Before you see The Force Awakens, here’s a quick guide to the main movies, TV series, novels, and comic books that make up the official Star Wars universe.
The area of the most rapid expansion, the canon novels dive deep into characters, settings, and ideas introduced in the films.
To track down Count Dooku, the Jedi Council turns to an unlikely pair, Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos and a Sith named Asajj Ventress.
A New Dawn
The early days of Rebels hero Kanan are explored in this companion novel.
Battlefront: Twilight Company
This off-shoot of the upcoming video game follows the brave men and women of the 61st Mobile Infantry as they face impossible odds against the Empire.
A young-adult novel that spans the width of the Star Wars saga from the perspective of two childhood friends, Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell, including some material from after Return of the Jedi.
The Death Star commander didn’t exactly hang around long enough for us to get to know him, something this book — a look back at his life before going boom — aims to fix.
Lords of the Sith
The villains-only tale is as close to a road movie starring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine as we’ll ever get.
Heir to the Jedi
Luke narrates this tale of his solo mission to rescue a gifted cryptographer from the Empire.
The Weapon of the Jedi, Smuggler’s Run, and Moving Target
The trio of YA novels follow Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, respectively, at different moments between the films of the original trilogy.
What happened immediately after the second Death Star exploded? This series of vignettes shows a less decisive victory than we imagined.
THE COMIC BOOKS
Much like how Marvel Comics structures their superhero titles, their Star Wars series focus on individual characters and one major flagship book.
Kanan: The Last Padawan
Before he was Kanan, the rogue Jedi’s names was Caleb Dum, and he somehow managed to survive Order 66. This is his story.
The most charming man in the galaxy, Lando Calrissian gets in over his head when he pulls off a caper to steal a highly valuable ship.
The only title yet to venture into the post-Return of the Jedi era, it follows our heroes through the lens of new character Shara Bey, who has a major Force Awakens connection.
Marvel’s Star Wars
The gang’s all here for a mission taking place between Episodes IV and V that captures the excitement and humor of the original films. (First arc was collected as Skywalker Strikes.)
The Dark Lord of the Sith is busy after spinning off into the vastness of space in A New Hope, embedding himself in the outer-space underworld.
The original intergalactic damsel in distress gets her own series, where she takes center stage and packs a powerful blaster.
In his own title, the Millennium Falcon‘s furry co-pilot finds himself stranded on an Imperial-controlled planet without any of his allies to help.
When Disney and Lucasfilm hit the reset button on the Star Wars Expanded Universe in 2014, the original three films and three prequels remained the cornerstone of the canon. The rest is composed of novels, comic books, games, an animated series, and films — all of which widen our understanding of the characters and events contained within these six episodic movies. They are the urtext — the center of the new universe.
THE TV SERIES
Televised journeys into the galaxy have all been animated and fill in the action between the episodic films.
Star Wars: Rebels
Set before A New Hope, this series follows a team of all-new characters, led by the Jedi-in-training Ezra, as they form the roots of the Rebel Alliance.
The Clone Wars
Styled after the film of the same name, this iteration of the series continues the story of Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and the young Jedi’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.
THE VIDEO GAME
Star Wars: Uprising
The first canon video game allows you to save the universe on your cell phone. This mobile app follows a group of Rebels as they continue their fight against the Empire after the events of Return of the Jedi.