Star Wars: Republic

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The cover of Star Wars: Republic #78: Loyalties. Art by Luke Ross and Jason Keith.

Star Wars: Republic is an American comic book series set in the fictional Star Wars universe. The series was published by Dark Horse Comics from 1998 to February 2006.[1] The series was originally titled simply Star Wars, but acquired its Republic title at issue 46. The entire series comprises 83 issues. The Star Wars: Republic series is one of a number of comic book series set in the Star Wars universe.

The events in Star Wars: Republic are set in roughly the same fictional timeframe as the Star Wars film prequel trilogy. Character development builds on the films, including appearances by Mace Windu, whose image is fashioned after actor Samuel L. Jackson. However, the comic also prominently features characters such as Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk that either do not appear or make only brief appearances in the films. After issue 83 the title of the series changes to Star Wars: Dark Times with a new issue #1, but with Star Wars: Republic numbering present on the inside cover.

Stories & Story Arcs[edit]

Prelude to Rebellion[edit]

Star Wars 1-6 (December 1998-May 1999). Written by Jan Strnad. Art by Anthony Winn.

Ki-Adi-Mundi is a Jedi Knight of formidable strength and influence. On his homeworld of Cerea, most of the planet's citizens are happy to continue their low-tech lives of simplicity, isolated from the Republic, but a growing voice calls for the advanced technologies brought by offworlders. When Ki becomes a strong voice of opposition for such development, he is falsely charged with murder and is swiftly drawn into a web of conspiracy and intrigue that could rock the galaxy to its foundations—a web that may have the vile crime lord Jabba the Hutt and the powerful Trade Federation at its center.

Outlander[edit]

Star Wars 7-12 (June–November 1999). Written by Timothy Truman. Art by Tom Raney, Rod Pereira, Rick Leonardi, and Al Rio.

Ki-Adi-Mundi's first assignment after joining the Jedi Council will take him back to the fearsome desert wastelands of Tatooine. The Jedi Council has tracked a long wayward and powerful Jedi, Sharad Hett of the Sand People, to the backwater world, and it's up to Ki to find him and convince him to return. Only two things stand in his way: the vicious krayt dragon of Tatooine and the Jedi-slaying bounty hunter Aurra Sing! Ki has little choice but to ask for help from the slimiest crime lord of them all, Jabba the Hutt—and Jabba's aid always comes with a price!

Emissaries to Malastare[edit]

Star Wars 13-18 (December 1999-May 2000). Written by Timothy Truman. Art by Tom Lyle, Jan Duursema, and John Nadeau.

Half of the Jedi High Council travel to the exotic world of Malastare to negotiate a peace treaty between two of that planet’s warring factions. But the whole affair is being manipulated by a secret, third party out to assassinate the Jedi! Add in the fact that Malastare is one of the few planets to allow the dangerous sport of Podracing and you can be sure that the Jedi are in for some extreme action!

Twilight[edit]

Star Wars 19-22 (June–September 2000). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos has lost his memory. Not only must he fight to rediscover his past, he must also track down his Padawan, Aayla Secura, who has mysteriously disappeared. With only his lightsaber and a scheming Devaronian named Villie to help him, Quin must face off against deadly gamblers, false Jedi, corrupt officials, and the pull of the dark side if he is to survive!

Infinity's End[edit]

Star Wars 23-26 (October 2000-January 2001). Written by Pat Mills. Art by Ramon F. Bachs.

The planet Ova and all its inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared. Now it's up to Jedi Quinlan Vos to discover why. His investigation takes him on an undercover journey to the planet of Dathomir where he must take on the role of a slave and bend to the will of the various warring clans of witches who rule the planet. Will Quin be able to find the answer to Ova's disappearance before he falls prey to the dark side?

Starcrash[edit]

Star Wars 27 (February 2001). Written by Doug Petrie. Art by Randy Green.

Meet Jedi Yoshi Raph-Elan. On his way to a meeting of Jedi, Yoshi is attacked by an unknown enemy. Stranded without even a lightsaber, he must find out what this new threat wants. Along the way, he meets the beautiful princess Lourdes, and learns a lesson about trusting ancient prophecies.

