In case you didn’t know, all the Star Wars books released over the last couple decades are now non-canon. Meaning they didn’t happen in the same continuity that the new movies will take place in. I’ve written about my feelings on this before, how I’m excited by new possibilities but admittedly a little sad to see fan favourite characters go.
Anyway, so far we’ve had a few releases part of the new canon, including A New Dawn (a prequel to Star Wars Rebels), and we’ve been told of a few more which are arriving soon, such as Lords of the Sith which is coming next month. All these releases have been set prior to the Return of the Jedi.
Well, today we got word that a bunch of new books are coming that we hadn’t heard of before. This is part of a new line that’s intended to lead up to The Force Awakens. Y’see the only problem with jettisoning your old tie-in media is that it leaves a big void of nothing behind in terms of stories. It was inevitable that we’d see that hole filled and if the barrage of tie-in media we saw for the prequel films was anything to go by, it was always a safe bet that The Force Awakens would arrive ridding a wave of tie-ins.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news, announcing we’ll see ‘at least’ 20 titles, most of which are still a mystery. Now I want to quickly point out that this doesn’t mean we’ll see 20 new novels, this number includes children’s releases like sticker books and annuals. For reference the new CG TV show Star Wars Rebels has, off the top of my head, at least 7 or so titles alone. Only one of those is a novel aimed at adults. Not that I’m trying to be all doom and gloom, this is awesome news, I’m just saying be careful about getting your hopes too high when it comes to the quantity of releases.
Another noteworthy bit of information is that these releases will include comics. As had been predicted, there’ll be a direct prequel to the movie called Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens. This conjures up images of the IDW Star Trek series’ which led into both Abrams movies.
For those of us who’ve been itching to find out what the state of the Star Wars galaxy is going to be in Force Awakens, it looks like these new releases will provide heaps of opportunities for us to find out. You’d also imagine that once the movie hits these releases would continue. There’s 30 years or so to fill in this gap and that’s a lot of time for Luke and co. to get up to plenty of activities. It’d also be cool to see stories that get us caught up on characters who we’ll meet for the first time in Force Awakens. Meanwhile what happened to characters from Star Wars Rebels? Or even Clone Wars characters? There’s so much potential I think we’ll be seeing years of releases all just on plugging up this gap of time.