Between the expansive High Republic era and even more novels and comics filling in beloved pieces of the timeline, Star Wars book fandom has eaten so well in the past year.
Since the start of 2021, The High Republic initiative has published three adult novels, three YA novels, three middle-level books, an audio drama and accompanying screenplay book, two manga volumes, and dozens of comics and news. And that was only phase 1.
Beyond The High Republic, fans were also treated to several Thrawn novels, a Star Wars Visions novel inspired by the hit animated series, and many other books spread all over the timeline – from the prequel era. and from the Clone Wars to stories that build on the events of the sequels and the New Republic era.
The first two days of Star Wars Celebration 2022 in Anaheim, California saw several panels devoted entirely to Star Wars literature. The first was with Lucasfilm Publishing, which shared updates on recently released and upcoming books and teased a few upcoming projects. The second was the highly anticipated High Republic panel featuring original fan-favorite Project Luminous writers as well as new writers crafting stories from the galaxy’s Golden Age.
Here are all the new books, comics, and anything else you might have missed in these panels.
Lucasfilm Publishing Panel News
Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories
With Star Wars and Dark Horse Comics teaming up again, one of the first series to come out of that relationship is Hyperspace Stories – an anthology series for all ages featuring stories from across the Star Wars timeline.
In announcing the series, Michale Siglain, Creative Director of Lucasfilm Publishing, said that “fans of all ages will be treated to action-packed, thrilling and emotional stories that might be more connected than they are. seem so”. During the Star Wars Celebration panel, Siglain and series writers Amanda Diebert and Cecil Castellucci told fans to pay attention to the details of each story because the finished series “will tell a complete story.”
Hyperspace Stories should be released on August 10.
Tales from the Rancor Pit
Next in the same style as the beloved Tales of Vader’s CastleCavan Scott is back with another “scary and enjoyable” Halloween-themed comic series. Tales from the Rancor Pit follows adventurous High Republic monster hunter Ty Yorrick as she encounters baby wampas, ghost droids, dungeon Hutts, and more.
Tales from the Rancor Pit due out October 18.
The High Republic: Starry Tales
Starlight Beacon can be burned and smashed in two like the Titanic, but it still has stories to tell. It’s there that Star Stories Between. The book was originally titled The Fiction Collection Volume 3 and includes news originally published in Star Wars Insider magazine or new items exclusive to the collection.
The cover art for Titan’s collection was revealed during the panel, and one of the writers, Cavan Scott, said fans “didn’t see the last” of some of the Starlight workers.
Star Stories publishes September 27.
The High Republic: Chronicles of the Jedi
According to Siglain, Chronicles of the Jedi: An Illustrated Guide to the Galaxy’s Golden Age is to “read…carefully when it comes out at the end of the year”.
“It may contain key information about Phase II and possibly Phase II,” he said.
Chronicles of the Jedi is an in-universe canon reference book and is due out November 29.
News from the panel The High Republic
Phase II: The Jedi Quest and Age of Exploration
Since Phase II is set 150 years before Phase I, this will be the furthest back in the timeline we’ve seen in Star Was canon media. And just like looking back 150 years in our own history, the culture and technology are very different.
“It’s a time when this area of space is very unknown to the Republic and not everything is tied together so tightly,” author Claudia Gray said during the panel.
The key points of this phase are communication infrastructures and hyperspatial prospecting. The creators compared the communication of this era to “the pony express but with droids”.
“We broke the whole galactic communication system,” said author Cavan Scott. “And those droids are really important.”
New cover characters for Phase II
The High Republic panel at Star Wars Celebration provided the first details on Phase II, which will launch in the fall. Much like in the first wave of Phase I, this next wave will include adult novels, YA novels, and mid-level books, as well as new and continuing comic book series and at least one audio original.
Check out some of the covers (not all are final) presented during the panel:
Convergence by Zoraida Cordoba
Release date: October 4
Hidden City Quest by George Mann
Release date: November 1
Previously revealed: path of deception by Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton
Release date: October 4
Comics: The Nameless Terror by George Mann and Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott
The next wave of books and The Battle of Jedhah original sound
A likely part of the next phase II wave is Cataclysm by Lydia Kang (novel for adults), Quest for Planet X by Tessa Gratton (intermediate level), and Path of revenge by Cavan Scott.
None of these have covers yet, but fans got a sneak peek at the working cover for The Battle of Jedhah by George Mann, a new audio drama to be released in January 2023. The script book will be released a month later.
Fans will remember the moon of Jedha from RogueOne, where it was destroyed during a Death Star test. Prior to its destruction, Jedha held deep historical and spiritual significance, as well as its abundance of Kyber crystals.
The Battle of Jedhah is due out on January 3, 2023, with the scriptbook and ebook releasing on February 14, 2023.
The High Republic: The Blade by Charles Soulé
One of the most anticipated origin stories of the High Republic era is that of Porter Engle, known as the Blade of Bardotta.
Porter Engle quickly became a fan-favorite character when he debuted in Light of the Jedi. He is a legendary Ikkrukkian Jedi master who is now equally well known for his cooking, especially the Nine Egg Stew. However, her origin story “is the most epic thing I’ve ever written,” according to author Charles Soule.
The Blade #1 due out in November 2022.
The art of the High Republic
Abrams Books’ new visual reference guide, The Art of the High Republic, will explore the creation of the project and feature concept art for characters and locations. The book also has a foreword written by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
During the panel, author Kristin Baver said “the process was to interview everyone on this scene…and really try to get the behind-the-scenes story of how this initiative came to be.” “.
The art of the High Republic releases November 8.
Star Wars Comedy Mini-Series: Yoda
One of Star Wars’ most beloved and recognizable characters will finally get an origin story. Star Wars: Yoda just announced at Star Wars Celebration. Cavan Scott, Jody Houser and Marc Guggenheim’s miniseries is set just before Luke Skywalker arrives on Dagobah in The empire strikes back.
The 10-issue miniseries is said to take fans back in time to pivotal moments in the Jedi Master’s life, including memories of The High Republic and the prequel/Clone Wars era.
Learn more about the new series in an interview with Scott on StarWars.com.
Star Wars: Yoda should be launched in October.