Star Wars: Republic: Rite of Passage was a story arc of the comic book series Star Wars: Republic that consisted of 4 issues. It was also the last story arc to be released under Republic's former name, Star Wars.
- "No. I've followed Zao's example this past year or so, letting the Force lead me."
- ―Quinlan Vos
The original four issues of Star Wars: Republic: Rite of Passage each stated: "The events in this series take place 30 years prior to Star Wars: A New Hope." However, a quote made by Quinlan Vos within Star Wars (1998) 43 places the events of this series at least a year after the events of a previous arc, Star Wars: Republic: Darkness which was also set in 30 BBY. Initial comments made by author John Ostrander via the Jedi Council Forums in 2002 initially placed Rite of Passage circa 29 BBY, while both the first and second edition trade paperback collections, released in 2004, place Rite of Passage: "approximately twenty-eight years before the events in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope." 2007's Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force further corroborated the 28 BBY date through the inclusion of comments, specifically dated at 28 BBY, attributed to Tholme, shortly before Quinlan Vos became a Jedi Master, as depicted in Star Wars (1998) 45. Both Star Wars: The Comics Companion, published in 2006, and 2010's Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos: Jedi in Darkness once again erroneously placed Rite of Passage in 30 BBY. The in-universe quotes by Quinlan and Tholme, both dictate that Rite of Passage takes place in 28 BBY. The scenes of the Part 1 flashback that depict the Force-sensitive Twi'lek infant Aayla Secura's discovery by Vos were conceived in their timeline placement to occur two years before the Stark Hyperspace War, in 46 BBY, when Secura was two years old.
|Collected (TPB) issue||Released issue||Future issue|
|Issue||Title||Publication date||Trade paperback||TPB pub date|
|Star Wars: Republic: Rite of Passage||Star Wars: Rite of Passage
Star Wars: Rite of Passage (Second Edition)
Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos: Jedi in Darkness
|February 11, 2004 |
December 2, 2010
|1||Star Wars (1998) 42||May 15, 2002|
|2||Star Wars (1998) 43||July 3, 2002|
|3||Star Wars (1998) 44||August 7, 2002|
|4||Star Wars (1998) 45||September 25, 2002|
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