Star Wars High Republic, the noble and wise Jedi Knights must face a frightening threat to themselves, the galaxy, and to the Force itself
With the introduction of the “High Republic” series, a trans-media ecosystem that will encompass new comics, graphic novels, and a Disney+ series, Star Wars is opening a new age for storytelling. Here is what you need to know about this new setting for Star Wars.
What is the Star Wars High Republic Era?
In the Star Wars universe, the High Republic era is a golden age, described as a period of peace and prosperity set roughly 200 years before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An “era of ambition, of culture, of inclusion, of Great Works.” is said to be.
While in the High Republic period, many common Star Wars tropes are present, they are slightly different than you may know. In comparison to the prequel time, the High Republic is led by a well-respected and benevolent chancellor when the Republic has become corrupt and crippled by bureaucracy, and the public feels that their voices are heard.
The Jedi Order is less assertive and laborious, and Jedi Knights are seen as noble peacekeepers. Like starfighters and transport vessels, even science fiction technology is portrayed as clean and sleek—a far cry from the dingy, broken-down aesthetic of many later films.
But although the time period precedes decades or even centuries for the most famous characters, there is one significant exception. Yoda, the Jedi Master who claimed he had trained Jedi Knights for 800 years from the time he met Luke Skywalker, would obviously have been well into the High Republic age of his Jedi-training career. In this younger iteration of Yoda, who looks very familiar but stands notably more upright, Lucasfilm has shown off pieces of concept art which you can see here.
High Republic Yoda concept art by Iain McCaig
Here is what you can expect to be included in Star Wars High Republic!
So far, just a handful of books and comics, targeted at a number of different ages, composed of the High Republic. Light of the Jedi is the first novel by Charles Soule for adults. A Test of Courage from Justina Ireland is a YA book. Lastly, The Great Jedi Rescue is a book by Cavan Scott for young readers.
Also debuting this week is a Marvel comic book, simply called Star Wars: The High Republic, also written by Scott with Ario Anindito’s art.
Claudia Gray’s second YA book, Into the Dark, will be published in February, along with a second comic series called IDW’s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures. The second comic series is said to feature Yoda prominently.
What about Shows or FIlms?
One High Republic show, named The Acolyte, has so far been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm. In the final days of the High Republic period, the series by Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland is described as “a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.”
So far, the promotional material has confirmed that the business expects this to be an interconnected tale for the next few years. The first period of The High Republic, after the debut book, named Light of the Jedi, is said to last until 2022. Quest of the Jedi and Trials of the Jedi, respectively, were the second and third levels.