While Star Wars began in the movies, stories from the franchise have come in all shapes and sizes. The Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm created quite the shakeup when they announced that they would be cleaning the slate for their own upcoming lineup. All Expanded Universe materials (everything but the six live action movies and the most recent Clone Wars cartoon series) were now considered “Star Wars Legends” and officially non-canon. Fortunately, Disney has gotten straight to work on the task of creating an all new continuing legacy.
One such expansion comes from their comic collaboration with Marvel. A number of series have come to fruition, exploring the backstories of characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Lando. But one core series — simply titled Star Wars — follows the principal cast between the events of the original film and The Empire Strikes Back.
In an interview with StarWars.com, Star Wars comic series author, Jason Aaron discussed his upcoming exploration of the untold adventures of Jedi Master Yoda. Issue #26 will see Luke in the main timeline, coming across Obi-Wan’s manuscripts about Yoda’s past adventures. A flashback adventure will continue from there.
Check out the Star Wars #26 Cover Art by Stuart Immonen below:
“I was always trying to figure out a way for us to use Yoda. We’re a bit hamstrung in terms of the time period of our main story because Yoda’s chilling on Dagobah. So this was kind of the only way we could kill all those birds with one stone — to do one story that connects Luke, Yoda, and Obi-Wan all at the same time, while still taking place in three different time periods.”
Aaron is also hoping to show Yoda in light unfamiliar to many fans.
“This story takes place before the Clone Wars and it’s set in a world we’ve never seen before… We’ve seen Yoda as the teacher, as the wise Jedi Master, but I wanted to see Yoda just as the Jedi. So this puts him on a very unusual adventure.
“The other big challenge with Yoda, of course, is finding something that’s a challenge for him… I think we came up with an interesting answer to that question… It’s not a matter of just him being the more powerful Jedi. It’s a bit trickier than that.”
While the story doesn’t have a precise date, it does pre-date the film series and features appearances from Qui-Gon Jinn and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. This adventure promises to play off of the ending of the previous arc, and will be illustrated by artist Salvador Larroca who recently made waves with his work on Darth Vader.
Star Wars #26 hits retail shelves December 2016.