Star Wars: Republic is an American comic book series set in the fictional Star Wars universe. The series was published by Dark Horse Comics from 1998 to February 2006. The series was originally titled simply Star Wars, but acquired its Republic title at issue 46. The entire series comprises 83 issues. After issue 83, the series was replaced by Star Wars: Dark Times, which continued the Republic numbering on its inside covers. The Republic series is one of a number of comic book series set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
The events in Star Wars: Republic are set in roughly the same fictional timeframe as the Star Wars film prequel trilogy. Character development builds on the films, including appearances by more prominent characters such as Mace Windu and Yoda, as well as peripheral characters such as Ki-Adi-Mundi and Quinlan Vos.
Issues 1-6 (December 1998-May 1999) were written by Jan Strnad with art by Anthony Winn. Shortly before the events of The Phantom Menace, Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi returns to his home world and defends his people, including his family, from raiders. After his success there, he is made a member of the Jedi Council.
Issues 7-12 (June-November 1999) were written by Timothy Truman with art by Tom Raney, Rod Pereira, Rick Leonardi, and Al Rio. Following the events of The Phantom Menace, Ki-Adi-Mundi is sent by the Jedi Council to Tatooine to investigate whether former Padawan Sharad Hett, who now identifies as a Tusken Raider, has become evil. Meanwhile, Gardulla and Jabba the Hutt send their minions to attack the Sand People in a scheme to drive the sales of outdated weapons. Hett dies, but his son and Padawan, A'Sharad Hett, returns to Coruscant to join the Jedi Order.
Issues 13-18 (December 1999-May 2000) were written by Timothy Truman with art by Tom Lyle, Jan Duursema, and John Nadeau. Jedi Masters Mace Windu, Yaddle, Adi Gallia, Plo Koon, Even Piell, and Ki-Adi-Mundi, as well as A'Sharad Hett, travel to Malastare to establish peace between two rival factions. They are caught up in the middle of a high-stakes podrace, which Sebulba dominates despite an assassination attempt on him. Mace then travels to Nar Shaddaa to investigate the trafficking of an animal from his home world.
Issues 40 and 41 (March-May 2002) are written by John Ostrander with art by Davide Fabbri, and recount earlier events (previously depicted in Jedi Council: Acts of War) by the Devaronian smuggler, Vilmarh Grahrk, with some embellishments.
Issue 78 (October 2005) was written by John Ostrander with art by Luke Ross. Shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine introduces some of his highest-ranking Imperial officers to Darth Vader. One officer reluctant to serve the Empire, Sagoro Autem, is warned by his former partner Omin that he is soon to be executed. Vader arrives and kills Omin, knowing he helped Autem flee. The Sith lord hires three bounty hunters to find Autem, two of which he fights off. The third reveals himself as Autem's son, who flees with his father to the Outer Rim.
Issues 79 and 80 (November-December 2005) were written by Randy Stradley with art by Doug Wheatley. Following the end of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Kai Hudorra and Padawan Noirah Na hide from clone troopers, who have turned on the Jedi in accord with Order 66. Meanwhile, Jedi Master Dass Jennir befriends the natives of New Plympto, who were previously allied with the Separatists. All three Jedi travel to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, where they witness a defiant Jedi being killed by clones. Hudorra and Na abandon the Jedi Order, and Jennir returns to New Plympto to fight the Galactic Empire. Jennir's story is continued in the first arc of Star Wars: Dark Times.