The Hunt for Aurra Sing[edit]

Star Wars 28-31 (March–June 2001). Written by Timothy Truman. Art by Davide Fabbri.

Get ready for some electrifying lightsaber battle action! Aurra Sing arrives on Coruscant with a mean streak, killing Jedi within the very shadows of the Temple. The Jedi Council must now decide how to deal with the infamous bounty hunter whose favorite targets are Jedi. Several Jedi Knights volunteer for the honor of bringing Sing to justice. But do they want justice, or vengeance? It's going to take more than a grudge to bring down an assassin with a reputation for killing Jedi and a collection of previously owned lightsabers to back it up.

Darkness[edit]

Star Wars 32-35 (July–October 2001). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

Despite his successful completion of previous missions, the Jedi Council still feels that Quinlan Vos, a troubled Jedi struggling to regain stability after having his memory erased, walks dangerously close to the dark side. But when a prison planet under watch by the Guardians is attacked by an unidentified enemy, Quinlan Vos is specifically requested to investigate because of his Guardian ancestry. Fully recovered, or not, Quinlan is off on another suicide mission!

The Stark Hyperspace War[edit]

Star Wars 36-39 (November 2001-February 2002). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Davide Fabbri.

Before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Jedi were involved in another major battle: the Stark Hyperspace War. Smuggler and pirate Iaco Stark's "commercial combine" has disrupted the production of bacta, the most important healing agent in the galaxy. By cornering the market on bacta, Stark hopes to amass a fortune. But other forces within the Republic have aligned themselves with the Trade Federation, and are hoping to use Stark's aggression as an excuse for military build-up. It's up to the members of the Jedi Council to untangle the many deceits and intrigues and bring the criminals to justice before the galaxy is plunged into war!

The Devaronian Version[edit]

Star Wars 40-41 (March–May 2002). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Davide Fabbri.

A retelling of earlier events by the Devaronian smuggler, Vilmarh Grahrk, and includes some embellishments.

Rite of Passage[edit]

Star Wars 42-45 (May–September 2002). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

A royal heir has been kidnapped—along with Jedi Master Tholme, who was protecting the boy. Now two of Tholme's former Padawans have teamed up to rescue their Master, unaware of the forces arrayed against them. Their most immediate foes are a father and son team of Morgukai assassins, who have the training and the weapons to go toe-to-toe with Jedi. But behind it all are the machinations of the notorious Count Dooku!

Honor and Duty[edit]

Republic 46-48 (October 2002-January 2003). Written by John Ostrander. Art by C.P. Smith.

Young Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker-his even younger Padawan-protect a senator from assassination attempts. Joining the Jedi in their mission is Autem, loyal Senate Guard. Yet, as Obi-Wan and Anakin fend off a league of master assassins, Autem discovers a link between the killers that will change his own life forever!

Sacrifice[edit]

Republic 49 (January 2003). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

With the Battle of Geonosis, the galaxy is officially plunged into war. As the Jedi Council struggles with their new role as leaders of the Republic's clone army, other Jedi operatives have taken on the job of intelligence gathering. On a vast space station known as "The Wheel," Jedi knight Aayla Secura is searching for a notorious gun-runner who can help her intercept the Separatist's latest secret plans. But spying is a dirty business, and operatives are often more expendable than the information they possess. Is this what being a Jedi has come to?

The Defense of Kamino[edit]

Republic 50 (February 2003). Written by John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, and Scott Allie. Art by Jan Duursema, Stephen Thompson, and Tomas Giorello.

Two months after the Battle of Geonosis...with the forces of the Republic and the armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems stalled in a series of indecisive battles, the Separatists risk a devastating strike at the heart of the Republic's war machine: they attack the cloning facility on Kamino! Their hope is to permanently destroy the Republic's ability to create new clones for its army. The Republic's defense rests on a squadron of Jedi Starfighters and a battalion of Jedi-led clone troopers within the facility itself. It's a battle fought on three fronts—in space, on the ground, and underwater!

