Star Wars and Marvel Comics have always had a strong history. And with the Skywalker saga’s cinematic story now complete, the final movie will soon appear as a five-issue miniseries. Jody Houser will write it with art by Will Sliney and covers by Phil Noto. This isn’t Houser’s first Star Wars comic. She has stated:
Being a part of this tradition for the last Skywalker saga film is a huge honor. It also means a lot personally, as this is my second adaptation of a Star Wars movie, with Rogue One being my first step into a galaxy far far away.”
While this miniseries will, of course, retell the movie, there will be additional scenes added in, or extended. Houser said:
I think one of the great things about adaptations in other mediums is you do get the chance to build out elements of the story there may not have been time or a place for on the screen. Giving light to new scenes gives the creators in these other mediums a chance to add to the story, rather than just translating it for the page.”
The Rise of Skywalker was controversial to fans of the franchise, with some loving it and some not so much. It does bring about the end of an era of Skywalker-focused storytelling. But Star Wars always has so much to give across so many mediums. Comics were its first form of storytelling even before A New Hope’s release in 1977. Part of the story was released in a comic form prior to coming to theaters to build interest. When asked if there is a moment she is really looking forward to putting into comic form, Houser replied:
I think I’m more excited about some of the new things we’re adding, including expanding moments from the movie with elements we didn’t get to see on screen. Which is vague, but spoilers!”
The miniseries will be available this May.