New ‘Star Wars’ series, available in print and digital, take place before ‘Star Wars: A New Hope.’
NEW YORK – Yen Press, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, has announced new a pair of new Star Wars manga taking place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. The new series, “Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan” and “Star Wars Rebels,” will be available in print and digital.
A manga adaptation of the YA Star Wars novel, “Leia, Princess of Alderaan,” by Claudia Gray, is the never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire. Gray is the author of “Star Wars Lost Stars, a Star Wars” YA novel adapted into a manga published by Yen Press. The art is by Haruichi Furudate.
A young Princess Leia spends her days learning the ways of politics, aiding those in need and preparing for the traditional ceremony in which she declares her intention to one day rule Alderaan. But as Leia prepares herself to be named the heir of the throne, she becomes aware of the growing distance between her and her parents, who behind closed doors are leaders of the newly formed Rebellion. Upon learning her parents’ secrets, Leia must now make a choice between her responsibility to the people of Alderaan and her responsibility to save a galaxy crushed by the rule of the Empire.
A manga adaptation of the popular 3D animated series Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) with the story and art are by Akira Aoki. The animated series, which ran from 2014 -2018, launched with the first two episodes titled Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. The show featured fan-favorite Star Wars’ characters, including Kanan Jarrus, who was the focus of his own novel and comic book series, and Chopper, a droid who made a brief appearance in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Set during an era when the Galactic Empire is hunting down the last of the Jedi, a fledgling rebellion begins to take form. “Star Wars Rebels” takes place in the area surrounding the planet Lothal, where the Galactic Empire battles against Ezra, a teenage con artist with latent Force abilities. Kanan, one of the last surviving members of the Jedi Order, and the rest of the ragtag rebels on board the starship Ghost.
Source: Yen Press