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The Skywallker Saga comprises three trilogies told across over forty years.
The original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) told the tale of Luke Skywalker as he trained to become a Jedi Knight and helped to overcome the oppressive Galactic Empire.
The prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) followed Luke's father Anakin, a slave boy recruited by the Jedi, that fell to the dark side and helped to establish the Empire his son would later defeat.
The sequel trilogy (Episodes VII-IX) follows the scavenger Rey as she discovers the Jedi path, faces a new Empire in the First Order and finds a new family of her own.
"Anakin Skywalker, meet Obi-Wan Kenobi."
Qui Gon Jinn
Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.
"The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun the Clone War has."
Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé as well as his own darker side. Soon,Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement and the beginning of the Clone Wars.
"It was said you would destroy the Sith, not join them!"
Years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights lead a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When the sinister Sith unveil a thousand-year-old plot to rule the galaxy, the Republic crumbles and from its ashes rises the evil Galactic Empire. Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side of the Force to become the Emperor’s new apprentice — Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda are forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy are Anakin’s own offspring — the twin children born in secrecy who will grow up to become heroes.
"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."
Princess Leia Organa
Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.
"Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son."
After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the evil Vader is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.
"I am a Jedi, like my father before me."
In the epic conclusion of the original trilogy, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts his father Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor. In the last second, Vader makes a momentous choice: he destroys the Emperor and saves his son. The Empire is finally defeated, the Sith are destroyed, and Anakin Skywalker is thus redeemed. At long last, freedom is restored to the galaxy.
"That lightsaber was Luke's. And his father's before him. And now, it calls to you."
Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, a new threat has risen in the form of the First Order and the villainous Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Rey, a young scavenger, discovers powers that will change her life -- and possibly save the galaxy. Abandoned on Jakku by a family she's convinced will return, Rey befriends the droid BB-8 who has an incomplete map to the first Jedi temple: believed to be Luke Skywalker's current abode. With the help of reformed stormtrooper Finn and Rebel heroes Han Solo and Chewbacca, Leia Organa's Resistance receives the map and launches an attack on the planet-killer, Starkiller Base, after it destroys the Hosnian system. Victory comes at a cost. In a final confrontation with his son, Han Solo is killed by Kylo Ren - revealed to be Ben Solo. After R2-D2 completes the map to her brother, Leia sends Rey on her behalf with the hope he will teach her in the ways of the Force.
"The Rebellion is reborn today. The war is just beginning. And I will not be the last Jedi."
Rey has found the legendary Luke Skywalker, hoping to be trained in the ways of the Force. But Luke has been left at his lowest point after a clash with his nephew and former apprentice Ben Solo. He is adamant that the Jedi Order must end. Meanwhile, the First Order seeks to destroy the remnants of the Resistance and rule the galaxy unopposed. Following a confrontation within their own ranks, the last ships in the Resistance fleet escape to the salt planet Crait and prepare to make their final stand. After losing faith in Luke, Rey appeals to Kylo, believing that Ben Solo can return and turn the tide of the war. Kylo betrays his dark master but his mind is unswayed and he pleads with Rey to join him. In his final act, Luke Skywalker projects himself to Crait, distracting Kylo Ren and his First Order garrisons. The remaining Resistance members escape and Luke's actions inspire people across the galaxy.
"Be with me...be with me."
A year has passed since the Resistance's last-gasp escape from Crait and their surviving forces continue to struggle against First Order oppression. In a surprise twist, the former Emperor emerges from the shadows with a Sith fleet at his disposal: the Final Order. Now Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren locates Palpatine on the Sith world Exegol and agrees to kill Rey in exchange for the fleet. However, Kylo's true plan is unchanged: turn Rey to the dark side and sit alongside her on the Throne of the Sith. In a confrontation with Rey above Kijimi, Kylo reveals her true identity: she is a Palpatine. Rey's parents had left her on Jakku to protect her. In their final battle, Rey mortally wounds Kylo after he senses the death of his mother Leia. Feeling regretful Rey heals Kylo's wound before heading to Exegol alone. After experiencing an emotional memory of his father, Ben has a change of heart and follows Rey. The Resistance throw everything they have at the Sith fleet after securing reinforcements from across the galaxy. Rey hears the voices of past Jedi who lend her their strength and with one final effort, she defeats Palpatine at the cost of her own life. Ben sacrifices himself to restore her and the Resistance pick off the doomed Sith fleet. In the saga's final scene, Rey travels to Luke and his father's former home of Tatooine and takes the Skywalker name as her own.