The New Face of War[edit]

Republic 51-52 (March–April 2003). Written by Haden Blackman and Tomas Giorello.

On one of the moons of Naboo, General Obi-Wan Kenobi and his troops make a horrifying discovery: the entire population of Gungan settlers has been wiped out in a genocidal chemical attack by a power-mad Separatist commander. Worse, Anakin discovers that the commander's next target is Naboo itself, the home of his beloved Padmé! Hopelessly out-numbered by Separatist forces, the soldiers of the Republic have but one hope for success—but that hope seems shattered when General Kenobi is captured in battle! New worlds, new villains, and new heroes!

Blast Radius[edit]

Republic 53 (April 2003). Written by Haden Blackman. Art by Brian Ching.

An all-Jedi strike force is assembled for a secret mission to infiltrate a Skakoan Techno Union base that is supporting the Separatists. Among those selected for the mission is Obi-Wan Kenobi, who finds himself teamed with several legendary Jedi Masters. Surrounded by so many powerful individuals, Obi-Wan feels there is little he can bring to the mission. But when the base turns out to be a trap designed to kill Jedi, Obi-Wan finds himself in a leadership position, fighting for the survival of the team! Jedi powers, Jedi sacrifices, and another surprising confrontation!

Double Blind[edit]

Republic 54 (June 2003). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

While the rest of the Jedi have become generals and are leading armies in the Clone Wars, Quinlan Vos has remained in the shadows. Sent undercover by the Jedi Council to spy on the Separatists, the Council now fears that Quin has gone too deep. Is he still an agent for the Republic, or has he turned traitor? When Quin disobeys an order to return to Coruscant, another Jedi is sent to bring him back—or end his treachery!

The Battle of Jabiim[edit]

Republic 55-58 (July–December 2003). Written by Haden Blackman. Art by Brian Ching.

General Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker find themselves in command of a regiment of Clone Troopers on the muddy battlefields of the rain world of Jabiim. With their supply lines stretched thin and reinforcements unable to land due to the perpetual storms, the Jedi and their army have become easy targets for the rebel Alto Stratus and his elite Nimbus warriors. But the situation goes from bad to worse when General Kenobi is listed missing in action, and Anakin is teamed with a group of other Masterless young Jedi on a doomed mission to hold the last line in the Republic's defense!

Enemy Lines[edit]

Republic 59 (December 2003). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

In the aftermath of a battle on the desert moon of Aargonar, Anakin Skywalker finds himself stranded behind enemy lines with the last person in the galaxy that he wants to be with: fellow Jedi A'Sharad Hett—from a Tusken Raider clan on their native Tatooine. For Anakin, their struggle to make it back to the Republic's lines also becomes a test of whether he can control his hatred of the Tuskens—and whether or not he can keep the shameful secret of his murder of the Tusken tribe...

Hate and Fear[edit]

Republic 60 (January 2004). Written by Haden Blackman. Art by Tomas Giorello.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is alive, but maybe not for long. He and Alpha, the ARC Trooper, are prisoners in the castle of the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress. Not knowing how the Republic forces on Jabiim are faring, or even if Anakin is still alive, Obi-Wan and Alpha make a bid for freedom. But their only chance lies in General Kenobi temporarily casting off his Jedi training and fighting Ventress with the same ruthlessness that she herself brings to the battle!

Dead Ends[edit]

Republic 61 (February 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Brandon Badeaux.

While the Clone Wars continue to hold the attention of the galaxy, sinister plans are afoot within the Senate. Senator Bail Organa's ship is attacked by pirates, and former Supreme Chancellor Valorum returns to warn any who will listen of treachery behind the scenes. With the Jedi away at the wars, it's up to citizen Senators to fight for the preservation of the Republic. But what chance do they have against the power of the Sith?

No Man's Land[edit]

Republic 62 (March 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Tomas Giorello.

