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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The world of Star Wars is getting a little bit bigger. I know. It doesn’t seem possible, but it’s expanding its Empire-like reach even further, this time to the Land of the Rising Sun, aka Japan, a culture often associated with anime and manga. Manga, of course, is huge — bigger than comics here in the U.S., so it was only a matter of time before we got some honest-to-goodness Star Wars stories from them.

Now, Viz Media is announcing that they will be publishing Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga, an anthology of stories from manga artists Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki, and Subaru.

Akira Himekawa created the LEGEND OF ZELDA manga franchise and Haruichi is the creator of Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess, an official Star Wars Line Webcomic based on the YA Novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray. Needless to say, these guys have some Star Wars tales to tell.

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“With the global appeal of the Star Wars franchise, this publishing release offers an exciting new way to enjoy the brand from the perspective of master manga storytellers,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “STAR WARS: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER features the dynamic vision and bold art styles of some of the manga genre’s most celebrated creators and artists. We invite readers to discover this release early next year.”

This anthology is adapted from the novel Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi—The Legends of Luke Skywalker, which was written by Ken Liu. 

What do you think of all this? Will you be picking up the manga in 2020?

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SOURCE: Viz Media

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.