Journey to Star Wars

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"Journey to Star Wars" is a Disney/Lucasfilm publishing initiative that connects the Star Wars sequel films with previous film installments in the franchise. It currently includes the initiatives "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi", and will also involve the upcoming "Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". All titles under the program are canonical to the Star Wars universe.

A group of "at least" 20 novels and comic books related to the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced in March 2015. The first novels, including Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig and Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, were published in September 2015, prior to the release of The Force Awakens in December 2015.

Three novels and a comic miniseries related to the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi were announced in April 2017. Two novels, a comic miniseries, and a number of children's books related to the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker were announced in May 2019.

History[edit]

A large number of licensed novels and comics were produced between the originating 1977 film Star Wars and the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, set in what was dubbed the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In April 2014, with The Force Awakens in production, Disney rebranded this body of work as Star Wars Legends and declared it non-canon to the franchise.[1]

"Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens", consisting of "at least" 20 novels and comic books from multiple publishers, was announced in March 2015.[2][3] All titles under the program are canonical to the Star Wars universe, and connect the previous films with The Force Awakens and its forthcoming sequels.[2][4] The first novels, including Aftermath by Chuck Wendig and Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, were published in September 2015, prior to the release of The Force Awakens in December 2015.[4][5] At the October 2015 New York Comic Con panel for the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, more works were announced that would be released from November 2015 through Summer 2017.[6]

Three novels and a comic book miniseries related to the second sequel film, The Last Jedi, were announced at the Star Wars Celebration in April 2017.[7] Multiple other publications were announced under Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017.[8]

On Star Wars Day, May 4, 2019, Lucasfilm released the roadmap of their "Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" campaign leading up to the final film of the sequel trilogy and the nine-film Skywalker Saga.[9] The publishing program is said to detail events occurring over a one-year period in the time taking place between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

The Force Awakens[edit]

Novels[edit]

Aftermath trilogy[edit]

Aftermath is set shortly after the 1983 film Return of the Jedi and deals with the consequences of the deaths of Palpatine and Darth Vader, as well as the power vacuum formed in the Empire's rule over the galaxy and the actions of the Rebellion during the following months. The trilogy begins to bridge the Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.[5][10][11][12]

Young adult[edit]

Other[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens[edit]

  • "All Creatures Great and Small" (November 2015) by Landry Q. Walker
  • "High Noon on Jakku" (November 2015) by Landry Q. Walker
  • "The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku" (November 2015) by Landry Q. Walker
  • "The Face of Evil" (November 2015) by Landry Q. Walker
  • "A Recipe for Death" (April 2016) by Landry Q. Walker
  • "True Love" (April 2016) by Landry Q. Walker

Comics[edit]

Reference books[edit]

  • Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy (September 2015) by Benjamin Harper[4]
  • Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know (September 2015) by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Michael Kogge and Kerrie Dougherty[4]
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections (December 2015) by Jason Fry[15]
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary (December 2015) by Pablo Hidalgo[15]
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 2015) by Phil Szostak[15]

The Last Jedi[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Comics[edit]

Reference books[edit]

  • Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know, Updated and Expanded (October 2017) by Adam Bray and Cole Horton, Michael Kogge and Kerrie Dougherty[8]
  • Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor (October 2017) by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray[8]
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Incredible Cross-Sections by Jason Fry[8]
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo[8]
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak[8]

The Rise of Skywalker[edit]

Novels[edit]

Adult[edit]

  • Star Wars: Resistance Reborn (November 2019) by Rebecca Roanhorse, covers the difficulties General Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Finn, and Rey have in rebuilding the Resistance following the defeat to the First Order escaping D'Qar and the Battle of Crait.[9]

Young adult[edit]

  • Star Wars: Force Collector (November 2019) by Kevin Shinick, follows a teenager prior to the events of The Force Awakens as he scavenges for relics to make sense of his Force abilities and his possible connection to the Jedi.[9]

Kids[edit]

  • Little Golden Book - Star Wars: We are the Resistance (October 2019), written by Elizabeth Schaefer and illustrated by Alan Baston. Highlights iconic scenes from all three films of the sequel trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.[9]
  • World of Reading - Star Wars: Resistance Heroes (October 2019), written by Michael Siglain and illustrated by Diogo Saito & Luigi Aimé.[9]
  • World of Reading - Star Wars: First Order Villains (October 2019), written by Michael Siglain and illustrated by Diogo Saito & Luigi Aimé.[9]
  • Choose Your Destiny: A Finn & Poe Adventure (October 2019), written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Elsa Charretier. Kids can aid Poe, Finn, and BB-8 on a vital mission for the Resistance.[9]
  • Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance (October 2019), written by Justina Ireland and illustrated by Phil Noto. Rey, Poe, and Rose Tico respond to a distress call on the planet Minfar and have to face a First Order battalion, flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war.[9]

Picture books[edit]

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - The Galaxy Needs You (December 2019), written by Caitlin Kennedy and illustrated by Eda Kaban. Follow Rey on her hero's journey.[9]

Comics[edit]

  • Star Wars: Allegiance (Marvel, October 2019), written by Ethan Sacks and illustrated by Luke Ross. While on the run from the First Order, General Leia Organa reaches out to her old allies the Mon Calamari for assistance in being able to fight back in this four-issue miniseries.[9]
  • Star Wars Adventures #27-29 (IDW Publishing, October–December 2019), an ongoing anthology series aimed at young readers. Wookiees defend Kashyyyk against the First Order, and the droids C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 engage in a spy mission for the Resistance.[9]

Reference books[edit]

  • Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition (DK Publishing, October 2019) by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Tricia Barr, and Ryder Windham; with a foreword by Anthony Daniels[9]
  • The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Ships & Battles (December 2019) by Landry Walker[9]
  • Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy (October 2019) by Matthew Reinhart and illustrated by Kevin M. Wilson[9]
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (December 2019) by Phil Szostak[9]
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary (December 2019) by Pablo Hidalgo[9]
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Official Guide (DK Publishing, December 2019) by Matt Jones[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Breznican, Anthony (March 9, 2015). "Star Wars to release 20 books in journey to The Force Awakens". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
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