" The Death Star plans are down there. Cassian, K2, and I will find them. We’ll find a way to find them."
In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
"I might be the only person in the whole galaxy who knows what you really are."
Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
"If there is to be balance, what you have seen must be forgotten."
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an animated TV show set between Episode II Attack of the Clones and Episode III Revenge of the Sith. It aired on Cartoon Network for five seasons from 2008 to 2013, with its sixth and supposedly final season released on Netflix in 2014. However, in 2019 Lucasfilm announced that the episodes left unfinished following the show's cancellation would be completed and released via the on-demand service Disney+ in 2020. The Clone Wars focuses on the adventures of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his new apprentice Ahsoka Tano, as the Republic fights back against the Separatist threat.
"You can't save your Master, and I can't save mine. I'm asking you... to let go."
Star Wars: Rebels is an animated TV show set between Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope. Rebels spanned four seasons from 2014 to 2018. The show followed a motley crew of misfits aiming to loosen the Empire's grip on the Outer Rim planet Lothal, including former Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus and Mandalorian Sabine Wren. Rebels also incorporated several surviving characters from The Clone Wars including Anakin Skywalker's former apprentice Ahsoka Tano and the former Sith Lord, Darth Maul.
"We are the Resistance now, and we're taking back the Colossus."
Star Wars: Resistance is the latest animated TV show from Lucasfilm. The show is set before and during the events of the sequel trilogy and follows Resistance pilot Kazuda Xiono as he undertakes a secret mission on the Colossus, an aircraft refueling station.
"This is the way."
The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars TV show and was created by Jon Favreau. The first season is now available on Disney+ with filming of the second season well underway. After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series depicts a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Please note this is not a comprehensive list of every book but an assortment of some of the community's favourites and recent releases. A timeline including every canon book can be found on Wookieepedia.
Servants of the Empire is a junior novel series following the Rebels character Zare Leonis. The story takes place across four volumes. Zare Leonis seems destined to become a poster boy for the Empire. His sister Dhara has been accepted into the esteemed Imperial Academy on Lothal and Zare is confident he'll join her in a year's time. But a year can bring plenty of unwelcome changes. Not only does he begin to uncover the Empire's destructive plans for Lothal and the livelihood of its people, but his unease hits home when Dhara goes mysteriously missing. Zare is forced to question everything and rethink what it means to be a good servant of the Empire.
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule. Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledgling Rebellion--putting Ciena in an unbearable position between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple that fledging democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy. As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia's only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing....
War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine's top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic's, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key. Galen's energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic's debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor's tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic's web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.
After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy. All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral—and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire's grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.
It is Leia Organa's sixteenth birthday and she participates in the traditional ceremony where she declares her intention to one day take the throne of Alderaan. But she's much more concerned about the way her parents are acting lately: lots of meetings and late dinners and not talking to her as much as they used to. Eventually she discovers the reason for their secrecy: their involvement in the increasingly organized rebellion. When Leia decides to become involved herself in the fight against the Empire, whether her parents approve or not, she will have to prove to them that she is a valuable asset who must be allowed to take a stand, regardless of the risk to herself. Her stand will also put her at odds with a pacifist young Alderaanian man who gives Leia her first kiss…and her first real loss
When Padmé Amidala steps down from her position as Queen of Naboo, she is ready to set aside her title and return to life out of the spotlight. But to her surprise, the new queen asks Padmé to continue serving their people—this time in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about the new role but cannot turn down the request, especially since, thanks to her dearest friend—and decoy—Sabé, she can be in two places at once. So while Padmé plunges into politics, Sabé sets off on a mission dear to Padmé's heart. On the glistening capital planet Coruscant, Padmé's new Senate colleagues regard her with curiosity—and with suspicion for her role in ousting the previous chancellor. Posing as a merchant on Tatooine, Sabé has fewer resources than she thought and fewer options than she needs. Together with Padmé's loyal handmaidens, Padmé and Sabé must navigate treacherous politics, adapt to constantly changing landscapes, and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.
