IDW Publishing Announces ‘Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021’
by Olly MacNamee
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021, will bring together for the first time the entire Lucasfilm’s team of High Republic lead story architects with a selection of sci-fi stories from a galaxy far, far away.
Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule will all be contributing to this special one-shot exploring the sprawling new era in the Star Wars saga that’s set at the height of the Galactic Republic, centuries before the Skywalker Saga, when the new threat of the Nihil emerge in the Outer Rim.
Joining them will be artists including Sam Beck, Jesse Lonegran, Jason Loo, Yael Nathan, and Stefano Simeone, in this 48-page, full-colour anthology, aimed at middle grade readers.
“I’ve been asking to write a Star Wars comic for years, so I’m incredibly psyched that IDW gave me the chance. Telling a High Republic story – especially about the crew of the Vessel, who are favorites of mine – has been a great way to begin. As rewarding as it is to write novels, there’s a special magic about actually seeing your creations on the page.” – Claudia Gray
“It’s super-exciting to be able to share a story featuring Vernestra and Stellan! Getting a chance to show them working together while Vernestra was a Padawan has been a ton of fun.” – Justina Ireland
“This project is exceptionally cool because it has the whole team together in one place, doing what we love – telling stories of this amazing new era in the galaxy far, far away. For my part, I’m thrilled to introduce readers to a few characters that we’ll be learning more about in my upcoming work.” – Daniel José Older
“It’s great to be back writing my favorite Tempest Runner, Lourna Dee, who takes on a rather surprising Jedi. There’s one thing you can be sure about with Lourna: she always looks after what matters most… herself!” – Cavan Scott
“I am so happy to be part of this project! For one thing, I haven’t written these characters in well over a year, and for another, it is a chance to work directly with the rest of the Project Luminous crew, which is always a blast. I’m excited for people to see this one.” – Charles Soule
“The High Republic is such a unique landscape in Star Wars history – both canonically and in media storytelling — and being able to collaborate with all the story architects for their first collaboration in a single book has been amazing. This is a comic any Star Wars fan simply can’t miss.” – Editor Heather Antos:
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021 will be available with two cover variants this December from IDW.