The Star Wars Timeline
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The Star Wars Timeline

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The Star Wars Timeline
“Pass on what you have learned. Strength. Mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.” -Yoda, The Last Jedi
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pisodes VII through IX have some of the most intriguing events in the Skywalker saga. From political drama to galaxy-spanning romance to intense action, this era truly has something for every Star Wars fan. This collection gathers the best in publishing that the era has to offer from the Rise of the First Order. 

We’re introduced to Rey at the beginning of The Force Awakens as our main protagonist of the trilogy. From the isolated planet of Jakku, we follow her across the galaxy where she meets a daring pilot and a defected stormtrooper. Rey, Poe and Finn all have unique relationships with the First Order and the roles they play in the Resistance’s fight against it. Growing up on the outer rim, Rey starts the trilogy unaware of the galaxy-wide oppression the First Order has inflicted. Poe started serving the Resistance after his dissatisfaction with the New Republic’s response to the ever-growing threat. Finn, formerly known as FN-2187, was a stormtrooper for the First Order from early childhood until he deserted in the first act of The Force Awakens. The three form the most unlikely trio to take down Supreme Leader Snoke’s empire.

The military dictatorship of the First Order was the fruit of seeds planted by Darth Sidious himself. After years of a Cold War with the New Republic, violence breaks out with an attack on the capital planet of Hosnian Prime. The war lays the ground for villainous characters to emerge. They are truly menacing, with backstories rivaling our heroes. The books and comics from this era provide insight into Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and even the inner workings of Starkiller Base. 

Alongside new characters, we see the original trilogy characters return both on the screen and page. In the expanded universe, we’re introduced to a Resistance spy handpicked by General Leia Organa herself. We learn more about Leia and Han’s son, who becomes one of the greatest terrors the galaxy has ever seen. These characters' legacies shape the galaxy's state and its victory over facism.

Like much of the expanded universe, stories from this era bridge gaps between each film, only enriching subsequent viewings. Characters, locations and plot points are given more context and brought even more to life. If you find yourself looking for answers about the Rise of the First Order, you can almost certainly find them in the novels and comics published in this era. 

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Books in this Collection

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Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Resistance Reborn

Written by
Rebecca Roanhorse
Artwork by

Resistance Reborn is a striking initial entry from author Rebecca Roanhorse that is a crucial prequel to Episode IX and a beautiful love letter to the Canon. Featuring the main protagonists from the Sequel Trilogy alongside some of our favorites from the latest books and comics, Roanhorse follows the broken Resistance as they attempt to regroup after their decimation during the Battle of Crait.

General Leia Organa knows that the Resistance needs leaders and strategists if they have any chance of winning the war, and it's time for everyone to call in some favors. Leia enlists the help of allies new and old from every corner of the Star Wars Canon in an attempt to create the fearsome fighting force that will finally burn the First Order down.

In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn must struggle to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Canon
Canon
YA Novel

Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate

Written by
Zoraida Córdova
Artwork by

Decades apart can alter friendships forever, but sometimes, that absence makes the reunion all the sweeter. A Crash of Fate brings us into the minds and lives of Izzy and Jules as they rekindle their relationship on the streets of Batuu years after the childhood their shared together.

Love, adventure, fear, and excitement swirl effortlessly through this novel as the pair tries to stay one step ahead of those who would wish them harm, and the sanctuary that they seek may be right in each other's harms. A spiritual successor to Lost Stars, A Crash of Fate shows us how the fire of passion can burn just as hot as the engine of a pod racer.

Izzy and Jules were childhood friends, climbing the spires of Batuu, inventing silly games, and dreaming of adventures they would share one day. Then, Izzy’s family left abruptly, without even a chance to say goodbye. Izzy’s life became one of constant motion, traveling from one world to the next, until her parents were killed and she became a low-level smuggler to make ends meet. Jules remained on Batuu, eventually becoming a farmer like his father, but always yearning for something more.

Now, thirteen years after she left, Izzy is returning to Batuu. She’s been hired to deliver a mysterious parcel, and she just wants to finish the job and get gone. But upon arrival at Black Spire Outpost she runs smack into the one person who still means something to her after all this time: Jules.

The attraction between them is immediate, yet despite Jules seeming to be everything she’s ever needed, Izzy hesitates. How can she drag this good-hearted man into the perilous life she’s chosen?

