Posted by Liam on October 14, 2021 at 08:53 AM CST
Greetings, Rebelscum fans! We’re continuing our coverage of the Star Wars prequel saga with a week dedicated to Attack of the Clones. Make sure to check out our “Expand Your Mind” section exploring the film’s development, and stay tuned throughout the week for more coverage of Episode II. Our “Force Facts” offer some fun trivia about the film, and our “Character Profile” spotlights one of our favorite characters. Make sure to check out Bobby’s videos adding additional commentary, and exploring the coolest Attack of the Clones merchandise for collectors.

With our “Timeline Breakdown,” we’re looking at the Expanded Universe materials that accompanied the release of Episode II. 2002 was an exciting time in Star Wars canon. The events of Attack of the Clones finally launched the Clone Wars, a conflict fans had speculated about since 1977. The Phantom Menace had launched a whole new era for Star Wars authors, artists, and story planners to explore.

Make sure to check out some of the best comics, novels, and games that helped flesh out the events of the prequel trilogy’s gripping middle chapter:

  • Star Wars: Outbound Flight (2007): Timothy Zahn’s excellent novel is set halfway between the events of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, and explores Anakin’s training under Obi-Wan. Outbound Flight explores some of the events introduced in Zahn’s The Thrawn Trilogy, including the rising of the Chiss Ascendency.

  • Star Wars: Jedi Quest (2001-2004): Jude Watson’s 10-part YA series explored the events in between Episode I and Episode II during Anakin’s training. Anakin bonds with other apprentices, and develops a bitter rivalry with the snobbish Feris Olin. Olin eventually leaves the Jedi Order, and survives Order 66.

  • Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2003): Alan Dean Foster’s direct prequel to the events of Attack of the Clones follows Anakin and Obi-Wan as they join Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee on a critical mission on Anison, which is mentioned in Attack of the Clones.

  • Star Wars: Boba Fett (2002-2004): This 6-part YA book series follows Boba Fett’s perspective in the events immediately prior to Attack of the Clones, during the film’s story, and throughout the Clone Wars. He eventually tries to assassinate Mace Windu in single combat and nearly perishes, but is saved personally by Chancellor Palpatine.

  • Star Wars: Jango Fett and Star Wars: Zam Wesell (2002): These two comic book one-shots explore the complicated relationship between the two bounty hunters in their early partnership. While not quite romantic in nature, Wesell does become a maternal figure to young Boba.

  • Star Wars: Starfighter (2002): This comic series explores the backstory of the vehicles from the Starfighter video games. The pirate captain Nym takes center stage, while the games focused on the Jedi heroes.

  • Star Wars: Full of Surprises (2002): An interesting one-shot comic, Full of Surprises offers an extended depiction of Obi-Wan’s space battle against Jango Fett. The rare issue ran as a Toys R Us exclusive.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (Gameboy, 2002): The official Game Boy adaptation of the film highlighted some of the key action sequences from the film and allowed players to operate as Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Mace Windu.

  • Star Wars: Battlefront (2004): The first in the beloved game series featured many Attack of the Clones locations within its “Clone Wars” campaign. In addition to the film’s Battle for Geonosis, the game also followed the Seperatist invasion of Kamino that had been featured within the Republic comic book series.

What do you think, Rebelscum fans? What are some of your favorite Attack of the Clones tie-in projects? What future projects do you want to see set around this era? Let us know in the forums, and as always, may the Force be with you!
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