Escaping from Ventress Asajj's fortress, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the clone trooper Alpha are pursued by Separatists and bounty hunters. Crash landing on a desolate planet, they are soon cornered. The bounty hunters give Alpha a choice: walk away from the fight, or die with his Jedi companion. Will Alpha's "live to fight another day" training win out? Or can the Force reveal another way to survive the ordeal before time runs out?

Striking from the Shadows[edit]

Republic 63 (April 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

Jedi Quinlan Vos has taken a fateful step that may plunge him so far into darkness that he can never recover. His undercover mission for the Jedi Council has secured him a spot within Count Dooku’s inner circle, but when Dooku reveals to Vos that there is a Sith Lord within the Senate, Vos forgets his mission and agrees to kill the man! A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and the secrets Dooku has revealed to Vos may be enough to destroy a Jedi!

Bloodlines[edit]

Republic 64 (April 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Brandon Badeaux.

As the fires of revolution sweep across the galaxy, it’s impossible to gauge the number of personal tragedies caused by the Clone Wars. But some tragedies are more calculated than others, and when they result in the deaths of a Jedi Master and his Padawan, they deserve a closer look. Jedi Ronhar Kim strikes up a friendship with a rising politician, never dreaming that, years later, the relationship will make him the target of one of the greatest evils the galaxy has ever seen!

Show of Force[edit]

Republic 65-66 (June 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

In the aftermath of one of the battles of the Clone Wars, a new threat arises: the Jedi discover that someone has placed a bounty on Jedi: the deader, the better. Rather than have his Jedi be targets on and off the battlefield, Mace Windu assembles a team of the toughest Jedi available. Their mission? Explain to the Bounty Hunters Guild, in no uncertain terms, that attacking Jedi is a very, very bad idea.

Forever Young[edit]

Republic 67 (August 2004). Written by Randy Stradley. Art by Brandon Badeaux, James Raiz, and Clement Suave

General Kenobi’s clone army is sent on a diversionary mission to distract a massive Separatist army long enough for newly knighted Jedi Tohno to infiltrate a droid factory and destroy it. The key to the mission is to attract the Separatist’s attention without actually engaging them in combat. But Anakin feels that he witnessed the sacrifice of enough young Jedi during the disastrous mission to Jabiim, and he can’t stand the prospect of another one. Can Anakin learn to put the Republic’s objectives ahead of his own feelings, or will his misguided heroism jeopardize the lives of thousands in order to save one? And what about Master Tohno? Doesn’t she have a say about her own part of the mission?

Armor[edit]

Republic 68 (August 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

It was bound to happen! Pursuing the lost plans for a Separatist secret weapon, Jedi Aayla Secura has a showdown with her former Master and friend turned dark Jedi—Quinlan Vos! Clone Commander Bly, accompanying his Jedi-General Aayla Secura, understands the purpose and function of the armor he wears. But as he experiences the confrontation between Aayla and Quin, he witnesses the strengths—and weaknesses—of the mental, emotional, and spiritual “armor” worn by each of the combatants. And when the turmoil wrought upon the Jedi by the Clone Wars and by the seething power of the dark side threatens them all, Bly, Aayla, and Quin must each make a life-or-death decision.

The Dreadnoughts of Rendili[edit]

Republic 69-71 (September–November 2004). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

While Jedi Masters Saesee Tiin and Plo Koon fight to prevent a fleet of ships from falling into Separatist hands, Obi-Wan Kenobi discovers that the Separatists are not without dissension in their own ranks! On board the drifting hulk of a massive research ship, Obi-Wan finds himself taking sides with dark Jedi Quinlan Vos-who is wanted for the murder of a Senator-against another foe. Vos was once his friend, and the other enemy is one with whom Obi-Wan has crossed swords before. But has Obi-Wan been too hasty in deciding the lesser of two evils? Has Quin become the heartless killer everyone believes him to be? And will he help Obi-Wan escape the apparent death trap into which they fall, or abandon him to save his own skin?

