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Star Wars: The High Republic Kicks off With Live Event Featuring the Authors

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Jan 4, 2021.

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    Lucasfilm held a streamed event earlier today to promote the launch of the long-awaited publishing effort The High Republic, which officially releases tomorrow, with the release of the first books and comics taking place in this all-new era of the Star Wars history. The timeframe will be 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. The first stories from it will be written by Charles Soule, who is writing Light of the Jedi, the first adult novel set in this period, and Justina Ireland, who penned A Test of Courage, a young-adult book also released tomorrow. Additionally, Cavan Scott will be writing the Marvel comic series Star Wars: The High Republic. You can already read our initial, non-spoiler thoughts on the first books here.



    Before we get into the meat of all of it, I should say that I don't really understand why this was dubbed a live-event, since it was pre-recorded and there was no interaction with the audience whatsoever (for that very reason). Also, there was some very distracting background elimination going on, but that's just me being nitpicky.



    The introduction of the event was done by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who spoke for around 20 seconds before a trailer was played. We should point out, before we move on, that Kennedy already announced a month ago that an original TV series set in the last years of the High Republic will be coming from Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), called The Acolyte. No direct mention of the series was made at the event, but I believe there was a small hint at it. More on that later.



    Kristen Baver, host of This Week in Star Wars, moderated the stream. She was joined by Michael Siglain, director of Creative Franchise at Disney–Lucasfilm Press, and The High Republic authors Charles Soule, Justina Ireland, Cavan Scott, Claudia Gray, and Daniel José Older.



    Siglain started the event by saying there were two group meetings with the publishing team and the authors over at Skywalker ranch, in which they basically geeked out about Star Wars and started pitching so many ideas for the new era. He described this new period as the Golden Age of the Jedi, and they set themselves out to bring to life the famous Obi-Wan quote 'For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.'



    Each author then gave their overall summary of the time these stories are set into. Cavan Scott said:



    Charles Soule added:



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    As we know, the events of The High Republic start out with what has been called The Great Disaster. Soule, who wrote the first novel Light of the Jedi, weighed in on this:



    Justina Ireland added:



    Cavan Scott said:


    He went on to describe some of the characters we'll be meeting in the comic series. After this, the next book to be released will be Claudia Gray's Into the Dark, which is due out February 2, 2021. The author said:


    Apparently the Jedi travel in a private ship whose crew is run by a character described as Han Solo meets 1990s' Matthew McConaughey, called Leox Gyasi.



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    Daniel José Older will be writing the IDW all-ages comic, that will have Yoda front and center. About the only known-character from this era, the author said:



    He also said that he created a Jedi called Buckets of Blood, who was inspired by his experiences as a paramedic:


    Apparently, he's a healer, 'supposed to put the blood back in the body.' He's not a fighter. Sounds very Jedi to me.



    The conversation then shifted towards the villains of the story, a species called The Nihil. Justina Ireland said:



    Apparently, as revealed by Claudia Gray, the Nihil will not be the only villains showing up in The High Republic:



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    A question some casual readers might have is that of the required reading order. Can I start anywhere? Am I supposed to read it all? Michael Siglain answered this one:



    Charles Soule then pointed out that Star Wars: Insider is bringing back serialized fiction with the high republic. He wrote the first installment called Go Together, featuring two of the non-Jedi characters from Light of the Jedi, that serves as a chapter 0 to that book. The next issue of Insider will feature the next chapter, which will be kind of an epilogue to the epilogue of Light of the Jedi. Justina Ireland and Cavan Scott then also announced they will be writing stories for Insider, under the title Stories of Starlight.



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    Cavan Scott will also be writing the second Del Rey novel, The Rising Storm.



    And that is not it for his upcoming work, as he also announced a new comic he'll be writing, called The Monster of Temple Peak. Rachael Scott will do the artwork, and it will take place slightly before The Rising Storm. It will develop the character of Ty Yorrick a bit more.



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    More announcements kept coming. Justina Ireland then said that her next book will be a young adult book called Out of the Shadows. It will follow Vernestra Rwoh and several new characters we haven't met yet. She's also working on a manga with Japanese writer Shinya Shima, with Mizuki Sakakibara doing the artwork. The story will follow some members of the Jedi order among the people of several planets that don't have a strong Republic presence. Ireland described it as authentically Star Wars and authentically manga.



