Han Solo is getting his own spin-off film, Boba Fett is rumored for one, and at one time a while back there was talk of Yoda getting his own “Star Wars” film which would look at his younger years.
Now it appears Lucasfilm is pursuing that angle albeit through a different format with the reveal that a new “Star Wars” comic storyline in the works that will explore Yoda’s past adventures. With most of the now in-canon “Star Wars” material exploring the decades from the prequels through to ‘The Force Awakens’, this will be one of the few situations in which another era altogether is explored.
Speaking with StarWars.com, comic author Jason Aaron spoke about the plans which kick off with issue 26 of the current comic book as Luke comes across Obi-Wan’s manuscripts about Yoda’s past adventures, resulting in flashbacks. He explains how the idea came about:
“We’ve been doing different issues between the arcs, focusing on Obi-Wan. I’ve really liked doing those. They’ve gotten a nice response from fans, people seem like they’ve really enjoyed those.
So we’ve liked jumping around to different parts of the timeline like that, and [telling] a story that would connect tangentially, or just in terms of the overall theme but not necessarily vital to our ongoing plot.
I kind of wanted to do something like that, but instead of having it be just a standalone issue between the arcs, have it be the actual arc. And of course, 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.”
As a result we see what it was like when a young Yoda was roaming the galaxy and being a Jedi. He explains the setup for the story:
“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.
The other big challenge with Yoda, of course, is finding something that’s a challenge for him, right? Who can pose a threat to Yoda? I think we came up with an interesting answer to that question. That’s part of the mystery of this story. There’s a very specific reason that this is going to be quite the challenge for Yoda. It’s not a matter of just him being the more powerful Jedi. It’s a bit trickier than that.”
Aaron confirms we will get cameos by Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan, and explore a planet not yet seen in “Star Wars” continuity. Star Wars Issue 26 will be released sometime in December.