In the most basic, terms there are two kinds of Star Wars fans: those who love the films, and those love the films AND ingest every other possible medium. This may not seem like such a big difference, unless you know how staggeringly vast the non-film based canon for Star Wars is and how multifaceted a machine it is. In a way, strict film lovers are like vegetarians and multi medium lovers are like super strict vegans. In any case, we say see a considerable migration of fans, in the current film vacuum, to comic books and novelisations? Why? Because it may reveal something about the upcoming Episode VII.
Screenrant has reported that Lucasfilm is releasing a whole new stack of novels and comic books specifically to connect the end of Return of the Jedi with the start of The Force Awakens. The first installment will be a novel called Star Wars: Aftermath. Now we could speculate on what this title means like we did with the upcoming spinoff Rouge One, or we could hear it from the horse’s mouth. Here’s Jen Heddle, the Senior Editor of Lucas Books, spilling the beans on Aftermath:
“The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?”
So the Empire’s not totally dead? Bummer. Although this looks like it will answer a lot of logistics questions that sceptics have had about how the hell the structure of the galactic government works in the Star Wars universe. Boy, did I made that sound dull.
Even though we may not be seeing all the characters from the new film turn up in the books – they do have to fill in about thirty years of blanks – Heddle has promised that there will be a lot of new intrinsic characters to sink your teeth into:
“What I can reveal is that you will be introduced to a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favourite from the films. And who knows what other familiar faces will pop up along the way? And once you’ve seen ‘The Force Awakens’ in movie theaters, you may find that certain names and places in ‘Aftermath’ have a relevance you never knew–so keep your eyes wide open!”
What a teaser! It’ll be intriguing to see how the old favourites, who we will turning up in Episode VII, will make their way in the galaxy in the interim. Maybe we’ll also see the device or the happy ending of other characters, like the ewoks, or… Actually the ewoks are the only characters I care about. Seriously, who cleaned up all those dead storm troopers in Endor? You could make a whole book out of that!
Whilst I’m not sure I’ll be partaking of the books, I’ll certainly be that annoying cheat who looks up the synopses on Wikipedia. I am nothing if not unbearably lazy.
Which of your favourite Star Wars characters do you want to see in the books?