I remember shortly after Revenge of the Sith came out a bunch of my fellow local Star Wars fans saying that they were giving up being fans as there was nothing to look forward to anymore. More than once since the final prequel hit, I’ve heard supposed fans say, “Star Wars is dead.” Really? This is news to me. Star Wars, like anything, goes through phases. Post-Return of the Jedi until the early-to-mid 1990s was a slooooow time, but things turned around. This is a phenomena that isn’t unique to Star Wars. Look at things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, heck, even My Little Pony–how many times have these franchises come and gone?
But I’ll admit, things seem to be going into a slow period for our favorite saga (let’s face it, anything compared to the craziness of “the prequel years” is going to seem slow), but it’s far from dead. There’s actually a number of things to look forward to in a variety of different media formats. Don’t like one? Pick something else that is more your cup of tea. Let’s take a look and see what’s on the horizon for Star Wars.
In the literature realm, there’s the collected, print edition of the Lost Tribe of the Sith ebooks by John Jackson Miller for you Dark Side fans. Or like a blast from the past, the X-Wing series returns with the Aaron Allston penned X-Wing: Mercy Kill. For the Star Wars’ timeline’s past, Drew Karpyshyn has another book set even longer ago in that galaxy far, far away in the form of The Old Republic: Annihilation.
Dark Horse is keeping busy too, cranking out Star Wars comics for their 21st year (Dark Empire was 21 years ago?! Man, I feel old). The digest-sized The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters continues where Season 4 of the animated show The Clone Wars left off with Savage Oppress and Darth Maul continuing their path for vengeance. Speaking of the brothers Maul, Darth Maul: Death Sentence also follows their exploits. There are also the ongoing series Dawn of the Jedi and Knight Errant, both set in different eras of the saga’s past, as well as the upcoming five-part Lost Tribe of the Sith which continues the story set up in the print book.
Apart from the MMORPG The Old Republic (which Matt and Aaron have told me that I need to play), there’s something going on in the video game realm that I’m personally excited for: Star Wars 1313. A cover-based shooter, the game follows a bounty hunter into level 1313, the most dangerous part of Coruscant’s criminal underworld. I’m just a casual gamer, and I think it looks awesome. I mean, look at this footage:
Apart from that, there’s also the upcoming fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Based on this trailer, it’s looking like we’ve got Sith, Mandalorians, and uprisings going on all at once. Should be a good time, and if the Clone Wars team can crank out a season that matches some of their previous best episodes, we should be in for a treat.
And of course, there’s the looming Celebration VI in Orlando at the end of August. Though I’m unable to attend, I have high hopes for this event and any possible news that comes out of it. Will we learn more of Seth Green’s animated Star Wars series? How about Hasbro revealing even more cool toys for us to buy? Will we get word on future 3D releases of the films? What about the live action show? What other surprises could Lucasfilm have in store that we don’t even know about? Anything’s possible, I suppose, and we have only a little under two months to find out.
So, these people saying Star Wars is dead? To paraphrase, “Star Wars is not dead. Not yet.” Far from it, in fact.
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