“The High Republic” Launches New Era of Star Wars
Teased as “Project Luminous” back at last year’s Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm yesterday announced Star Wars: The High Republic.
A multi-publisher event, The High Republic is about the Jedi Order’s role on the frontiers of the Republic’s expansion. Lucasfilm is exploring this previously-untapped era through a range of novels, comics, and tie-in books.
The swanky launch video (below) explains it all…
Publishers include Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing, and Marvel.
With Disney’s sequel trilogy now over, the House of Mouse is using the stories and continuity they’ve painstakingly built over the last five years to… well, quickly springboard into another era completely.
Fortunately, most of us in the fandom see that as a good thing.
I’m on the record as saying that Disney should have started in a whole new era to begin with, and while I’m sad that it’s taken the epically huge misstep and lost goodwill of the sequel trilogy to get us to this point, at least we got here.
It also hasn’t escaped me that one post ago I said that Disney needed something other than The Mandalorian to buoy the franchise. The High Republic could well be the solution.
That said, setting it only 200 years before The Phantom Menace is cutting it a bit fine given the stretch of thousands of years that they had to play with. But, as with all things, I’ll reserve judgment on the execution until I experience it for myself.
A new cast of characters in a new expanded universe of comics and novels is a great starting point for a new backbone to the Star Wars universe. I have confidence in some of the talent involved (Charles Soule and Claudia Gray, take a bow) and less confidence in some of the others (at least those whose work I know of). But again – everything is new.
A good story is a good story, and a good Star Wars story is even better.
With a smaller chance of being able to ruin established characters and break the lore as per the sequels, The High Republic could be the low-key relaunch that Star Wars needs.
Consider me intrigued… and cautiously optimistic.