Star Wars: The High Republic #1



Star Wars: The High Republic #1 cover art
(Image credit: Marvel Comics / Lucasfilm)

Star Wars: The High Republic phase 2 will begin this fall, with a whole new series of comic books, novels, and children’s books. May 26 at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics announced both a new ongoing series and a new limited comic book series, expanding the Star Wars lore and continuing to explore the history of the galaxy. 

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1 cover

Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #1 cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics / Lucasfilm)

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Debuting in October, Star Wars: The High Republic #1 takes place 150 years before Phase 1. Writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito, the same creative team behind volume 1 of the series, will reunite for this new chapter in the High Republic saga.

This new ongoing series will focus on Jedha, a Force-connected planet, as Jedi Vildar Mac arrives at the same time as a “nameless terror,” only to discover the planet’s peace is falling apart. In addition to doing the interior art, Anindito will also illustrate the cover for issue #1. 

Then in November, Charles Soule and Marco Castiello will team up for Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade, a four-part limited series focused on Porter Englem, the Jedi-turned-cook better known as the Blade of Bardotta.

Star Wars: The High Republic #1 cover

Star Wars: The High Republic #1 cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics / Lucasfilm)

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Starting with issue #1, the series will explore Porter’s backstory, and likely draw larger connections to the overall High Republic story and the Star Wars universe as a whole. Issue #1 will feature cover art by Guiseppe Camuncoli and Frank Martin. 

Star Wars: The High Republic is a multimedia project exploring the history of the galaxy two centuries before the events of The Phantom Menace. The publishing initiative officially launched in 2021, and will head into phase 2 this year. 

Star Wars characters are beginning to appear in live-action after debuting in comic books, like Black Krrsantan the bounty hunter Wookiee (opens in new tab) from The Book of Boba Fett.

Samantha Puc

Samantha Puc (she/they) is an editor at Newsarama and an avid comics fan. Their writing has been featured on Refinery29, Bitch Media, them., The Beat, The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction at The New School.

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