After Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and announced several new ‘Star Wars’ projects, fans began to question what would be considered part of the official canon now that J.J. Abrams would be exploring the period of time after the original trilogy, which was covered by the Expanded Universe. In April, the Lucasfilm Story Group revealed their plans to essentially create an alternate universe for the EU to reside within the ‘Legends’ banner. Then, they revealed plans for new novels to be released in 2014 and 2015 that would be the first stories set in the newly established mythology. However, it appears that this new canon has already begun even before these novels are released.
According to Star Wars Underground, the new ‘Star Wars’ canon has started earlier than expected thanks to the latest issue of ‘Star Wars Insider’, the official magazine of the beloved franchise. The report says that issue #150 includes an announcement saying that all fiction contained inside would be considered part of the revised mythology, alongside the films ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels’, the ‘Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir’ comic mini series, and all future publications from Del Rey Books and Marvel Comics. That means that ‘Blade Squadron’, the two-part story contained within issues #149, which had been released days prior to the press release about the new canon novels, and #150, is the very first new ‘Star Wars’ story.
The interesting thing about this whole situation is the timing. You would think that a big deal would be made over ‘Blade Squadron’ being the first new story to be included in the newly established official ‘Star Wars’ canon. But either way, a new era has begun and we’ll be seeing a lot more new ‘Star Wars’ coming our way very soon.
What do you think about the new ‘Star Wars’ canon starting in ‘Star Wars Insider’ with ‘Blade Squadron’? Are you surprised that the company hasn’t made a bigger deal about it yet? Let us hear your thoughts in the comment section.
‘Star Wars Insider’ #150 hits news stands on June 10, 2014.