With the Skywalker saga well and truly tied up Lucasfilm have set about launching a whole new galaxy of adventures set within the sprawling mythos of Star Wars.
Set 200 years before The Phantom Menace, The High Republic explores a time when peace and tranquility was in abundance and the Jedi and the Republic were both at their zenith from multiple perspectives and offering readers young and old a whole new batch of characters that they hope capture the fans’ imagination. Characters that will appear in comics from Marvel and IDW as well as novels by Del Rey.
It reminds me somewhat of the old Shadows of the Empire multimedia launch back in the 90s which attempting to create a whole new set of characters and stories but set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It even included a toy line, which makes me think this could well be on the cards for this new venture, should it capture readers’ imaginations. Although, this is a better idea, as it’s far enough removed from the Star Wars timeline we know and love that creators will not need to worry too much about crossovers and gives us a change, finally, to see the Jedi in their prime. But, it does allow them free reign to tell the stories of Jedis past and their own battles, no doubt, with the Dark Side and the Sith menace. What’s not to like about this prospect? Especially when you hear that the likes of Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule to craft this new era of Star Wars publishing.
Here’s Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain to expand on this editing new publishing venture via the official Star Wars website:
Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes. This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi.
James Waugh, Lucasfilm vice president, franchise content and strategy added:
This was a golden age for the Jedi, and also a time of galactic expansion in the Outer Rim. So expect there to be rich tales of exploration; charting out the galaxy, meeting new cultures, and discovering what pioneer life in the Outer Rim was like. This is an incredible sandbox for our storytellers to play in, both within publishing and beyond, and we can’t wait to see the great fiction they build within it.
The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020 with Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, which we are told will be “a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers”.
The first slate of Star Wars: The High Republic titles includes: