First, there was Jedi Master Yoda, who Star Wars fans fell in love with in the second film of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. Then fans went over the top when Baby Yoda appeared in the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. Now, fans are going to get a shot at seeing a young Master Jedi Yoda as he will be appearing in the new line of original stories, Star Wars: The High Republic.
Check out these two pieces of preview art from the High Republic Adventures featuring a young Yoda and let us know how he compares to Baby Yoda:
He really looks mostly the same, except maybe with less of that whispy grey hair. He definitely has not de-aged into this little Baby Yoda (yes we know he’s officially called The Child) fella…
The High Republic comes from Lucasfilm as a new way to tell the Star Wars stories. Check out the trailer announcing the project.
The High Republic will be presented as novels and comic books, telling stories fans have not yet heard. It is set in a time that has never been explored, the time of the High Republic, 200 years before the Skywalker Saga. This gigantic publishing enterprise will include various authors and publishers with the goal of presenting stories, characters, planets, and thrilling situations never seen. It’ll also include younger versions of characters we have seen, well specifically Yoda since he’s the only existing Star Wars character who is old enough to have been around back then.
Here’s a look at Yoda in action in the pages of the new High Republic comics…
The above artwork comes from Iain McCaig, the gentleman responsible for Darth Maul’s appearance. He has teased new smugglers and scoundrels as well as new bounty hunters. The High Republic will also be introducing new villains, the Nihil, who live by the menacing motto, “You can’t take it with you, but we can take it from you.” These “Space Vikings” will no doubt cause some havoc for Jedi Master Yoda.
Lucasfilm began this new adventure in 2018 by bringing to Skywalker Ranch Star Wars authors that included Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel Jose Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule. Lucasfilms gave them a blank slate, telling them to use their wonderful Star Wars imaginations.
This new idea of storytelling begins with this line, “For over 1,000 generations the Jedi Knights have been the guardians of peace and justice.” The authors are starting with what they have called “The Great Disaster”, which they have smartly remained silent on.
After Yoda’s introduction in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda made a brief appearance in the third film, Return of the Jedi. He then appears in all three prequels, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Not much is seen or heard from Yoda in the sequel trilogy with only his voice being heard in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In the middle movie of the trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Yoda appears to Luke as a Force spirit. And of course, we now have Baby Yoda.
For this new venture, Yoda will be training a class of Padawans on an academic star cruiser. His teachings coincide with an era of peace and prosperity for both the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. With the Republic beginning to expand, the Jedi are there to help. All this exploration and installation of new settlements continue as the next generation of Jedi are being taught.
Yoda is going to be a large part of that training. As “The Great Disaster” happens, Yoda and his Padawans happen to be the closest to offer help. The young Padawans are now forced to grow up fast under Yoda’s tutelage. This is an exciting time for Star Wars fans who are looking for new adventures, new characters, and new places to roam. Star Wars: The High Republic is slated to launch in 2021.
Meanwhile, Baby Yoda’s adventures are ongoing on The Mandalorian. Some day he may grow up enough to look more like this…
He’s not there yet. Keep eating those eggs Baby Yoda.