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This was one of J. Michael Straczynski's first forays into the world of comics which were written fairly early in the series (between seasons two and three). They were meant to tie in the series and the books together but without needing prior knowledge of either to enjoy the comics. In fact, it was originally intended to be a 24-issue series but only eleven got published before running into various problems (communication, drawings, creative differences, etc.) which made the series less than perfect.

Many issues are worth tracking down and I will try to indicate which comics are worthwhile. It is getting hard to find these issues so if none of the internet retailers have them, try eBay. For more information on any of these comics (and any spoilers) be sure to visit the Lurker's Guide about B5 Comics.

Another B5 comic was serialized in the official Babylon 5 magazine in the UK. These comics were then collected and published as the In Valen's Name mini-series in the US which are listed below. Also, the trade paperbacks for the B5 comics are also listed here as well as a Star Trek comic that JMS penned.

NOTE: Comics are listed by issue number from oldest to newest.
NOTE: TPBs are listed by publication date from newest to oldest.

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#1: In Valen's Name
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Jan 1998 -- Format: Single Comic
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The return of Babylon 4 leads the crew to a dangerous encounter and Delenn to revelations about the life of Valen.

JMS AT USENET SAID:
FEB.20.1997
There's going to be a new 3-part story arc for the comics. It'll first appear in the UK, serialized in the B5 magazine (which will be regularly published over there shortly, to coincide with new episodes), then it will be gathered together and published in the US by DC Comics. The books are being written/assembled in-house, to avoid conflicts with editors.

I've written the first issue, which brings the Valen story into the foreground, and the second two parts are being written by Peter David.

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#2: In Valen's Name
Author: Peter David -- Published: Feb 1998 -- Format: Single Comic
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The return of Babylon 4 leads the crew to a dangerous encounter and Delenn to revelations about the life of Valen.
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#3: In Valen's Name
Author: Peter David -- Published: Mar 1998 -- Format: Single Comic
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The return of Babylon 4 leads the crew to a dangerous encounter and Delenn to revelations about the life of Valen.
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#1-4,11: The Price of Peace (Babylon 5)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Nov 1998 -- Format: TPB
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Introduction by series creator J. Michael Straczynski. An inexpensive trade paperback collecting stories selected from the 1994-95 ongoing DC comic-book series based upon the cutting-edge Warner Bros. science-fiction TV show! THE PRICE OF PEACE reprints BABYLON 5 #1-4 featuring the story of how Commander Jeffrey Sinclair came to be assigned as Earth's ambassador to Minbar; and BABYLON 5 #11, a special issue devoted to the professional telepaths called the Psi Corps.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
It provides important background about Sinclair that complements "To Dream in the City of Sorrows". The drawings are not all that great so if you can get past that and enjoy the story, it is well worth the purchase if you can find it.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This edition was only made available in the USA by DC Comics. There is another edition that was published in the UK but it is missing issue #11.

RELATED PRODUCTS:
There is another page that collects all the JMS trade paperbacks in the J. Michael Straczynski section.

JMS AT GENIE:
10.3.1994
The B5 comic, novels and series are meant to be compartmentalized and independent, but complementary; if you never read the comic or the novel, you'll never have a problem with the series; but as with the show, the more you see, the more you'll get stuff coming down the road.

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#1-4: Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Aug 1995 -- Format: TPB
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Based on the TV science fiction series, this saga follows the exploits of humans and aliens who live on a space station. Station commander Jeffrey Sinclair is recalled to Earth, where he hears news which will alter his life. Then the Babylon 5 crew try to track down a mysterious assassin.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
It provides important background about Sinclair that complements "To Dream in the City of Sorrows". The drawings are not all that great so if you can get past that and enjoy the story, it is well worth the purchase if you can find it. Since "Price of Peace" is getting harder to find and this book is practically identical (misisng issue #11), it might be a good idea to pick this one up instead.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This edition was only made available in the UK by Titan Books. This contains the same content as "Price of Peace" but it is missing issue #11.

RELATED PRODUCTS:
There is another page that collects all the JMS trade paperbacks in the J. Michael Straczynski section.

JMS AT GENIE:
10.3.1994
The B5 comic, novels and series are meant to be compartmentalized and independent, but complementary; if you never read the comic or the novel, you'll never have a problem with the series; but as with the show, the more you see, the more you'll get stuff coming down the road.

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#1-3: In Valen's Name (Babylon 5)
Author: Straczynski, David, Collins -- Published: Dec 1998 -- Format: TPB
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With Babylon 4 trapped in a decaying orbit around a distant planet, time is running out for the investigating crew of Babylon 5. This, the third of the "Babylon 5" graphic novels, ties into the TV series, spinning off from two of the most popular stories, "Babylon Squared" and "War Without End".

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I own the individual comics but have not read them yet. It sounds like this is the trade paperback that collects this 3-issue mini-series. Apparantly this is a entirely separate story than the original "Babylon 5" comics (issues #1-11). In fact, from what I can find about them sounds pretty promising. Be sure to pick it up while you still can!

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This edition was only made available in the UK by Titan Books. As far as I know, these comics are only available in the USA as single editions. This story first appeared in the official B5 magazine in the UK.

RELATED PRODUCTS:
There is another page that collects all the JMS trade paperbacks in the J. Michael Straczynski section.

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#5-8: Shadows Past and Present (Babylon 5)
Author: Straczynski, DeHaas, Ridgway -- Published: Oct 1996 -- Format: TPB
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Station security chief Garibaldi embarks on a dangerous mission, accompanied by colleague Warren Keffer. Attacked by an alien craft of unknown origin, they find themselves running for their lives, haunted by a mystery that stretches back to Mars.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I own the individual comics but have yet to read them. However, from what I understand, it reprints issues #5-8 of the Babylon 5 comics. Apparently, this story takes place before "The Coming of the Shadows". It doesn't look like any more trade paperbacks were published in the USA (besides "Price of Peace") and the single issue comics are getting harder and harder to find. Pick it up while you still can!

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This is the edition that was published in the UK by Titan Books. As far as I know, these comics are only available in the USA as single editions.

RELATED PRODUCTS:
There is another page that collects all the JMS trade paperbacks in the J. Michael Straczynski section.

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#16: Worldsinger (Star Trek - Second Series)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Feb 1991 -- Format: Single Comic
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On a dying planet, the Enterprise finds an empath who hears the song of the dying world and plans to die with it. Kirk convinces the worldsinger that there are many other worldsongs still to hear.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I have never read this comic and have only heard about it in some discussions recently. Hard to believe that JMS actually wrote for a Star Trek comic book title, huh? ;) This is one of the first comic books that he wrote.

JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
OCT.19.2002
Titans for DC was the first, then an issue of the Twilight Zone comic for NOW, a story for the Ghostbusters comic also from NOW, then an issue of the Star Trek comic for DC, then a number of the B5 issues for DC, then Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, Delicate Creatures, and now Spider-Man.

FEB.4.1998
I was always a fan of the original Trek, and really felt I had a handle on those characters; always wanted to write for them. So I managed to talk my way into the gig. It's a favorite of mine, one of the better comics I did.

NOV.8.1993
I've always liked the original Trek series, and always will. Even wrote an issue of the ST comic, "Worldsinger," for DC.

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Individual issues of the comics cannot be purchased through the normal book retailers like Amazon.com®. Instead, you can order the individual comics from our recommended and reliable internet retailers.

Also, many thanks goes to JMS Comics for being a great resource! (Note: They are getting a bit outdated)

Finally, a lot of work has gone into the B5 Spoiler Junkies site. It is an informative site but be warned ... it contains LOTS of spoilers!

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