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The Force is strong in this 'Star Wars' comics bundle

A huge collection, priced $15 or less depending on which tier you want. Plus: Three bonus deals!

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Humble Bundle

Calling all comics nerds, sci-fi/fantasy nerds, "Star Wars" nerds...let's just say calling all nerds.

Good news, my brothers and sisters! The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle offers a massive collection of Luke, Leia, Vader, Maul, and more for cheap. I wouldn't plan on going anywhere this weekend.

For those unfamiliar with Humble's modus operandi, it works like this: You can name your own price for six titles, including the 26-issue "Star Wars Omnibus" and five-issue mini-series "Star Wars: Jedi - Volume 1 - The Dark Side." Mighty nice deal if you stop there.

Beat the average (currently just under $10), though, and you'll get five additional titles, including the 11-issue "Star Wars: The Old Republic - Volume 1 - Blood of the Empire." And if you pony up at least $15, you'll get a twelfth book: "Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin" (six issues).

All told, it's a whopping 89 issues, with a combined value of $190. So, yeah, a pretty good deal for fans. If you're interested, the titles all come from publisher Dark Horse, though "Omnibus" is comprised of 26 issues from the Marvel Comics series that launched in 1977 alongside the first movie.

The comics are all provided DRM-free, and in multiple formats (CBZ, EPUB, PDF, etc.) so you can read on the device of your choice. Take note, however, that viewing them on, say, a tablet or e-reader can involve a bit of hoop-jumping.

Like other Humble Bundle bundles, this one lets you divert a portion of your payment to charity -- in this case, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. That's all well and good, but why not add a second, more humanitarian, cause to the mix? Just saying.

Even so, this is pretty much a must-buy for any "Star Wars" fan. Thoughts?

Bonus deal: Speaking of bundles, StackSocial has a seriously awesome one for Mac users: The Mac to the Future Bundle (punny!) includes eight popular Mac apps and 25 OS X and Web-development courses for $29.99. Corel Lightroom competitor AfterShot Pro 2 is worth $80 all by itself (not $100 as indicated on the promo page, but you get the idea).

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