Ever since Disney bought over Star Wars, the franchise never seemed the same for the most fans. That lingering sentiment finally got reinforced to the edge with the debacle of the Sequel Trilogy.
While things may be looking brighter now because of The Mandalorian, there was one thing that Disney didn’t screw up, and that was the comics. Sure, it wasn’t as great as the infinite resource of the expanded universe of Star Wars, but it was decent enough for me to keep on them.
Now that success is being expanded upon with the introduction of the High Republic era into the franchise. The new period will represent a golden age of peace and prosperity set roughly 200 years before the movies, through books, magazines and comics. It will also bring back some familiar faces like Yoda while introducing us to some new Jedis of the time.
For now, the first few books of this initiative are available for purchase, while the rest will follow suit. Although I’m curious to find out more about this new era, I’m confused about why it needs to exist?
High Republic? What about the Old Republic?
In the immortal wise words of Adam Jensen, I say this as a fan of Star Wars, I never asked for this. I think most of the Star Wars fandom would agree with that statement too.
What is it with Disney and most of its employees trying to get as far as possible to the already established and well-received expanded universe of Star Wars? I’m addressing the enormous source material of the Old Republic, and its vast array of characters.
The expanded universe has tons of content available like the Jedi Civil War, the Mandalorian Wars and the Exar Kun War. Not to mention incredible characters like Revan, Darth Bane and countless other actual Sith Lords that could be explored further.
And yet, here we are with Disney trying to push a whole new narrative. Perhaps I’m jumping the gun and assuming the worst for the High Republic era, but after the Sequel Trilogy, everything has to be taken with a grain of salt now.
Hopefully, I’m proven wrong.