Trackdown[edit]

Republic 72-73 (December 2004-February 2005). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

Information obtained from the captured renegade Jedi Quinlan Vos could be vitally important to a Republic victory in the Clone Wars-or it could be a setup for a massive ambush. Jedi spy-master Tholme decides to send his best agent, Aayla Secura, to the Outer Rim worlds in hopes of verifying Vos' story. But if following the information could be dangerous for an entire Republic fleet, how safe can it possibly be for a single Jedi?

The Siege of Saleucami[edit]

Republic 74-77 (March–July 2005). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

The Outer Rim Sieges have begun, and Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis leads the Republic forces in a desperate drive against a new and major Separatist threat on the planet Saleucami. Aayla Secura and her army must punch through the Separatist fleet to bring re-enforcements and much needed supplies. On the surface of the planet-and beneath it-battles rage, and betrayal simmers! The Dark Jedi Sora Bulq has allies ... and one may be among the Jedi themselves!

Loyalties[edit]

Republic 78 (October 2005). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Luke Ross.

Palpatine calls a meeting of his bravest, wisest, and most influential military officers in order to introduce them to his new right-hand man, Darth Vader! The new Emperor lays out his plans for his Empire, and those who have other ideas are dealt a swift lesson by Vader's blade. But one Captain wants nothing to do with the new government, and plans his defection. But what do you do when the Dark Lord of the Sith is determined to stop you?

Into the Unknown[edit]

Republic 79-80 (November–December 2005). Written by Randy Stradley. Art by Doug Wheatley.

Jedi on opposite ends of the galaxy try to come to terms with how their world has changed. On the run, with enemies on every side, it seems that their only hope may be to locate others of their kind and band together for mutual survival. But what may seem like wisdom could lead to unsuspected consequences, and the path to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant leads only to danger!

The Hidden Enemy[edit]

Republic 81-83 (January–February 2006). Written by John Ostrander. Art by Jan Duursema.

The Separatist attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk demands a strong response from the Republic, and Jedi Masters Luminara Unduli and Quinlan Vos arrive with their clone armies. But there may be more behind the Separatist attack-and more to the Wookiee's defense-than the Jedi know. Old friends, new enemies, and lots of action!

Collected Editions[edit]

Original series[edit]

  • Star Wars: Prelude to Rebellion (collects #1-6)
  • Star Wars: Outlander (collects #7-12)
  • Star Wars: Emissaries to Malastare (collects #13-18)
  • Star Wars: Twilight (collects #19-22)
  • Star Wars: The Hunt for Aurra Sing (collects #28-31)
  • Star Wars: Darkness (collects #32-35)
  • Star Wars: The Stark Hyperspace War (collects #36-39)
  • Star Wars: Rite of Passage (collects #42-45)
  • Star Wars: Honor and Duty (collects #46-48, 78)

Clone Wars sub-series[edit]

  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 1: The Defense of Kamino (includes #49-50)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2: Victories and Sacrifices (includes #51-53)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabiim (collects #55-59)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 4: Light and Dark (includes #54, 63)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 5: The Best Blades (includes #60-62, 64)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 6: On the Fields of Battle (collects #65-71)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 8: The Last Siege, The Final Truth (collects #72-77)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 9: Endgame (includes #79-83)

30th Anniversary Collection[edit]

  • Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 5: Light and Dark (includes #54, 63)
  • Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 6: Endgame (includes #79-83)

Omnibus[edit]

  • Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith (includes #1-6)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Emissaries and Assassins (includes #7-18)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Menace Revealed (includes #27-31)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos: Jedi in Darkness (collects #19-26, 32-45)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 1 - The Republic Goes to War (includes #49-54, 61, 63, 67)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 2 - The Enemy on All Sides (includes #55-60, 62, 64-66, 68)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 3 - The Republic Falls (includes #69-77, 81-83)
  • Star Wars Omnibus: Dark Times Volume 1 (includes #79-80)

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Ostrander (w), Jan Duursema (p), Dan Parsons (i). "Hidden Enemy, Part three (of three)" Star Wars: Republic 83: inside front cover (February 2006), Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics