Lucasfilm Publishing is gearing up for Phase 2 of the ongoing Star Wars: The High Republic initiative, and Marvel Comics is adding to that tapestry with two new series set centuries before the Skywalker Saga.
As part of Star Wars Celebration 2022, Marvel revealed the next two High Republic comics debuting in the fall. The monthly series Star Wars: The High Republic will relaunch with a new # 1 issue in October. The series brings back writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito, though the cast and setting will both change dramatically.
Phase 2 of the High Republic is delving back even further into the Star Wars timeline, 150 years before the events of Phase 1. The series will introduce a new Jedi character named Vildar Mac and is set on Jedha, the holy moon introduced in Rogue One : A Star Wars Story. That means fans will get a chance to see what Jedha was like before the Empire wiped out the Jedi and began strip-mining their temples. Though even in this era, Jedha is a dangerous world where civil war is brewing.
Alongside this relaunch, Marvel will debut a new four-issue series called The High Republic: The Blade in November. This series is written by The High Republic: Light of the Jedi’s Charles Soule and drawn by Marco Castiello (Star Wars: Darth Vader).
The High Republic: The Blade serves as an origin story for the character Porter Engle, who appears as a much older Jedi Master and cook in the Phase 1 era. The series will reveal how Engle honed his reputation as the “Blade of Bardotta.”
Cavan also previously penned the High Republic novel The Rising Storm. Scott discussed the book and the appeal of expanding Star Wars through novels and comics in a 2021 interview with IGN.
For more Star Wars Celebration news, find out more about Jon Watts’ newly confirmed series Skeleton Crew and see the new teaser for Star Wars: Andor.
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