It’s time to embark on the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
StarWars.com marked the unofficial holiday with a new report on Lucasfilm’s publishing arm, which is taking the day to announce a whole new set of books, all centered around the upcoming ninth mainline Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker.
The so-called Journey to Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker features a whole range of books tying into the new film, from prequels set between Rise and The Last Jedi to stories providing narrative clues that tie back into the film.
Alongside a whole bunch of art books, updated guide books, and some neat kid’s stuff, highlights include Resistance Reborn, a novel by Hugo and Nebula award-winning Rebecca Roanhorse starring Poe, Leia, Rey, and Finn in the immediate aftermath of The Last Jedi as they seek to rebuild the resistance.
There’s also Force Collector, a Young Adult novel written by Kevin Shinick, about a mysterious Force-sensitive boy trying to learn about himself and the mysterious Jedi, set in the time before The Force Awakens; and Star Wars: Allegiance, a new comic mini-series written by Ethan Sacks, with art by Luke Ross, that tells the story, post-The Last Jedi, of Leia reaching out to the Mon Calamari for help in rebuilding the resistance.
Another fun one is Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy, an intricate book of pop-up dioramas with some neat Star Wars art inside. We’ve got a video of that below.
This will mark one of the first times Disney has opened up space in the timeline of the new movies for spin-offs and side stories, so it’ll be exciting to see how these smaller stories about the main heroes affect the series going forward.