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    Daniel José Older then announced he's got a middle-grade novel coming up, called Race to Crashpoint Tower. he said:



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    Then the conversation shifted towards Claudia Gray, who was the most cryptic out of all the authors when talking about her upcoming work. She only said that she is working on something that she's not allowed to talk about. And she really reemphasized this. While it'll probably not be that big of a deal eventually, and she might just be writing a novel that is not ready to be announced yet, the way she said it was very suspicious to me. For that, I'm starting to think that she might be working on the upcoming Star Wars: The Acolyte Disney Plus series, whether it's as a writer for one episode, or maybe just developing the overall story.



    Michael Siglain then went on to contextualize this whole event. He said that this first wave of books, comics, and magazine stories is just phase 1 of the program. There will be three phases, respectively called Light of the Jedi, Quest of the Jedi, and Trials of the Jedi. I'm not sure if they already know the whole story of the three phases or they just have a general idea, but this was a rather fascinating thing to learn because while it seemed like they had all worked together on these stories, they were mostly focused on what is coming up next. Not the long hall, or at least, not Phase III material. It's rather encouraging to see that they have an endgame. Phase I will run into 2021 and some point in 2022 that remains unspecified.



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    Kristen Baver then concluded the event by announcing a new show coming to the Star Wars YouTube channel, called Star Wars: The High Republic Show. It will run bi-monthly and will be hosted by Krystina Arielle. Also, starting tomorrow, January 5, a new lightsaber hilt from The High Republic will be added to the game Star Wars: Squadrons.



    Make sure to come back for everything related to The High Republic, a brand-new era for Star Wars publishing that we already know is going to move over to television with The Acolyte. Tomorrow, our reviews for Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi and Justina Ireland's A Test of Courage will be posted right here on StarWarsNewsNet.com.



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    The characters seem very over-designed to me, gives me vibes of an Alternate Universe rather than actual Star Wars.

    Old Republic had notably different aesthetic, but still looked and felt very much like Star Wars. Maybe it'll grow on me, but I'm not liking what I see.
     
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    So... a trilogy? And they might not have it all planned out?! Oh... oh no!!
     
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    When I hear "The High Republic" I can't help but imagine a Star Wars parody about pot starring Seth Rogen as Jedi Master Phatty Lumpkin.
     
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    Loving what I'm hearing and seeing, time for something fresh. High Republic is what legends Old Republic shoud've been; instead it devolved into placing the same technology millennia in the past and presenting us with new cookie cutter villains.
     
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    Most of this announcement I love, but I’m still cautious about several things, most notably the villains. I simply do not find the Nihils threatening, as those space plants. What makes the Nihils different from your standard space pirate from Resistance? Vast numbers? Bigger weapons? Better organized? Because the explanation we’re getting so far is that “they’re not bad, they’re REALLLLLLY bad.”

    -The jedi designs I think look fine. More “golden” colors and fancy ornamentation, which is appropriate in this age. Remember, this is centuries before the galaxy was torn apart, so this reflects an era of peace. The example I like to use is the Naboo starfighter compared to an X-wing. Big difference.

    The most intriguing part of the news dump was the very last thing mentioned in the article: the High Republic show. The optimistic side of me is hoping for a real narrative, but on a budget (think: jedi temple challenge if that had a story.) but the pessimistic side of me is nagging on my mind: “it’s just youtube, it probably won’t be anything more than a bi-weekly newsreel on what’s going on in the comics and books.)
    What do you guys think?
     
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    I’m liking what I’m seeing and hearing.

    That description kind of gave me vibes that they’re almost an antithesis to the Jedi without being Sith/Force users. The Joker to Batman, for lack of a better comparison. I wonder if they’ll have a splinter that leads to the Knights of Ren...

    agreed, and even then, they also aren’t super ostentatious, imo. They stand out, but the Jedi seem more active and beacons of hope here. Hopefully one of the later phases gives us info on how they got to their Pt state from here. Maybe that’s an effect the Nihil have on them.

    I think “The High Republic Show” is basically just “The Star Wars Show”, but focused on the High Republic content. Which, I’ll be glad for, as I can’t necessarily pick up everything at once right now (and comics, I prefer collected volumes).
     
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    This was a great livestream that's why as I'm typing I'm watching it again.
     
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