A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi's most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice. Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn't Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master. When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon's mind. As Qui-Gon's faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan's faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters' shantytown—until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron. Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign. The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn't as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squad will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they've fought so hard to achieve.
The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa—their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia's last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered. From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.
After Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, Marvel reacquired the rights to publish Star Wars comics in 2015. Their new line of comics included a mainline Star Wars book set between Episodes IV and V written by Jason Aaron and a Darth Vader ongoing set in the same period by Kieron Gillen. The only comic not published by Marvel still considered canon is Jeremy Barlow's Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir mini-series.
The following comics include some of the community's favourites and significant recent releases. A comprehensive timeline of canon comics can be found on Wookieepedia.
Star Wars 2015-2019 (#1-75)
Jason Aaron's Star Wars comic kicked off the Marvel relaunch in 2015 and followed the main trio of Luke, Han and Leia as they continued the fight against the Empire following the destruction of the Death Star. Aaron's run ended with #37 two years later. Vader writer Kieron Gillen took over writing duties from #38 and took the trio to the decimated Jedha. Greg Pak wrote the final arc of the volume taking it up to #75.
Star Wars 2020- (#1-)
The series relaunched in 2020 with fan-favourite writer Charles Soule taking over. The new volume is set between Episodes V and VI and deals with the immediate aftermath of Luke learning that Vader is his father.
Darth Vader 2015-2016 (#1-25)
Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series followed the Sith Lord as he strived to identify the pilot that destroyed the Death Star and is most well known for introducing the rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra.
Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 2017-2018 (#1-25)
Vader was relaunched in 2017 with a new writer at the helm in Charles Soule and a new time period to explore. Set immediately after the events of Episode III, the comic explored the formation of the Jedi-hunting Inquisitorius and Vader setting up shop at his favourite holiday destination, Mustafar.
Darth Vader 2020- (#1-)
Darth Vader is set to be relaunched again in 2020 with Greg Pak on writing duties. The comic will be set alongside the new Star Wars book after the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
Doctor Aphra 2016-2019 (#1-40)
After Doctor Aphra's introduction in Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series, she earned her own book in 2016. The comic focused on the morally questionable archaeologist and supporting characters including the murderous droids Triple-Zero and Beetee-One and her on-again, off-again romantic interest Inspector Tolvan.
Doctor Aphra 2020- (#1-)
Aphra's book will also be relaunched in 2020 and set after the events of Episode V. Alyssa Wong will write the new series.
Lando 2015 (#1-5)
Charles Soule's Lando mini-series follows the charming swindler as he plans to steal a valuable ship with his pal Lobot. Things don't go to plan after they realise who it belongs to.
Kanan 2015-2016 (#1-12)
Greg Weisman's comic follows the Rebels hero Kanan Jarrus as we learn how he survived Order 66 and experience his first mission during the Clone Wars.
Poe Dameron 2016-2018 (#1-31)
Set before and during the sequel trilogy, Poe Dameron follows the charismatic pilot and his Black Squadron as they bravely battle the evil First Order.
Age of Republic 2018-2019
Age of Republic is the first mini-series in Marvel's Age of Star Wars maxi-series written by Jody Houser. The comic follows the heroes and villains of the era including Qui-Gon Jinn, Padmé Amidala, Count Dooku and General Grievous.
Age of Rebellion 2019
The second mini-series Age of Rebellion focuses on the original trilogy era and is written by Greg Pak. The individual one-shots focused on characters such as Boba Fett, Grand Moff Tarkin and Lando Calrissian.
Age of Resistance 2019
The final mini-series is written by Tom Taylor and is set during the sequel trilogy era. The comic focuses on Resistance heroes such as Rose Tico and Rey as well as villains aligned with the First Order including Kylo Ren and General Hux.
Allegiance 2019 (#1-4)
Allegiance is a four issue mini-series written by Ethan Sacks set between Episodes VIII and IX. The story follows the Resistance as they attempt to convince the Rebellion's old allies, the Mon Calamari, to help them in the war with the First Order.
The Rise of Kylo Ren 2019 (#1-4)
Set several years before the events of The Force Awakens, The Rise of Kylo Ren explores the training of Ben Solo by his uncle Luke Skywalker, his fall to the dark side and his new alliance with the Knights of Ren.