With a fresh new year comes a bold new era of “Star Wars” storytelling as Disney’s Lucasfilm unleashes its highly anticipated first wave of “The High Republic” novels, books and comics beginning this month, with its intertwined stories spread across multiple publishing platforms.

Set 200 years prior to “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” during the Jedi Knights’ glory years, these heroic new space opera tales unspool while the mystic protectors were the official guardians of peace and justice for the Galactic Republic before the dark times fell.