Marvel has built a new extended universe from the ground up since acquiring the Star Wars license. Now Marvel is creating a series that weaves through the multiple generations that make up the Star Wars Universe. This new focus is also allowing Marvel to focus on key characters that have had important roles in the Star Wars mythos.
IGN reports that “at the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at Comic-Con today, Marvel is developing a new maxi-series project that comprises three books – Star Wars: Age of Republic, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Star Wars: Age of Resistance. This project will span 30 issues in total, with each issue spotlighting one hero or villain from a particular era.” There are no other major details at the moment, but IGN reported that “Jody Houser will be writing Age of Republic, Greg Pak will be writing Age of Rebellion and Tom Taylor will be writing Age of Resistance. The cover to Age of Republic #1 also makes it clear that Darth Maul will be a focus of that issue.” No release dates have been announced as of yet.
Also announced at the panel was “the debut of Star Wars: Tales From Darth Vader’s Castle. This all-ages horror series from IDW Publishing is written by Cavan Scott and drawn by Derek Charm, with covers by Francesco Francavilla. The book will run for five issues and features a variety of horror tales set in the Star Wars universe. The book’s framing device involves a group of travelers stranded on Mustafar near Vader’s ominous castle.” The panel also provided new details regarding Darth Vader’s ongoing series and “Issues #19 through #23 will feature a new story exploring the origin of Vader’s castle and explaining why the Dark Lord of the Sith calls it home in the first place.” No details were given regarding the release of the all-ages Darth Vader book from IDW.
Lastly, two Star Wars novels were announced at the panel. IGN reports that “Claudia Gray is writing Star Wars: Master and Apprentice, which focuses on the relationship between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. That book is scheduled for release on February 19, 2019.” IGN also reports that “E.K Johnston will write Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow, which is set after the events of Episode I and explores Amidala’s transition from being Queen of Naboo to Senator. This book will be released in March 2019.”
The Star Wars Maxiseries seems promising and it looks to be a fun read that bridges the gap between the prequels, the original trilogy, and the new trilogy of Star Wars adventures. I find it interesting that Disney would have IDW create a series of Star Wars comics even though it’s taking a lighthearted approach with a focus on children. Star Wars novels have a reputation of being high quality with numerous well regarded authors contributing to the mythos. New Star Wars novels are always welcomed.