Jules has been trying to figure out his future, but now all he knows for certain is that he wants to be with Izzy. How can he convince her to take a chance on someone who’s never left the safety of his homeworld?

When Izzy’s job goes wrong, the two childhood friends find themselves on the run. And all their secrets will be revealed as they fight to stay alive…

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire

Written by
Delilah S. Dawson
Artwork by
After the Battle of Crait, General Organa's Resistance is decimated almost to the point of oblivion. But the fight is not over; they need allies and outposts. Leia sends her best spy, Vi Moradi, along with the newly reformed Archex to Black Spire Outpost where the pair will learn to deal with their past traumas, recruit an entirely new crew, and do their best to hide from the sinister First Order who has followed them all the way to Batuu.

In this prequel to the Disney Parks experience, General Leia Organa dispatches her top spy to Batuu in a desperate search for Resistance allies.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Phasma

Written by
Delilah S. Dawson
Artwork by

The Force Awakens introduced Star Wars fans to a new kind of villain -- a female stormstrooper commanding her troops behind reflective chrome armor. Through the end of the film, Captain Phasma remained mostly a mystery. Who was she? Where did she come from? And why did she look different than all the other stormtroopers?


Delilah S. Dawson managed to answer all of our burning questions about this antagonist in her adult novel, Phasma. Throughout the book, readers learn the ruthless extremes the character takes in order to survive, and how she finds herself among the high ranks of the First Order, despite never having heard of them before.

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper—Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.

What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past—and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it—and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Expanded Edition

Written by
Rae Carson
Artwork by
The larger-than-life conclusion to the Skywalker Saga sees the return of the infamous Emperor Palpatine as he looks to complete his ultimate goal - absolute, uncontested control of the galaxy. He recruits Kylo Ren to aid his conquest and to defeat the Jedi one last time by eliminating the powerful scavenger, Rey. The Rise of Skywalker is a blisteringly-fast-paced team-up adventure of epic proportions, with plot twists and breathtaking action at every turn. At its heart is a story of legacy, bloodline, and found family. Written by Most Wanted’s Rae Carson (a Youtini favorite), we expect a thrilling and personal perspective as she takes the movie from the big screen to the page.
The Skywalker saga reaches its epic conclusion in this expanded novelization of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Poe Dameron Vol. 1: Black Squadron (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Chris Eliopoulos, Charles Soule
Artwork by
Chris Eliopoulos, Phil Noto, Phil Noto
The Force Awakens introduced fans to the best pilot in the Galaxy—the Resistance's X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron. In this, his ongoing comics series set in the months leading up to Episide VII, we get introduced to to the full cast of characters who comprise Black Squadron. We also meet Agent Terrix, Poe's arch nemesis, a high-ranking First Order officer with a complex backstory explored throughout the series. Not to mention BB-8's wonderful role as Poe's sidekick!
Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays' greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order brought to you by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow)!
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Captain Phasma (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kelly Thompson
Artwork by
Marco Checchetto
While she doesn’t get nearly as much screen time as other prominent Star Wars villains, Captain Phasma’s story is one worth remembering. Her adventures between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were long unknown … until now. This five-issue miniseries explains not only how Phasma survived the destruction of Starkiller Base, but the lengths she went after that to make sure no one would ever find out she had allowed a group of Resistance fighters to destroy it from the inside out.

What happened to Captain Phasma after Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens? Writer Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER, GAMORA) expand Captain Phasma's story and reveal how she escaped the destruction of Starkiller Base. It's the stunning lead-in to this winter's blockbuster big-screen Star Wars film, and everything you need to know is right here!

Collecting: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - CAPTAIN PHASMA 1-4

Canon
Canon
Omnibus

Age of Resistance (Hardcover Omnibus)

Written by
Tom Taylor, G. Willow Wilson, Chris Eliopoulos,
Artwork by
Matteo Buffagni, Elsa Charretier, Javier Pina, Ramon Rosanas
Concluding the Age of Star Wars - epic adventures featuring your favorite characters from all three film trilogies! This final volume spotlights the heroes of the Resistance and the villains of the First Order! Witness the moments that define them, the incredible battles that shaped them - and their eternal conflict between light and darkness! Solo stories spotlight major figures from Star Wars Episodes VII-IX - including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, Vice Admiral Holdo…and the loveable BB-8! But in the growing darkness, Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, Captain Phasma and General Hux are waiting…