10 highlights and reveals from the Star Wars: the High Republic panel at Comic-Con @ Home
The next wave of books and comics in Star Wars: The High Republic arrives in January 2022, and today during Lucasfilm’s release panel, which aired virtually as part of Comic-Con @ Home, we learned about the enticing new titles.
In a half-hour conversation led by the Star Wars: The High Republic ShowKrystina Arielle, authors Cavan Scott, Daniel José Older, Justina Ireland, Charles Soule and Claudia Gray shared their views on the creative process to create the intertwined stories so far and hints to future stories. Read on for some of our favorite details and reveals.
1. When Cavan Scott wrote The storm that rises, its wall looked like a detective’s office.
“I started by starting all these types of projects,” he told the panel. “I have my maps on the wall like I’m about to find a serial killer where I list each of the main characters, where they were at the end of Light of the Jedi or the other books or comics, where they should be at the start of the Republic Fair, and then also where they should be at the end.
2. The Jedi and Lourna Dee are in trouble.
Asked to tease the future of his ongoing storytelling in Marvel Star Wars: The High Republic comic book, Scott hinted, “A Jedi joins the storm.” As for its original audio drama Storm runner: “Lourna Dee behind bars.”
3. We have not seen the end of Ram Jomaram.
“How not to spoil this?” »Says Daniel José Older, laughing. The Padawan and the Mechanic will be part of the story Older wrote for the August issue of IDW’s Free Comic Day Star Wars: Adventures of the High Republic. “In fact, it is directly related to the book Crashpoint Tower Race“, added Older. “And we see more of him, Lula and Zeen and their adventures – And the Bonbraks!” Don’t forget the Bonbraks. – their adventures during the Republic Fair. And then there’s a lot more Ram to come.
4. And next year, Older will write a YA novel at the time, Midnight horizon.
“I can’t wait for people to read it! He gushed. “Phew … this is a chaotic mess in the best possible way.”
5. The next book by Justina Ireland, Out of the shadows, arrives next week, then in September, his manga Balance edge will take us to a Jedi Temple outpost.
Ireland says the story focuses on Jedi knight Lily Tora-Asi after the Great Disaster as she helps resettle refugees, “and there may be some issues with people when they travel to new places “.
6. And next year her next intermediate reader will debut, titled Mission to disaster.
Although she was silent on the details, Ireland expressed exactly what we are all thinking when reading these three words. “Not worrying at all.”
7. For Charles Soule, Light of the Jedi was the right book at the right time for the right audience.
Although he wrote it before the 2020 pandemic, when he arrived and landed at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, it kicked off the new era of storytelling at a point in our own history when the pandemic still dominated the headlines. “That was really exactly the story I wanted to put into the world at that point, the message and the tone and the fact that he was ushering in this new era, I felt like that was all. that I wanted to do creatively, ”Soule mentioned. And he still receives messages from fans every day echoing the books’ rallying cry of hope: We are all the Republic. “I think it was the right kind of book to land at that time. I am very proud of it. And I’m really glad so many people seem to find it and find their way to the High Republic because of it.
8. The man who connected the rise of Kylo Ren will tackle another villainous origin story in a new Marvel comic, The eye of the storm.
In two 30-page issues that landed in January, Soule promised to expand on the “very complicated story” of Nihil’s theil, Marchion Ro. “He’s absolutely terrifying. He’s charming in a way… you will meet him and he will talk to you and you will have a good time. Maybe he’ll buy you a beer. A space beer, I guess. But then, you know, the minute you leave the room, her face turns white. It’s just a mask.
9. Of all the new characters, Geode is the most fun and surprisingly expressive to write for Claudia Gray.
“I mean, the whole fun of this character is looking at all the ways we talk in prose about the character’s reactions or interactions that are not body language or verbal language. And there are actually a ton of ways to do it. I didn’t even realize how much until I started playing with it.
10. Next, Gray will write the initiative’s third adult novel.
So far all we know is that his name is The fallen star. January cannot come soon enough.
Watch the full panel for yourself now at the link below and don’t forget to watch the next episode of Star Wars: The High Republic Show next week for more news and new revelations!
Visit the official Lucasfilm hub for all things Star Wars: The High Republic To StarWars.com/TheHighRepublic.
Associate Editor Kristin Baver is the author of the book Skywalker: A Family at War, host of This week! In Star Wars, and a complete sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an endless list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurted out “It’s a trap!” Even when it is not. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBaver.
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