2016 State of the Canon Address

Greetings sentients and welcome to The Sarlacc Pit! This week marks one year since my first post on this blog, and what a year it has been! I want to start by thanking everyone who has read and given me feedback and encouragement. It is humbling to see that so many people care about what I have to say about Star Wars, and I truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to read this. So, in honor of my one year anniversary, I want to begin a tradition of making a “State of the Canon Address” for each year. Here, I will give a very brief and spoiler-free overview of stories that have been added to canon across all the different forms of media. This will only include stories that began in 2016, ignoring ongoing series like “Rebels,” and Marvel’s Star Wars and Star Wars: Darth Vader. To begin, I will just state: the state of the Star Wars canon is strong, and here’s why:

Movies

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

In December, 2016, the second Star Wars movie since the Disney purchase was released. “Rogue One” was the first in what will be at least three anthology movies, which explore the Star Wars galaxy outside of the trials and tribulations of the Skywalker family. Escaping the sci-fi/fantasy genre and filmed as a WWII-esque war film at parts, Rogue One tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance obtained the plans to the first Death Star. This movie is fun, does a great deal of world-building, and looks absolutely beautiful to boot. Definitely worth seeing at least four times in theaters.

Novels

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Star Wars: Bloodline

I have referred to this book in several former posts, but once again, I will talk about Bloodline. Set over 20 years after “Return of the Jedi,” Bloodline follows Leia Organa’s attempt to maintain the New Republic against threats from both inside and out. This novel is one of my favorite canon Star Wars novels and is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the origins of the First Order and the Resistance!

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Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt

Another novel I have reviewed in an earlier post, Life Debt is the second in the Aftermath trilogy bridging the gap in time between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” These novels do a good job of filling in fans on the state of the galaxy after the destruction of the Empire. The story is so-so in my opinion, but it does a fantastic job of building in the larger Star Wars universe.

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Star Wars: Ahsoka

An excellent novel geared towards young adults, Ahsoka follows Anakin Skywalker’s former padawan, Ahsoka Tano, in her travels around the galaxy after Order 66 destroyed the Jedi. Here we learn what she did between “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” how she got the code name “Fulcrum,” and where she got her dope white lightsabers from. This is mandatory reading for fans of Ahsoka!

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Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

The novel tie-in to “Rogue One,” Catalyst shows the origins of Galen Erso and Orson Krennic’s relationship, and how the Ersos became attached to the Death Star project. Spanning from the Clone Wars era into the beginning of the Imperial Reign, this novel fleshes out the full history of the Death Star, and is an excellent lead into “Rogue One.”

Comics

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin

Taking place between “The Phantom Menace” and “The Attack of the Clones,” Obi-Wan & Anakin tells the story of everyone’s favorite master and apprentice as they are stranded on a planet far from the reach of the Jedi Order and the Republic. This comic also shows the beginning of Palpatine’s interest in young Anakin Skywalker. This series is dark and intense, and is by far one of my favorite Star Wars miniseries so far.

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Star Wars: C-3PO

This comic was a one-shot all about how C-3PO received the red arm he was sporting in “The Force Awakens.” It’s a fun issue, with some startling implications about droids and their capacity for emotions. Definitely a good read if you want to have an existential crisis about droids.

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Star Wars: Poe Dameron

An ongoing series all about everyone’s new favorite Resistance starpilot: Poe Dameron! This series tells how the Resistance found Lor San Tekka on Jakku, and all about the Resistance’s early clashes with the First Order before the events of “The Force Awakens.”

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Star Wars: Han Solo

Another mini-series, Han Solo tells the story of how Han and Chewie were enlisted by the Rebel Alliance to safely transport a group of spies using one of the galaxy’s most notorious star races as a cover. The series is incredibly fun and does a great job of capturing Han Solo’s personality in comic form!

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra

Following up on Marvel’s phenomenal Darth Vader series, Doctor Aphra follows Aphra, BT-1, 0-0-0, and Black Krrsantan as they are roped into helping Aphra’s father follow his lifelong dream. If you’re a fan of the murder droids, Wookies, or just want to see a story about a brand new character, this series is definitely worth checking out!

Conclusion

The state of the Star Wars canon is strong! In addition to the above stories that came out in 2016, “Rebels” and Marvel’s Star Wars had some strong story lines, and 2016 saw the end of the Darth Vader series. Star Wars canon continues to grow and the stories keep getting better. 2016 brought us great novels, comics, and a fantastic start to the line of anthology movies. 2017 promises to continue this trend, with an exciting lineup of comics and novels, as well as the next episode in the Skywalker saga: “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.”

On a personal note, I have had a blast writing these posts. I have only missed one Monday since I started, and I hope to do even better in the future. Remember, as I continue to write these posts, please feel free to share with me any topics you would like to read about in the future. Drop in next week as I discuss references you may have missed in the newest addition to the movie canon: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” As always, thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!

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