YODA Front-And-Center In STAR WARS: PHANTOM MENACE Prequel Story

Star Wars #26
Star Wars #26
Credit: Marvel Comics
Star Wars #26
Star Wars #26
Credit: Marvel Comics

Since Disney revived Star Wars franchise, fans have been asking for a story centered on the diminuitive Jedi Master Yoda - and in December, it begins.

December's Star Wars #26 kicks off a multi-part arc by Jason Aaron and former Darth Vader artist Salvador Larroca  set in the time period before the pre-quel trilogy. Although the arc will not reveal Yoda's secret origins, Aaron said it takes place before The Phantom Menace.

"The challenge was to do something with Yoda that we hadn’t seen before," said the writer. "I really wanted to see just what it was like when Yoda was going out into the galaxy and being a Jedi. This story takes place before the Clone Wars and it’s set in a world we’ve never seen before. I was always just intrigued by that idea. You know, 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."

Star Wars #26
Star Wars #26
Credit: Marvel Comics

The story's framing device involves Luke Skywalker reading about Yoda in Obi-Wan's journals prior to their first meeting in The Empire Strikes Back. Obi-Wan and his mentor Qui-Gonn Jinn will appear in the tale as well. 

Aaron also said that Obi-Wan's journals could also be a jumping off point for other stories that explore Star Wars's past, as well as more on Obi-Wan's years hiding on Tatooine.

"Yeah, I have lots of ideas for stuff I’d like to do along those lines. It’s going to be a matter of what we can do and what we have room for. But I especially love exploring Obi-Wan during that period on Tatooine. I find that really fascinating - the lonely Jedi who’s got to hide out in the middle of the desert. So I really love what we’ve been able to do with him, and hopefully this won’t be the last time we get to use Yoda. I’d love to be able to figure out another way to work him into the story, of course.

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