Marvel: There’s been some incredible, unexpected horror and monster work in The High Republic so far. Did you look at any classic Star Wars comics, which had so much delightful weirdness within them, before kicking off this series?
CS: Star Wars started for me with the comics, specifically the Marvel run of the ’70s and ’80s (which explains my love for a certain long-eared, green-furred smuggler). But before diving into writing this series, I went back and re-read some classics from the 1990s (now all available on the Marvel Unlimited app which saved me from pulling out my heavy omnibuses). These were primarily Star Wars Republic, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
As for the horror aspects, at my heart I’m always a horror fan, as is our artist Ario. For this first arc, we took inspiration from Stephen King’s Children of the Corn among others, while also trying to invoke the claustrophobia of films like Alien and Outland. Hopefully, above all, we’re bringing something new to it. One of the ideas was to start the series with all the pomp and circumstance of this shiny new era and then throw our heroes into the complete opposite of the Jedi’s gleaming Starlight Beacon.
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