I love and respect the positivity in this thread jedi_bendu. How well do you feel the High Republic project has done now we just over half way through with the main novels? Or anyone else who has read the novels so far?
And did you enjoy new Qi’ra stories?
Thanks! I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that not too long after making this thread, I dropped off books and comics a little. Partly due to being busy and partly due to the cost, I stopped reading a good few comic runs while Crimson Reign was coming out, and since that removed me a little from the world of comics and the comic fandom I haven’t actually finished the Qi’ra trilogy by reading the Hidden Empire miniseries yet. Similarly, I absolutely loved phase 1 of the High Republic initiative and it was one of my favourite times in the fandom, but there were so many delays with phase 2 and so little hype around it compared to phase 1 that I’ve struggled to get myself into it again when there are so many other things I want to read.
I would definitely recommend both the Qi’ra comic trilogy and the High Republic phase 1, though. To save yourself a lot of money, you could at least start with just getting the essentials - War of the Bounty Hunters IS a crossover event, but I think you can get buy with just reading the introductory War of the Bounty Hunters one-shot comic and the 5 issues of the miniseries. Likewise for the Crimson Reign and Hidden Empire miniseries. For the High Republic, the first two main novels - Light of the Jedi and The Rising Storm - can be understood without reading anything else, but the third main novel of phase 1 The Fallen Star includes a few characters from other sources (its one of my few, but major criticisms of that book). To totally understand it, I would read Into The Dark and the main High Republic comic series by Cavan Scott. Luckily, both are very good and well worth your time.