'Star Wars' Provides First Look At 'The High Republic' Comic Series

This year has been difficult for the entertaining business with the huge impact of the coronavirus forcing Hollywood productions to shut down. Apart from Hollywood in general, this pandemic has also affected comic book release schedules. Star Wars: The High Republic is no exception. Lucasfilm was planning on releasing the first wave of their new comic series worldwide, but this was delayed, thus causing the entire highly-anticipated publishing initiative to be pushed to early 2021.

These past few months, however, Lucasfilm slowly unfolded their marketing campaign for Star Wars: The High Republic, beginning with an excerpt from Del Rey’s novel Light of the Jedi, where various new characters are introduced. More images came out, including slightly younger Yoda, who will be featured in Marvel's The High Republic series. Since this series takes place 200 years before The Phantom Menace, Yoda will not look too different from how we are used to seeing him. However, there will be variation in terms of what he wears, and for all we know, his personality could be a bit different.

The first issue of Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic ongoing comic series was revealed on the official Star Wars website. Star Wars: The High Republic also features Jedi apprentice Keeve Trennis and her Trandoshan master, the one-armed Sskeer. Comic book author Cavan Scott, who is known for various works within Star Wars and Doctor Who, as well as both comics and novels from Vikings Pacific Rim, Sherlock Holmes, and The Penguins of Madagascar, has described the process of bringing the Padawan to life.
“I came up with the character of Keeve Trennis in our first Project Luminous summit… Keeve is exactly how I imagined. No, actually she is a lot more. The facial expressions Ario has given her in these early pages helped inform the way her character responded to events in later issues.”

As we can see below on the colorless pages and colored cover, Keeve encounters a species called the Ximpi, which was first introduced by the writer of Marvel’s Death of Wolverine miniseries, Charles Soule, in his Lando comic. They have also appeared in issues of Doctor Aphra and Poe Dameron. The relationship between Keeve Trennis and her master calls back to the bonds that had been shown throughout the Jedi Order between teachers and students. The double-bladed lightsaber of Keeve is one of the finest additions to the collection, as well as the ones wielded by Sskeer and Avar Kriss, as seen on the color cover below.

Check out the cover and the pages from the highly anticipated first issue of Star Wars: The High Republic:

This new era is a perfect opportunity for fans to dive into this new world of Star Wars via new characters. There is no need to already be familiar with other characters who have been featured in Marvel's other Star Wars storylines. For five years, Marvel has not delved much beyond the time frame from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker. With The High Republic taking place 200 years before The Phantom Menace, it seems that this new series will be adding new layers and expanding our understanding of the galaxy and the history of the Jedi. It will be very refreshing to go back a couple of centuries and see what is different.

Next year cannot come soon enough. Star Wars fans are eager to enjoy the first wave of Star Wars: The High Republic to its full extent so that they can learn more about the lore of the galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The High Republic is expected to be out sometime in early 2021.

Source(s): The Direct, StarWars.com