AMILYN HOLDO has a solution…a hunt for a vast hoard of fuel thought lost for centuries.
• It’s time…for a treasure hunt!

In Stores: Nov. 02, 2022

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Doctor Aphra #26 – Nov, 16, 2022

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A)
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES

“FRIENDS AND ENEMIES”
• SANA STARROS and her allies have cornered the SPARK ETERNAL!
• She’s determined to bring DOCTOR APHRA back, no matter what it takes!
• But will it be enough? Or will it destroy Sana, Aphra…and everyone they love?

In Stores: Nov 16, 2022

TFAW Pre-orders:

***Read this before Hidden Empire #1

Star Wars: Hidden Empire #1 (of 5), – Nov. 16, 2022

(W) Charles Soule (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Paolo Siqueira

• The mysterious syndicate CRIMSON DAWN and its leader LADY QI’RA have become the galaxy’s most wanted criminals, as EMPEROR PALPATINE realizes the scope of Qi’ra’s plans against him and moves to destroy her.
•  But Qi’ra still has tricks up her sleeve, and with the help of the KNIGHTS OF REN and her many other allies, she will not go down without a fight!

In Shops: Nov 16, 2022

SRP: $4.99

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Star Wars: Revelations #1 – Nov 23, 2022

First Appearance of Ajax Sigma!

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Salvador Larroca, Various (CA) Phil Noto

THE CAN’T-MISS STAR WARS ISSUE OF THE YEAR!


•  After WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS came CRIMSON REIGN… now in the midst of HIDDEN EMPIRE, Qi’ra has shaken the galactic landscape to its core!
•  …But what lies beyond for the Rebellion? For the Empire? What role do the bounty hunters play? And what is happening to Doctor Aphra?
•  Witness the next step in the legacy of heroes and scoundrels in the galaxy far, far away as MARC GUGGENHEIM (HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA) is joined by a ragtag team of artists to bring you an explosive tale you won’t soon forget!
•  The path to the future of STAR WARS starts here!

In Shops: Nov 23, 2022

SRP: $5.99

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Star Wars Darth Vader #29 – November 30th 2022

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(W) Greg Pak (A) Luke Ross (CA) Rahzzah

TECHNO (RE)UNION!
•  Three decades ago, Anakin Skywalker slaughtered Wat Tambor, leader of the Techno Union, along with the rest of the Separatist leaders by the command of the Emperor.
•  So who is the pirate JUL TAMBOR, what is he planning on Skako Minor, and what will the Handmaiden, who now stands at Vader’s side, do when it’s her job to choose if Jul lives or dies?
•  Also, which Handmaiden is this? And will this new adventure fulfill Sabé’s dream of derailing Vader’s journey to the dark side – or simply complete it?

RATED T

In Shops: Nov 30, 2022

SRP: $3.99

Variants: Pre-Orders Coming Soon

Star Wars Hidden Empire #2 – Dec 7, 2022

CHARLES SOULE (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A) • Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA

Battle Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY • Travel Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ

Connecting Variant Cover by STEVEN CUMMINGS

• The plans of LADY QI’RA to use an ancient Dark Side weapon known as the FERMATA CAGE to destroy the Sith are falling apart, and she has lost many of her primary resources and allies, with DARTH VADER drawing ever nearer.


• Can she salvage victory from certain defeat?

In Stores: December 7 2022

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Star Wars Bounty Hunters #29 – Dec 14 2022

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
MISSION TO BESTINE IV!

• BOSSK VS. TANKA!
• Forced to take on a job for Crimson Dawn, the bounty hunters take on the Empire!
• Valance has a mission of his own, one that will put everyone he cares about in danger!
• What is the dark secret that threatens them all?

In Shops: Dec 7 2022

$3.99

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Doctor Aphra #27 – Dec 28, 2022

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A)
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
AN UNEASY ALLIANCE!

• DOCTOR CHELLI APHRA has struck a bargain for power!
• Will she be able to pay the terrible cost?
• Or does the crafty doctor have one last trick up her sleeve?

In Stores: Dec 28 2022

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Star Wars #30 – Jan 04, 2022

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A)
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
AN UNEASY ALLIANCE!

Some of the Rebel Alliance’s best and brightest have gotten lost in an unknown region of space while hunting for a lost treasure. How will LUKE SKYWALKER, LEIA ORGANA, CHEWBACCA, LANDO CALRISSIAN and AMILYN HOLDO ever survive the horrors…of NO-SPACE?

In Stores: January 04, 2022

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Star Wars Darth Vader #30 – January, 11 2022

GREG PAK (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by RAHZZAH
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE

ALL HER SHADOWS!
During their terrible battle at Padmé’s tomb on Naboo, the Queen’s most devoted handmaidens were no match for the fury of Darth Vader. So as they are about to face the Dark Lord again, the handmaidens have prepared. But so has Vader. Who will triumph in the rematch? And what dark price will that victory exact?


32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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Star Wars Bounty Hunters #30 – January 18 2022

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

CHAOS ON BESTINE VI!
• T’onga and her team of bounty hunters find themselves in the crosshairs of an old ally!
• But how will Valance react to learning the dark secret that has been kept from him?
• Can any of them survive the full might of a vindictive Empire?


32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

In Shops: Jan 18 2022

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #28 – January 25 2022

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(W) Alyssa Wong (A) Minkyu Jung (CA) W. Scott Forbes

CODE OF HONOR! The enemy of my enemy is my friend…or so they say! As RONEN TAGGE and DOMINA TAGGE clash over the TAGGE CORPORATION, SANA STARROS is caught in the middle! But if there’s one thing she’s learned from DOCTOR APHRA, it’s how to use every situation to her advantage – and no matter which Tagge wins, Sana’s determined to come out on top!

In Shops: Jan 25, 2023

SRP: $3.99

Variants

Star Wars Hidden Empire 3 | Feb. 08 2023

CHARLES SOULE (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA

All of Lady Qi’ra’s plans to destroy the Sith hang in the balance, but she is not alone in her desire to destroy the Dark Lords. Witness a battle decades in the making, as Darth Vader faces off against an adversary who has spent her entire life training for this one, final shot at revenge.

In Shops: February 08 2023

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Star Wars 31 | Feb. 15 2023

CHARLES SOULE (W) • ANDRÉS GENOLET (A)
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and an elite crew of Rebel heroes are lost in the farthest reaches of No-Space after a mission gone wrong. A desperate maneuver is their only chance to find a way home – but what will it cost them?.

In Shops: February 15, 2023

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